Jazz pop choir leading masterclass with Jan-Hendrik Herrmann (Jazzchor der Uni Bonn)
Attention choir directors!
Apply now for one of four seats in the Black Forest Voices Masterclass with Jan-Hendrik Herrmann!
Studio choir: Jazzchor der Uni Bonn, approx. 37 choir members
The participants of the masterclass will have the opportunity to work with the Jazz Choir of the University Bonn on selected pieces from the choir's repertoire and to try out their own musical and methodological ideas. The focus is on musical fine-tuning on aspects such as groove, timing, balance, ensemble sound, tone colors, intonation, dynamics, stylistics, phrasing and musical dramaturgy, as well as their methodical mediation. This happens in a joint open process of feedback by Jan-Hendrik Herrmann, the singers of the choir and the listeners of the masterclass.
End of May: Selection and notification of the participating choir directors, sending of the sheet music material
Beginning of June: Getting to know each other and preliminary discussion of all participants with Jan-Hendrik Herrmann via Zoom, date by arrangement.
Friday, 17th of June, 16:30-17:30: BFV-Masterclass Warm-up with Jan-Hendrik Herrmann, participants and the Jazzchoir
Sunday, 19th of June, 11:30-13:00: BFV-Masterclass Session 1
Sunday, 19th of June, 14:15-15:45: BFV-Masterclass Session 2
Costs: Participation in the Masterclass is possible with a festival ticket for 195€. The festival ticket also gives access to all workshops and concerts from Thursday, 6/16 to Sunday, 6/19/2022.
For listeners: Festival ticket holders can passively participate in the Masterclass.
Application: Submission of a video. Possible is a rehearsal or concert recording of a self-selected piece, in which the conducting work with the choir is evident.
Application deadline: May, 25th, 2022
Application to: firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not send the video as a file attachment, but via link to Dropbox, Drive etc.)
Jazzchor der Uni Bonn
Born and raised in Detmold, Jan-Hendrik Herrmann (*1985) studied school music and Latin percussion at the Cologne University of Music & Dance. He is baritone and beatboxer of "Soundescape", the a cappella band with which he won prizes at national and international festivals and competitions.
As a choir director, voice coach and vocal coach he traveled and worked nationwide, among others with the ‘WDR Rundfunkchor’ and the Cologne a cappella group ‘basta’. Since 2018 he has been a musical advisor and coach for the WDR program ‘Der beste Chor im Westen’. With the Jazz Choir of the University Bonn he won a 1st and special prize at the German Choir Competition in the category ‘popular Music - a cappella’ in 2018, followed by 1st place at the Aarhus Vocal Festival 2019.
His choral arrangements have been published by Schott, Carus, Bosse, Helbling and Ferrimontana and are sung by the Bonner Jazzchor ‘Pop-Up’, ‘VoicesInTime’, ‘Vocal Journey’ and the ‘WDR Rundfunkchor’, just to name a few.
Since 2021 he teaches choir management jazz/pop, vocal arrangement and group music at the Cologne University of Music & Dance. He also gives workshops as a guest lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Art in Frankfurt, the University for Music Detmold and the University for Music Franz Liszt Weimar.
Further information: www.jan-hendrik-herrmann.de
Jazzchor der Uni Bonn
The Jazzchor der Uni Bonn looks back on a 25-year history. Dressed in black and white back then to today’s blue, gray and gold - one thing never changed: the choir offers the opportunity to share the joy of singing and experiencing various (jazz) harmonies among all students and other music enthusiasts.
Since 2012, the choir has been directed by Jan-Hendrik Herrmann, who successfully unifies the choir's sound despite the constantly fluctuating instrumentation. He also wrote most of the arrangements that the choir sings. The repertoire ranges from rock and pop icons like Queen and Michael Jackson to jazz arrangements based on pieces of Kurt Elling and current artists like Jacob Collier, Accent and Imogen Heap.