Qoro Quando is driven by our desire to create high quality choral music together. A passion for singing and a will to improve binds us together and creates a unique and versatile choral tone. Qoro Quando is an ambitious but still relaxed community that is unafraid of taking on new or challenging pieces.
In recent years the choir’s repertoire has expanded to include more challenging pieces, especially with regard to classical music, while retaining an entertaining aspect. The choir is able to perform at a wide variety of occasions and with a versatile collection. The choir’s repertoire includes, among other things, Nordic choir music from different eras, pieces from the Russian romantic period, North American new choral works, and stylish arrangements of hit songs from multiple decades.
Qoro Quando’s development is the result of determined work. The choir regularly participates in international choir competitions, each time preparing specifically for the occasion. Thanks to this commitment and engagement, Qoro Quando has achieved gold medal level in all the competitions it has participated in since 2011. In August 2019 Qoro Quando and Queens of Qoro Quando, which is comprised of the female singers of Qoro Quando, reached the gold medal levels in the Grand Prix of Nations Gothenburg 2019 and in the European Choir Games competition held in Gothenburg. Qoro Quando took part in the Grand Prix portion of the competition in the categories of chamber choir and sacra a capella and Queens of Qoro Quando took part in the competition’s European Choir Games portion in the chamber choir category. Earlier in 2019 in the international Tampereen Sävel vocal music festival review the Queens of Qoro Quando achieved the highest category; a full three gold stamps. Qoro Quando was awarded with two gold stamps. In the International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz 2017 Qoro Quando won the chamber choir category and achieved gold medal level in the spiritual music category. In the same competition Queens of Qoro Quando won the female choir category and the Grand Prize for the entire competition. In addition, Qoro Quando has reached gold medal levels in the Tampereen Sävel vocal music festival review 2015, The World Choir Games in Riga 2014 and in the International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in 2011.
Chamber Choir Qoro Quando was founded in 2001 and Master of Music Jori Männistö has been the artistic director and conductor since 2008. Master of Music Emma Kuntsi is the conductor for Queens of Qoro Quando, which was founded in 2016. Vocal Pedagogue Margit Tuokko provides vocal training to the choir, and, as an occasional special project, Tiina Iisala, member of the International Federation of Actors, trains the choir in performance skills.
Choir Director and Master of Music Jori Männistö has been leading Qoro Quando since 2008. The spark of choral music came to light in the heart of Jori Männistö in the middle of Northern Ostrobothnia in Pattijoki in the 80s, when he sang in the secondary school choir that his father founded. From Pattijoki his path went through the Oulu Madetoja Music High School onward to Helsinki to the Sibelius Academy. There Männistö began his studies in music theory. In addition to his major, Männistö also studied choir conducting from the beginning. After completing his Bachelor’s degree recital in choral conducting, Männistö changed his major, completing his master’s degree in the choir conducting program in 1997. He then went on to serve as choir conductor for several choirs.
Over the years, Qoro Quando has been shaped by his leadership and he has helped to mature the choir’s sound. The choir appreciates Männistö’s versatile, in-depth musical experience and knowledge. Choral works are approached under the leadership of Männistö with each specific work in mind – the different genres are considered and the choral tone is adjusted as required for each piece. Männistö, in turn, appreciates Qoro Quando’s expressive range and the flexibility of its choral tone. While routine practice has produced a robust and developed sound, Qoro Quando has retained its airy lightness.
Emma Kuntsi has led the Qoro Quando women’s Queens of Qoro Quando choir from the year of its foundation in 2016. Kuntsi is a versatile musician, music pedagogue (BSc), and Master of Music. Her dream is to earn a choir conducting degree. Kuntsi has sung in Qoro Quando since 2004 and has also been in the choir board which she is currently chairing.
Qoro Quando’s vocal formation has been systematically refined since 2013 with the vocal pedagogue, opera singer, and Master of Music Margit Tuokko. Tuokko is responsible for the vocal maintenance of the choir and guiding the development of a shared sound through different exercises. In addition to the choir exercises and the camps, the members of Qoro Quando go to singing lessons with Tuokko.