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SINGING BRIDGES

Novi Sad, Serbia

21-28 July

2024

Ateliers

About Atelier Levels

A – for everybody

B – for singers with choral experience

C – for good sight readers and singers who come prepared

D – for national and regional youth choirs, upon invitation and audition

Special atelier: Study tour for conductors

A

Level

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

A1 Taster to Global Music

In this workshop, you get to experience tasters from different traditions from Scandinavia, Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Brasil and Cuba. We sing, move, do some games and hopefully – also have fun!

Length: 3 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Wednesday, 24 July

For: mixed

Age: open

About Merzi

A Finnish rhythmic choir conducting pioneer, composer and pedagogue, specialized in popular music, including world music genres, fusions and collective improvisation.
Merzi works as lecturer in Global Music Department / Sibelius Academy, University of Arts Helsinki and is known as the developer for Global Choir Leadership study-option, looking into the leadership of collective singing from wide cultural and aesthetic perspective.
She loves games, playfulness and believes in choral music performed with honesty, groove and true energy. She sees choral conducting skills as a great artistic vehicle to contribute to the society and the world around us all.

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

A2 The Heritage as a Bridge

Traditional Songs From Greece and Turkey

In the atelier, Sofia and Çiğdem will work on beautiful songs from Turkey and Greece that talk about love, the joy of life, the pain of migration … and also songs corresponding to a dance! Follow the dance steps of tradition and explore the spicy flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean!

Length: 3 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Wednesday, 24 July

For: mixed

Age: open

About Cigdem

Çigdem Aytepe started her music education by singing in choirs when she was six years old. She studied violin at the high school and she has graduated from ‘Composition and Orchestral Conducting Department’ of Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory (HUASC) in 2003. She has gained her master degree in ‘Orchestral and Choral Conducting’ program in 2009 from HUASC.

She took part in many choirs throughout her education life; she sang in many national and international festivals and competitions such as the International Polyphonic Competition Guido
d’Arezzo, the Bela Bartok International Choir Competition in Debrecen, the International Competition for Choral Singing Florilege Vocal de Tours, the Seghizzi International Choral Singing Competition in Gorizia, etc. She has attended master classes for choral and orchestral conducting, and composition with internationally renowned teachers such as H.J. Lustig, F.M.Bressan, V.Nees, J.Rathbone, E.Carrasco, A.Farkas, P.Broadbent, P.Erdei, V.Hempfling, C. Pavese, L.Donati, N.Corti, B. Astulez and R.Rasmussen.

Since 2005, Çigdem has been working in HUASC, where she founded children, youth, girls and mixed choirs with her colleague Atilla Cagdas Deger, and carried out numerous national and international projects, supported social responsibility projects and prepared two books for children.

In 2021-22 season, she was the conductor of Ankara State Opera Chorus and prepared the choir for productions such as; I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca and Un Ballo in Maschera. Currently, she is conducting the Conservatory Choir and the Saygun Philharmonic Choir, with which she interpreted works such as Brahms’s Requiem, Holst’s Planets, Debussy’s Nocturnes, and many others. She also conducts the Turkish Radio Broadcast Ankara Youth Choir and Ertuğrul Oğuz Fırat mixed Choir.
Çiğdem Aytepe, materialised numerous projects and got rewarded thanks to these choirs. Now she is playing an important role for both develeopment of choir music and raising of young generations of musicians in Turkey.

About Sofia

Sofia Gioldasi studied choral conducting (BA & MA) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Jos Vermunt and Jos van Veldhoven. During her Master studies she received individual coaching from Basilio Astulez (Spain) and Andrew Nethsingha (UK). She also holds a Bachelor degree in Musicology/Music Education from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

For the last 13 years she has been working with children and young singers, specializing in the intertwinement of choral singing, body movement and stage action. During her time as conductor of the Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam, the choir had the honour to perform at the inauguration of the Dutch King Willem-Alexander, record for Deutsche Grammophon, perform at the greatest halls in the Netherlands (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, etc) and also win Silver prize at the Cantemus International choir competition in Hungary. In 2011, she worked as a music teacher at the Nationale Koren (NL) preparing the children for the 3rd and 8th Symphony of Mahler (concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle and Concertgebouw Orchestra/Mariss Jansons, respectively).

In 2015 Sofia moved back to her home-country, Greece. She is the founder, conductor and artistic leader of the Voci Contra Tempo – Female Vocal Ensemble. She also conducts the Children’s and Youth Choirs of the “Friends of Music Society” in Thessaloniki, Greece and she is often invited as a guest conductor at the Greek Radio Choir.

Voci Contra Tempo functions as a project choir and its members are classically trained singers who are passionate about choral music. The ensemble’s versatile repertoire includes the main works for female choir (such as Holst’s ‘Planets’ and Debussy’s ‘Nocturnes’), as well as a cappella works, focusing on contemporary and traditional music. They have performed at the most prestigious venues in Greece and collaborated with important Institutions, such as the Greek National Opera and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, among others. In August 2021 they were invited to participate at the International “Guido d’Arezzo” Choral Festival, giving concerts all over Italy with great success. In 2022 they created “Project Patrida”, a multidimensional educational and artistic project in order to enhance the creation of new Greek choral music. 8 new choral works were especially written for VCT and all premiered during Homelands Festival at the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the St.Matthäus Kirche in Berlin (February 2023, organized by Choralspace).

Sofia is a much sought-after workshop, lecturer and masterclass leader all across Europe.
She frequently collaborates with organizations, institutions and associations such as Europa Cantat, IFCM, Feniarco, Accademia Corale Italiana, Leading Voices Utrecht, Choralspace, Zimriya Festival-Israel, International Choral Festival of Preveza, Greek National Opera, Greek Radio Choir, World Choir Symposium, Quo Vadis Choral Conference, Hacettepe University of Ankara, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki Megaron Concert Hall, and many others.

Her next future collaborations include a 3-days educational seminar and a choral workshop in Cyprus, organized by the Ministry of Culture (February 2024), her participation as a jury member at the National Competition for Choral Conductors in Arezzo, Italy (April 2024) and as a jury member at the Ave Verum International Choral Competition in Baden Austria (May 2024).

A3-Kjetil-Aamann cancelled

A3 Epic Musical Laboratory

This atelier will be a musical laboratory where we will explore different styles. Together, we will create simple rhythmical arrangements with elements from pop music and many other genres that may both surprise and entertain the listeners. Hopefully, we can learn some techniques that can be used in your own choir later. If you play a small music instrument, please bring it along to the festival.

Length: 4 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Thursday, 25 July

For: mixed

Age: 13-19

About Kjetil

Kjetil was raised in Norway and Zambia. He has a varied musical background, from pop and rock bands as well as classical traditions. He currently is musical director of several choirs in Norway and a youth music drama theatre in China. Kjetil has been an atelier leader in numerous festivals in Europe and Asia.

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

A4 Laboratory of Silence and Sounds

Through the process of listening and creating a unique sound from scratch of simple melodies from the Balkans, participants will have the opportunity to improve their vocal and creative abilities.
The aim of this atelier is to improve vocal technique, learn power of syllables and consonants, and through Music, the best international language, connect you with each other and yourselves. Also, we create a stage in a measure of performers.

Length: 3 days (starts on Thursday 25, July)

Final performance: Saturday, 27 July

For: mixed

Age: open

About Aleksandar

Graduated at the Music Academy in Novi Sad (Department of General Music Pedagogy) and in solo singing at the Isidor Bajić Music Conservatory in the same town.
He was a leader both of several amateur and professional choirs/ensembles.
Since 2009 he has been the professional assistant conductor and a singer in the Vojvodina mixed choir. The repertoire of this professional choir is based on music of indigenous composers, as well as gospel, contemporary music, Orthodox sacred music etc.
He was the artistic leader and singer in the male ensemble “Klapa Panon”, a singer in Chamber Choir of Europe and Time Ensemble; he founded the female choir in his town Šid, was a founding member and vocal coach of Serbica choir in Sremska Mitrovica and a member of World Choir for Peace.
From 2003 to 2011 he participated, as a baritone singer, in 11 different projects of the World Youth Choir, worked with 22 different conductors, sang over 150 choir pieces in more than 20 languages.
My career objective: to work with a dynamic and professional choir abroad utilizing my wide range of musical knowledge and rich choral experience together with my good skills in human relations, to exceed all the requirements of an professional bass/baritone choral or solo singer.

Personal Overview: I am a very ambitious and motivated individual who thrives on achieving individual and ensemble goals. I am reliable, hard working, always taking the extra mile to ensure perfect interpretation and can work successfully on my own, or as an integral part of a successful team.

B

Level

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

B1 Atelier for Children - Music as an all Terraine Vehicle

We all laugh, cry, love, hate,
We all hope, dream, feel hunger, feel pain
We are one world, one people
And we all breathe the same

These words come from a song entitled “Sisi ni moja”, which means “We Are One” in Swahili language. In this atelier children will learn songs from every corner of the world – Japan, Sweden, the United States, Romania, and Bulgaria. The atelier is about how different we are – and how similar in our differences. It is also about how we can learn to cross the bridges that divide us – through a most spectacular, high-speed, multi-purpose, all-terrain vehicle, called “music”.

Length: 4 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Thursday, 25 July

For: children

Age: 9-15

About Yana

Yana studied choral conducting in Bulgaria and the United States. She completed an M.A. in Choral Conducting with Prof. Joseph Flummerfelt at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, USA.

Upon her return to Bulgaria in 2002, she began work as Assistant Conductor of one of the most reputable children’s choirs in Bulgaria, the Detska Kitka, comprising of 120 children from 35 different schools in the city of Plovdiv. She has been the choir’s Chief Conductor since 2011.

Her work with the Detska Kitka Choir aims at building new audiences through exploring new repertoire and collaborating with artists from different fields, while adhering to the tradition of technical and artistic excellence established by the choir’s previous conductors.

She is also an Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and a vocal coach at the Kids’ Academy of the Plovdiv State Opera.

Yana has lead conducting workshops in the United States, Sweden, and Bulgaria. She is the recipient of prestigious awards for her work and is recognized for her support of young conductors and the adoption of innovative methods in the art of conducting in Bulgaria.

Presently she is working on her dissertation, entitled “Implementation of Body Methods in the Rehearsal Process with Children Choirs”.

B2 Mikko Sidoroff cancelled

B2 Explore Nordic!

Dive into the enchanting world of Nordic, Finland, Scandinavian and Baltic choral music. The atelier is designed for singers with choir experience. Whether you’re a seasoned chorister or have prior choral training, you’re welcome to join us. Discover the haunting melodies and captivating harmonies that define choral traditions in the northern regions of Europe. Gain insights into unique styles and techniques that make this music so captivating.

Length: 4 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Thursday, 25 July

For: mixed

Age: open

About Mikko

Mikko (b. 1985) is a choral conductor and composer from Helsinki, Finland. He graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 2011 with a Master of Music degree and has been working as a conductor, pedagogue for choral music, and composer since 2002. Sidoroff has composed numerous pieces for different choirs and conducted many first performances.
From 2018 to 2022, Sidoroff held the position of Opera Chorus Master at Landestheater Coburg. As of 2023, he is based in Berlin, Germany. He has assumed new responsibilities as the Artistic Director of two choirs at the Choir Academy Dortmund: the Female Chorus and the Collegium Musicum. In addition to these roles, he will also take on the position of Chorus Master with the professional Symphonische Chor Bamberg.
Sidoroff is also the Artistic Director of the Krysostomos Chamber Choir, which he founded in 2003. The choir specializes in contemporary Finnish Orthodox church music, frequently commissioning and premiering new works. In 2016 and 2018, he worked as a guest conductor with the Euro Choir and has recently taught choral conducting at the Bundesakademie and the TU Dortmund University in Germany.

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

B3 Opera Stage

Come and sing some of the most famous opera choirs from different composers and from different countries. Be on stage, instead of being in the audience. Sing what you were just listening until now.

Length: 5 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Friday, 26 July

For: mixed

Age: open

About Dario

Was born in Sarajevo in 1980. He graduated at the Music Academy in Sarajevo (Departments for conducting and composition) and specialised in Baden bei Wien.
He worked as a conductor and accompanist with various solo singers and instrumentalist.
He also worked as a chief of the Choir of Opera as well as the ballet accompanist at the National Theatre in Sarajevo. Since 2009 he has been the conductor of the Opera in that National theatre. He was a director of National Theatre in Sarajevo for 12 years and lead the Opera in several mandates.
At the Music Academy in Sarajevo he teaches orchestral conducting and is a head of the Conducting department since 2018. He is also a guest conductor at the Music Academy in Cetinje, Montenegro. Many orchestras that he conducted include Sarajevo Philharmonic, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Baden (Baden bei Wien – Austria) and others.
He founded the Chamber orchestra at the Sarajevo Music Academy in 2007.
Besides conducting, he played organ at the Sarajevo Cathedral, the piano in a chamber ensemble and composed many pieces, that were performed in Croatia, Serbia, Norway, France, Bulgaria etc.

B4-Stephan-Lutermann cancelled

B4 Take Over

Seize the stage and witness the creation of an impressive performance. With an international repertoire, movement, and creative spatial design, a captivating masterpiece unfolds. Stephan Lutermann is synonymous with thrilling choir concerts, continually redefining choral music with his ensembles. Let yourself be inspired and take the stage with your voice.

Length: 5 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Friday, 26 July

For: mixed

Age: 16-30

About Stephan

Stephan is a conductor and church organist, a highly sought-after soloist that has played numerous recitals throughout the world. His large discography and numerous recordings display music style competence and curiosity in exploring lost works and contemporary music. He conducts different ensembles and is especially dedicated to the younger generation of choral singers. In recent years he is intensely dealing with the subject of choir and movement, which led to the foundation of CHOREOS – the first ensemble of its kind worldwide.

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

B5 Singing Ladies

An atelier for women of all generations. For those who dare to smile (and sometimes shed a tear) while creating music with an inspiring and energetic conductor. Traditional music, new scores, exciting arrangements.

Length: 4 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Thursday, 25 July

For: female

Age: 18+

About Dragana

Dragana is a professor at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade and conductor of the renowned female/girls’ choir Collegium Musicum. Apart from the rich conductor’s career, she is the author of several intermedia projects and the „Anthology of Serbian music for children’s and women’s choirs by composers of the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th century“, as well as essays, seminars and workshops in the field of conducting interpretation and choral singing. For the last year, she has been engaged as the conductor of the Orchestra of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, with which she has given several concerts in the country and a tour to Dubai.

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

B6 Serbian Choral Treasury

In this atelier you may learn and sing compositions from the rich treasury of Serbian choral music, which builds musical bridges joining traditional with contemporary in sacred and folk music. You will sing a variety of music: from arrangements of ancient church chants to vivacious Balkan irregular rhythms.
Explore the rich Serbian choral heritage, lyrical depths and singing melodies through centuries, the particularity of music born on the crossroads of East and West.

Length: 5 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Friday, 26 July

For: mixed

Age: open

About Rade

Rade (b. 1972) graduated at the Russian State Music Academy „Gnesina“ in Moscow, at Departments of composition and accordeon. He achieved two special diplomas cum laude. Seven years of life and education in Moscow created a foundation for the direction of forming his artistic expression as a composer and performer. He made many recording for Russian state radio and TV, mainly as a composer. His works can be found even today at conert programmes in Moscow (mainly instrumental and chamber music).
His pedagogical work at the University of East Sarajevo engaged him at different departments since 2000. and now he is a head of the Department for church music and chanting.
As a conductor and artistic director of the Chamber choir of students of that Department, he held many concerts and shaped the programme concept and profile of the ensemble’s work. The first aim and idea of the ensemble – participating in church services, was extended to concert performances by including a varied repertoire. As a conductor, he premiered many pieces, some of them dedicated by composers to him and to the Chamber choir.
Besides the classical choral music, his choir performes also music from different genres and styles, particularly by Serbian authors, but also Russian, Western European and other.
He performed in many countries: Italy, Serbia, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Sweden.
With the Chamber choir he recorded seven CDs, dozens of concerts and documentaries.
He won international choral competitions in several countries and was awarded special prizes at all prominent choral festivals-competitions in Serbia (Negotin and Nish).
As a university professor, Radović is also the author of publications of monography and analytical materials. He worked a lot on establishing the artistic cooperation with numerous cultural and educational institutions in country and abroad (e.g., Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, USA).
He is a member of many juries at international competitions and was awarded several honourable awards for his valuable work in the field of art and culture.

C

Level

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

C1 Latin American Music

This workshop will present different repertoires from Hispanic America and explore through them the evolution of choral music, the compositions and arrangements of music from popular sources.

Likewise, work on aspects related to the Spanish language, its phonetics and its prosody; poetry and metaphors; the traditions and customs that give rise to rhythms and dances.

The repertoire will be made up of contrasting works and some of them will incorporate eurythmy and body language.

Length: 6 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Saturday, 27 July

For: mixed

Age: 18-40

About Maria

Choral and orchestral conductor, college professor, teacher and leader of national and international choral projects and has specialized in Latin American Choral Music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She was awarded the ‘Kulturpreis’ (1998) by the Inter Nationes Foundation (1998), the ‘Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik’ (2000), the Helmuth Rilling Prize (2009), the Life Achievement Award by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) (2019), Life Achievement Choral Award (World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association, Honk Kong, China) (2020) and the Honorary Doctorate of the Metropolitan University, Caracas, Venezuela (2023).

Amongst her responsibilities, she has been Professor of Music and Choral Conducting at the University Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela 1976-2019), Associate Conductor of Choral Symphonic Performances of El Sistema (Caracas, Venezuela 1976-2012), Artistic Director of the program ‘Música para Crecer’ of the Andean Bank of Development (LatinAmerica 2003-2017), Vice-President and Advisor of the International Federation for Choral Music (1996-2014/ 2017-2023/2023-2026), Member of the International Music Council (UNESCO 2002-2004) and Member of the World Choir Council of Interkultur. (2017-); Founder and artistic Director of the Cantoría Alberto Grau (1976-2012) and Orfeón Universitario Simón Bolívar (1976-2008).

She is frequently invited as guest conductor, adjudicator, jury member, lecturer and professor of choral music in USA, Canadá, LatinAmerica, Europe, Asia and Oceanía, and has premiered many new works.
She is currently the Artistic Director of the Fundación Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, directs the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela (1992- ) and Coral Fundación Empresas Polar (1992-).

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

C2 Orthodox Sacred Music

Magnificent and lavishing choral sound of a symphonized choral score, warm simplicity of a monastic chant in choral arrangement or an ancient chant in contemporary robe…chanting or choral singing of sacred compositions can take us to the most profound and elevating aspects of faith.

Length: 5 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Friday, 26 July

For: mixed

Age: open

About Irina

Irina is a conductor, pianist, composer and artistic director of the Academic Choir of the University of Warsaw. In addition to working on a cappella music she carries out immense artistic projects collaborating with the most outstanding Polish instrumental ensembles. Appreciated at numerous national and international festivals and competitions, she has been invited to conduct workshops and participate in thematic conferences, both in Poland and abroad. What interests her most in the world of music is shaping the melody and expressive performance of great pieces, those that are sometimes sunk into oblivion.

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

C3 A World of Passion - The Art of Madrigals

Embark on a journey through time, diving deep into the heart of European Renaissance music, with a special focus on the captivating art of madrigals. Feel the beauty of Renaissance choral music and rediscover the timeless connection between music, emotions, and community.
Our atelier aims to provide a hands-on experience, combining historical knowledge, performance practice, and emotional exploration to bring these ancient scores to life.
Be prepared for a journey into the realm of human emotion creating performances that resonate deeply. Madrigals are renowned for their ability to vividly convey feelings, from the joy of love to the sorrow of loss.
Welcome to the Renaissance! Welcome to a world of musical wonder, where madrigals are messengers of passion!

Length: 6 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Saturday, 27 July

For: mixed

Age: open

About Anna

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After 12 years of violin study, Anna Ungureanu graduated from the University of Music in Bucharest with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Pedagogy and Choral Conducting, a Master’s degree in Conducting Stylistics and a PhD in Music, with the thesis “Zoltan Kodaly’s Music Education System in the Modern European Context”, coordinated by Prof. Univ. Dr. Liliana Rădulescu.
Between 2002 and 2013, she was a lyric artist and a conductor of the Madrigal Choir.
In 2007 she received the Noel Minet Europa Cantat Foundation Special Prize at the International Competition for Young Conductors in Budapest, followed by other awards and distinctions, in 2013 she was decorated by the President of Romania with the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Knight, cat. D – Performing Arts and, again, in 2023 was decorated by the President of Romania with the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Officer, cat. D – Performing Arts.
Since 2014, Anna Ungureanu is the Principal Conductor of the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin”, as well as the Artistic Director of the National Cantus Mundi Programme. Specialized under the direction of Maestro Marin Constantin and conductor Ion Marin, she has conducted the Madrigal Choir in hundreds of concerts, performed all over the world. The professional experience she gained with the founder of the Madrigal Choir, who mentored her for 9 years, recommends her as a disciple and a continuer of Marin Constantin.
In addition to her impressive career as a choral conductor, she is also a trainer who inspires future generations of choral conductors in Romania. She has already coordinated hundreds of choral conducting workshops all over Romania and has supervised the weekly Music Education and Choral Conducting webinars organized in 2020 – 2022 by the National Cantus Mundi Programme.
In 2022, Anna Ungureanu was awarded the “Marin Constantin” Prize for Excellence in Music, and she was elected Romania’s representative to the World Choir Council, the governing body of the world choral organisation INTERKULTUR.
Anna Ungureanu is a member of several national and international juries, such as the International Choral Competition ”Gavriil Musicescu” – 10th edition in Iasi, Romania (2015 – 2023), the “Trophy of Youth” Competition in Amara, Romania (2023), the International Choral Competition “Vox Lucensis” (2023) in Lucca, Italy or the International Choral Composition Competition “My First Fifty Years” (2022) in Parma.

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

C4 Wo Mankind!

In this atelier Panda will teach her fundamentals based on her methodology Voice & Physique. Body awareness, a healthy basis posture and an ungoing flow of sustainable energy will make singing easier and even more joyful. Tom and Panda will create a true vocal, theatrical spectacle with original Pop – Art & Contemporary music arrangements, crossovers, multidisciplinary elements in this atelier. A holistic experience on using the voice and the body as the instrument to reach the audience. Music that moves!
East meets West, a horizontal connection, a female,circular movement. Embracing live and humanity coming from many years of building up civilization towards a true connection of WO-MANKIND. Truth, equality and Freedom!

Length: 6 days (starts on Monday, 22 July)

Final performance: Saturday, 27 July

For: mixed

Age: 16-30

 

Preparation due to goal of creating a vocal theatre performance.
Repertoire:
1. Father Storm Contemporary Componist: Laura Jēkabsone
2. S.O.D. medley – Los Bravos, Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse Pop – Art Arrangement: Richard FitzHugh
3. Canon Panda’s Choireographies – Earth & Time Canon Componist: Hans Helsen
4. The Show Must Go On / Before I Go – Queen, Guy Sebastian Pop – Art Arrangement: Richard FitzHugh
5. Canon Panda’s Choireographies – Summer to Fall Canon Componist: Christoph Hiller
6. Deliver Us – Prince of Egypt (movie/DreamWorks) Musical Componist: Stephen Schwartz arrangement: Tom Johnson

About Panda

Panda studied at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. She has been a teacher at Codarts, Music Theatre in Rotterdam and worked with The Netherlands Children Choir, The Netherlands Female Youth Choir and Wilma ten Wolde as a movement coach and director for more than 10 years. For fifteen years now Panda has been working on her method / philosophy: ‘Voice & Physique’ This method is about supporting the voice by creating a good physical awareness and a way to let movement contribute to the quality of singing. She gives workshops and masterclasses ‘Voice & Physique’ all over the world and creates Choireography * for different choirs and their events. In April 2014 her book ‘Voice & Physique’ has been published and her 2nd book ‘Choireography’ was launched in April 2019. In July 2022 Helbling Publishing issued two Ebooks of Panda’s work which contain video’s of her exercises and 18 brand new canons with choireography : Waking & Warming Up and Panda’s Choireographies In 2014 and 2018 she created the winning program of the Aarhus Pigekor with conductor Helle Høyer Vedel during ‘The World Choir Games’ in Riga and Tschwane- South Africa. In 2015 they won the Silver Rose Bowl of ‘Let the Peoples Sing’ in Munich, Germany. As an atelier leader Panda has worked in different European festivals: Europa Cantat (Mainz 2006, Utrecht 2009, Bonn 2008 +2010, Pärnu/Estland 2011, Turin 2012, Bergen 2014, Pécs/Hungary 2015, Lyon 2017, Tallinn 2018, Ljubljana 2021) and for AMJ Eurotreff (Wolfenbüttel 2007 +2017), Leipziger Symposium für Kinder – und Jugendstimmen (2011) FCEC 48 Festival Internacional de Cant Coral (Barcelona, 2013), Choralies (Vaison-la-Romaine 2016 +2019), Leading Voices (2022, MC), VoiceUp A capella Festival (2023) Panda also directs musicals, light opera and music theatre performances. In 2014 she won an award for ‘Best Director’ and in 2016 for ‘Best Choreography’. *Choireography is a term that Panda invented to point out that her work is about movement which supports the singing.

About Tom

Tom is a violinist and choral conductor.
For him singing is one of the most accessible forms of making music. By singing Tom reaches out to all groups in society: children and adults, choirs and schools, professionals and beginners. He hopes everyone can experience the joy of singing together.
To start with the basics Tom often sings with children in schools. He is the artistic leader of Zuidgeluid, and conductor in the OpMaatOrkest. Two projects that use singing as way to connect throughout society.
Also in his work with choirs he is regularly invited as an atelier or open singing leader in Belgium and abroad.
He Conducts De Lambertijnen (children aged 8 to 12) and Carmina (youngsters aged 12 to 18), two choirs from the C-koren, the largest choir-family in Belgium, with over 300 singing members. In Mechelen Tom conducts Vocaal Ensemble Viermaliks (a mixed vocal group).

D

Level

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

D1 National Youth Choirs Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

Several National youth choirs will gather to prepare a concert named “Peace on Earth”, with pieces from early music masters to contemporary music.

Length: 6 days

Final performance: Thursday, 25 July

For: National Youth Choirs

About Georg

Georg Grün is considered to be one of the most sought-after international choral conductors and specialists for choral sound. He founded the KammerChor Saarbrücken in 1990 and has been its artistic director ever since then. He has won the most important international and national choir competitions, he gives concerts at numerous renowned music festivals and he regularly produces CDs with Saarländischer Rundfunk, Carus and Rondeau Productions.

From 2000 until 2013 he held a professorship for choral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim. There, he founded a chamber choir with which he also won several international prizes.

In 2012, Georg Grün changed to the University of Music Saar as a professor and became artistic director of the BachChor Saarbrücken.

In 2015 he set up the now internationally successful „HfM Summer School“ for choral conductors, of which he is still artistic director and which takes place every September at the Saar University of Music.

Since 2008 he has been a baritone member of Daarler Vocal Consort.

Georg Grün works as guest conductor and guest professor, juror and tutor at international masterclasses for choral conducting around the world.

Since 2010 he has been a mentor at the forum for conductors of the German Music Council and from 2015-19 he had been Chairman at the jury of the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf. Since 2022 he has been leading the associated „Int. Masterclass for Coral Conductors“.

Over the past three years concerts, jury work, master classes and guest conducting have taken him to many European countries, Japan, Taiwan and several times to the USA.

In season 2023-2024 Georg Grün has been invited among others to Argentina, Greece, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Turkey and the USA.

A2 Cigdem Aytepe and Sofia Gioldasi

D2 Study Tour for Conductors

Study Tour is a part of Conductors’ Programme and only possible way to see Atelier rehearsals. Every day from 22 to 27 July the Study Tour, led by Jan Schumacher (DE) visits Ateliers all over Novi Sad to hear varied music and learn from different conductors.
Conductors’ programme offers a full curriculum for the whole length of the festival: morning warm-ups, the Study Tour, conducting technique sessions, presentations, reading sessions, lectures and round-table discussions.

(starts on Monday, 22 July)

About Jan

Jan Schumacher (*1980) is professor and Music Director at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt since 2015 and teaches conducting at the Music Academy in Darmstadt since 2019. Until 2016 he was professor for choral conducting at the College of Church Music in Rottenburg.
Having received his degree in School Music and German from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Jan went on to study Conducting with Wolfgang Schäfer at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Even as a child and young adult (musical education with the Limburg Cathedral Boyschoir and the State Youth Choir of Rhineland-Palatinate), he was fascinated with the activity of group singing, which has remained the main motivation for his manifold activities to this day.
Next to the choirs and orchestras of Frankfurt University and Darmstadt Academy Jan is as well the conductor of Camerata Musica Limburg. With Camerata Musica he appeared at IFCM WSCM, ACDA National Conference and won 1st prizes in International Choral Competitions. With his ensembles, he builds extensive repertoires from Gregorian chants to world premieres, from symphonic orchestra to Big Band, and vocal or electronic improvisation.
Jan teaches courses for choirs, orchestras and conductors across whole Germany and was jury member in the national choir competitons of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is editor of various choral collections with some of the most important choral publishing houses (Helbing, Carus, Bärenreiter, Peters).
On international level he served for festivals like America Cantat (Panama 2019), Africa Cantat (Cameroun 2023), Europa Cantat (Slowenia 2021) or Choralies (2016, 2019, 2022), and giving workshops and lectures at the American Choral Directors Associtaion (National Conference 2013, 2023), the IFCM World Symposium (Argentina 2011, Barcelona 2017) or the Philippine Choral Directors Association (Manila 2019). He was Guest conductor e.g at the Chamber Choir of Europe, the Taipeh Philharmonic Choir (Mendelssohn: Elias, 2019), the Polifonija State Choir Lithuania (Bruckner: e minor Mass, 2023) and the Coro Universitario de Mendoza (2022). Jan was invited to teach conducting masterclasses in Bulgaria, Iceland, Turkey, USA, Venezuela, Argentina, China, Philippines and Iran.
From 2009 – 2018 Jan was board member, and later vice president and chair of the music commission of the European Choral Association Europa Cantat. Until now he is member of the artistic committee of the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany, and since 2019 he is appointed to be Artistic Director of the prestigious German Choir Competition and since 2020 Vize President of the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music).