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Studio Neue Vocalsolisten

Two-week studio for contemporary voice (solo and chamber music)
With selection process

Tutors: Neue Vocalsolisten (Johanna Vargas, Truike van der Poel, Martin Nagy, Guillermo Anzorena, Andreas Fischer)
Application deadline: 31 March 2020

Dates for group sessions: 19.07., 20.07., 21.07., 23.07., 24.07., 27.07., 28.07., 30.07., 31.07., 01.08.
Times for group sessions: 19.07.: 12.00–13.30 and 14.30–17.30, all other group sessions 14.30–17.30
Solo sessions: For solo repertoire the participants and tutors can arrange additional sessions individually
Possible number of active participants: 15
Participants: Singers and vocal ensembles can take part in the studio. Other participants of the Summer Course (composers, performers and instrumentalists who are interested in the use of voice and body in their work) are welcome to join as listeners or collaborators.


The studio for contemporary voice is aimed at singers wanting to experience the possibilities and challenges of contemporary vocal music and refine and expand their spectrum of vocal forms of expression. We also welcome Darmstadt participants from other fields (composers, instrumentalists and performers who are interested in the use of voice and body in their work) as listeners or collaborators.

In addition to the work on extended voice techniques and solo vocal repertoire, a special focus is on the development of vocal chamber music (a cappella or with instruments). Thus, cooperation with musicians from the instrumental studios is also possible and encouraged.
Important contents of the workshop are the skilful and healthy handling of extended vocal techniques, rehearsal techniques, intonation questions (especially microtonality) and the work on a professional performance practice. The participants gain insight into a broad spectrum of contemporary repertoires for voice.

The studio has a special chamber music focus and will collaborate with the accordion studio of Krassimir Sterev. Based on a call for scores & sketches (Composing for Voices and Accordions), new works for one or more voices and accordion(s) will be created by composer participants, and will then be worked and performed in the vocal studio. Composers Lucia Ronchetti and Malin Bång will accompany the development of these works.

Participation in both focal points of the vocal studio is obligatory for all participating singers.

A repertoire list will be made available to the chosen singers. They will also be given a work with accordion upon receipt of the scores.


Required documents:

  • CV
  • repertoire list of contemporary vocal works performed (solo as well as chamber music)

Applicants are requested to merge all documents into ONE SINGLE PDF file (LASTNAME_Firstname_Voice_2020.pdf) and e-mail it by 31 March 2020 to:

Please note that we cannot consider any remarks, links, or information outside the PDF!
If you have sound or video files, please upload them on a cloud and provide the link in the PDF, thank you!

If you have questions, please e-mail!

Applicants will be notified by mid of April 2020. Online booking for this studio will be opened afterwards to the selected participants.

Important: Please take note of our data protection policy and the conditions for participation for the Darmstadt Summer Course before submitting your application.

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