The conductor

Helle Høyer Vedel graduated as music teacher in 1981 and music director in 1984 from Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium (The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus).

Since 1979, Helle Høyer Vedel has been the conductor of several choirs in Aarhus and the surrounding region. In 1981 she was employed as choirmaster at Aarhus Musikskole (Aarhus Music School) and she has especially focussed on childrens’ and youth choir work. For a number of years Helle worked with both the youngest choir singers at the music school and the youth choir. Since 1999, however, she has concentrated her effort on singers between the ages of 12 and 24 and she now conducts Aarhus Musikskole’s Juniorkor (Aarhus Music School’s Childrens’ Choir), Aarhus Pigekor (Aarhus Girls’ Choir) and since January 2016 the vocal ensemble Korvida (choir for young women).

At the same time Helle Høyer Vedel has been an appreciated lecturer in children’s choirs conductingat Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium and she has conducted Det Jyske Musikkonservatoriums Pigekor (The Girls’ choir at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus) since 1986.

Over the years, while she has worked with the young singers, Helle Høyer Vedel has also conducted several mixed choirs: Højbjerg Mixed Choir (1981-1988), Bel Canto (1985-1990), Klosterkirkens Kor i Horsens (Horsens Abbey Chourch Choir) (1990-1992), Hummerkoret (1988-2004), and Jysk Akademisk Kor (2006-2008).

Helle Høyer Vedel has been an instructor at many choir events and conductor courses and at several occasions she has conducted concerts with her own choirs or training choirs together with Aarhus Symfoniorkester (Aarhus Symphonic Orchestra) and Aarhus Jazz Orchestra.

For several years, Helle Høyer Vedel has been the chairman for the DAKU music committee (Danish amateur choir union). DAKU has, among other things, arranged education for conductors, appointed the “Danish Choir Composer of the Year”, hosted choir competitions etc.

From 2009 to 2013, Helle Høyer Vedel was appointed a member of the Board of Representatives of the Danish Arts Council.

Helle Høyer Vedel has been involved in the following CD recordings:

Hummerkoret (1997): “Kærlighedssonetter”, Danica Records

Det Jyske Musikkonservatoriums Pigekor (1999): ”Vi kommer med sommer” (Danish choir music), can be bought on request at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium

Aarhus Musikskoles Pige- og Drengekor 2 (2000): ”Bag alle stjerner”, DR, Busk og Lund, Forlag

Girls’ choirs from Esbjerg and Aarhus Musical Academies and Aarhus Musikskoles Pige- og Drengekor 2 (2001), (with Jens Johansen as the conductor): ”Let the sunshine in”, Corona Music CM-CDF 020

Det Jyske Musikkonservatoriums Pigekor (2006):”Du skal plante et træ” (Danish choir music), ”Classico”

Aarhus Pigekor (2008): ”Jorden rundt med Århus Pigekor”, ”CDklassisk”

Aarhus Pigekor (2011): ”Perler og krystaller”, ”CDklassisk”

Aarhus Pigekor (2015):”Musical MOveMENTS”, Hänssler Classic