Canzonetta was founded by Lea Kauppinen and Paavo Stedt in fall 1971. Their aim was to create a group capable of singing demanding choral works. The first concert was given on Epiphany 1972.
Under direction of dir. mus. Paavo Sted the choir undertook tasks of performing works for choir and orchestra composed by great masters, such as Mozart, Haydn and Schubert. Various tours in Europe, United States and Far East took Canzonetta to great venues such as the St. Petersburg Philharmony Hall and Vatican, were the choirs performance was broadcast all over the world via Vatican Radio. Canzonetta-choir has frequently performed with Joensuu City Orchestra.
After directing for 25 years, Paavo Stedt ”handed the baton” to Arvo Mantere. The choir was lead by Pekka Varonen 2001-2009. Under his direction the repertoire was expanded to include late 20th century Finnish music. Since autumn 2009 the choir’s artistic director has been Janne Piipponen.