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.