Workshops

Thursday, June 16th 2022

16.06.2022  |  02:15 PM  |  Language: English

Unlock your potential as an ensemble singer

Peder Karlsson
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Unlock your potential as an ensemble singer

There is a proverb from Zimbabwe which says “if you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.”

In the workshop, it is important that we create a respectful and safe space for each other, so that each person involved feels comfortable to express their playfulness as well as their vulnerability.

To unlock your potential as an ensemble singer is to re-connect with your natural sense of rhythm, pitch and harmony. As a consequence of schooling, however, some or even quite a few of us may lose confidence in our innate musical abilities. Experience has shown that this is a common experience for people who grow up in a culture that tells us to sit still, be quiet, and rely mostly on our brain.

You may re-connect with the “real you” so to speak, and find that someone with authority, like a parent or a music teacher, simply was wrong to tell you that you have no musical talent.

To do is to know. This workshop is not about music theory.

The example practises that we do in this workshop enable singers to identify and remove blockage in themselves that hinders them from singing with rhythmical and tonal confidence.

Confidence comes from inner hearing combined with the physical activity to make sound with your voice and with your whole body. Mind-body connections, if you will. Many singers do this intuitively and spontaneously without knowing.

To unlock your potential by musical practise can be a lot of fun and profoundly fulfilling. It can also be a transformational experience, sometimes challenging.

Let’s support one another in these processes.

 

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 sang over 2000 concerts all over the world and 16 CDs. Between 2011-14, Peder was Musical Director of the XXL vocal group "Perpetuum Jazzile", Slovenia.

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”. Apart from activities within music, Peder is chairman of the non-profit organization End Ecocide Sweden.

16.06.2022  |  02:15 PM  |  Language: German

Vocal Technique Basics – Voices in shape

Tanja Pannier
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Vocal Technique Basics – Voices in shape

Teaching pop and jazz voice at the Berlin University of the Arts Tanja Pannier has developed a wide variety of tools to help singers to get their voices in shape. In this workshop you will get to know how to warm up your body and voice and how to sing jazz and pop music in a healthy way. Learn how to use your resonance right to achieve a stylistically matching sound and learn how it can help you to improve your choral singing.

 

This workshop will be presented by Chorverband Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg

Tanja Pannier

Tanja Pannier is a singer, composer, arranger, choir director and vocal coach in Berlin. She is a founding member of the internationally awarded A-cappella ensemble Klangbezirk and a vocal lecturer for Jazz & Pop at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She writes theater music for the GRIPS Theater Berlin and the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus and gives international workshops for choirs, ensembles and singers.

16.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: German

Sing all you got! - Children's workshop

Timea Djerdj
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Sing all you got!
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Workshop for children aged approx. 6 – 11 years

„didldidldim – didldidldim – didldidldidldidldidldidldim – da da TJA da da da TJA da da da TJA da da da tam“: you recognize it? Yes, it is Mozart’s ‘Rondo alla turca’. A lively piece of music. But let’s swing ourselves like a casual palm tree on deck, before we sing it! The head’s hanging, totally relaxed, from one side to the other. You don`t know that yet?

Ok, what about the tomato salad? Well yes, it's a song and a tongue twister. Seriously, singing is like surfing, with the melodies being waves and our voices as surfboards. A little practice will lead to a lot of fun. Especially when we’re riding together.

Every wave (melody) is different and at the end you don’t even have to get to the ocean. All these sea sounds (songs) in your head, will let you ride (sing) whenever you feel like it.

 

Timea Djerdj

As a youth advisor in the Breisgau Choir Association, Timea Djerdj is committed to mature music-making in children's and youth choirs. A particular concern of hers is the mediation of protective concepts in member associations. During the Covid pandemic she founded a children's choir in the Black Forest. She also directs several choirs in the region and performs as a duo with Florian Bischof on antique pianos of the 19th century.

 

16.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: German

The energetic youth choir

Christian Fris-Ronsfeld
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The energetic youth choir

How do we find the right energy on stage? How do we manage that our choir performance doesn’t just sound, but also looks great ?
How can we unify and synchronise our movements as a group while still maintaining our individuality and perform with integrity?

The main focus of this workshop is the work with youth choirs, but the methods can also be perfectly applied to adult singers.

In this workshop we learn a few methods of how we can move in a choir with a sense of style and authenticity. These methods are not just theoretical, but we will apply them straight away with songs and examples of music. Our focus is on how to be in contact and interaction with our fellow singers and on being conscious how our movements can affect an audience.
 We’ll work with different levels of energy that can help amplify the musical expression.

Expect this to be fun - Let’s get the party started !

 

This workshop will be presented by Chorverband Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg

 

Christian Fris-Ronsfeld

Christian Fris-Ronsfeld is the Artistic Director of the Danish girls’ choir Mariagerfjord Pigekor and Mariagerfjord Choir School, that with its 16 choirs is one of the leading choir schools for rhythmic choir music in Europe.

He has been conducting the Danish National Youth Choir Syng Selected, with whom he won the 1st prize of the competition at Sing Strong A Cappella Festival in New York in February 2020. Christian is frequently invited to teach at festivals in Europe (a.o. Europa Cantat 2018 and 2021, AAVF 2019 and 2022, Europa Cantat Junior 2022, Choralies 2022 and Chor.com 2021) and USA (Sing Strong Festival New York).

He is a board member and workshop coordinator of Aarhus Vocal Festival (AAVF). Christian has a Master’s degree in rhythmic choir leading, pop/jazz singing and ear training from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus/Aalborg and a Master’s degree in music education from the University of Music in Freiburg.

16.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: English

Swedish herding songs and traditional kulning

Åkervinda
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Swedish herding songs and traditional kulning with Åkervinda

Traditionally in Sweden, singing would often be used as a working tool and for communication. Kulning, or herd calling, is a high pitch vocal technique, made to be heard over long distance. It would be used by herders in the mountains to call the cattle back, but also to communicate messages to each other from far away. Different melodies could have different meanings and work as a signal for what you wanted to communicate. In this workshop we will be exploring the special technique of kulning (Swedish herd calling) and learn some of the beautiful melancholic melodies of herd calling, that are very typical for the Swedish folk sound.


Kulning is about getting access to a certain part of the voice that most people have, even if they don't consider it to be part of their range. Both men, women and everyone in between can do this!

 

Åkervinda

Invigorating, enchanting and ethereal Nordic folk-singing

Jazz singers at heart, the four members of vocal quartet Åkervinda share a deep love of folk music and give new life to the Scandinavian folk tunes in their original and modern interpretations. The group released their second album 'Förgänglighet’ in Spring 2018. It was nominated for a Swedish Grammis in the category “Folk music of the year”.

Förgänglighet - the passing of life - is a tribute to all the things that withers away and a celebration of life in summer as well as autumn. Like so many storytellers and artists before them, Åkervinda carries tales of women throughout the ages, embodied in a visual musical live performance.

Ever since their break through at the Aarhus Vocal Festival in Denmark in 2015 the group have performed at an array of European vocal festivals and folk venues and at venues in Canada and the USA. The group had their TV debut at the famous Swedish TV show Allsång på Skansen in July 2019 and have worked with groups such as The Swingles (UK), Malmö Symphony Orchestra (SE), Jaron Freeman-Fox (CA), Nordic (SE) and Solala (SE) to mention a few.

Friday, June 17th 2022

17.06.2022  |  09:30 AM  |  Language: German

Ommm your Performance

Linda Jesse
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Ommm your Performance

Yoga as preparation for the stage (bring your mat!!)

How do I go on stage? How do I want to appear physically and how do I mentally and emotionally prepare for the upcoming performance?

Breathing exercises, meditation, a good mindset as well as a good body awareness can help you come into presence, shake off insecurities and build an even stronger "you", for being completely connected to yourself and the audience.

In my experience, yoga is a wonderful tool to connect with body and voice to come into full power for the performance. So bring comfortable pants and a yoga or gym mat and "Ommm your Performance" with me! :-)

 

In 2009, Linda Jesse completed her musical training at the Stage School Hamburg with a focus on singing and dancing. Since then, she has been actively performing on stage as a singer and performer as well as teaching singing/choir conducting/coaching for stage presence.

She worked with the vocal band UNDUZO (2013-2019), which influenced her a lot and so did her work in the choral world. Some choirs or vocal bands still benefit from her skills and the choreographies she developed. Since 2017 she has been working a lot with yoga and what influence it has on the voice, body awareness and mindset. Since then, this is also a part that flows into her work as a teacher.

 

17.06.2022  |  09:30 AM  |  Language: German

Digital choir labs - the future is hybrid

Katrin Hünemörder
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Digital choir labs - the future is hybrid

The pandemic forced choirs to explore different digital spaces for coming together. Deprived of physical gatherings for rehearsals or concerts, many choirs tried to continue their work, through online rehearsals via zoom or jamulus, by using live streaming options on social media, or simply meeting virtually to stay in contact and support each other.

The question is, what will last beyond the time of contact restrictions? What of the positive aspects of digital encounter might be integrated into the future work of choirs? In the workshop we will reflect about learnings and experiences choirs made during the pandemic and look into possibilities of bridging on- and offline choir work. The theses for this workshop is: the future is hybrid.

 

This workshop will be presented by Deutsche Chorjugend.

Katrin Hünemörder

Katrin Hünemörder, based in Berlin, is a political educator and project manager. Since 1999 she has been working in out-of-school youth education in Europe and Central America.

Her work focuses on knowledge management and organizational development in civil society organizations. She works at the intersection of political and cultural education at ‚mediale Pfade’ and is specialist in digital format development.

17.06.2022  |  09:30 AM  |  Language: German

Warm-Ups, canons & loop-songs

Bertrand Gröger
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Warm-Ups, canons & loop-songs

There will be a lot of singing - intoned, staggered, multi-voiced. A cross-section of my three choral books - in this workshop, you will find ways to increase quality in harmony, ear training, chromaticism, rhythm and style. It's about learning by doing. Roger Treece on Loop Songs: "Everything is fun, and musical, well-written, and educational, too."

Kirby Shaw: "Loop Songs is a wonderful and practical addition to any choral library!"

Choral Journal of the ACDA (USA): "Warm Up the Choir is a valuable tool for any conductor who wants to improve the quantity and quality of their warm-up exercises. The exercises are both understandable and based on correct technique."

 

Bertrand Gröger

Bertrand Gröger is best known as the founder and director of the multi-award-winning Jazzchor Freiburg, with whom he has toured and performed in 15 countries in Asia and Europe. Intense collaborations connect him with Bobby McFerrin, Roger Treece, Kirby Shaw, the Swingles, Torun Eriksen, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2004-2019, he also directed the Choir Zug (CH), which he led to three first prizes at the choir competition in Riva del Garda (I) in 2013. Gröger also directs the university choir of the Pop Academy in Mannheim, is an internationally sought-after workshop leader and jury member, as well as an author of specialist literature. His "Loop Songs", published by Schott Music, have received excellent reviews in the US and elsewhere.

17.06.2022  |  11:30 AM  |  Language: German

StimmkulTour – presentation of a children and youth project

UNDUZO
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StimmkulTour – presentation of a children and youth project

With few exceptions, the repertoire of the choral landscape is receptive. The focus is on compositions by others, sung as true to the original as possible. Own songs create a stronger commitment, address topics that students are concerned with and can become the musical flagship of an ensemble, a school or an association.

In this context UNDUZO has developed the 3-day ‚StimmkulTour‘ - an a-cappella all-round experience for children's and youth (choir) groups - based on own songs and ending with an audio production and a joint concert.

The workshop will show the importance of good cooperation between schools and clubs for its success and gives an insight into the background and results of ‚Stimmkultur‘, which takes place in the context of Black Forest Voices 2022.

 

UNDUZO

The multiple award-winning band UNDUZO (pronounced in German: und du so?/ what about you?) has been thrilling audiences for over 10 years now. Not only with their mixture of polyphonic and catchy melodies and a charming and funny stage show, but also with their deep lyrics, great musicality and excellent voices.

These five multi-talented musicians behind UNDUZO create a collaborative, inspiring space to play, spin and try out various ideas - like a picture that is constantly being painted and that gets more and more colorful. In the meantime 4 album productions, founding of a festival, the three-day songwriting workshop "StimmkulTour" for children and youth, performances with the aerial and water artist Linda Sander: the band works tirelessly on new colors and forms, to let themselves and the audience be carried away by it.

Their own style for compositions is primarily based in the facets of pop music, without copying any flat musical and content styles. A-capella is their creative tool: different styles of singing intertwine with beatbox and live-looped lines.

 

17.06.2022  |  11:30 AM  |  Language: English

Beatbox - looping & group workshop

The Beatbox Collective
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Beatbox - looping & group workshop

Learn how to create full musical tracks using your voice and loopstation technology. Layer vocals, add beats, learn the power of FX and become a one person band.  We will also learn to work as a group by using your vocals and conducting skills to create harmonies and rhythm sections.

 

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).

17.06.2022  |  11:30 AM  |  Language: English

From Score to Music

Tine Fris-Ronsfeld
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From Score to Music

We will sing a new 4-5 part arrangement of a catchy pop tune or ballad. The arrangements will have a modern and full-bodied sound to it – and it will be fun to sing. The main focus is to explore HOW we sing it by using different approaches to working with groove, pitch, blend, phrasing and expression. Along the way you will be introduced to fun exercises that will help you unlock your potential as an ensemble singer.

We will learn the music on the spot - no preparation needed.

 

Tine Fris-Ronsfeld

Tine Fris-Ronfeld is a Danish singer known for her work as a singer, composer and arranger for the experimental vocal group “Postyr” and as a singer, arranger and co-conductor of the renowned pop choir “Vocal Line”.

Furthermore, Tine conducts the Danish pop choir “Lyt”, is author of the books about icebreakers and chairwoman of Aarhus Vocal Festival.

She is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark and a passionate workshop leader and clinician with more than 20 years of teaching experience.

17.06.2022  |  02:15 PM  |  Language: German

‚Gschwetzt wie gsunge’ - spoken as sung

Uli Führe
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Gschwetzt wie gsunge

‚Gschwetzt wie gsunge’ - spoken as sung

The regional Alemannic dialect will be the topic of this special workshop. We’re singing both traditional folk song lyrics, as well as choral pieces with swing and pulse.

It is exciting to experience your own idiom coming to sound. In dialect there are timbres, consonants and vowels that do not occur in the standard language. Every language creates its own aesthetic sound image. In the past, dialect was often understood as an inferior language system. Dialect, however, is an independent, regionally located cultural asset, just like certain house shapes and apple varieties.

The workshop is aimed at locals, as well as newcomers who would like to enter the adventure of dialect. It will be serious and cheerful on the way to the Alemannic chorus.

 
This workshop will be presented by Chorverband Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg.

 

Uli Führe

Uli Führe, born in 1957, is a composer and Alemannia songwriter. He lives in Buchenbach, Germany and is course instructor in voice training for choir directors, music teachers and educators; He taught at the Musikhochschule Freiburg for 16 years an held a professorship at the Hochschule Düsseldorf for Choral Pedagogy until 2014.

Versatile publications:

Over 100 publications for female, male and mixed choir, (Tango animato, Süßer Mond, Das Heine-Chorbuch, Hie und da, Summa Summarum, Ukulala, Er und sie, ...). Vocalicals 1 and 2 - textbooks for singing in several voices, jazz canons (Wenn s gut geht, Allesimada, Hallo Django), CDs Muul uf, Dank Hebel, Ikarus, and many others.

www.fuehre.de

17.06.2022  |  02:15 PM  |  Language: English

Leadership, safe spaces and diversity of expression

Peder Karlsson
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Leadership, safe spaces and diversity of expression

Every singer is different. How can your choir or vocal group develop a musical identity based on the sounds and expressions of the actual people in the group?

This workshop provides an introduction to how choir leaders may develop a sense of how to create safe spaces for singers to feel comfortable about expressing their playfulness as well as their vulnerability.

Rhythm-based collective singing allows for simultaneous self- and group expression. Mind and body, rhythm and harmony.

Blending practise where you copy and clone the sound of another singer is a way to get into non-violent communication. And may get a picture of the potential in every singer in terms of diversity of expression.

Non-verbal languages such as music allow for simultaneous creative input (to listen) and output (to sing). Any choir may find that an incredibly powerful musical output is a possibility, once they unleash their collective creative potential.

Experience has shown, however, that the space for co-creation in a choir will be very limited unless choir leaders are willing to let go of outdated practises that are a part of top-down hierarchy and dominance culture. Choir leaders won’t let go of such practises until there is profound mutual trust between the leader and the singers. A starting point is typically that singers assume responsibility for their individual development as ensemble singers. This topic is highlighted in the workshop Unlock your potential as an ensemble singer.

 

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 sang over 2000 concerts all over the world and 16 CDs. Between 2011-14, Peder was Musical Director of the XXL vocal group "Perpetuum Jazzile", Slovenia.

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”. Apart from activities within music, Peder is chairman of the non-profit organization End Ecocide Sweden.

17.06.2022  |  02:15 PM  |  Language: English

Rehearsal games for pop choirs

Merel Martens
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Rehearsal games for pop choirs

In this workshop we’ll sing two scores together. To create the best possible outcome of these scores, we’ll play around with some positive and playful rehearsal methods. Jumping in and out of the repertoire piece, using games to improve our music!

 

Merel Martens

Merel Martens is a full-time 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 Hjernøe, with the highest possible honors. She is also influenced by colleagues such as Peder Karlsson (ex-The Real Group) and Roger Treece (co-writer Vocabularies – Bobby McFerrin). In the Netherlands Merel is well-known for her involvement in the award-winning vocal groups “Pitch Control”, “MAZE” and “VOÏSZ Vocal Projects”. She is also vocal coach for several professional groups: “The Junction” (NL), “Perpetuum Jazzile” (SI), “Vocalocity”(IL) and “The Keystones” (FR).

Merel enjoys running workshops for choir leaders, coaching vocal groups and choirs, and especially working on Circlesongs, pop repertoire and vocal games. She aims to create a positive flow of energy in rehearsal and to keep all participants feeling safe and involved. Merel’s vocal leadership style draws strongly on the methods of her mentors Peder Karlsson, Jim Daus Hjernøe and the notion of Vocal Painting.

In September 2014 Merel founded the “Dutch Organic Choir”: a group based on rotating leadership and partly-improvised original vocal music, unbounded by stylistic definitions. Since November 2015, Merel has brought the ‘Vocal Leadership’ method to two Dutch conservatories, educating choir leaders during courses and a master’s degree in this relatively new discipline. In June 2018 Merel was awarded ‘Best choir conductor of 2018’ by the NetherlandsChoir Festival, and MAZE was awarded ‘best Choir of the Netherlands’.

17.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: German

Stomp, Snap, Clap! Bodypercussion for kids

Gabriel Amadeus Hahn
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Stomp, Snap, Clap! Bodypercussion for kids
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Through first games with body percussion we will learn sound production techniques that make pulse and rhythm audible and tangible inside our bodies. Without any instruments, but powerful!

Small exercises on rhythm, reaction, coordination and tact are also part of the program and give an insight into our versatile 'musical body'.

You like stomping and clapping? All children are welcome!

 

Gabriel Amadeus Hahn

Gabriel Amadeus Hahn is a graduated jazz drummer with a master's degree in composing/arranging (University of Music Munich and Dresden). As percussionist, body percussionist, beatboxer and singer he performed on stage with well-known German acts like Roger Cicero, Howard Carpendale and Max Mutzke.

With ‚The New York Voices’ he also participated in international performances (2009 to 2021) and their latest album ‚Reminiscing in Tempo‘. Since 2017 he is singer of modern tales, a program of the ‚a cappella collective Brussels Vocal Project‘.

His body percussion workshops took place all over Europe, Asia and to the USA (Body Rhythm Hamburg, Vocal Asia Festival, New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, Shanghai Acappella Center). He is a certified alternative practitioner for psychotherapy with more than 10 years experience in Nishino’s breathing & energy work.

Saturday, June 18th 2022

18.06.2022  |  09:30 AM  |  Language: German

Stomp, Snap, Clap!

Gabriel Amadeus Hahn
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Stomp, Snap, Clap!

This workshop contains the most important techniques and sounds of body percussion and shows you how to create simple grooves and patterns (rhythmic patterns) using them. By adding voice or simple vocal percussion, we also explore our creative 'musical body', virtually accompanying ourselves or connecting our part with others.

You will train your coordination, reaction, rhythm and body awareness, but also interaction and interplay; feel free to wear something comfortable! See you!

 

Gabriel Amadeus Hahn

Gabriel Amadeus Hahn is a graduated jazz drummer with a master's degree in composing/arranging (University of Music Munich and Dresden). As percussionist, body percussionist, beatboxer and singer he performed on stage with well-known German acts like Roger Cicero, Howard Carpendale and Max Mutzke.

With ‚The New York Voices’ he also participated in international performances (2009 to 2021) and their latest album ‚Reminiscing in Tempo‘. Since 2017 he is singer of modern tales, a program of the ‚a cappella collective Brussels Vocal Project‘.

His body percussion workshops took place all over Europe, Asia and to the USA (Body Rhythm Hamburg, Vocal Asia Festival, New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, Shanghai Acappella Center). He is a certified alternative practitioner for psychotherapy with more than 10 years experience in Nishino’s breathing & energy work.

18.06.2022  |  09:30 AM  |  Language: German

Vocal Painting

Philip Eick
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Vocal Painting

Vocal Painting is a sign language that makes it possible to make musical-organizational agreements in the ensemble, non-verbally and without interrupting the flow of the music. As part of "The Intelligent Choir" method, VoPa is both an extension of the conducting language and a tool for "Live Arranging" and "Live Composing".  

In the workshop, everyone becomes a vocal painter. Various group improvisation settings will be practiced and the participants will experience how music can be created and shaped with a whole choir.

 

Philip Eick

Philip Eick is the conductor of the choir Local Vocal, co-founder of the innovative improvisation ensemble AVoPa and sings and beatboxes in the genre-defining choir Vocal Line. In 2021-22, he is also touring Germany with the vocal band Unduzo.

Philip studied school music at the UdK Berlin and singing and modern choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg. As a lecturer in vocal painting and choral conducting, he has taught at the RoyalAcademy (DK) and at the Sibelius Academy (FI). Philip conducts workshops at home and abroad and publications such as "Everyone can sing" and the series "Modern A Cappella" (Helbling). He has sung with greats such as Bobby McFerrin and the Rolling Stones.

18.06.2022  |  09:30 AM  |  Language: English

Sing Movie Themes!

Merel Martens
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Sing Movie Themes!

We will sing some easy scores together and you are very welcome to join. If you love John Williams and Hans Zimmer, this is the place to be!

 

Merel Martens

Merel Martens is a full-time 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 Hjernøe, with the highest possible honors. She is also influenced by colleagues such as Peder Karlsson (ex-The Real Group) and Roger Treece (co-writer Vocabularies – Bobby McFerrin). In the Netherlands Merel is well-known for her involvement in the award-winning vocal groups “Pitch Control”, “MAZE” and “VOÏSZ Vocal Projects”. She is also vocal coach for several professional groups: “The Junction” (NL), “Perpetuum Jazzile” (SI), “Vocalocity”(IL) and “The Keystones” (FR).

Merel enjoys running workshops for choir leaders, coaching vocal groups and choirs, and especially working on Circlesongs, pop repertoire and vocal games. She aims to create a positive flow of energy in rehearsal and to keep all participants feeling safe and involved. Merel’s vocal leadership style draws strongly on the methods of her mentors Peder Karlsson, Jim Daus Hjernøe and the notion of Vocal Painting.

In September 2014 Merel founded the “Dutch Organic Choir”: a group based on rotating leadership and partly-improvised original vocal music, unbounded by stylistic definitions. Since November 2015, Merel has brought the ‘Vocal Leadership’ method to two Dutch conservatories, educating choir leaders during courses and a master’s degree in this relatively new discipline. In June 2018 Merel was awarded ‘Best choir conductor of 2018’ by the NetherlandsChoir Festival, and MAZE was awarded ‘best Choir of the Netherlands’.

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18.06.2022  |  11:30 AM  |  Language: English

Sing without a safety net!

Kevin Fox
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Sing without a safety net!

unlocking creativity through improvisation

We all have music inside us. Sometimes we just need help getting it out. Using the musical tools we already possess, this workshop demonstrates that when we let go and listen, we can all create music in the moment. Starting with fun and focus-building games, participants are taken through a series of structured exercises using simple sounds, moving to duets and trios, to multi-layered large ensemble compositions. Singing without a safety net is both empowering and practical for any singer or ensemble.

 

Kevin Fox

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.

18.06.2022  |  11:30 AM  |  Language: English

Icebreakers - Groove & Connect

Tine Fris-Ronsfeld
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Icebreakers - Groove & Connect

Break the ice: In this workshop, participants will get ideas and inspiration for how they can use icebreakers in their choir or group and how to work consciously to bring people closer together through rhythms and grooves. Icebreakers create an opportunity for everyone to meet each other and introduce themselves, make eye contact, learn names and create a comfortable atmosphere in a playful way.

Participants will learn exercises that establish contact, cooperation and community and experience how they work – with a lot of clapping, playing and laughing! These methods highlight the importance of each individual and its unique competencies. Everyone will go home with many relevant exercises, games and rhythm icebreakers to spread the good atmosphere in their own groups while working in pulse, rhythm and groove.

 

Tine Fris-Ronsfeld

Tine Fris-Ronfeld is a Danish singer known for her work as a singer, composer and arranger for the experimental vocal group “Postyr” and as a singer, arranger and co-conductor of the renowned pop choir “Vocal Line”.

Furthermore, Tine conducts the Danish pop choir “Lyt”, is author of the books about icebreakers and chairwoman of Aarhus Vocal Festival. She is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark and a passionate workshop leader and clinician with more than 20 years of teaching experience.

18.06.2022  |  11:30 AM  |  Language: German

I can handle it! - Strengthen self-confidence in the choir

Maximilian Stössel
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I can handle it! - Strengthen self-confidence in the choir

The self-confidence of choir members has a decisive influence on how happily and successfully they can develop their potential and that of the choir. In this workshop concrete project examples, experiments, studies, exercises, games and methods will be used to convey transferable knowledge from psychological and music pedagogical research and practice that build self-confidence, motivation and musical competencies.

The focus lies on examples from work with children's, youth and school choirs, but the lessons and principles can also be transferred to work with adults. Thus the workshop is aimed at anyone interested in how to build self-confidence, music pedagogically and scientifically based.

 

This workshop will be presented by Deutsche Chorjugend.

 

Maximilian Stössel

Maximilian Stössel is a musician, educator and cultural manager. His focus is on promoting educationally, appropriate cultural participation, among others ss staff member in the research and practice project ‘Eine (Musik)Schule für alle’ (Music school for all) at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, as a lecturer in cultural studies and  music education/concert pedagogy at the ‘Berufsfachschule für Musik Dinkelsbühl’, as a lecturer in music theory, group music-making and conducting at the ‘Landesmusikakademie NRW’, and as music director of ‘Deutsche Chorjugend (DCJ). In 2020, he was able to receive the ‘Opus Klassik’ on behalf of the DCJ and the Saxon Choir Association for #zusammenSINGENwirSTÄRKER, Germany's largest virtual choir against racism, on ZDF.

18.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: English

Meet Rajaton

Rajaton
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Meet Rajaton

We will sing for you and talk about our experiences and highlights from the last 25 years together as a group. And there will be time for Q&A as well.

 

Rajaton

Some vocal ensembles focus on early music, others on contemporary pieces, some groups are devoted to jazz, others to classical choral literature, and well, all of them do Christmas songs. Several try pop, others specialize in a sacred repertoire or sing their own music. Then there is this one ensemble, that simply sings quite everything. Founded in 1997 in Helsinki, it calls itself Rajaton, which means "boundless" in Finnish.

There's no better way to describe the ensemble's approach to music. Their musical backgrounds range from classical to folk, jazz, pop and rock. The three women and three men have performed all over the world, in the U.S., Canada and Australia, in concert halls, churches and jazz festivals, singing everything from sacred music to pop hits. In fact, it's hard to think of a style of music that Rajaton couldn't make their own, or imagine an audience that they couldn't reach with their music. With more than 100 concerts and workshops a year, Rajaton offers a diverse repertoire;

Due to their vocal style and stage presence, the group has become a worldwide phenomenon.

In 2022 they are celebrating their 25th anniversary singing concerts worldwide.

18.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: English

The Sound of Åkervinda

Åkervinda
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The Sound of Åkervinda

Åkervinda is a female a cappella quartet who make their own arrangements of traditional folk songs. In this workshop, the participants will get an insight into how the group works to create exciting arrangements, even with a small vocal range, using different tools such as improvisation, rhythmic ostinatos, tight harmonies, unison and voice crossings.

In this workshop you will also be learning a traditional Swedish slängpolska.

 

Åkervinda

Invigorating, enchanting and ethereal Nordic folk-singing

Jazz singers at heart, the four members of vocal quartet Åkervinda share a deep love of folk music and give new life to the Scandinavian folk tunes in their original and modern interpretations. The group released their second album 'Förgänglighet’ in Spring 2018. It was nominated for a Swedish Grammis in the category “Folk music of the year”.

Förgänglighet - the passing of life - is a tribute to all the things that withers away and a celebration of life in summer as well as autumn. Like so many storytellers and artists before them, Åkervinda carries tales of women throughout the ages, embodied in a visual musical live performance.

Ever since their break through at the Aarhus Vocal Festival in Denmark in 2015 the group have performed at an array of European vocal festivals and folk venues and at venues in Canada and the USA. The group had their TV debut at the famous Swedish TV show Allsång på Skansen in July 2019 and have worked with groups such as The Swingles (UK), Malmö Symphony Orchestra (SE), Jaron Freeman-Fox (CA), Nordic (SE) and Solala (SE) to mention a few.

18.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: English

The Beatbox Experience

The Beatbox Collective
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The Beatbox Experience

Join The Beatbox Collective as they take you on a journey of sound, music, all inclusive activities and interactive games. Learn the basics of beatboxing, discover your inner voice and create music using nothing but the voice. Remember, every sound is a good sound, what's your sound?

 

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).

Sunday June 19th 2022

19.06.2022  |  02:15 PM  |  Language: English

Feeling at home on stage

Kim Nazarian
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Feeling at home on stage

This class will take a look at our own individual stage frights and some personal perspectives on how to overcome our fears and let the music be our guide to success and comfort.

Activities will entail conversation, personal revelation, and actual demonstration. We will engage in breathing exercises, a meditation, and a group singing exercise that creates a sense of security.

Participants will physicalize the bonds that connect us, and actually enjoy the freedom of movement. There will also be a list of Creative Vitamins to build together. This workshop was quite successful in its last incarnation. It truly tailors itself to the people who partake… an emotional experience as we release tensions and discover our own "vulnerable strength".

 

Kim Nazarian

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.

19.06.2022  |  02:15 PM  |  Language: German

Bandmanagement

Richard Leisegang
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Bandmanagement

If you want to start a band, a choir or other passion projects, the organization quickly becomes confusing and chaotic. There are small tricks and great know-how for the organizational basis, that keep your work running in a relaxed way.

I have been singing with UNDUZO (almost) since its foundation and creatively take care of the band's organizational needs. My diverse, entrepreneurial knowledge serves me well in making music professionally and not getting ripped off in the process.

In this workshop you’ll get clarity, order and structure for the non-chaotic part of a band, an ensemble, a choir.

 

Richard Leisegang

If I had to name one object that represents me, I would probably be a kaleidoscope. I am multifaceted and love to shape my musical life in a varied and intensive way. I am one of the Black Forest Voices founding members and I studied teaching music and German as well as classical singing.

I’m a singer in the vocal band UNDUZO and I’m writing and arranging e.g. for the SWR Rundfunkchor or the children's and youth choir of the Gewandhaus. In my hometown Leipzig I have just started a successful youth pop/jazz choir as part of a management team.

Mainly I am a singer, songwriter and manager of UNDUZO. I love the work on and behind the stage. The ever-changing demands keep me agile, alive and awake.

Singing, whether alone or in the band, is for me like a warming fire in front of which I place myself and whose light I enjoy with all my senses. My creativity and my music are the energizing, stable pillars of my work - like an underground river that flows permanently and comes to the surface in phases; so they pave their way again and again with sounds, melodies and lyrics.

19.06.2022  |  02:15 PM  |  Language: English

Expressive Singing - Inspiration & Authenticity

Essi Wuorela
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Expressive Singing - Inspiration & Authenticity

How do you know what do you want to say, what gives juice to your creativity and gives you joy - let’s explore the field together.

 

Essi Wuorela

'As far back as I can remember, I have always been singing.
I started studying voice when I was in Sibelius High School and it was classical singing lessons through the Helsinki Music Conservatory. I continued my studies at the Pop&Jazz Conservatory and gratuated in1999 with a diploma in music education.

Singing as a soloist has always felt natural to me - I felt it was my strength. As a child, I sang in school choirs, but found the magic and beauty of four part harmony in Sibelius High School, chamber choir. Now I am thrilled to make music in a small ensemble too, and share the joy of making music together, in cooperation, where the package can be more than the sum of its parts!'

19.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: English

Sing a song with Morten

Morten Vinther
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Sing a song with Morten

How about we just sing a song?!

After almost two years of considering whether it’s okay or not to open our mouths and sing together, this seems like a good idea.

The music in this session will be original a cappella music that is possible to sing for singers at different levels. We will learn the piece partly from a score and partly by ear. I will try to include all the pedagogical tips and tricks I have about pulse-based and groovy choir singing in this session(!), so hopefully you will be leaving with a few tools and a funky heartbeat.

 

Morten Vinther

Obtained his Master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg before becoming part of The Real Group (2010-2020). He works throughout Europe as a workshop leader and lecturer with the methods and concepts developed there, such as "The Intelligent Choir", "Circle Singing" and physical rhythm training. Meanwhile, he also works from Wiesbaden (GER) as a freelance composer, producer and singer in the improvisation group 'Songs of The Moment'.

Portrait
19.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: English

Everyone's the drummer!

Kevin Fox
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Everyone's the drummer!

Incorporating rhythm and groove in your ensemble

Inspired by the famous horn section from the legendary band Tower of Power, this workshop examines the ways in which each individual in a vocal ensemble takes responsibility for creating groove, even in the absence of a drummer.  Using percussive groove elements (“the function of drums”) and non-percussive groove elements (“the illusion of drums”), we work on establishing a unified and razor-sharp sense of rhythm and pulse, so that the ensemble not only sings in time, but feels great doing it. Then, learning parts by rote, we’ll work with polyrhythmic sections of TOP’s classic “What is Hip?” to experience how great it sounds when the whole ensemble is truly “in the pocket”!

 

Kevin Fox

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.

19.06.2022  |  04:15 PM  |  Language: German

Choirs for Ecocide Law - Restore hope for the future

Peder Karlsson
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Choirs for Ecocide Law - Restore hope for the future

In this workshop, we will sing songs and choral arrangements that will be a part of a unique project collaboration between The Real Group Academy, Global Music department at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, European Choral Association and Stop Ecocide International.

Our project will start at the United Nations conference on the environment in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 2-3, 2022.

What kind of world are we passing on to our children and grandchildren? People from all over the world today can follow how relations between people, countries and cultures are falling apart. Many lose faith in the possibility of a sustainable and peaceful future.

As policy makers at a global level struggle to address loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change, we see how governance systems are questioned at the level of local communities as well as at the level of global society at large.

The world is in dire need of solutions. Ecocide Law is a concrete solution – it holds decision-makers to account by making large-scale environmental destruction an international crime.

The topic of large-scale environmental destruction is a complex issue that may be challenging for people to approach, intellectually and emotionally.

Therefore, we need to practise talking about it. In the workshop, apart from singing songs, we may also discuss how amateur and professional singers and musicians could help raise awareness of the importance of international legislation as a constructive solution, and bring their engagement to contribute to healthy communications and relations based on mutual respect; individually and culturally.

 

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 sang over 2000 concerts all over the world and 16 CDs. Between 2011-14, Peder was Musical Director of the XXL vocal group "Perpetuum Jazzile", Slovenia.

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”. Apart from activities within music, Peder is chairman of the non-profit organization End Ecocide Sweden.

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