"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."
6th 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 12th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition 2021 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, July 16
Saturday, July 17
- 11.00 am Introduction and grouping
Saturday, July 17 - Tuesday, July 20
- Full-time seminar course, piano and choir rehearsals
Tuesday, July 20
- Evening: Closing Concert of the 6th International Conductor's Seminar
- Handover of the participation certificates
- Closing reception
Wednesday, July 21
- Departure or participation in the following 12th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival & Competition
Language of instruction: English / German
International choral literature
The repertoire will be announced in the end of 2020. After announcing the repertoire, active participants choose a top title, which they work on intensively with the lecturers during the seminar. It is also strongly recommended to study the other pieces in advance, in order to sing along in the piano rehearsals and to support the other participants.
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"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."
Registration deadline: February 28, 2021
For individual participants without overnight stay
- active: 290 €
- passive: 150 € (observer)
Offered by M&C Music Contact GmbH, official partner and authorized agency of INTERKULTUR
|ACCOMMODATION IN THE CENTRALLY LOCATED HOTEL "ALTWERNIGERÖDER HOF"|
|All prices are per person in||Single Room||Double room|
|Accommodation package for 4 nights||280,- €||206,- €|
|Additional night incl. breakfast||70,- €||52,- €|
- Participation in the conductor’ seminar with internationally renowned conductors
- Music scores of all compositions
- Invitation to the closing reception
- Participation Certificate
- Support on-site from the INTERKULTUR International and Local Team
Please note that the visitor’s tax is not included and needs to be paid in the hotel.
During the ongoing events 2020 and 2021 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
Peter Habermann (Artistic Director of the Radio Youth Choir Wernigerode)
INTERKULTUR awards scholarships to young, talented choral conductors who want to study selected choral literature intensively and refine their knowledge of choral conducting, together with top-class seminar leaders and the Radio Youth Choir Wernigerode.
The INTERKULTUR scholarship has a value of 570,00 EURO and includes the participation fee, accommodation in Wernigerode for 4 nights and the required sheet music package.
You conduct one or more choirs, have already participated in at least one choir competition with a choir, you are not older than 40 years and want to improve your conducting skills? Then apply online until November 30, 2020 with your CV, photo, a short letter of motivation and recordings of yourself conducting.
After the application deadline, the Artistic Committee will select suitable candidates and will inform the scholarship holders.
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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.