Finlandia Foundation National
Friday, April 18, 2014
The most important private source of support for Finnish culture in the United States.

Soiva Music Camp

June 21-29, 2014

Soiva Music Camp is held at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Soiva is an international music adventure in partnership between Concordia College and Finlandia Foundation National with additional support from the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society. 

Students and faculty perform at the authentic Stave Church

Soiva Music Camp provides a perfect opportunity for students in grades six through 12 to experience world-class music instruction on a whole new level.

Private lessons are given on piano, flute, clarinet, violin, viola saxophone and composition/improvisation.

At Soiva, students interact with first-rate faculty and other students from both the U.S. and Finland. In addition to receiving individual lessons, students also discover the joy of playing in small chamber music ensembles. Their daily musical experiences culminate in a final public concert.


Fee for attendance is $650 ($750 after April 1, 2014) and includes instruction, lodging in single-gender campus dormitory rooms, most meals and local transportation.
Fun activities include a pizza party, sightseeing trips and a Midsummer party.

Students are supervised by Soiva coordinators, instructors and college counselors.

Individuals are responsible for transportation to Moorhead.

Travel grants and/or scholarships may be available. 


For more information contact Soiva Co-chair Dennis Anderson at or (218) 251-0164.

Loosely translated "Soiva" means
"sounding forth" or "ringing."
A joyful noise! 


Click here for the PDF application to Soiva Music Camp

Students enjoy a wide range of musical experiences; Jonas Lund of Finland plays the Gamelan.

Soiva Camp at Salolampi
Ready, Set, Play!

What do participants think of Soiva Camp?
"The camp was great, the teachers were the BEST and thank you for this opportunity to experience something so wonderful!"
- Aino Pöntinen, student

“This has been another excellent experience with the Soiva Camp. The students who come to the camp walk away with an invaluable experience that they will always remember.”
- Steve Carlson, American teacher

“Thank you very much for wonderful arrangements. It is working very well with music camp at Concordia College.”
Marja Pohjola, Finnish teacher

“This camp has  been so amazing! The faculty of both Finland and America have been so helpful. Their teaching methods are wonderful!”
- Morganne McIntyre, student

Experiences at Soiva Camp


"I'm so glad I was able to connect with people who live where my ancestors were from and share with them one of the most beautiful things on earth: music!

"I made many friends and learned so much about Finnish culture. I also learned many great violin techniques from some of the best teachers in the world!

"Because of this camp I have a whole new appreciation for music and the violin."

Minna Thrall



"I play the flute and at this camp I learned music by Finnish composers for the first time. There was also composition and improvisation which was fun, and I performed the piece I composed at the final concert.

"Along with the instructors from Finland were other kids, and it was interesting to talk about our similarities and differences and how our countries view each other. I hope to be able to return to Soiva again sometime."

Elena Olshin

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