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Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala

Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala (UAK) was founded in 1957 and is a mixed choir with approximately 40 singers. Today UAK is one of the most acclaimed choirs in Sweden, but it started out as a student choir with high ambition level tied to Norrlands nation, at the time the first mixed student choir in Uppsala, and its first leader was the famous Eric Ericson. The choir is an independent society since 1964 and the character of a student choir is long gone, but the connection with Uppsala university remains, and many of the singers in the choir are working or studying there.

UAK is led by Stefan Parkman, Director cantorum at Uppsala university and Chief Conductor of the WDR Rundfunkchor Cologne. Since Parkman became professor of choir conducting in year 2000, UAK has been performing at ceremonies of the university and regularly participated in international master classes of choral conducting as the object choir. The choir has also played a large part in the music performances organized by the choral centre of Uppsala university.

Our extensive repertoire spans everything from early music to modern a cappella music, the latter being somewhat of a signature of UAK. In the recent years the choir has made first performances of music by composers Sven-David Sandström, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, and Jan Sandström. UAK has made many recordings, of which can be noted productions for the antology Musica Sveciae and in the last few years several well received recordings for Footprint records, like 3 Psalms, Winter Sounds, and Rachmaninoff's All-night vigil. The choir gives performances in Sweden and abroad. The choir has toured USA and Germany at several occasions recently.

An anniversary book was written when the choir turned 25 years. It is available for download in pdf format here. (The pages are scanned as pictures, but the texts can be searched in a pdf reader.)

The choir archive (searchable) is kept at Carolina Rediviva.

UAK, photo Stewen Quigley

Stefan Parkman, conductor

Stefan Parkman

Stefan Parkman is professor of choir conducting and Director cantorum at Uppsala university. Parkman is working as choir and orchestra conductor and since 1983 the conductor of the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala.

Stefan Parkman held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir (2002-2005) and of the Danish National Radio Choir (1989-2002). He is Chief Conductor of the WDR Rundfunkchor Cologne since 2014.

Parkman regularly appears as guest conductor for the German radio choirs, BBC Singers in London, Nederlands Kamerkoor in Amsterdam, Choeur de Radio France in Paris, and the Trinity Choir in New York. He has engaged with many symphony orchestras and ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm, NorrlandsOperan, the Royal Swedish Opera, GöteborgsOperan, and the radio symphony orchestras of Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Berlin.

In addition to the permanent engagements as professor and conductor, Stefan Parkman is frequently engaged as teacher and lecturer at courses and master classes, seminars and workshops, in Sweden as well as abroad.

UAK Supporter society

UAK has a supporter society, UAK Vänner ("Friends of UAK"), which provides both economical and hands-on support to the activities of the choir. The supporter society seeks to contribute to the musical, artistic, and social aspects of the choir.

UAKV's web site

Sing with us!

New singers are usually admitted to the choir at the start of the fall semester. Use this form to apply. You are of course also welcome to email us at audit@uak.se if you would like to know more about how to become a member of the choir.