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Since 2014, the ART OF SINGING masterclass by Kirsten Schötteldreier (voice- and performance-coach) and Susanne Kreusch (organisation) has been held annually at the Eibenhof estate in Bad Saarow.
The course is supported by a team of internationally renowned singers, such as the baritone Thomas Johannes Mayer and, for the sixth time, again this year by the famous helden tenor Burkhard Fritz.
ART OF SINGING is also supported every year by excellent pianists who have made a name for themselves through their work and experience at opera houses such as the State Operas of Munich, Vienna and Berlin. In 2023 we welcome Marcin Kozieł, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, for the fifth time and for the third participation Pawel Poplawski. He is solo répétiteur and Kapellmeister at the Theater Magdeburg.
This year, we are looking forward to welcome ten professional singers, and for the first time also two conductors to a unique combination of voice and breathing techniques, energy work and practical training, in the complete seclusion of the peninsula of the Eibenhof.
International voice-coach Kirsten Schötteldreier has developed her own method of vocal work, which is a mixture of the holistic approach of Prof. Frederick Husler, the classical belcanto, energetic breathing and phrasing, with the help of selected Tai Chi and Qi Gong patterns.
This work is supported by daily Qi Gong training, which takes place under the guidance of Qi Gong master Sifu Darryl Collett.
This special energy work is used for thousands of years as a basis for martial arts and ensures a balance of strength, concentration and inner calmness that every artist needs for a successful career.
ART OF SINGING is aimed at singing students and advanced professional singers who are mainly active in the classical opera, concert and song fields.
We are looking forward to a wonderful master class in summer!
Blog reading tip:
In July 2021, Kirsten Schötteldreier published a worth reading article on the website of „Neue Stimmen“ career network. Under the title „The Heart of Opera – Artists on stage“ she talks about the importance of artists on stage and what role of artists in the overall experience of opera. Have a look at: www.neue-stimmen.de/the-heart-of-opera-artists-on-stage
The main focus of this course lies mainly in the romantic German as well as in the Italian Verismo-repertoire, other repertoire-wishes of our participants will, of course, be gladly taken into account.
Why would we like to invite conductors to participate in our masterclass?
From our personal experience, we know how fruitful and helpful the knowledge of vocal peculiarities is for a constructive collaboration between conductor and singer. Collaborative work helps to awaken a better understanding for all those involved in the musical creation process.
Therefore, we would like to pass on our special approach to the use of the singer’s voice to pianists and conductors.
The exact duration and scope of this part of the course will be agreed and determined individually after the application.
This year Kirsten Schötteldreier could, once more, win the opera tenor Burkhard Fritz as vocal coach and Chi Kung master Darryl Collet as Energy-coach for her masterclass. Both support the Masterclass since 2018 outstandingly and we are very happy to welcome them again. More information about the coaches by clicking on one of the photos. In addition to the coaches, Susanne Kreusch is an important interface in the area of organistaion and communication for the team. In 2023, we are looking forward to welcoming two wonderful pianists to support us during the masterclass again – Marcin Koziel and Pawel Poplawski.
Singers : 950 Euro, maximum 10 participants
Financial support / (partial) scholarships are available for young professionals upon application.
Conductors : maximum 2 participants, an individual program is created and the costs are calculated accordingly
Passive participation (max. 2 days): 80 Euro/day
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2023
For all questions regarding the content of the course, you (singers and conductors) can also contact Kirsten Schötteldreier directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all organizational questions and concerns, please contact Susanne Kreusch: email@example.com.
Despite the ongoing uncertainties caused by the existing and changing limitations of the Corona Virus, we have decided to offer this masterclass!
The location “Eibenhof” with its spacious possibilities offers the very best conditions in order to be able to meet prescribed distances. This applies to both the interiors and the generous outdoor areas. Further information about the current state during the course period will be given in advance.