The Swedish singer, Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström (1879 – 1972) laid the basis for a true understanding of the human voice as well as the training and therapeutic application of it, fitting for our time. Between 1912 and 1924 in collaboration with Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) she developed a new singing schooling “die Schule der Stimmenthüllung” (uncovering the voice) drawing on the insights of spiritual science.
Since V.Werbeck-Svärdström´s death, her work has been continued in the artistic, pedagogical and therapeutic spheres under the leadership of Jürgen Schriefer. In Finland the singing work began in the mid-seventies. Out of courses and concerts grew the need for more intensive concentrated study and the question arose to found a school. Singing School was founded in Lahti, Finland 1990. Since 2001 the School is in Ilmajoki
The Singing School today
The central starting point for the studies is the personal musical and vocal aspiration of the student. Each voice and starting point is different. Very essential features in the studies are developing one’s ability to listen and finding one’s own voice. However, the musical co-operation with others is important as well. Thus, the gradually evolving musical listening guides the development of the voice with the help of the singing exercises.
The personal musical development and the musical teamwork projects provide a challenging antithesis, which gives rise to the question: How to find true equilibrium between the individual and the communal? For the Singing School this means a continuous task to find up-to-date methods. Students at the Singing School work closely together both, with their teachers, as well as with other students in accordance with the curriculum.