Angus Webster, 2018

Jorma Panula Junior Conducting Competition 4-7.9.2024


The first Jorma Panula Junior Conducting Competition is held from the 4th to 7th of September 2024. The first round starts on the 5th of September in the evening. The application period for contestants from Finland begins the 1st of January 2024 and continues until the end of February 2024.

Contestants from Finland and foreign students studying in Finland are welcome to apply. A total of 8 contestants will be chosen to compete in Vaasa alongside The Jorma Panula International Conducting Competition at the same time. The contestants are welcome to freely follow the international competition as an audience.

Maestro Jorma Panula is introducing this new competition for young students in Finland to secure and add the interest in conducting. The competition will hopefully also increase the interest in conducting as a musical profession.

Junior Competition schedule


The first prize 1 000 euros
The second prize 750 euros
Third prize 500 euros

Special prize: Maestro Jorma Panula is also offering Master Classes in conducting to the winners, arranged by the Panula Academy.

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The Jury

Atso Almila

Atso Almila
Chairman, Finland

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Ville Mankkinen

Ville Mankkinen

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Jukka Iisakkila

Jukka Iisakkila

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  • Application period for the First Jorma Panula Junior Conducting Competition begins 1.1.2024 and ends 29.2.2024.
  • Applicants must study in Finland.
  • The upper age limit is 20 years. The competition is open to applicants born after 7th of September 2004.
  • Eight contestants will be selected among the applicants by a professional team, led by prof. Jorma Panula. Every approved contestant will be personally contacted by the secretary about the result.
  • Application is made online on website Application period is from 1st of January to 29th of February 2024.
  • Attachments:
    • short introduction letter and Curriculum Vitae. (not more than 300 words)
  • Attachments (continued):
    • A copy of personal identity card or valid passport. One high resolution photo (new/recent), digital format jpg, jpeg, pdf (max 4 MB, resolution 300dpi).
    • Video recording: Attached link which includes digitally recorded video material for downloading (on YouTube, Vimeo, google drive).
      The video recording must include material that shows the competitor conducting an orchestra or ensemble in a rehearsal and/or concert situations, a total length of 10 - 12 minutes. (Very low picture/sound quality can be discarded).
  • The selection will be made based on the recordings by 30.4.2024.
  • A non-refundable registration fee of 50 euros must be paid together with the application. The chosen contestant can request hotel accommodation from the organizer not later than 2 months prior to the competition.

The junior competition orchestra of 2024

Wasa Sinfonietta

Orchestra activities have already started in Vaasa at the end of the 19th century, but the activities of Vaasa Orkesteriyhdistys ry - Vasa Orkesterförening rf are considered to have started when it was registered as an association in 1930. From the beginning...

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Monica Johnson
+358 (0)50 911 33 49

The Competition Office is located at Vaasa City Hall during the competition.
Street address: Senaatinkatu 1, 65100 Vaasa
Postal address: PO Box 3, FI-65101 VAASA