Solo Singing Masterclass with Kim Nazarian (New York Voices)

As part of Black Forest Voices, we offer an annual accompanying masterclass for individuals. In 2022, you could dive into jazz & pop choral conducting with Jan-Hendrik Herrmann (Jazzchor der Uni Bonn). This year we look forward to SOLO SINGING: FINDING YOUR OWN VOICE! with Kim Nazarian (New York Voices), accompaniment by Cornelius Mack.

Attention solo singers! For beginners and advanced singers!
Apply now for one of 6 places in the Black Forest Voices Masterclass with Kim Nazarian!


Brief insight from Kim Nazarian: "The Finding Your Own Voice Masterclass will entail each soloist embracing their personally selected repertoire and using the music as a conduit for self expression... A vocalist must own the song with truth in order to become vulnerable enough to allow the listener inside. The sessions will pay attention to embodying the groove of the arrangement, telling the story with the phrasing of the lyric, utilizing dynamics, and perhaps even trying something new! We will breathe new life into every song by lifting it off of the page, and making it a multi-dimensional experience.... this process is one of the wonders of music..... PURE MAGIC!"


Schedule June 15-18, 2023

Thursday, 4:15 - 5 pm: start together, getting to know each other
Thursday, 5:15 - 7:15 pm: Masterclass with Solo Sessions

Friday, 10 - 11 am: personally tailored workshop (choice of several topics)
Friday, 11:15 - 12:15 am: Masterclass with Solo Sessions
Friday, 4 - 6 pm: Masterclass with Solo Sessions

Saturday, 10 - 11 am: personally tailored workshop (choice of several topics)
Saturday, 11:15 - 12:15 am: Masterclass with Solo Sessions
Saturday, 4 - 6 pm: Masterclass with Solo Sessions

Sunday, 9:45 - 11:45 am: Masterclass with Solo Sessions
Sunday, 2 - 4 pm: Masterclass with Solo Sessions
Sunday, 4 - 5 pm: Soundcheck
Sunday, 5 - 6 pm: final presentation at the Schalampi stage

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Location: Festival area Talvogtei, Kirchzarten

Costs: The participation in the Masterclass costs 500€ per person. This price includes a festival ticket, so that you can also participate in other offers of the festival including the concerts during your breaks or in the evenings. If you have already bought a festival ticket, we will of course only charge the difference.

In order to provide a protected setting for the participants, we have decided to hold a closed event. Those interested in listening are cordially invited to the final presentation on Sunday at 5 pm to the Schalampi stage.

Equipment on site: electric piano, small sound system with microphone. You may of course bring your own microphone or instruments. Cornelius Mack will accompany the masterclass musically as a répétiteur on the piano.

For the masterclass Kim asks you to bring a selection of 3 songs that you already know well. All languages possible; self-composed or cover. Please be in the right key and with good lead sheets.

The organization of travel and accommodation is on your own and at your own expense.

Language: English


Submit an unedited recording of you singing (audio or video). For example: record a video with your smartphone of you singing a song. As well as a few sentences about your own musical bio.
Application to: (a possible video please not as a file attachment, but via link to Dropbox, Drive etc.).
Application deadline: March 1, 2023
until end of March: selection and notification of participants


Kim Nazarian

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Kim Nazarian is a world renowned performing grammy nominated jazz 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 30 years. She is a jazz voice teacher via Skype for Vocal Jazz Majors at Ithaca College and she shares her perspectives on music and life as a musician through teaching private students in clinics, workshops, jazz camps and masterclasses, as well as through festival adjudication and guest conducting for singers on all levels in the US and abroad.

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Cornelius Mack

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After graduating from high school, Cornelius Mack began studying school music in Freiburg. During his classical training he came into contact with jazz and received lessons from Ralf Schmid, Helmut Lörscher and Karsten Gorzel. In 2009 he studied jazz piano for 9 months in the USA at the Eastman School of Music Rochester as a scholarship holder of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. There he had lessons with Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins and Dariusz Terefenko. In 2011 he completed his school music studies in Freiburg and studied jazz piano at the Musikhochschule Mannheim with Jörg Reiter and Rainer Böhm. He completed his traineeship at the Gymnasium Schenefeld, where he taught with great pleasure until recently.  In addition, he was employed as a lecturer, among others at the municipal music school in Lahr, at the Musikhochschule Mainz and at the Institute for Music and its Mediation at the TU Braunschweig. He is currently a lecturer in the subject of practical school piano playing at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and singer in the vocal band UNDUZO.

Cornelius Mack is active in his projects as a singer, composer, arranger, pianist and keyboardist. He has also gained experience as a choir director, teacher and musical director.

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