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 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.


Bonner Jazzchor

Conductor: Andrea Figallo
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The Bonn Jazz Choir has been delighting audiences with its unmistakable vocal jazz-pop for 20 years. The repertoire includes jazz and swing standards as well as singer-songwriter ballads, groovy funk, captivatingly different arrangements of German folk music and always a few new surprises. The eclectic mix of rapturous harmonies, laid-back groove and goosebump-inducing dynamics make the Bonn Jazz Choir what it is - and a crowd favorite ...not only in Bonn.

Since the ensemble was founded in 2003, the 50 or so singers have gone from strength to strength. In the meantime, they have enjoyed numerous national and international successes and have regularly performed live in their region and beyond the borders of the Rhineland. Highlights of their success include a 3rd prize at the German Choir Competition 2010, a 2nd prize at the international competition of the Aarhus Vocal Festival 2011, a 2nd prize at the German Choir Competition 2014 and a special prize at the German Choir Competition 2023. With "Bottle This Moment" (2013), "Take Me Outside" (2017) and "Der Stimme Zauber: Eine Storm-Trilogie" (2023), the choir has released 2 CDs and an EP to date. The ensemble received the "Runner-Up Best Folk/World Song" award at the 2014 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in Boston for its folk song version of "Kein schöner Land".

In January 2020, Andrea Figallo took over the musical direction of the Bonn Jazz Choir - multiple Grammy and Cara-nominated singer, producer, arranger, choirmaster and popular coach and juror in the high-ranking international a cappella scene.

don camillo chor

Conductor: Philipp Weiß
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The don camillo chor combines a jazz and pop feel with an authentic choral sound and is one of the best a cappella choirs in Germany. The ensemble has already won several awards, including third place at the German Choir Competition and a gold medal in the jazz category at the World Choir Games and, most recently, third place at the German Choir Festival in Leipzig.

National and international competitions and festivals have taken the Munich-based ensemble to Marktoberdorf (Musica Sacra Festival), Freyburg (Rotkäppchen Nacht der Chöre), Austria ( Graz), Denmark (Aarhus Vocal Festival) and Poland (International Choir Festival). A special feature is the variety of genres that the ensemble, under the direction of Philipp Weiß and his predecessors, has already incorporated into its repertoire on numerous occasions - mostly with arrangements tailor-made by choirmasters, choral singers or friends of the choir. In addition to pop and jazz numbers, there are also classical works and vocal excursions through hip-hop, hard rock and folk music to cluster-like, polyrhythmic, avant-garde soundscapes. The a cappella fairy tale "Kasimir's Adventures", written, composed and arranged by choir members themselves, was published as an audio book, performed several times and awarded the Leopold Media Prize by the Association of German Music Schools ( and even recognized as the creation of a new genre.

In the choir's long history, the approximately 35 singers have also gained experience in a wide variety of exciting projects such as opera productions, performances with big band or jazz combo, double concerts with renowned a cappella ensembles such as the Bonner Jazzchor and On Air, as well as many other inspiring musical encounters. The choir's mentors and long-standing accompanists include many big names in European choral and a cappella music, including Florian Helgath, Andrea Figallo and Matthias Becker. The choir celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019.


Conductor: Morten Vinther
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perlemor – modern a cappella

Wiesbaden is getting a new pop-jazz pearl under the direction of Morten Vinther Sørensen, the former baritone of the internationally renowned a cappella ensemble "The Real Group".

"Perlemor" means mother-of-pearl in Danish and for this ensemble stands for the shimmering, iridescent sound of soulful voices with rhythm & groove. The newcomers sing familiar and unfamiliar songs ranging from folk and pop to jazz and folk songs. Another intense experience for the ensemble is to create new pieces in the moment through improvisation.

The 20-member vocal ensemble has been rehearsing monthly in Wiesbaden since October 2022. The singing enthusiasts travel from all over the Rhine-Main region as well as from Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim and Karlsruhe.

Perlemor on Instagram


Conductor: Katharina Gärtner & Simon Herten
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vode is a young ensemble dedicated to a cappella pop and jazz. The name may be new, but the group behind it is not! Over 10 years of performing together in various formations (including the renowned jazz/pop choir Pop-Up) have brought us together not only musically but also personally. As an ensemble, we come together every year from all over Germany for project phases in which we develop our repertoire. We shape our current program with colorful sounds and sophisticated arrangements to create a multifaceted concert experience.


Baked Beans

from Dresden, Germany
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Baked Beans - rousing barbershop and refreshing a cappella singing straight from Dresden.

Four passionate singers, united by the common desire for constant development in voice and performance. As members of the Jazzchor Dresden, they are well connected with highly motivated musicians and have already rocked numerous stages in front of enthusiastic audiences. Since the end of 2022, the four of them have been discovering the world of barbershop.

For them, the stage means more than just singing - it's the place where they bring their passion to life and captivate the audience with their music.

Four voices, one mission: at the band camp, they want to hone their performance together, explore new horizons and make the most of their talents with the professional support of the coaches.

Baked Beans - Mira, Beatrice, Patrick und Tim

Baked Beans on Instagram

Best Before

from München, Germany
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Best Before - five voices and a beatbox from Munich who have dedicated themselves to the latest pop songs of our time with specially arranged a cappella versions. From Dua Lipa and Alicia Keys to Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift - this ensemble transforms the latest chart-toppers into breathtaking vocal masterpieces. With great attention to detail, the well-known songs are blended with completely new ideas from the genres of jazz, rock, disco, funk, rap and classical music. Let yourself be enchanted by the rousing melodies and sounds and experience the incomparable energy and dynamics of the vocalists Susanne Schmid (soprano), Simone Fischer (mezzo-soprano), Johanna Straube (alto), Benedikt Perse (tenor), Christoph Nebas (bass) and Tobias Eisen (beatbox).

Best Before on Facebook


from Zürich, Switzerland
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dudap - 5 voices, 4 languages, 3 men, 2 women, 1 sound.
Whether craftswoman or academic, whether academic or craftsman, we have everything to offer. We are also very diverse in terms of age. But we have a common passion: polyphonic pop and jazz singing!
We sing songs from world-famous acappella bands as well as our own compositions. Do you also love good arrangements and a cultivated sound? Then you will hear from us.

Luzia Mantegazzi - Soprano
Tamara Zünd - Alto
Adam Szalkowski - Tenor/Bariton
Simon Gneist - Bariton/Tenor
Lucas Haldenwang - Bass


from London, United Kingdom
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Elision is a semi-professional vocal group composed of talented singers from across the UK who come together to create fresh and exciting contemporary a cappella music. Having met in the competitive collegiate a cappella community, the group’s members share a wealth of experience competing and performing at a high level to both domestic and international audiences.

Since the group’s inception in May 2022, Elision has enjoyed regular appearances at UK a cappella events, as well as hosting their own showcase and releasing a debut EP entitled ‘Sign Here’; which was accompanied by a live ‘Vocal Room’ session in collaboration with the AC Product. More recently, the group has pursued opportunities to perform at private events which have taken them to a variety of venues including the V&A museum in London. Earlier this December, the group aimed to build on the success of their Halloween single (‘Calling All the Monsters’) by contributing to the season's festivities with their first original single - ‘How Christmas Used to Be’ - composed and arranged by the group’s musical director William Drake and brought to life by resident production engineer and group president, Adam Critchlow.

In 2024, Elision looks forward to impressing more audiences with brand-new offerings from their characteristic style of raucous a cappella music; watch this space!

Elision is the winner of the Tobi Hug Scholarship 2024.

Elision on Instagram


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 Evening Concert
Sat 9:30-12:30 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



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