Vox Polaris is an independent mixed choir based in Kuopio, Eastern Finland. It was founded at the end of 2011. From its foundation the carrying ideas behind Vox Polaris have been:
- bringing a wide range of high-level choral challenges both to its singers and to its audience
- the continuing education of the singers in all aspects related to vocal performance
- co-operation and engagement with local musicians and across cultural boundaries.
The choir practices on weekends about once per month, and singers are selected twice a year based on auditions. The choir’s conductor and musical director is Jaana Turunen, Master of Music (Sibelius-Akatemia).
The choir repertoire ranges across different styles, from folk songs to jazz music, from classical to tango, from church music to evergreens. The choir performs a capella as well as with instrumental accompaniment.
Vox Polaris has organized a range of courses in voice and body maintenance with instructors such as Eija Jokela (pilates), Riikka Puumalainen (yoga), Tarmo Hakkarainen and Tarja Ärväs (tai chi, chi kung, healing sounds), Antti Raekallio (rhythm), Tuomas Juntunen (expression), Anniina Aunola (expression and African dance), Merzi Rajala (rhythmical music, esthetics of style and phrasing), Virpi Rautsiala (expression and presentation), Tiina Taskinen-Viinikainen (silent song), Tuovi Kasurinen (asahi), Marko Salmela (rhythm), Veera Airas (improvisation, expression), Kaarina Ollila (body awareness and use of voice), Niko ”Rölli” Vainikainen (beatboxing), Teija Korhonen (rhythmic singing) and Jaana Turunen (Estill Voice Training).
Vox Polaris has performed twice in ANTI Live Art Festival in 2012 The Night Tripper and 2018 in Still Life -live installation.
In collaborations Vox Polaris has performed together with the vocal ensemble Campus, the choir of Kuopio Music High School (now called Arts High School Lumit), the male choir Kuopio-Kvartetti, children’s choir of Maaninka parish and Äidin Ääni -choir (Mother’s Voice Choir). In June 2017 Vox Polaris participated in the Tampereen Vocal Music Festival and received three bronze stamps for its performance.