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History
NSSS stands for Nordic Student Singers' Summit

Since 1987 Nordic and Baltic academic choirs have assembled every third year to a festival called NSSS. The first meeting in modern times was arranged by the student choirs in Linköping, Sweden. It was called Nordiska Studentsångarmötet and was an effort to revive the events from the 19th century when choirs from the old universities crossed through Scandinavia by train or boat to sing with and for each other.


The first gatherings focused on social and pedagogical events. From 1996, when in Copenhagen 1400 singers performed Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and in Tallinn Beethoven's 9th symphony the festivals have turned more to public events. In Lapeenranta the singers performed two premièrs: Leif Segerstam's Symphony 111 and Marcus Fagerudd's Das Lied des Wassers under the direction of Leif Segerstam.


In Stavanger in 2008 again, the joint choirs performed Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and in Linköping 2011 the Gala Concert programme focused on a cappella music for male, female, and mixed choirs. Two opera choruses from Carmen and Aida were performed with symphony orchestra.


For NSSS 2014 (Tartu, Estonia) Estonian composer Maria Kõrvits wrote a piece "Sea. Forest. City" for choir and string quartet. Choirs were asked to choose one song that describes the choir as a part of its nation's identity and with these Nordic sounds and motives the new (non-medley) piece was formed.



Festival cities:
2014 - IX NSSS in Tartu, Estonia
2011 - VIII NSSS in Linköping, Sweden
2008 - VII NSSS in Stavanger, Norway
2005 - VI NSSS in Lappeenranta, Finland
1999 - V NSSS in Tallinn, Estonia
1996 - IV NSSS in Copenhagen, Denmark
1993 - III NSSS in Trondheim, Norway
1990 - II NSSS in Turku, Finland
1987 - I NSSS in Linköping, Sweden

This information is mostly taken from Linköpings Univesitet homepage: http://www.liu.se/music/nsss/history?l=sv.