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Conducting Academy under the artistic direction of Prof. Georg Grün

When and where

02 – 07 September 2019, 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 Conducting Academy

• T. L. de Victoria – Officium Defunctorum (Requiem)
• H. Koessler – Drei ernste Chöre
• G. Mahler / C. Gottwald – Im Abendrot
• K. Penderecki – Agnus Dei (aus “Ponisches Requiem”)
• G. Gabrieli – Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus
• W. Rihm – Nachtwach

The Conducting 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.

The best conductor of the Summer School 2019 will receive a ticket worth 285 Euro for the “chor.com” in Hanover from 12 to 15 September 2019.

Target group

The Conducting 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: 30 June 2019



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).



For the active and passive participants, only administrative costs of 100, – € will be charged (the amount includes the cost of a daily hot lunch for the entire duration of the Academy and the original music scores). All other costs will be covered by the Peter and Luise Hager Foundation and the ME Saar Foundation.


Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact

Mauro Barbierato

Short summary

Application deadline
30 June 2019

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact:

Mauro Barbierato