"The choir festival represents an important cultural highlight which enriches the city of Wernigerode, and exciting and top class cultural days are yet to come. One must simply become part of it, it is a memorable event as I know first-hand."
5th International Conductor‘s Seminar Wernigerode
With Top-Class Choral Experts
This workshop will present top-class choral experts and take place in the week before the 11th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition 2019 in the „colorful city in the Harz region“ Wernigerode, one of Germany’s most beautiful and inspiring small towns.
It is designed for international students, junior conductors, choir assistants and young professionals and represents an extension of INTERKULTUR‘s pedagogical offers.
Choir conducting, teaching and music students of the surrounding conservatories in Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Saxony and Hesse as well as interested choir singers and conductors from these states are explicitly being invited to participate in the seminar.
Active participants have the opportunity to study and rehearse international choral literature intensively with one of Germany’s most famous youth choirs, the Radio Youth Choir Wernigerode, and to present the results during a closing concert. A passive participation as a guest student is also possible.
The Wernigerode Radio Youth Choir was founded in 1951 by Friedrich Krell who also acted as its Artistic Director for 45 years. Today the choir is conducted by Peter Habermann. Due to the continuous work for decades the ensemble developed into an international renowned top ensemble in the field of mixed youth choirs. The distinctive interpretations of German and international songs as well as performances of contemporary choral music became the choir’s trade mark as well as its varied concert repertoire which also includes motets by Schütz and Bach.
Numerous TV and film recordings, about 2.000 radio and record songs and more than 30 records and CDs give proof of the ensemble’s special academic level, which bears the honorary title „Radio Youth Choir„ since 1973. Concert tours e.g. to Japan, Italy, Liechtenstein, the US and Vietnam mark unforgettable highlights in the vita of the ensemble.
Friday, June 28
Saturday, June 29
- 11.00 a.m. Welcome Reception with introduction and grouping
- full-time seminar course, piano and choir rehearsals
Sunday, June 30 - Monday, July 1
- full-time seminar course, piano and choir rehearsals
Tuesday, July 2
- morning: final rehearsals
- evening: Closing Concert of the 5th International Conductor‘s Seminar
- handing over of the participation certificates
Wednesday, July 3
- Departure or participation in the following 11th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival & Competition
Language of instruction: English / German
Tomás Luis de Victoria, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, Lajos Bárdos, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Vytautas Miškinis, Morten Lauridsen, André van der Merwe, Josu Elberdin
Subject to change!
More details will follow in the beginning of 2019.
"Thanks very much for the mail and thank you very much for the great organization yet again. I loved my time in Wernigerode and we had a lot of fun in between the work which is always healthy!"
"The quality of the choirs, the camaraderie among the singers, the judging, the wonderful organization you provided and the charm of Wernigerode combined to make this a world-class experience."
"Thank you very much for ensuring that we attended the Wernigerode event. We are very grateful for all the support and assistance you gave to us before and during the event and we would like to let you know that we enjoyed every minute of our stay in Wernigerode and we also hope to be a part of the event in the next 2 years."
The official registration deadline has passed on February 28, 2019.
If you have not yet registered for organizational reasons please contact us to discuss further details.
For individual participants without overnight stay (piano rehearsals/studio choir).
- active: 290 €
- passive: 150 €
for individual participants with overnight stay
|ACCOMMODATION IN THE CENTRALLY LOCATED HOTEL “ALTWERNIGERÖDER HOF”|
|All prices are per person in||Double room||Single room|
|Event package for 4 nights with all benefits as listed below||490,- €||550,- €|
|Additional night with breakfast||50,- €||65,- €|
- Participation in the conductor seminar with internationally renowned conductors
- Music scores of all compositions
- Invitation to an opening reception
- Participation Certificate
- Support on-site from the INTERKULTUR International and Local Team
Please note that entry requirements are not the same for all nationalities. Make sure that you have all the necessary documents with you, otherwise you may be refused entry.
To enter some countries you will need a visa or other documents in addition to your valid passport. In the following we have compiled special regulations and modalities of our destination countries for you.
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During the ongoing events 2018 and 2019 INTERKULTUR grants scholarships for the participation in this seminar to young, talented conductors who have achieved outstanding results with their ensembles.
In cooperation with
The State Grammar School for Music Wernigerode
The Radio Youth Choir Wernigerode
The City of Wernigerode
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß (Senior Artistic Director INTERKULTUR)
Peter Habermann (Artistic Director of the Radio Youth Choir Wernigerode)
Wernigerode is a city with a special flair, as it is not only a gem of medieval architecture but also beautifully located at the edge of the Harz, a low mountain range in Germany. Hardly any other German city has so many gorgeous timber-framed buildings that compete for the visitor’s’ attention: the ideal setting for the parade and the opening ceremony as well as further open air events. And the narrow-gauge-railway also turns the discovery of the surroundings into a wonderful and charming experience.
There are several ways to get to Wernigerode by plane:
Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) is located 244 km away from the center of Wernigerode and is regularly approached by the following airlines: airberlin, Belavia, Condor, Eurowings, Germania, Germanwings, Norwegian, Ryanair etc.
Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) is located 236 km away from the center of Wernigerode an is regularly approached by the following airlines: airBaltic, Air France, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Germania, Germanwings, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines etc.
Hannover Airport (HAJ) is located 131 km away from the center of Wernigerode and is regularly approached by the following airlines: germanwings, Alitalia, Air Berlin, Air France, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, British Airways, Austrian, American Airlines, Iberia, Belavia etc.
Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) is located 136 km away from the center of Wernigerode and is regularly approached by the following airlines: germanwings, Air Berlin, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Austrian, Iberia, Germania etc.