Date: Thursday 9 February

Time: 11am – 5pm

Venue: Orchestral Rehearsal Room (ORR) – Artscape Theatre Centre

An Accompanist will be provided – you must bring sheet music for the pianist and the panel.

Age Limit:
Ladies: 32
Gents: 35

Please apply ONLINE: Find the application form by clicking  HERE

South African singers who previously attended the festival include:
Maudee Montierre (Soprano- UCT)
Friedel Mitas (Soprano – UCT)
Sunnyboy Dladla (Tenor – UCT)

General Information

In 2002 the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Choir Academy was founded as an educational component to the Orchestral Academy at Schloss Salzau. This integral element of the festival was originally established by Leonard Bernstein. A central goal of Artistic Director Rolf Beck is, to delineate the beauty and advantages of choral music for participating singers within the academy who wish to establish a professional solo music career. Former choir academy members proudly support the insightful words of distinguished conductor Rolf Beck: »Through ensemble music singers learn proficient means in how to properly execute musical phrasing in various styles of repertoire. As well, they obtain and refine several important skills such as maintaining tuning whilst keeping an open ear to surrounding musicians within the group. This confluence of developing independent artistry and integrated singing within an ensemble is absolutely necessary for all aspiring singers to achieve; especially when they later appear on-stage in opera and other repertoire involving solistic singing with orchestras.« The unique advantage for selected singers to heighten their musical aptitude within the academy is vast and rich. Through the festival’s wide variety of concert programmes with influential conductors, every young singer benefits greatly from the knowledge and skills gained at the Choir Academy.

The Choir Academy is sponsored by the POSSEHL Stiftung, Lübeck, and the Klaus Murmann Familiy.


Application procedure

Applicants should be voice students of a Music Academy or post-graduate program (age limit: ladies 32 years, gents 35 years). A selection jury will decide which applicants are accepted for the Choir Academy. The participant’s travel expenses and cost of room and board will be covered by the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. The participants will get an expense allowance.

The completed online application form should be submitted to the Choir Academy AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Applicants who successfully pass the audition will receive an invitation to the Choir Academy at the beginning of April, 2012 latest.

Please ensure, that the Festival is able to contact you between December 2011 and June 2012 (ideally by e-mail), otherwise it will not be possible to receive an audition placement or attend the Academy.

All singers are asked to choose at least two arias from the repertoire list, one oratorio and opera. A piano accompanist will be provided. Please bring two copies each of your selected repertoire.


Please choose two arias from the following list (one oratorio, one opera):

Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas, King Arthur

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johannes-Passion, Matthäus-Passion,
Weihnachtsoratorium I–VI, Magnificat

Georg Friedrich Händel
Messias, Alexander’s Feast, Samson,
Solomon, Jephta
Gulio Cesare, Radamisto, Rinaldo, Alcina

Joseph Haydn
Die Schöpfung

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem, Missa in C Major, Davidde penitente,
Exsultate jubilate
Idomeneo, La Clemenza di Tito, Die Zauberflöte,
Così fan tutte, Bastien und Bastienne,
Le nozze di Figaro, Die Entführung aus dem
Serail, Don Giovanni, Apollo und Hyacinth

Ludwig van Beethoven

Carl Maria von Weber
Der Freischütz


Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Palais Rantzau, Parade 1
D – 23552 Lübeck
Tel.: +49-(0)451-38957-22
Fax: +49-(0)451-38957-57

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