Bring the past to life with period costume, spoken drama, music, and related arts

Professional instrumentalists accompany SHAK's signature youth adaptations of inspiring real-life stories and artistic masterworks. 

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

The regular registration deadline has passed; we have limited availability for late registrations until spaces are filled. Please inquire before enrolling!

Rehearse from Jan 13 / Perform March 9

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



March 3, 4pm: Outreach performance for Snohomish residents

Thumbnail Theater (performers arrive 2pm)

March 9, 4pm: Main performance in Seattle

Christ Episcopal Church (performers arrive 2pm)


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.

Six Sunday afternoon rehearsals 2-5pm*: Jan 13 to Feb 24 (no rehearsal Feb 17)

Three additional rehearsals*: Sat Feb 2 (2-5pm), Sat March 2 (2-5pm), Monday March 4 (4:30-7pm)

Regular tuition: $350 / Late registration: $395

*All rehearsals are held at Christ Episcopal Church, 4548 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle

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.

Five Sunday coachings* 5-6pm: Jan 13 to Feb 24 (no rehearsal Feb 17)

Three music and staging rehearsals*: 

Sat Feb 2 (2-6pm), Sat March 2 (2-6pm), Monday March 4 (4:30-8pm)

Regular tuition: $180 / Late registration: $225

*All rehearsals are held at Christ Episcopal Church, 4548 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle

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 March 3 outreach performance from the Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter and Early Music Seattle.

Register online

Know before you enroll:

  • Newcomers to SHAK: No audition is required. Since this project is focused on group singing, 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: If the student has sung in just one project with SHAK, or has worked with SHAK in non-singing projects, please contact Shula before enrolling. Those who have sung with SHAK more than once may enroll directly. 


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If you don't hear back in that time, please contact Shula

Your registration is complete when we receive your payment.

Click here to request financial aid.

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