Only legal sheet music may be used in the competition.
A new edition of a popular collection “Suomalaisia yksinlauluja 1-2” (Finnish Solo Songs) that includes solo songs by Sibelius, Kilpinen, Kuula, Merikanto, Madetoja, Sallinen, Rautavaara and others is available online from www.fennicagehrman.fi and in Helsinki also from Ostinato www.ostinato.fi and F-musiikki www.f-musiikki.fi.
The collection is available in two volumes for high, middle or low voice. It is published with funding from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for the use of the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition.
Competitors may naturally perform other Finnish songs.
The publications of the Academy of Finnish Artsong, "A Catalogue of Finnish Artsong" and "Singing in Finnish - a Manual for Singers and Vocal Coaches", are also available at Ostinato.
In the Competition rules it is stated about the sheet music as follows:
SHEET MUSIC (from the Competition Rules)
8 The following regulations apply to competitors without their own pianist:
- Clear, easily legible sheet music must be provided for the official pianist.
- In special cases the Executive Director may require that the music be submitted in advance for preliminary study.
9 The scores and parts required by the orchestra will be provided by the Executive Director. If the work with orchestral accompaniment chosen by the competitor has no publisher, or if the work is not generally obtainable, the competitor must on the request of the Executive Director deliver the orchestral scores and parts to the Competition office by 8 February 2019.
10 A competitor who intends to perform unpublished works or ones outside the standard European repertoire must, at the request of the Executive Director, bring a copy of the music for the Jury.