Soili Autio, CV
Soili Autio is a graduate of the University of Jyväskylä, where she qualified as a comprehensive school teacher specialized in music in 1978. Furthermore, she got a degree in choir conducting at the Klemetti Institute in 1997. At present she works in Kalajoki as a teacher at the Pohjankylä Primary School, which has approximately 350 pupils, and is also in charge of the musical education offered by the school.
In addition to her work, Soili Autio has conducted e.g. children’s choirs and instrumental groups of her school and folk music and other groups of the local open college. She has also been involved in various joint musical productions of the municipalities and parishes of the Kalajoki River Valley area.
At present Soili Autio conducts three choirs: the mixed choir ‘Soilat’ (since 1978), The Fermaatti Choir (since 1979) and the Kalajoki River Valley chamber choir Chorus Vallis (since 1998). So far she has been the musical director of eleven published recordings. The choirs participate actively in national choral activities arranged by SULASOL (FAMA) and Suomen Viihdekuoroliitto (The Finnish Association of Entertainment Singers). Soili Autio has belonged to the executive committee of the Association of Finnish Youth Choirs in 1992-1996.
Perhaps the most renowned of her present choirs is the Fermaatti Choir of Kalajoki, which has about 35 young girls as its members. The Fermaatti Choir has taken part in competitions and/or performed in Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan and France. Some of the girls have also participated in a children’s choir festival in the USA.
In 1995 Fermaatti won the first prize with distinction at the Fourth International Youth Choir Festival in Veldhoven, Holland, and in 1998 the choir won the Vocal Folk Ensemble Competition and received special commentation in the Female Adult Choir Competition at the Il Mondo in Musica Festival in Fivizzano, Italy. In 2000 the Finnish Broadcasting Company chose Fermaatti as the Youth Choir of the Year.
Soili Autio has been awarded e.g. the silver Pro Culture medal of the Finnish Teachers’ Trade Union and the gold medal as well as the highest award of the Association of Finnish Youth Choirs, the Heinz Hoffman Medal.
Suomen kulttuurirahaston Mikael Agricola -mitali v. 2011. Tasavallan presidentti myönsi hänelle director cantus -arvonimen v. 2011.