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Workshops

Our workshops open our BFV Web.stival from Friday to Sunday to vocalists and singers of all ability and age levels via online access to zoom rooms. The workshops remain the communicative, educational, social and musical heart of Black Forest Voices, also in the Web.stival edition:

Here the participants, who are online, deal intensively with numerous aspects of ensemble singing and singing in general: “classical” choral topics are taken up as well as up-to-date knowledge, methods or questions. The topics range e.g. from choral vocal training, warm-ups, improvisation games, beatboxing and - brand new - use of digital media.

Online-Workshops
The workshops will take place virtually in a zoom room. We will send you the required access data by email shortly before the workshop begins. For this purpose it is necessary that you provide an email address while buying to which we can send you the access data

Workshop times
Friday June 19th: 2 / 4 p.m.
Saturday June 20th: 10 / 12 a.m. & 2 / 4 p.m.
Sunday June 21st: 10 / 12 a.m & 2 p.m.

Workshop duration: 60 - 90 minutes

Tickets
>> Web.stival-Ticket with access to all workshops, costs: 95€
>> single workshop ticket, costs: 15€

Fresh warm-ups
Teacher: Morten Kjaer / Friday, June 19th 2020, 2 p.m. / FULLY BOOKED
Workshop language: English

In this online workshop, I will share my ideas for how you can plan and carry out a fun and effective vocal warm-up. Whether you are a choir singer who wants to be in tip-top shape for choir practice or and educator looking to expand your repertoire, there will be something fresh for you. Combining classic exercises from Ørehænger’s “Modern Vocal Music” book and some brand-new tricks and contemporary songs, I will guide you through a session that covers topics such as breath support, body posture, different timbres and sounds, vocal modes, harmonizing, and improvising. Be ready to sing along at home, and feel free to record the session so that you can listen later. After the workshop, download sheets of select exercises will be available for free download. Join me for a fun and focused journey towards a better understanding of your own voice.

Biography Morten Kjaer

Morten Kjær is a Danish singer, songwriter, producer, and music educator. He is a former member of the internationally acclaimed a cappella groups Vocal Line (DK), Basix (DK) and M-Pact (US) and a well-known arranger, educator, and competition judge on the European vocal scene. Morten records and tours both solo and with his Hollywood-based soulful pop trio, Ebb & Flow, and has been involved in numerous theatre projects in Denmark and the US. In 2017, he was nominated as "Entertainer of the Year" by CPH Culture in his home country. He also does cartoon dubbing and is about to return to school, studying Specialized Journalism. www.mortenkjaer.dk

Sing, Feel, Listen, Repeat - voice and body perception when singing
Teacher: Jan-Hendrik Hermann / Friday, June 19th 2020, 2 p.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: German

In this workshop the focus is on the perception of the individual "singing feeling", the own body and voice perception. Increased awareness can help us to fully utilize our voice potential in the sense of a healthy, powerful and flexible voice. Our idea of ​​how our voice should sound and our expectations of it from the outside are often pre-shaped in the form of adopted voice ideals (e.g. from role models, singing teachers or choir directors). Under certain circumstances, this means that we constantly control our voice and want to influence it. We tend to become (over) critical and immediately compare with very high standards, so that our voice can never fully develop in its naturalness. The aim of this workshop is to consciously trace various vocal functions and body mechanisms that are important for singing, such as muscle tone, resonance, energy flow, breath, breath flow, body activity, etc., in order to go on a journey of discovery through the entire spectrum and potential of our natural voice.

Biography Jan-Hendrik Hermann

Jan-Hendrik Herrmann (* 1985), born and raised in Detmold, studied school music and Latin percussion at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. He is a baritone and beat boxer of the a cappella band "Soundescape", with whom he won prizes at national and international a cappella festivals and competitions. As a choir director, vocal coach and vocal coach, he is on the road nationwide for workshops, coaching and training and has worked among other things with the Bonn Jazz Choir and the Cologne a cappella group "basta". Since 2018 he has been the musical advisor and coach of the WDR broadcast "The Best Choir in the West". With the jazz choir of the University of Bonn, he won a first prize as well as a special prize at the German Choir Competition in the category "Popular Music - a cappella" in 2018. The first place at the Aarhus Vocal Festival followed in 2019. His choir arrangements have been published by Schott, Carus, Bosse and Ferrimontana publishers and are among others sung by Pop-Up, Bonner Jazzchor, VoicesInTime and the WDR Rundfunkchor.

Record your Voice (at no cost)
Teacher: Martin Seiler / Friday, June 19th 2020, 4 p.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: German, can be hold in English spontaleously

Being able to record and edit yourself is becoming increasingly important for singers: be it for collaborations, for split-screen videos, for teaching tracks or for working on your own voice: basic skills in audio editing are helpful for musicians in many ways. Working together on split-screen video can quickly become a nightmare, especially in corona times: A wrong sound after three minutes of perfect performance ruins the video and forces you to do a dozen new recordings again and again. One would only have to correct one tone! In this webinar I would like to take absolute beginners with fear of contact by hand and achieve the first results with them step by step in four chapters. What hardware do I need? What software do I need? How do I record and cut? How do I publish the results? If you want to get started, you can download StudioOne Prime free of charge, we will use this freeware as an example. https://shop.presonus.com/Studio-One-4-Prime

Biography Martin Seiler

Martin Seiler is the “missing link” between choirs, a-capella groups and technicians. He studied audio engineering and worked as a sound engineer at radio stations while always singing in a-cappella groups (SixPäck, Cash-n-go). In 2011, he founded the German choir “Greg is back” as a conductor and arranger. With this choir, he twice won the Bavarian choir competition (“Bayerischer Chorwettbewerb”), and twice the second prize at the German choir competition (“Deutscher Chorwettbewerb”). In his work for Greg is back, Martin Seiler writes nearly all the arrangements and produces every single one with teaching tracks for all voices.

Tribal song and Trall - traditional swedish instrument imitation
Teachers: Åkervinda / Friday, June 19th 2020, 4 p.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: English

The unique sound of Åkervinda is built from many years of practice and shared musical experiences. But we do have a few tricks up our sleeve that we would like to share in a workshop at Black Forest Voices.

To sing is a full-body experience. This part of the workshop consists of a physical warm-up that will be tied to the teaching of our version of the tribal song ‘Trilon’; a very powerful and unifying musical experience for all participants as well as teachers. The song is about a ship that is being called to the shore by its tribe. It is originally from the stoney coast of Västra Götaland, where it is easy to imagine women communicating with each other along the coast - ‘Trilon, Trilon - there he is, there he is - close to shore’.

Swing: The particular swing of Swedish folkmusic is difficult to master. It is a feeling, and like any other musical genre, you need to listen, dance and feel the swing many times before it feels natural to you. Even though our tunes are being sung and not played on an instrument, we always strive to make them danceable. As a part of the workshop, we will teach, by ear, a Swedish wordless trall, as we sing them in Åkervinda. The trall will be taught through a short introduction to Swedish folk- dancing - just to feel the swing in our bodies. On the online course we will see what is possible when it comes to the dancing part.

Biography Åkervinda

Åkervinda collects traditional Scandinavian folksongs and make new arrangements with intriguing harmonies and elements of improvisation where the voices bloom in the most delicate and fragile to the most raw and powerful depths of expression. The group have toured all over the world, won international prizes and are constantly praised by critics. In 2014 they released their debut album 'Kära Mor' and in spring 2018 came their second album ‘Förgänglighet’, which was nominated for the Swedish Grammis in 2019.

Band Management
Teacher: Stephanie Neigel / Saturday, June 10th 2020, 10 a.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop newsletter: German

Why do some bands seem to work effortlessly and others wear themselves out in disputes and arguments? Is a band a band or are there different systems in the system that can work side by side? The band structures can be as diverse as human coexistence itself. It is important to know which one you are in. Which system do you like and are you aware of in connection with your band? Once this has been clarified, the foundation is in place, but then things really get going: What do I need to present, position and assert myself on the market? Together we go through the magical construct "band" and take time to discuss, to look at personal examples, to give feedback and to answer questions. A WEB.inar on the topic of band management and development by Stephanie Neigel

Biography Stephanie Neigel

The all-rounder studied jazz singing in Mannheim, Berlin and Weimar and perfected her skills with well-known musicians such as Jeff Cascaro, Sheila Jordan, Esperanza Spalding and the New York Voices. She is not only on stage as a solo artist with 3 solo albums released, but also with various bands such as the very successful female a-cappella quartet "Les Brünettes". In the past few years she has played several tours of Germany with her bands, produced albums herself and worked with music greats such as Al Jarreau, Edo Zanki, Tanita Tikaram and Dennis Mackrel or the HR Bigband, played studio concerts for SWR, HR, MDR and SR. She is a sought-after vocal coach at home and abroad and has a teaching position at the Freiburg University of Music.

Icebreakers - Breaking the Ice at a Distance
Teachers: Tine Fris-Ronsfeld & Kristoffer Fynbo Thorning / >> get your ticket
Saturday, June 20th 2020, 10 a.m. / The workshop is presented by Schwäbischer Chorverband
Workshop language: English

Icebreakers are games and exercises that break the ice and bring people of all ages closer to each other. Over the past ten years we have presented icebreakers for many kinds of groups all over the world and published our own books filled with these. We believe that integrating icebreakers, as a central activity in any kind of group work, creates a good atmosphere and preserves and strengthens the social ties in the group, while also strengthening basic musical skills such as sense of pulse and rhythm, imitation, improvisation, group singing and creativity. Play with us and learn a lot of new games and icebreaker exercises. Come and join the fun!

Biography Tine Fris-Ronsfeld & Kristoffer Fynbo Thorning

Tine Fris-Ronfeld is a Danish singer well-known throughout the choir and vocal music scene for her work as a singer, composer and arranger for the award-winning experimental vocal group “Postyr” and for her work as a singer, arranger and co-conductor of the renowned pop choir “Vocal Line”, with whom she won the 1st. Prize of The Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019. Furthermore, Tine is the conductor of the Danish pop choir “Lyt”, co-conductor of the National Danish Youth Choir “Syng Selected”, co-author of the books ”Icebreakers – A practical Approach to Group Dynamics” and “Breaking the Ice – a Playful Approach to Social Interaction”, founder of a music and dance school for talented kids in the rural area, where she grew up and project leader and vice chairwoman of Aarhus Vocal Festival. Tine is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, and she has almost 20 years of experience teaching solo singers, choirs and vocal groups in singing, stage performance and icebreakers all around the world.

Kristoffer Fynbo Thorning is a professional singer, beat boxer and technology enthusiast. He made his debut as a soloist in Vocal Management from the Royal Academy of Music, specializing in electronic voices in 2015. He has toured and taught workshops throughout Europe, Taiwan and the United States and has co-written the books ”Icebreakers – A practical Approach to Group Dynamics” and “Breaking the Ice – a Playful Approach to Social Interaction”, which are published in Danish, German, English, and soon also in Chinese. The focal point of Kristoffer’s approach to group dynamics is energy, interaction and humor. As a former singer of Vocal Line, his works in Aarhus Vocal Festival’s board and through Postyr’s concert and workshop company is well known on the international choral and vocal music schene for its pioneering approach to “e- cappella music” (electronic a cappella) his songwriting and his riveting icebreakers.

Crashkurs Conducting
Teacher: Claudia Burghard / Saturday, June 20th 2020, 12 a.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: German. Workshop presented by Schwäbischen Chorverband

Are you a leader in a group / choir, but you lack the basics of conducting? Do you want to go "back to the roots" and refresh the basics? To get to the point of musical coordination non-verbally is a great wordless art that lives from the reactions of those to whom it is directed. The influence of body language and its expression on the musicians can hardly be underestimated. After all, with musical intuition and skillful tools, you can translate the soul of a song from paper into audible and thus mediate between choir and music without being in your way. In this online workshop you get involved in a crash course in conducting. We train in combining breathing, singing voice and hands to bring your musical and rhythmic sorting thoughts into the visible. We also look at bets, starts, tees, fermatas and combine with "groove embodiment" and intuitive gestures.

Biography Claudia Burghard

Claudia Burghard is a german jazz musician - especially a singer, choir conductor and educator. She teaches at the University of music, theatre and media in Hannover as well as at the Bundesakademie for cultural education for choir leading, conducting, vocal jazz and improvising. The award-winning university choir „Vivid Voices“ is under her passionate leadership for 10 years. Choir tours and traveling around the globe leave their marks in her musical experience. She also performs as a solo singer and in her ensemble projects like Vocality or Stimmorchester Hannover. Changing the perspective is one of her favorite things - for that she still joins a classical choir.

From Aarhus with Love – a vocal arrangement workshop
Teacher: Tine Fris-Ronsfeld / Saturday, June 20th 2020, 12 a.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: English

How do you arrange songs for XXL vocal groups or a cappella choirs, so the story and feelings stand out? How can you customize your arrangement so it brings out the best in your choir singers and how do you make arrangements that are fun and easy to sing and sound great at the same time? What kind of ’tricks’ can you use as an arranger? Maybe you have even more questions? We will look at a selection of arrangements made for Vocal Line, Lyt and Syng Selected and explore different methods, ’rules’ and arrangement techniques within modern Danish vocal music.

Biography Tine Fris-Ronsfeld

Tine Fris-Ronfeld is a Danish singer well-known throughout the choir and vocal music scene for her work as a singer, composer and arranger for the award-winning experimental vocal group “Postyr” and for her work as a singer, arranger and co-conductor of the renowned pop choir “Vocal Line”, with whom she won the 1st. Prize of The Eurovision Choir of the Year 2019. Furthermore, Tine is the conductor of the Danish pop choir “Lyt”, co-conductor of the National Danish Youth Choir “Syng Selected”, co-author of the books ”Icebreakers – A practical Approach to Group Dynamics” and “Breaking the Ice – a Playful Approach to Social Interaction”, founder of a music and dance school for talented kids in the rural area, where she grew up and project leader and vice chairwoman of Aarhus Vocal Festival. Tine is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, and she has almost 20 years of experience teaching solo singers, choirs and vocal groups in singing, stage performance and icebreakers all around the world.

Online Rehearsal methods & Vocal games
Saturday, June 20th 2020, 2 p.m. / >> get your ticket

Sing disco songs & powerballads
Sunday, June 21st 2020, 2 p.m. / >> get your ticket

Teacher: Merel Martens / Workshop language: English

Online Rehearsal methods & Vocal games
In a time of social distancing, the sense of community and connection that a choir provides is very important for people. Therefore, this workshop is set up with the purpose of providing you with inspiration in maintaining continuity with your choir practise. We will play some online vocal games, share some rehearsal techniques and create a sense of connection, without being on the same floor.

Sing disco songs & powerballads
Time for some guilty pleasures, people! Are you ready to sing your heart out? With this repertoire it’s not easy to sit still. ;-)

Biography Merel Martens

Merel Martens is a fulltime choir leader, arranger, teacher and coach. In May 2015 she received a Master’s degree in ‘Vocal Leadership’ from the Royal Academy of Music (DK), studying with Jim Daus Hjernoe, with the highest possible honors. She is also influenced by colleagues such as Peder Karlsson (ex-Real Group) and Roger Treece (co-writer Vocabularies - Bobby McFerrin). Merel’s name is connected to the award winning vocal groups “Pitch Control”, “MAZE” and “VOÏSZ Vocal Projects” in the Netherlands. In addition, she has been coaching “The Junction”(NL), “Perpetuum Jazzile”(SI), “Vocalocity”(IL) and “The Keystones”(FR). In September 2014 Merel founded the “Dutch Organic Choir”: a group based on rotated leadership and style-free original, partly improvised vocal music. Since November 2015, Merel has initiated ‘Vocal Leadership’ at two Dutch conservatories, educating choir leaders during courses and a master's degree in this fairly new discipline. You can find out more about Merel at www.merelmartens.eu

The Beatbox Experience
Teachers: The Beatbox Collective / Saturday, June 20th 2020, 2 p.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: English

The Beatbox Collective invite you to discover your inner voice and learn how to beatbox! This is open for all ages and abilities and a fantastic string to any vocalists bow! In this session the group will take you through warm up exercises, an introduction to beatboxing and demonstration of range with each member. Participants will learn basic sounds, rhythms and techniques in build up to a family friendly online beatbox battle (Mums vs Dads, Sisters vs Brothers)! amongst anyone who feels they have the skills to become the 2020 Black Forest Voices Web.stival champion!

Biography The Beatbox Collective

The Beatbox Collective, Individually they have won almost every beatbox competition on the planet. Together, this vocal supergroup creates a wall of sound that simply has to be seen to be believed. 'How amazing was that? That was unbelievable' (Chris Evans). Featuring a team of the UK's top vocal artists, this is a show of mind-blowing sound, energy and beats not to be missed. 'If you didn't think you were a beatbox fan before, they will prove you wrong' ***** (EdFestMag.com).

Rotated Leadership
Saturday, June 20th 2020, 4 p.m. / >> get your ticket

From Idea to Release
Sunday, June 21st 2020, 12 a.m. / >> get your ticket

Teacher: Peder Karlsson / Workshop language: English

Rotated Leadership
This session is mainly about rehearsal methods. If singers do not assume individual responsibility for intonation and rhythm, no harmonies will be in tune and there will be no rhythmic power. One the other hand - when singers do get involved in a real way, then interesting things start to happen with the sound of the group, as well as with the social interaction and with the group dynamics. Rotated leadership can be applied in many different ways. I will gladly share my experiences from more than three decades of professional activity in vocal music; as a singer, musical director, and teacher of choir leadership.

Example topics: Why and how to:
• make rotated initiative a natural part of your music-making
• motivate singers to assume individual responsibility
• divide rehearsals into “slots” with different slot leaders

From Idea to Release
This session is about collective creativity in vocal groups and choirs. Repertoire selection and other core activities of vocal ensembles of any size can be done together, in my experience. Ultimately, every person in the group may get involved in the core activities of musical and artistic development. For the most part, this is a matter of having a visionary mindset combined with concrete structures for collective ideas development.

Mindsets: To participate in co-creational the singers of a group needs a common reference to basic mindsets required for different stages in creative processes, in my experience. The Map of co-creation that I present in this workshop provides you with such a frame of reference.

Brainstorming and Planning: I also guide you through how you can set up two distinctively different types of workshops for your choir or vocal group; one workshop for brainstorming and one for planning.

Biography Peder Karlsson

Peder Karlsson studied classical composition, arranging and guitar at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1984, and graduated in 1989 with a post-graduate Diploma in vocal group performance. As a member of the Swedish a cappella group The Real Group between 1984-2010, Peder made over 2000 concerts all over the world and 16 CDs.
https://therealgroup.se/
https://therealgroup.se/academy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EDO-NzOSrE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_dCvYt4CLg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlpVW75Y1cE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx4_v8pVGlU

Between 2011-14, Peder was Musical Director of the XXL vocal group "Perpetuum Jazzile", Slovenia.
http://perpetuumjazzile.si/en/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsVHTNfu3zs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odtd6EPx7Eg

Since January 2015, Peder teaches choir leadership in rhythmic music at Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark, since January 2016 with the title ”Honorary Professor”.
https://musikkons.dk/en/about-djm/employees/peder-karlsson/
https://musikkons.dk/en/programmes/jazz-pop/innovative-choir-leading/

Apart from activities within music, Peder is chairman of the non-profit organization End Ecocide Sweden.
http://endecocide.se/
https://ecocidelaw.com/
http://therightsofnature.org
http://www.earthrightsconference.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtNnX1JWQ4g

The Importance of Rhythm
Teacher: Kim Nazarian / Saturday, June 20th 2020, 4 p.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: English

This session grew out of a need to truly explain and breakdown the understanding of and create a healthy relationship with rhythm. After reading the lyrics, this is the next element I try to grasp when learning a song. During our time together we will watch some inspiring video clips, break down the subdivisions of swing and "latin" rhythms, do some simple exercises, play some games, do some doodle-tonguing, and begin the work of improvisation. If you were building your musical house, rhythm would be the floor!! The nuts and bolts in your musical tool box! I started as a tap dancer; so, once the rhythm is in your body, it´s easier to digest the other musical components of melody and harmony. Obviously, the RHYTHM IS IMPORTANT!

Biography Kim Nazarian

Kim Nazarian has been harmonizing with the New York Voices for 30 years. In 2012 she was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential Armenian artists. Along with the many recordings Kim has made with NYV, professional highlights include a collaboration with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild and being a featured vocalist on Bobby McFerrin’s “VOCAbuLarieS”. Kim is also the lead vocalist for the Latin influenced band El Eco, led by drummer, Guillermo Nohejowitz. Their latest CD, "Puerto de Buenos Aires" (Zoho Records) just earned "Album of the Year" by JAZZIZ's Mark Holston. She also released her own solo CD in Oct. of 2015, called "Some Morning" which was met with critical acclaim.

I can do that! Choral educational methods to promote self-confidence
Teacher: Maximilian Stössel / Sunday, June 21st 2020, 10 a.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: German / Workshop presented by Deutsche Chorjugend

The self-confidence of the choir members has a decisive influence on how happy and successful they can develop their potential and that of the choir. The workshop uses specific project examples, experiments, studies, exercises, games and methods to convey transferable knowledge from psychological and music pedagogical research and practice, which are used to systematically build self-confidence, motivation and musical skills. Lecturer Maximilian Stössel shows, among other things, how in the field of musical social work teenagers in so-called focus schools can be confidently and motivated to sing in a polyphonic choir and, as multipliers, also competently the basics of solmization, body percussion, improvisation to their own classmates and pass on ear training. The workshop is basically aimed at all choir directors who want to promote the confidence of their choir members.

Biography Maximilian Stössel

Maximilian Stössel is a choir director, singer, educator & cultural manager. After graduating as a state-certified choir and ensemble director, she studied school music, vocal pedagogy and educational science as a scholarship holder. As a lecturer in concert pedagogy, choir pedagogy, conducting & music theory, he regularly gives workshops and lectures at specialist events such as chor.com or chor@berlin. As a music teacher, he works scientifically and practically in the field of choral music social work with a particular interest in educational justice, peer-to-peer learning, self-efficacy and self-confidence promotion, currently among others. in the research and practice project "EMSA - a music school for everyone" and in 2015/2016 in the ARD education project "the Vivaldi experiment". He has been a board member of the German Choir Youth since 2016 and a member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Youth Choir since 2018.

Sing your heart out! Masterclass
Teachers: Essi Wuorela & Joaquin Hernandez / Sunday, June 21st 2020, 10 a.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: English

Find your authentic voice and learn to sing with purpose in this interactive online singing workshop with Rajaton Soprano, Essi Wuorela. All will experience group singing exercises about expression and ways to make interpretation personal! Some individual singers will receive one on one coaching about how to work with text to bring the music alive. In addition, all will receive practical tips for deeper learning, memorization and enjoyment of singing from this performer with over 30 years of experience! Important: All 6 active places are meanwhile occupied. From now on, this workshop can only be booked as a passive participant.

 
Biography Essi Wuorela

Soprano Essi Wuorela has been a member of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble, Rajaton for the past 22 years. This six voice a cappella vocal group has toured extensively, visiting festivals and concert halls all over the world. The group has recorded 20 albums to date to great acclaim on the world stage. In addition to their acapella repertoire, Rajaton have enjoyed collaborations with major symphony orchestras worldwide with their Abba, Queen and Beatles programs. As a solo artist, Essi is a member of the EVA trio, Finnish folk-fusion ensemble (voice, cello and kantele) who released first cd “Ensimmäiset seikkailut 2012, special EP, “Ilta” in January 2018 and full cd “Hauras jää” Mars 2020. Essi began her singing career in 1994 with a solo-cd that was widely acclaimed and sold gold in Finland in its first year. Following this strong debut, she worked as a solo artist for 3 years, touring Finland, performing in a several television music programs and galas. She hosted two television programs, and worked as a freelance musician for various recording projects including collaborations with Heikki Sarmanto and the Tapiola Chamber orchestra, Oulu Symphony orchestra, Lahti Symphony orchestra, Helsinki City Symphony orchestra, Proton String Quartet and several pop & rock bands, singing background vocals for many albums. In 1999, Ms. Wuorela graduated from the Pop&Jazz Conservatory, Helsinki, Finland as a certified music teacher. Today, she maintains a small private voice studio and works as a clinician for voice and choir workshops internationally in addition to her performance schedule.

Creating music from Scratch
Teacher: Kevin Fox / Sunday, June 21st 2020, 12 a.m. / >> get your ticket
Workshop language: English

Ever wanted to write a song or arrangement, but weren’t sure where to start? This fun and fast-paced workshop will give you some tips to help you unlock your creative potential. We’ll be guided by three principles:

“Play vs. work” create a playful environment
“Do vs. think” practice taking action before making decisions
“Yes vs. no” take the first idea and run with it (wherever possible!)

Part One: We’ll look at an existing arrangement, but with parts missing. Your job will be to fill in the blanks!
Part Two: We’ll write a brand new song. All of the ideas will come from you, and I’ll record the parts as they come. At the end, you’ll get a mix of the song you wrote!

Biography Kevin Fox

A Toronto native now based in London, Kevin Fox is a recognized voice in the world of contemporary a cappella. He is known internationally for his work as a choral director, coach, adjudicator, and arranger. From 2007 to 2019 he was the baritone/vocal percussionist for the Grammy-winning group The Swingles. Since 2013 he has served as Artistic Director of the Israeli pop choir Vocalocity. Other recent credits include: Music Director on the British television show Sing: Ultimate A Cappella (2017); atelier leader at Europa Cantat in Tallinn (2018); teacher at Vocalmente in Fossano (2019); and workshop leader with the Guildhall School of Music and National Youth Choir of Great Britain (2020). Kevin has adjudicated at numerous festivals worldwide including the ICCAs (USA), Rocky Mountain Festival (Canada) and The Voice Festival UK. A sought-after workshop leader, Kevin has a passion for helping singers and ensembles to unlock their creative music-making potential.

Vocal Producing and Editing for Starters
Teacher: Lukas Teske / Sunday, June 21st 2020, 2 p.m. / >> get your ticket
Language of Workshop: German, can be hold in English spontaleously

My way from the first recording to the finished mix. So, the song is rehearsed, the tones are in place, the musicians sound together. Awesome. Now the thing has to be preserved as best as possible. This is where Lukas´ workshop begins. How do I record the voices? What do I use as a recording basis (playback, guide)? In what order do I record? How do I edit the tracks (selection, editing, Melodyne / Autotune)? How do I mix the tracks together (compression, EQing, balance, reverb, etc.)? The focus is on working in the DAW (Logic, Cubase, ProTools, Luna, etc.). The topic is incredibly complex and cannot be covered perfectly in 90 minutes. Lukas tries to pick everyone up, make them want and get them on track.If you have specific, very specific questions, please send them to Lukas@maybebop.de and they will see whether they can find a place in the workshop or should be clarified outside. Happy DIYing

Biography Lukas Teske

Lukas Teske was born in Halle an der Saale in 1980, grew up in Berlin and graduated there in 1999 from the musically oriented Georg-Friedrich Händel-Gymnasium. He began singing at the age of 8, but only came to choral music because of his inability to convince with the clarinet in the school orchestra. Many a cappella formations followed and until 2007 he studied jazz singing and vocal pedagogy at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. Since school he has sung in a variety of choirs and vocal ensembles, among others. in the Federal Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO) and the a cappella band muSix. Today Lukas Teske is a lecturer for beatbox workshops and music producer (HighFive, Anders, DeltaQ, OnAir, zwo3wir, Unduzo, Maybebop), but especially since 2002 live with the a cappella band Maybebop. Since 2012, he and Felix Powroslo have been organizing the Berlin vocal festival BERvokal, which promotes singing and the voice in general, six ensembles in particular and concerts.