Susanne Rosenberg professor of singing

Portrait photo of Susanne Rosenberg. Photo: Sunniva Brynnel.
Photo: Sunniva Brynnel.

Susanne Rosenberg has been appointed professor of singing at KMH.

Susanne Rosenberg is a well-known folk singer, educator and researcher. Since 2005, she is head of the Department of Folk Music at KMH, where she among other things has led the development of the performance programmes in folk music. 

She studied herself at KMH 1984-88, in what was then called individual course of study with focus on folk music and jazz. She has been employed as a teacher at KMH since 1996 and received her artistic doctoral degree in 2013 for the thesis Kurbits - reboot, Swedish folk song in the new dramatic performance.
– The Professor title means a lot in several ways, says Susanne Rosenberg.
– It is an important recognition of the specialization in folk song and artistic research that I represent. It can also mean a lot for the opportunity to apply for funding for new research projects. For my part, I hope it may mean that I can devote more of my time to research, but also the supervision of both master and PhD students.
– It will hopefully also be of importance to KMH that a new professor of singing is a woman, she adds.
Susanne's starting point is the folk song traditions. It was here she began to be curious both to understand and develop the artistic, scientific and educational methods in a music that is ear-based, music which therefore do not take the detour either over notation or other written instructions.
Much of what she engaged in, both within teaching and research, is therefore about things that are useful in areas other than folk music. This she would like to convey to all music students.
The folk music identity is, however, something she cares for deeply.
– It's about being aware of the limits that a certain tradition, genre or style means: but then, based on the framework, to be able let go and make room for the truly unexpected, the unprepared and the spontaneous. I see music traditions as a springboard for musical renewal, and I usually quote an American artist to describe my vision of tradition: "Tradition is not a form to imitated, but the discipline that gives integrity to the new."
At KMH Susanne would like to continue to clearify the links between the various steps of the higher music programmes: the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level.
- Within the KMH performance programmes in folk music, we have already tried to be clear on this point, says Susanne. For example, when applying to study at Masters level, the applicants are required to formulate a project for the studies, which then manifests in the examination project. In this way Master studies can be both exploratory, innovative and reflective. That is, they can both involve the development of the student's artistry while being a preparation for research.

This the newly promoted professor of singing says, before throwing herself forward in some of the many collaborations she is engaged in: these include the Folk Song Lab, a research project in which the musical framework of folk song is investigated through collective improvisation, as well as her participation in the Nordic Network for Vocal Performance Research, a network of Nordic researchers united in interest for artistic research with a focus on singing. And then of course people are waiting the folk musicians' annual Christmas concert, which has attracted full houses at KMH every year since the 1970s ...

See also Susanne's website:

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Susanne Rosenberg rehearses "Voice Space" - one of the artistic productions forming part of her artistic doctoral thesis "Kurbits-ReBoot":

A short medley from the performance "ReBoot/Omstart":

Uppdaterad 2016-12-12