Enroll now for Master Finno's Songbook! Spaces are limited and the deadline is August 27.

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Master Finno's Songbook: Old Music for Young Voices in Renaissance Finland

Enroll by August 27!

Rehearse from Sept 9 / Perform Oct 20

Youth cast: Age 7+ / Teen chorus: Age 13+ 

Time-travel with SHAK to the sixteenth century, in the Finnish cathedral city of Turku, where the young students in Jakko Finno’s choir have been enjoying their traditional repertoire for many generations. Now that books are being printed all over Europe, it’s time to decide whether to make this beloved ancient song collection available to the rest of the world. But why are so many of the local musicians already playing the tunes? Have the students been secretly teaching the music to outsiders? What will the King and Queen have to say about it? 


This is the mostly-true story of a collection now known as the Piae Cantiones, its music still irresistible today (and famous -- chances are you've heard some of it already). Our historical retelling of the songbook’s origins comes to life with costumed drama, song, and period instruments including harps, violas da gamba, hurry-gurdy, and violins.


Enroll in the youth cast to act and sing, or in the teen chamber chorus for an advanced, music-focused experience.

  • Stage direction: Carmen Mettler
  • Music direction: Shulamit Kleinerman
  • Vocal coaching: Nancy Zylstra (chamber chorus), Rebekah Gilmore (guest, with drama cast)
  • Instrumental accompaniment: Bill McJohn and Jacob Breedlove with SHAK’s Early Music Youth Academy



Oct 14, 4pm: Outreach performance for Snohomish residents

Thumbnail Theater (performers arrive 2pm)

Oct 20, 1:30pm: Main performance in Seattle

Good Shepherd Chapel Theater(performers arrive 11am)


Drama cast:

Age 7 and up, from newcomers to experienced singers and/or actors. No special background is required, but this particularly song-focused program requires basic pitch-matching.

Four September rehearsals at Dance Fremont: 

Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, each 2-5pm

Three October rehearsals at Lake City Presbyterian

Oct 6, 2-6pm; Oct 7, 2-5pm; Oct 13, 2-6pm

Dress rehearsal at Good Shepherd Chapel Theater: Oct 15, 5:30-8pm

Regular tuition: $350

Early-enrollment discount: $295 paid in full by Aug 13

SHAK is proud to offer need-based financial aid. Please inquire!


Chamber chorus:

Experienced choral and/or solo singers age 13 and up, any voice type. You'll need to be able to read music and commit to practicing your parts outside of rehearsal.

Four vocal coachings at Dance Fremont: 

Sept 9, 3:30-5pm; Sept 16, 23, 30, each 5-6pm

Three rehearsals at Lake City Presbyterian

Oct 6, 2-6pm; Oct 7, 5-6pm; Oct 13, 2-6pm

Dress rehearsal at Good Shepherd Chapel Theater: Oct 15, 5:30-8:45pm

Regular tuition: $180

Early-enrollment discount: $153 paid in full by Aug 13

SHAK is proud to offer need-based financial aid. Please inquire!


This program is made possible in part by the Finlandia Foundation National, with additional support for the Oct 14 performance from the Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter and Early Music Seattle.

Register online

Know before you enroll:

  • Newcomers to SHAK, please provide a reference contact (usually a music teacher) who can speak to the participant's basic pitch-matching ability (for drama cast) or vocal training (for chamber chorus).
  • Returning participants who have sung in just one theatrical performance with SHAK should contact Shula before enrolling. Those who have sung with SHAK more than once may enroll directly. 


Financial aid application page

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