The Choir of Boys and Men of the Helsinki Cathedral
Cantores Minores, the Choir of Boys and Young Men of Helsinki Cathedral, was founded in 1952.
Its first conductor was the Finnish-American Dr. of Musicology, Mrs. Ruth-Esther Hillila.
The three following conductors came from Vienna (Austria) Mr. Peter Lacovich,
Zwickau Prof. H. Hofmann and Dresden (Germany) prof. C. Hauschild,
the original footholds of European protestant 'Knabenchor' -tradition.
Cantores Minores is the largest and most professional boys choir and choir school in Finland offering boys and young men both musical and spiritual education around the Helsinki region.
Cantores Minores is especially famous for its performances of large church music pieces by J.S. Bach, G.F. Händel and Mendelssohn and a strong inspiration and example for the choir has during its 68 years of existence been the 1000 year-long protestant boys choir tradition in Germany.
The Artistic Director of the choir and Principal of the Cantores Minores Music Institute
has since year 2005 been Doctor of Music and conductor Hannu Norjanen
Cantores Minores acts as Music Institute where tuition in musical theory and voice as well as some instruments is given to boys from age seven. There are a total over 500 members yearly in the various stages of the choir (ages from 4 to 25) and over 3000 boys and young men have sung in the Cantores Minores during its 68 years of existence and the choir has produced numerous professional musicians active in a variety of fields. Each year about 50-60 boys aged 7-10 years become accepted to the CM training groups. After receiving two terms of training in music theory, note reading and singing and after having passed the final exams they become accepted to the A-choir (the actual performing choir). Following this the training continues in rehearsals 3 times aweek and in music the camps held twice a year. The CM Music Institute offers lessons in solo singing, piano playing, flute and further music theory courses.