Coaching Camp 2024

Whether you're an amateur or a professional group, at any point in our careers it's important to keep evolving, to be open to feedback, to never stand still. With the Real Group, we were very lucky to have mentors early in our careers who helped us as a group find our own path and expression.“ (Peder Karlsson, ex The Real Group)


The Black Forest Voices vocal festival is once again offering a coaching camp in summer 2024, in which a total of four selected bands and - now new - four choirs can develop their musical skills in a protected environment and at the same time be part of Black Forest Voices. The camp is extremely practice-orientated. The participating bands will have the opportunity to take part in the opening concert on Thursday evening as part of the Future Night. The participating choirs can present themselves on the Choir Stage on the Schalampi stage early on Friday evening.

The bands and choirs each work closely with two world-class coaches - and receive separate input sessions from two additional coaches. Two bands/choirs are coached by one coach at the same time and are equally divided between active and observing participants during the camp. The group constellations and coaches will be mixed during the festival days so that all choirs and bands can get to know each other and work with both coaches. The coaching camp for bands starts on Thursday afternoon, the coaching camp for choirs starts on Friday afternoon. Both camps end on Sunday lunchtime.


Clare Wheeler (Band Camp)

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With a background in both Classical music and Jazz, Clare joined 5 time Grammy winning vocal group The Swingles in 2007 and toured with them for 11 years. Whilst in the group having the chance to sing with artists such as Rumer, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth, as well as performing in some of the world’s most prestigious music venues and working with legendary conductors.

Growing up in Kenya, she has sung in African Gospel Choirs, as well as Gospel Choirs in UK, Jazz Vocal Ensembles, Classical Chamber Choirs, Symphonic Choirs and of course The Swingles. She is a solo jazz singer, improviser, composer and arranger, most recently working on BBC Radio 3’s Carol Competition 2020 as their in-house arranger.

In September 2019 she joined the staff of the Jazz Department of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is the Faculty Chair of jazz voice, teaches improvisation, aural and transcription, vocal jazz and directs the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She is also the Principal Conductor of the Guildhall Session Singers, a new choir for recent graduates entering the session scene.

Anders Edenroth (Band Camp)

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Born in Stockholm, Anders started playing piano and singing in choirs at an early age. From ages 10 to 20 studying at Adolf Fredrik’s School of Music in Stockholm he experienced a strong focus on choir singing. Continuing with five years of studies at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, he and his fellow-students formed an a cappella quintet – The Real Group. In the two years following their Masters qualifications, all five group members studied together on a specially-designed postgraduate course resulting in a diploma of the highest standing.

For The Real Group Anders Edenroth has written and published many original songs, and arrangements of well-known standards, constantly exploring the development of new vocal textures and the integration of vocal percussion and rhythmic effects. He has been awarded several grants from The Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs and Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM). He has also worked as a keyboard player within the jazz and pop domain and as a writer of television scores and music for commercials. Over the years he has engineered and produced albums for many artists as well as arranging music for other vocal groups, for big bands, symphony orchestras and stage shows. Since 1989 he has been a full-time singer performing with The Real Group in more than 40 countries and has recorded 20 albums, many of which he also produced. Anders is also much appreciated for his many masterclass workshops, both at the two major TRG Festivals, and at venues on their international tours.

Kim Nazarian (Choir Camp)

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Kim Nazarian is a world renowned, Grammy nominated jazz performing and recording artist, educator and clinician. Besides her work as a sought-after solo vocalist, she has been performing all over the world with the vocal group, “New York Voices“ (NYV), for more than 35 years. She is a jazz voice teacher for Vocal Jazz Majors at both Ithaca College and SUNY Fredonia. She also shares her perspectives on music and life as a musician, teaching private students in her own personal studio as well as offering clinics, workshops, and masterclasses, adjudicating festivals, participating in jazz camps and guest conducting for singers on all levels in the US and abroad.

One of Nazarian's most recent accolades was being awarded the "Jazz Educator of the Year 2023" by the JEN organization. She is the first female, and the first vocal jazz recipient of this prestigious honor. In the summer of 2022, she also became the first woman to head the jury of the A Cappella Competition in Aarhus, Denmark. Continuing to climb the professional ladder, Kim has added Artistic Director to her list of titles, working with the established team of the DeMiero Jazz festival.

James Rose (Choir Camp)

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James (they/them) is an international vocal group educator, lending their expertise worldwide to spaces such as A Cappella Academy, Guildhall School of Music, Codarts’ Vocal Leadership and the City of Basel Music Academy. James is a veteran performer of a cappella, touring worldwide with acclaimed internet sensation group, ‘Accent’. James is also a contributing arranger for prominent groups, choirs and bands, including The Real Group, Voces8, Take 6, Naturally 7, The Swingle Singers and Rajaton.

Rabih Lahoud (Special Input Band & Choir Camp)

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Rabih Lahoud is the singer of the successful jazz band Masaa, with which he has already released 5 albums, and a member of Markus Stockhausen's band Eternal Voyage. He has also been involved as a soloist in numerous productions and festivals. Lahoud has been one of Germany's most requested vocal instructors for several years and coaches numerous choirs and ensembles, such as Maybebop, OnAir and the Bonner Jazzchor. His passion is the teaching of popular singing styles and the topic flow in the singing voice, for which he scientifically delved and engaged in flow research. On this subject, he published the book "Voice in Flow" in 2022.

Tine Fris-Ronsfeld (Special Input Band & Choir Camp)

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Tine Fris-Ronsfeld is a professional singer, vocal arranger and choir leader based in Denmark. Tine is founding member, composer and singer in the award-winning vocal group Postyr, co-conductor, arranger and singer in the world-renowned choir Vocal Line, and former conductor of the a cappella ensemble Lyt and the Danish National Youth Choir, Syng Selected. She arranges for leading international pop and jazz choirs and is also known for her catchy compositions. Tine has more than 20 years of experience teaching singers, choirs and vocal groups at all levels in Europe, the USA and Asia. She has published a large number of albums and choir scores as well as 2 hand books on icebreakers and a handbook with vocal warm-ups together with Kristoffer Fynbo Thorning. Tine is chairwoman of Aarhus Vocal Festival, a member of CASA’s advisory and the European Choral Association’s Singtank. Tine is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark with a soloist degree in pop/jazz choir leading and a master in pop/jazz singing.


Band Camp June 2024, Thurs. 13 - Sun. 16
Thurs 1:45-2:15 pm Opening Session (Offical festival opening Schalampi stage)
Thurs 2:15-3:45 pm Get to know the bands and first Coaching Session
Thurs 4 pm Soundchecks
Thurs 8 pm Performance at the Future Night at the Talvogtei Kirchzarten
Fri 10-13 am Coaching Session
Fri 3-6 pm Coaching Session
Fri evening Concert inclusive
Sat 9:30-11 am Special Input Session
Sat 11:30-13 am Special Input Session
Sat 3-6 pm Coaching Session
Sat evening Concert inclusive
Sun 10 am Collective feedback round and Closing Session
Sun 12 am Concert Matinee inclusive
Sunday afternoon individual participation at the puplic workshop program inclusive
Sun evening Concert inclusive


Choir Camp June 2024, Fri. 14 - Sun. 16
Fri 4-5:30 pm Get to know the choirs and first Coaching Session
Fri 6 pm Performance Choir Stage (Schalampi-Bühne)
Sat 10-13 am Coaching Session
Sat 2:15-3:45 pm Special Input Session
Sat 4:15-5:45 pm Special Input Session
Sunday morning individual participation at the puplic workshop program inclusive
Sun 12 am Concert Matinee inclusive
Sun 2-14 pm Coaching Session
Sun 4:30 pm Collective feedback round and Closing Session
Sun evening Concert inclusive

Note for the Choir Camp: The concerts on Sunday (matinee & evening) are included in the Choir Camp, tickets for the evening concerts (Thu/Fri/Sat) can be purchased via the official ticket sales (from April) if interested. If choir members arrive on Thursday and want to take part in the festival, they can take part in the public workshop programme with a day ticket on Thursday and individual workshop tickets on Friday morning.


Location Kirchzarten, Festivalcampus Talvogtei, Germany
Cost Band Camp till 4 members: 1.100€
till 6 members: 1.300€
till 9 members: 1.700€
Cost Choir Camp till 15 members: 1.900€
till 20 members: 2.300€
till 25 members: 2.600€
till 30 members: 2.900€
till 35 members: 3.200€
till 40 members: 3.600€
Accomodation self organized on own costs
Food on own costs; food trucks at our festival square
Application date Dec. 22, 2023
Application process

Application via email to with the following documents:
- short description of the band / choir (no more than 400 words)
- a press photo in high resolution with at least 300 dpi incl. credit information
- an unedited audio recording or Youtube link

The Coaching Camp is open to bands and choirs of all levels who are interested in further training, exchange and development. Repeat participation is not excluded. We look forward to receiving your application!


In memory of the late festival founder Tobias Hug, the "Tobi Hug Scholarship" is now being awarded for the second time. Tobi was always very keen to promote young talent and international connections. With this in mind, we would like to enable an international or non-German-speaking ensemble to take part in the Band Camp again this year - with financial support from the Hug family. The participation fees will be waived as part of the scholarship. The application for the scholarship is made via the normal registration for the Coaching Camp.


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