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Jon Helge Sætre og rektor Peter Tornquist.

CEMPE to become a national and international spearhead of music education

New CEMPE director calls for change of direction in music education while retaining the best of the old traditions.

Jon Helge Sætre is due to take over as director of the Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) as Ingrid Maria Hanken steps down. Sætre has previously worked as a researcher and musician at the Norwegian Academy of Music and Oslo and Akershus University College.

An attractive combination

Sætre shares the Norwegian Academy of Music’s ambitions for CEMPE: the centre should be a national and international spearhead of innovation in music education while still preserving the best of the old traditions.

– The Norwegian Academy of Music is an exciting place to work in the company of highly competent professionals with a broad range of skills and interests. For me it is an attractive combination of music teaching, music performance education and practical development processes. I believe CEMPE can play an important role.

Staking out a common path

Sætre has a background as a researcher and musician. As a pianist he has a passion for contemporary music and has performed with outfits such as the Affinis Ensemble and Oslo Sinfonietta.

For his postgraduate degree he conducted in-depth study into music outreach, and he has since carried out research into music provision in primary and lower secondary schools at the Norwegian Academy of Music and Oslo and Akershus University College.

– I think my background gives me a good perspective on the areas that CEMPE specialises in, and I am looking forward to working with the great team that already exists here. Their projects are already well underway. I am eager to enter into a dialogue with them about staking out a common path.

Last updated: 27. November 2015