Training Leading Voices

From Classical to Innovative Rehearsal Methods

International online event for choral conductors

Serbian Choral Association

With support by ECA-EC through Training Leading Voices

Project brief

An interesting event for choral conductors!

The Serbian Choral Association offers this online event to present the differences and compatibility of various conducting techniques and rehearsal methods.

We will welcome renowned choral conductors from several countries to lead the presentations during this 2-day seminar. The event is organised for all conductors, not only those from our national choral association.

Online workshop “From Classical to Innovative Rehearsal Methods” is organized by the Serbian Choral Association and supported by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat on behalf of the Training Leading Voices project (co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU).

Workshop presenters are:

Stephan Lutermann, conductor (Germany)

Panda van Proosdij, choreographer (Netherlands)

Sasho Tatarchevski, conductor (Macedonia)

Dr Miloje Nikolic, conductor and music theorist (Serbia)

Dunja Deuric, conductor (Serbia)

Mia Inic, choreographer (Serbia)

Zorica Kozlovacki, conductor (Serbia) and others.

Event has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 illness amongst participants!

Event is completely free of charge!

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Guests and lecturers

Sasho Tatarcheski

Sasho Tatarcheski


Sasho Tatarchevski earned his master`s degree of choral, symphonic and opera conducting at the Faculty of Music in Skopje. He also attended conducting master classes in New York, Rome, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Florence, Sarteano and Moscow.
Mr. Tatarchevski has performed with the Macedonian philharmonic, the Macedonian opera and ballet, the Bitola chamber orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di ICE – Rome, “Hermitage” Symphony Orchestra, the Bitola opera, the modern music ensembles “Alea” and “ConTempora”, the Symphony orchestra of the FM, “The soloists of the FM”, the Symphony orchestra of the BSF and many other choral, chamber and symphonic ensembles.
Besides in Macedonia he has performed numerous concerts and won international prizes with various ensembles in Portugal, Slovenia, UK, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Russia, Austria, France, Slovakia, Romania and Turkey. He also won several conducting prizes.
At the moment he works as a professor at the Faculty of Music in Skopje and conductor of the “FM Soloists” orchestra, the “Dragan Shuplevski” mixed choir, the Female choir of the Youth center and the “Pro Ars” professional chamber choir. Also, he is a regular jury member of several international competitions and artistic director of the International choral forum in Struga.

Panda van Proosdij - Photo by Solveig van Wijngaarden

Panda van Proosdij


Panda van Proosdij (NL) studied at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands and attended various theatre courses for example in Azzano(Italy), Wiesbaden (Germany) and New York. She was a teacher and guest teacher at Codarts, Music Theatre in Rotterdam for more than 10 years and worked with The Netherlands Children and Youth Choir as movement coach and director since 2006.

Van Proosdij also visits different European festivals as teacher/atelier leader: Europa Cantat (Mainz 2006, Utrecht 2009, Bonn 2008 +2010, Pärnu/Estland 2011, Turin 2012, Bergen 2014, Pécs/Hungary 2015, Lyon 2017, Tallinn 2018) and for the AMJ Eurotreff (Wolfenbüttel 2007), Leipziger Symposium für Kinder – und Jugendstimmen (2011) FCEC 48 Festival Internacional de Cant Coral (Barcelona, 2013), Choralies (Vaison-la-Romaine 2016, 2019).
In 2014 she created the choireography of the winning program of the Aarhus Pigekor during “The World Choir Games” in Riga and in 2015 this choir won the Silver Rose Bowl of “Let the Peoples Sing” in Munich with their newest program. In 2018 the choir won during The World Choir Games in Pretoria, South- Africa. Again a world title for this female choir,their conductor Helle Høyer Vedel from Aarhus and the Dutch choireographer.
Panda has been working on her method / philosophy “Voice & Physique” for thirteen years now. This way of working 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 in the Spring of 2019 her 2nd book ‘Choireography’ will be launched.

Find out more about Panda HERE.

Stephan Lutermann

Stephan Lutermann

Artistic Director

Stephan Lutermann was born in Osnabrück/Germany und studied church music, conducting and organ in Salzburg/Austria and Cologne/Germany.
As a highly sought-after soloist Lutermann has played numerous recitals throughout Europe, North and South America as well as in Africa. He is performing a large variety of repertoire, both as a soloist and as a chamber music partner

Lutermann’s large discography and his numerous recordings for radio broadcastings and television stations display his musical style competence and his curiosity in exploring lost works and contemporary music.

As a choir conductor Lutermann ethuses the audience with his different ensembles. He has won several international prices, such as the „Schütz trophy” in Cork 2013 and is frequently invited as a jury member.
2010 Lutermann initiated the 1. European choir festival „Sing We And Chant It“, which brought children and youth choirs from Sweden, Hungary and Germany together. Connected to the festival a symposium with the topic „Tendencies and developments of children’s voices“ was held. Lutermann’s dedication for the younger generation of choral singers is also displayed in several collaboration projects with the german Goethe-Institut and the French Alliance francaise in Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Stephan Lutermann is currently working as a church musician at the church of St. Matthews in Melle/Germany, with its historic Klausing organ (1713), which was renovated by Hendrik Ahrend in 2009. Furthermore he teaches conducting as a lecturer at the Hochschule Osnabrück and is founder and artistic director of the chamber choir „Vokalconsort Osnabrück“.
In recent years Lutermann is intensely dealing with the subject of choir and movement. Together with the choreographer Lars Scheibner he brought several productions such as der

Johannespassion by J. S. Bach or “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms on stage. In 2016 this fruitful collaboration led to the foundation of CHOREOS, which is the first ensemble of its kind worldwide. The first two productions “The TYGER” and “Dream (e)scapes” were enthusiastically received and reviewed.
2020 Lutermann has committed his many years of experiences in this field to paper. His book “Singen in 3D – die CHOREOS Methode” will be published soon.

See more about Stephan HERE.


Dunja deuric

Dunja Deuric

conductor – vocal coach – vocal training

After graduating from high school in Zrenjanin (theoretical department and department for solo singing), she continued her education at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and acquired the title of Master Theorist of Art (master studies of Teaching Methods in the field of music culture).

During her schooling, she won numerous awards at solo singer competitions, and received an award for outstanding achievements of the city of Zrenjanin in 2005.

During her studies, the focus of her interests was mostly on vocal technique and choral singing. She collaborated with the Vojvodina Mixed Choir, Vocal Studio “Orfelin”, church choirs “St. Georgije “and” Sveti Stefan Dečanski “, and she is also the founder of the Vocal Workshop at the Center for Music Education” Cultural Shelter “.

She participated in the conducting workshops of the Europa Cantat festival in 2012 in Turin (Italy) and in 2015 in Pécs (Hungary).

She is currently working as a conductor and artistic director of the Mixed Choir AKUD UNS “Sonja Marinkovic”, which she has been leading since January 2015, and with which she has won several awards at domestic and international competitions – including a gold plaque at the Mokranjac Days Negotin in 2016 and two gold medals at the European Choir Games in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 2019. She won the award for best conductor at the First International Choir Championship “Lege artis” held in Tuzla in 2016 and the award for the most promising young conductor at the 27th International Choir ceremonies in Nis in 2018.

In 2017, she began a successful collaboration with the Arts and Entertainment Academy O&M and was hired as a singing professor, where she works on setting and developing different types of vocal techniques in group activities, but with an individual approach adapted to the age and needs of singers.

Mia inic scenski pokret

Mia Inic

choreographer – stage movement

I am currently working in the field of performing arts and in the field of developing educational and dance programs for children and youth, also as on increasing the visibility of the contemporary dance scene in Novi Sad.

I have studied at the Department of Tourism and Hospitality at the Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad and completed the study program at the Faculty of Sports and Tourism TIMS in Novi Sad where I became a certified sports operational coach of modern dance.

I improved my knowledge and experience in dance by going to international festivals, workshops and educations such as: DAF Dance Arts Faculty (Rome); Impulstanz Festival (Vienna); Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (New York); Henny Jurriens Stichtung (Amsterdam); Summer dance school (Ljubljana); Florence Dance Center (Florence); Camping Center National de la Danse (Paris) and others.

Since 2012, I have been developing educational and cultural programs for children in Novi Sad through the work of the Coolist Foundation and I am a regular teacher and choreographer at the Arts and Entertainment Academy “O & M” in Novi Sad where I work on developing talents in stage movement, dance and physical theatre.

Since 2014, I have been part of the Pokretnica educational and research program and I have been collaborating with the Practicable Platform for Contemporary Art and Performance.
Since 2015, I have been active in the field of dance theatre and creative dance for children through educational programs in the Studio of Creative Dance and DANS ensemble in the Sokol Society of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, where I work as a teacher and choreographer.

I am one of the organizers and PR of the first festival of contemporary dance and performance in Novi Sad Pokretnica, which was founded in 2017 and for the past 3 years brings together dancers, choreographers, musicians, and other artists from the local and regional scene.

Miloje Nikolic

Miloje Nikolic

music theorist and conductor

Miloje Nikolić (1948) is a music theorist and conductor, full professor (retired) at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade,

As a theorist, he deals with methodological problems of analysis of vocal music (especially basic, cognitive) and applied analytics in the field of choral music, primarily spiritual and those based on musical folklore.

As a choir conductor, he first worked with the Belgrade choirs Branko Cvetković (1979-1980), Ivo Lola Ribar (1980-1983 and 1989-1990) and Žikica Jovanović Španac (1984-1989).

He was then the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Academic Chamber Choir Liceum from Kragujevac, with which he achieved significant results during all 28 years of its existence and work (1990-2018).

In his conducting work, he paid the most attention to the research of program concepts and dramaturgy of choral concerts, as well as multimedia concert presentations, within the so-called choral theater.

He is the founder and artistic director of the International Festival of Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles in Kragujevac. He is one of the founders of the Balkan Choir Forum.

He is a regular foreign member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Arts (BANI).

Zorica Kozlovacki

Zorica Kozlovački


Zorica Kozlovački was born in Zrenjanin. She graduated at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, where in 2010 she completed a master’s degree in choral conducting in the class of Professor Tatjana Ostojić.
She is employed at the music school “Josif Marinković”. For her artistic and pedagogical work with the choir of this school, she was awarded by the Association of Music and Ballet Teachers of Serbia for outstanding results.

She started her conducting career as a conductor of the Youth Choir of the Secondary Music School “Josif Marinković” in 2004. With this choir, she has made notable appearances at representative choir competitions in the country and Europe, winning over forty awards:
European Youth Music Festival, Nerpelt in Belgium, International Choir Competition “Seghizzi” Gorizia and International Choir Festival “Leonardo da Vinci” Florence in Italy, World Choir Competition for Youth Choirs Graz in Austria, “Slovakia Cantat” Bratislava in Slovakia, Ohrid Choral Festival in Macedonia, Choir Championship “Lege Artis” Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Dobri Voynikov” International Festival for Children and Youth Choirs Shumen in Bulgaria …

For the achieved results, she won the Award of the City of Zrenjanin for 2019, as well as the recognition “Talents 2013” of the Provincial Secretariat for Youth and Sports.

As a conductor and founder of the Mixed Choir Pannonica since 2015, she has performed with this choir numerous performances, participations and awards at several festivals and choir competitions: International Choir Festival “Ion Vidu” Lugoj in Romania, Choir Festival “May Music Festival” Bijeljina, International Choir Festival Herceg Novi …

Since 2020, she has been successfully working and performing with the Male Vocal Group “Pannonica”, actively singing and performing with the Vocal Quartet “Vita Brevis” since 2018. Both ensembles performed at the International Choir Festival “Black Sea Sounds”, Balchik, Bulgaria.

With her ensembles, she took part in festivals, projects and competitions in Serbia. She has been actively participating in the activities of the Serbian Choir Association since its founding. She continued professional development through Master classes and other professional seminars and gatherings. She participated in the work of choir juries, as a member of various organizational teams and the implementer of over twenty choir projects.

She is the winner of the award for the person of the year for 2019 in the field of culture of the city of Zrenjanin.

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