Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigenie auf Tauris) - Premiere

Tragédie in vier Akten von Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787)
Opernklasse der HfM Saar
Leitung: Thomas Max Meyer

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Conductor‘s Academy under the artistic direction of Prof. Georg Grün

When and where

30th of July to 4th of August 2018, University of Music Saarland


Artistic Direction


Prof. Georg Grün

Kammerchor Saarbrücken
Georg Grün ranks among the most sought-after choral conductors and ... choral sound specialists in the world. In 1990, he founded the KammerChor Saarbrücken and remains its artistic director today. With the ensemble he has won major international and national choir competitions, has performed at many renowned music festivals and has regularly produced CDs for Carus-Verlag and Rondeau. Between 2000 and 2012 Georg Grün was professor of choral conducting at the Musikhochschule Mannheim, with whose newly-formed Chamber Choir he also won numerous international prizes. In 2012, Georg Grün was appointed professor at the HfM University of Music Saar, and in 2013 took on the role of conductor of the Ev. Chorgemeinschaft an der Saar. Georg Grün travels extensively both in Germany and abroad as a guest conductor, adjudicator and teacher of international master classes in choral conducting. Since 2010, he has been a mentor of the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council and since 2015, chairman of the jury at the renowned International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf. In 2016 concerts, adjudicator work, master classes and guest conducting engagements will take him, among other places, to Italy, France, Ireland, Spain and Poland.

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Tutor/Speaker of the choir

Mauro Barbierato



Program and work schedule of the week

Program Conductor‘s Academy

J.S. Bach, Singet dem Herrn BWV 225
H.Wolf, Im stillen Frieden / Die Stimme des Kindes
G.Ligeti, Lux aeterna
C.Gottwald, Soupir (M.Ravel) / Des pas sur la neige (C.Debussy)

The Conductors’ Academy focuses primarily on questions of interpretation, choral sound, intonation and the realisation thereof when conducting and rehearsing in a professional context. Particular attention is paid to baton-conducting and the individual “conductoral language” of the participants through individual conducting lessons with Prof. Grün, passive participation in the choral rehearsals and own conducting of the academy choir, the rehearsals of which are video-recorded and subsequently evaluated as part of the preparation of the candidate choral works for rehearsal and conducting.

• two hours of conducting lessons with Prof. Georg Grün (only for active participants)
• up to two hours of active work each day with the academy choir, shared between the four active conducting scholarship holders (only for active participants)
• up to two hours’ passive participation in the choir rehearsal each day under the direction of Prof. Georg Grün or the direction of the tutor
• large concluding concert to be recorded by Saarland Broadcasting Corporation – SR

The Conductors’ Academy will work closely with the Choral Academy headed by Prof. Georg Grün.

Active participants agree to conduct the final concert if selected by the artistic director to do so. No right to conduct exists.

Target group

The Conductors’ Academy is aimed at:

  • conducting students and young conductors interested in completing a continuing-education course in choral conducting
  • church musicians, school musicians, amateur choir conductors


Application procedure

  • Completed application form (web from)
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Recent video recording in which the candidate can be seen conducting (no rear view, max. 15 minutes, at least two a cappella works)

Complete application documents should be uploaded here

Application deadline: 31st of May 2018



Selection of participants

The artistic director will select from among the applicants up to twelve candidates. At the start of the Conductors’ Academy, up to six active participants will be chosen following a preliminary conducting session. The remaining candidates may participate as passive participants in the Conductors’ Academy.

Once the artistic management has selected the invitees for the preliminary conducting, applicants will be notified in writing

  • Invitees for the preliminary conducting: Invitees for the preliminary conducting will receive an invitation letter along with two forms relating to image and music rights and a form for confirming attendance. All three must be returned completed and signed by the stated deadline. Enrolment is binding after payment of the enrolment fee for the respective academy (see below).
  • Passive participants: Passive participation in the Conductors’ Academy is also possible. This must be specified on the application form. Passive participants will receive a form for confirming attendance. This must be completed, signed and returned by the stated deadline. Enrolment is binding after payment of the enrolment fee for the respective academy (see below).



Enrolment fee:
€ 75 (includes the cost of a daily hot lunch as well as coffee, tea and bottled water for the entire duration of the Academy)

The course fee of 600 euros is financed for the selected active participants through a grant from the Peter and Luise Hager Foundation and the ME Saar Foundation. The course fee is waived for passive participants.

The costs for accommodation and meals (apart from those covered by the enrolment fee) are not included in the course fee. We are happy to help you find suitable accommodation.


Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact

Mauro Barbierato

Short summary

Application deadline
17 June 2018

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact:

Mauro Barbierato