Lahti Conservatory is both a music school with 1000 pupils and a vocational school for about 50 students with a music profession in mind. The teaching staff consist of some 80 highly qualified instructors.
The music school department offers goal-oriented studies in music from kindergarten level to the adult departments.
Our vocational music education is of upper secondary level, leading to Vocational Qualification in Music. It is a 3-year study programme with 120 credit units
(level 3 of the EC classification, upper secondary level, ISCED 3. 1 credit unit equals 40 study hours.)
Education in ensemble playing is very important at our conservatory. We have a symphony orchestra, two chamber orchestras, a concert wind band and three other wind bands for younger students, plus a Pops Orchestra, and many ensembles. The orchestras have released numerous CD’s and have been on several concert tours abroad, including UK, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Estonia, Spain, Austria, and all the Scandinavian countries.
Lahti Conservatory was originally established in the city of Vyborg in 1918. The conservatory was relocated to Lahti in 1940 and has operated in its current location since 1954.