Vocal Leadership

From September 2015, Codarts Rotterdam, Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten – Academie voor Muziekeducatie and The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg (DK) will present several courses for education in choir leading

The Intelligent Choir

The Intelligent Choir is a concept invented by Jim Daus Hjernøe, choir professor at The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. The Intelligent Choir refers to his philosophy of educating conductors of vocal music to allow and inspire ensemble singers to be co-responsible in the musical process. The basic principle of his ideology is to prepare singers to shape the intended music in the most efficient way. The Intelligent Choir is the opposite of an un-reflected choir that receives all information about the music from their conductor. And the goal is to create a group of singers that are able to inform the musical process.

Overview

  • Vocal Leadership Inspiration Day (Codarts or Fontys)
    An introduction to Vocal Leadership with classes from 10.00 to 17.00. For next date check below or send an email.
  • Vocal Leadership Inspiration Course (Codarts & Fontys together)
    A course of 3 weekends, no audition.
  • Vocal Leadership 2-year course (Codarts)
    A course of 12 weekends, post-bachelor, audition required. Start every semester.
  • Vocal Leadership fulltime master (Fontys)
    A 2-year program with weekly classes in Tilburg. Start every September.
  • Join weekends as a singer
    You get to observe and sing during all choir leading classes, with Jim, Jesper, Peder and Merel. €250 for all three weekends, €100 for just 1 weekend.

2-year Course

Beginning in January 2017, Codarts will start the 2-year course “Vocal Leadership”. This is a 2-year part-time, certificate based course on a post-bachelor level. To be accepted, an admission test is required. It is not necessary to have a Bachelor’s degree from a conservatory if you can demonstrate a commensurate level of quality during the admission test.

The course is comprised of 12 intense weekends (3 per semester) and will include practical, hands-on tools and classes like choral direction from different international teachers, move & groove, piano, ear training, arranging and singing. Through a digital video connection, a number of classes will be simultaneously conducted in Rotterdam, Tilburg and Denmark, giving vocal leadership a contemporary and international quality.

Admission Test

To be accepted into the 2-year course, an online audition is required. The audition is a video which documents your work with a vocal ensemble consisting of at least 12 singers and 4 voices at a medium/advanced level. Additionally, we ask you to sing a rhythmic song, accompanied by yourself on piano. The audition video must include the following:

Content:

  • Detailed rehearsal work (e.g. phrasing, dynamic, sound, groove) of an already rehearsed piece of music;
  • Required assignment for rehearsal, from scratch (you will receive a few weeks of preparation time);
  • A concert piece with your choir that you consider ready for concert (this does not have to be filmed at an actual concert, but it should be performed on the video as though it were a concert);
  • A self-chosen rhythmic song, sung to own accompaniment on piano, by you.

Admission requirements:

Two unedited recordings of the same audition with fixed cameras in HD quality and with good sound in stereo:

  • One camera showing the audition from an audience’s point of view;
  • One camera showing the conductor from the side in full figure.

Copies of the material (scores, lyrics, etc.) to be used for the audition must be submitted as a PDF prior to the audition.

Total duration of exam/video: 30 minutes.

Content of the two year course

The Vocal Leadership 2-year course is based on 4 modules: 3 weekends each semester.

  • Module 1 will exist of the same content as the Inspiration Course module 1.
  • Module 2 will exist of the same content as the Inspiration Course module 2.

You can only be a participant in module 3 and module 4 if you passed the admission test and if you finished module 1 and 2. In Module 3 and 4 some examinations will take place, to determine the level of the course participant.

It’s possible to take the admission test after finishing Inspiration course module 1 or module 1 and 2. It’s also possible to take the admission test before you start the whole course. If you pass the test in advance, you’ll be a student for two years and you will get a bit of discount:

  • Module 1 Inspiration Course: €975
  • Module 2 Inspiration Course: €975

All 4 modules after passing the admission test: €3.595 (€898 per module)

In between campuses you will have assignments. During the module 3 and 4 semesters you will also have some individual online coaching with one of the choral direction teachers.

It’s possible to exchange one module with the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg. This means you can follow module 1, 2 and 3 in Denmark. This is only possible if you are able to go to Denmark for all three weekends, not just one of them.

In addition, being a two year course participant, you are always welcome to be an extra singer in Aalborg during one of the weekends FOR FREE. This will be an extra weekend for you.

The majority of the weekends will be taking place at Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Rotterdam. One out of three weekends will take place at Fontys, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg. During these weekends all Vocal Leadership students will meet each other; Inspiration Course participants, Fulltime master students, two year course participants, minor students and more!

DATES AND DEADLINES 2-YEAR COURSE

Admission for the 2-year course: September 4th 2017, 9.00
Sending in audition video: September 18th 2017, 9.00
Results from auditions: September 22th 2017, 9.00
Deadline for payment first semester: September 29th 2017, 9.00

ALL POSSIBILITIES

2-year course participant: €3595 – deadline September 1st 2017, 9.00
Inspiration course module 1 only (no test): €975 – deadline September 18th
Inspiration course module 1 only (no test): €975– deadline September 18th
Inspiration course module 1 or 2 being a student: €475 – deadline September 18th
Extra singer in all choir leading classes module 1 or 2: €250 – deadline October 2nd
Extra singer in all choir leading classes per weekend: €100– deadline 2 days before weekend starts.
Apply via vocalleadership@codarts.nl mention your name and email.

Inspiration Course

Are you interested in the methodology of The Intelligent Choir and The Organic Choir, and do you want to have more input to develop your skills, get individual feedback and get inspired? Then you should apply for the Inspiration Course. During this course you will get classes from Jim Daus Hjernøe (DK), Peder Karlsson (SE), Jesper Holm (DK) and Merel Martens (NL). You will get new input on topics as choir leading, singing, piano, music theory, arranging for choir and much more. The course consists of three long weekends that will take place at the conservatories in Rotterdam and Tilburg, from Friday 16:00 to Sunday 17:00.

Dates (subject to change)

Current course:
Weekend 1: Friday February 3, 2017, 15:30 – Sunday February 5, 17:00 with Peder Karlsson (location Codarts, Rotterdam)
Weekend 2: Friday March 31, 2017, 15:30 – Sunday April 2, 17:00 with Jim Daus Hjernoe (location Codarts, Rotterdam)
Weekend 3: Friday June 9, 2017,15:30 – Sunday June 11, 17:00 with Jesper Holm (location Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg)

Next course 2017: 
Weekend 1: Friday October 6, 2017, 15:30 – Sunday October 8, 17:00 (location Codarts, Rotterdam)
Weekend 2: Friday November 10, 2017, 15:30 – Sunday November 12, 17:00  (location Codarts, Rotterdam)
Weekend 3: Friday December 1, 2017,15:30 – Sunday December 3, 17:00 with Jim Daus Hjernoe (location Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg)

Next course 2018: 
Weekend 1: Friday February 2, 2018, 15:30 – Sunday February 4, 17:00 (location Codarts, Rotterdam)
Weekend 2: Friday April 13, 2018, 15:30 – Sunday April 15, 17:00 (location Codarts, Rotterdam)
Weekend 3: Friday May 25, 2017,15:30 – Sunday May 27, 17:00 with Jim Daus Hjernoe (location Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg)

You can still apply as an extra singer, joining all choir leading sessions with Jim, Peder, Jesper and Merel. Costs are €100 per weekend. Please send an email to vocalleadership@codarts.nl.

Target group

The target group for this course consists of (choir) conductors, music teachers and conservatory students who have at least two yours of professional experience leading a choir. An audition is not required. Next to that, singers can also apply for the course. They are present at all group classes to get inspired. They won’t get any individual feedback. For a singer, two years of choir singing experience is required.

Costs

Course participant: € 975 (for students € 475)
Singer: € 250 for three weekends, € 100 for one weekend of choice
This price includes study materials and coffee/thee. The participant has to take into account expenses for food, hotel and traveling.

Application Inspiration Course and other courses
More information about the Inspiration Course

LANGUAGE

During the Inspiration Days as well as the Inspiration course we will communicate in both Dutch and English. Are you interested in the methodology of The Intelligent Choir and The Organic Choir, and do you want to have more input to develop your skills, get individual feedback and get inspired? Get in touch with Merel Martens from the Vocal Leadership program (vocalleadership@codarts.nl).

International collaboration

The Danish concept of Vocal Leadership is spreading fast in Holland. Next to the master Vocal Leadership, it’s possible to join various courses. The programmes are presented by Codarts Rotterdam, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts Tilburg and the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg.

Inspiration Day

 

Want to get inspired and learn more about this programme? Come to the Inspiration Day!
On Thursday November 30th, 2017 Fontys is hosting an Inspiration Day. During this day, Jesper Holm (DK) and Merel Martens (NL) will provide classes from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.
During this Inspiration Day, we will introduce to you the methodology of The Intelligent Choir and The Organic Choir. We will also tell you all about education possibilities in the future.
The price for attending the Inspiration Day is € 99. That’s excluding lunch, including coffee and tea. The target group for this day consists of conductors, music teachers, conservatory students and choir singers. A professional background is not required, we are expecting some experience in choir singing.

Inspiration Days info:
Thursday November 30th, 2017, Fontys (Zwijsenplein 1, Tilburg) , 10:00-17:00 hrs.
Price: € 99
Students: € 25
Target group: conductors, music teachers, conservatory students and choir singers.
Send email to vocalleadership@codarts.nl 

Other courses

You can also apply for a fulltime Master Vocal Leadership at Fontys Conservatorium Tilburg. For more info click here.Of course there are several options for studying at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. For more info click here.

Do you want to receive updates about Vocal Leadership? Please send an email to vocalleadership@codarts.nl.