Anna-Leena Lumme got interested on conducting studies at her first lessons at Madetoja music school at Oulu and has continued studies all the way to Sibelius Academy. She graduated from Academy 2013 with honours from wind band conducting with Peter Ettrup Larsen as the head lecturer. Her conducting masterclass teachers have included Juha Törmä, Atso Almila, Tuomas Hannikainen, Michael Griffith and Jorma Panula. She has also graduated as trumpet teacher from Pirkanmaa Polytechnic school 2003.
Sibelius Academy conducting studies have allowed her to work with multiple professional wind bands in Finland (f.ex. The Guards Band, The Navy Band and Helsinki Police Band). Participating on 2014 International NWBC- wind conductor competiotion got her to semifinals.
Anna-Leena has worked as a trumpet teacher and conductor at several music institutes in Finland. Since 2002 she has served as a trumpet teacher, sinfonietta and wind band conductor at the Music Institute of the Western Tampere Region. She has conducted wind bands for many consecutive summers at Lohja music camp and International Liminka music camp. She is also an active member and conducter teacher of Pirkanmaa Pinna ry, an association dedicated to organising further training in conducting.
Marjo Riihimäki is a conductor bubbling with energy! She conducts wind orchestras, big bands and choirs. In 2013 she completed her post-graduate diploma studies in orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, with excellent marks, giving an impressive final concert with the Finnish Guards Band. She is also a pedagogue and has been teaching in conducting courses. Currently she is working for theFinnish Defence Forces as an Intendant of Military Music.
During her studies at the Sibelius Academy, she worked with the professional Finnish bands, for example the Air Force Big Band and the Navy Band. She was fortunate to study under the associate professor of conducting Peter Ettrup Larsen, the professor of conducting Atso Almila, Petri Komulainen and to attend master classes with Paula Holcomp, Antti Rissanen and Raine Ampuja. Besides orchestral conducting, Marjo also completed studies in choral conducting under the tutelage of professor Matti Hyökki.
Before Sibelius-Academy, Marjo studied to be a music teacher at the University of Jyväskylä and University of Natal, South Africa. She graduated in 2005 and then began her career by teaching at Pälkäne High School. At the same time she started her career as a conductor of wind orchestras, big bands and male choirs. She worked in Tampere Music Academy as a conductor for wind orchestras and choirs during 2010-2014.
Throughout her studies and musical career Marjo has been an active member of numerous associations. For example, she was selected as a chairman for University of Jyväskylä Music Educator's board in 2003. During The National Wind Orchestra Competition 2011 and Wind Band Conference 2010 in Tampere she was nominated as a chairman for the Tampere Wind Orchestra association, which was responsible for organizing the events. Marjo was a board member of Finnish National Big Band Association 2007-2015. In addition to her main duties Marjo has worked as a director of a Wind Orchestra Camp for two years in STM (Finnish Workers Music association).