COACHING CAMP

In the summer of 2023, the vocal festival Black Forest Voices will again offer an accompanying camp in which selected young ensembles can develop musically in a protected setting and at the same time be part of Black Forest Voices. The camp is exceptionally hands-on; the ensembles will have the opportunity to be part of the opening concert on Thursday night as part of Future Night. Over four days, the ensembles get the chance to work up close and personal with world-class coaches. The group constellations as well as the coaches will be shuffled among themselves during the festival days.

We were delighted that so many different groups applied for the Coaching Camp. Especially after the difficult pandemic years we are very happy to revive the choir and a cappella scene with our offers. That's why we decided to double the Coaching Camp this year: We are looking forward to 8 coaching bands and 4 coaches! Awesome!

Coaching Bands 2023

4xDelay

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The name 4xDelay is our program. Translated from English, it means "four times late". That's how our rehearsal beginnings started in May 2019. In the meantime, of course, we have improved and are mostly on time, but the name has remained. We, that is Daniel Reuter, Sebastian Munsch, Julian Benz and David-Christian Sixt. Out of love for four-part male vocals, three, rather virile youngsters, initially got together to search for the longed-for, fulfilling fourth member. The starting shot is on 1.5.2019, a first private CD with our own recordings took place in 2020. The most recent release is our first single with our own music video (YouTube). Our repertoire includes classical male choir literature from the last centuries, arrangements from our own pen in all styles, including hip-hop, jazz and pop and our own compositions.

Herztöne

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The vocal ensemble Herztöne exists since 2019 and consists out of 11 women from Pforzheim and Bretten. We got to know each other from the Extrachoir of the Theater Pforzheim. The enthusiasm for music and the joy of singing, the vocal background and the wish for performing ambitious music, were the reasons for founding the ensemble. Salome Tendies, conductor and choir director, is the musical director. Our repertoire ranges from classical and musical to pop and film music. The songs are performed acapella or with piano accompaniment. After the forced break in 2020, directly after our debut concert, we would like to take off. Through some engagements, such as “Wirtschaftspreis Pforzheim” or the Ornamenta-Gala, we could already make a name for ourselves in the Pforzheim area.

laulaa

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Corona has been known to pose great challenges to the vocal and choral scene. Despite these obstacles, we took the plunge in February 2022 and founded our band: laulaa, a five-member women's vocal ensemble. We - Mira Hohn, Neele Kilanowski, Johanna Maisel, Josefine Marhofer and Josephine Pritz - found each other at the Berlin University of the Arts and have since been rehearsing intensively every week with great energy and joy. Our steadily growing repertoire - mainly from the jazz/pop area - consists exclusively of pieces arranged for five voices, some of which are also original compositions. Since our foundation we were allowed to experience a year full of musical events and exciting impressions. On this way we were reliably accompanied and supported by Tanja Pannier (Klangbezirk).

LowKey

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LowKey is a 10-piece a cappella group founded in October 2022 in London, when a cappella graduates decided they could not leave a cappella behind and it was time to take it more seriously. These members span some of the best collegiate groups in the UK including ICCA winners “Techtonics”, ICCA international finalists “The Bristol Suspensions”, “The Rolling Tones” and “Conchords” and Open finalists “Algorhythm”. In these competitions, our beatboxer, James Dempsey, picked up 3 Outstanding Vocal Percussion awards. The group also has a strong emphasis on recording. This is led by Emily Pulford and Felix Dickinson. Emily is currently studying Music Production and Sound Engineering at the Abbey Road Institute and Felix works in the music studio at the Royal College of Music. Between them, they have 6 CARA nominations and 1 award for tracks they have produced.
LowKey is the winner of the Tobi Hug Scholarship 2023.

Nebensache

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Harmonious voices, no instruments - that is the concept of the vocal band Nebensache. Using only their voices, the five singers whisk the audience away to faraway lands, provide goosebump moments by creating Nordic soundscapes, and inspire with powerful, wonderfully produced beats. Nebensache's repertoire consists mainly of sophisticated arrangements by heroes of the international a cappella scene such as Rajaton, The Real Group and Pentatonix. They sing about the main things in life: love, friendship, pain and happiness and always surprise the audience with different versions of well-known and lesser-known pop songs, jazz classics and folk songs. Highlights of the band's history so far include performances at the renowned Aarhus Vocal Music Festival in Denmark, in the well-known SWR broadcast "Kaffee oder Tee" (Coffee or Tea), and as part of the 300th anniversary of the city of Karlsruhe. In workshops (among others with the Finnish world-class ensemble Rajaton as well as with the well-known vocal coaches Erik Sohn and Felix Powroslo), the group regularly proves that music is more than just a secondary matter for them.

Neilon

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Neilon. A cappella, not synthetic, but gaudy and colorful. Neilon. These are catchy but sophisticated arrangements, delicate harmony clusters, intimate soundscapes. Neilon sets the mood. Between pop and jazz, with eleven voices and loop station.
At the German Chorfest 2022, the ensemble won first prize in the vocal band category. Neilon has already been coached by well-known scene names like Kim Nazarian (New York Voices), Merel Martens (Pitch Control) and Tobias Hug (Swingles) at vocal festivals all over Europe.

Sonah

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Since its founding in 2018, the Cologne-based vocal ensemble Sonah has dedicated itself to creating self-arranged covers from the rock and pop genres.
The young musicians met during their studies at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, where they are currently being coached by Prof. Erik Sohn.
coached. The 6-part formation sings their own concerts as well as on festival stages such as the Voc.Cologne School's Edition or the Chor.com 2021 in Hannover.

Total Vocal

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Total Vocal is a small group of 6 singers from the project "Klangtastisch" and was founded in 2015 by Dani Kalt. Great hits are rewritten by Total Vocal in dialect and staged in a new way. This is done almost exclusively without instruments and "only" worked with the voices - so a cappella.
Because the voice is an incredible instrument with whose use one can imitate and replace a whole band. Even the drums are implemented as "beatbox" with pure voice. Total Vocal provides with the demanding repertoire and swinging songs for good mood or touches the hearts with ballads that let the audience dream - Total Vocal halt.

Coaches 2023

Felix Powroslo

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The coach and director Felix Powroslo stood on stage himself for years. After his studies at the Bavarian Theater Academy, he performed full-time as an actor and singer at city and state theaters. In 1999 he was awarded 2nd prize in the German National Singing Competition, and from 2006 to 2008 he was engaged as Blue Man with the Blue Man Group.
While still a student, he began teaching and directing (for the Wise Guys and Bodo Wartke, among others) in addition to his work on stage.
Today he works mainly as a presence trainer, syst. communication trainer, as well as a director (among others for Bodo Wartke, Maybebop, Mnozil Brass, Viva Voce, ONAIR). He has several teaching positions at universities, including the HfS "Ernst Busch" in Berlin, and gives stage resonance trainings, choir and ensemble workshops nationwide and online.

Katarina Henryson

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As one of the founding members of the Stockholm based a cappella group The Real Group, Katarina Henryson is known for her flexible altovoice and distinctive stage presence since 1984. After leaving The Real Group in 2016 she continues as a singer, artist and pedagogue. Since 2017 she has been exploring and developing an area of expression that can be described as sonic performanceart. Together with cellist Svante Henryson she tours frequently in Sweden and Europe. Katarina is often working in constellations that if needed could be labeled as genrecrossing chambermusic.
Katarina is the artistic director Eric Ericson International Choralcentre and for the concertperformance series called 360° at Eric Ericson hall, Stockholm. Within The Real Group Academy Katarina is active as a workshop-leader with models for choirs and vocalgroups. From 2021 she is the conductor of the male chorus Sångsällskapet NS in Visby, Gotland.

Kevin Fox

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Originally from Canada and now based in the UK, Kevin Fox has spent 25 years immersed in the world of contemporary a cappella. He is known internationally as a performer, choral director, workshop leader, and arranger.  Kevin was a founding member of the Toronto vocal band CADENCE, before touring the globe with the Grammy-winning group THE SWINGLES for 12 years. Since 2013 he has served as Musical Director of the Israeli pop choir Vocalocity, and as a member of London Voices, Kevin has sung on film soundtracks including “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Eternals”. He was also Music Director on the British television show “Sing: Ultimate A Cappella” (2017).  As a teacher and adjudicator, Kevin has worked at various institutions and international vocal festivals including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Europa Cantat (Estonia), Vocalmente (Italy), Vocal Asia (Japan), and the Rocky Mountain Festival (Canada). Kevin’s passion is to help singers and ensembles to unlock their creative music-making potential.

Liz Swain

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Liz Swain is an established and versatile vocalist, choral leader, and soloist, known for her passionate and forward-thinking approach. She has performed with The Swingles, Bobby McFerrin, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, The Heritage Orchestra, New York Voices, Paco Peña, the Aurora Orchestra, and London Voices. She has appeared at international venues and events including the Montreux and London Jazz Festivals, La Scala Milan, the Proms, Europa Cantat, and the Big Chill. She is also a regular performer, vocal coach and session singer on radio, film and television, including appearances with the BBC, Sky TV, the London Symphony Orchestra, and soundtracks for Netflix, Marvel and Disney Studios.
Liz is dedicated to expanding choral education, innovation and participation in the UK. She runs singing projects and programmes in state schools in West London and is an experienced singing teacher, currently working in the Jazz Department at The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama and Kingston University. As a choir leader she has also directed projects for the Southbank Centre's Voicelab initiative, was a choir director and now a Trustee of national musical charity The Choir With No Name. She has also run workplace choirs at both The Guardian newspaper and Comic Relief as well as numerous community choir initiatives and interventions such as Singing For Lung Health for the British Lung Foundation with Phoene Cave. As founder and director of London’s contemporary XL vocal group SOUND, Liz remains committed to creating opportunities for vocalists, and pushing the creative boundaries of vocal music.

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