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Leitung: Thomas Max Meyer

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Conducting Academy under the artistic direction of Prof. Georg Grün

When and where

30. August – 4. September 2020, Hochschule für Musik Saar, Saarbrücken


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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Brady R. Allred

Online Coaching / Webmasterclass (USA) ... Dr. Brady Allred is an American conductor for choral and orchestral music. He is currently the artistic director and conductor of Salt Lake Choral Artists, a regional choir organization with five choirs and a total of around 350 singers. Before retiring in October 2010, Dr. Allred professor of choral studies at the University of Utah, where he directed the "University of Utah Singers" and the "A Cappella Choir." His ensembles are invited to major festivals and receive awards such as the grand prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choir Competition and first prizes at the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf with two different choirs as well as an award for the best interpretation of music of the 20th century and the Conductor Award Before his work in Utah, Dr. Allred was music director and conductor of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, director of choral activities at Duquesne University, artistic director and conductor of the Pittsburgh Bach Choir, has been a guest conductor of the Schumann Chamber Orchestra in Italy, the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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Ko Matsushita

Online Coaching / Webmasterclass (Japan) ... Ko Matsushita studied composition at the Kunitachi College of Music and took part in the master class in conducting at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. His compositions vary widely from works based on traditional Japanese music to classic studies for choirs. He is currently the conductor and artistic director of 14 choirs with concert events in Japan, Europe, America, Asia, where the choirs have achieved outstanding performances in international competitions. In 2005 he was the first Asian composer to be awarded the Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of choral music worldwide.

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Stephen Leek

Online Coaching / Webmasterclass (Australia) ... Sydney-born composer and choir director Stephen Leek is active worldwide and is one of the most important figures in the music scene on the Australian continent. He studied cello and composition at the Canberry School of Music. Stephen Leek founded and directed ensembles such as vOiCeArT and the Australian Voices, with whom he traveled internationally. In addition to his concert activities as a singer and conductor, he represents his home country in many international organizations such as the Asia Pacific Choral Council and the International Federation for Choral Music, of which he was Vice President until 2017. His compositional creativity finds expression in 13 operas, numerous orchestral and chamber music works as well as over 700 choir pieces, many of which are commissioned compositions. He has received multiple awards for his work, including with the Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music.

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Tutor/Speaker of the choir - Director online events

Mauro Barbierato



Program and work schedule of the week

Program Conducting Academy

– Tenebrae factae sunt, Ko Matsushita

– The conversion of Saul, Z. Randall Stroope

– Coonawrin, Stephen Leek

– Te lucis ante terminum, Levente Gyöngyösi

– Sur les lagunes, Hector Berlioz / Clytus Gottwald

– An die Nacht (op. 68,1), Richard Strauss / Clytus Gottwald

– Je prens congie, Nicolas Gombert

– Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (BWV 226), Johann Sebastian Bach

The conducting academy primarily deals with questions of interpretation, choral sound, intonation and their rehearsal and conducting implementation in a professional context. Particular attention is paid to the expression of the conduction through striking technique and the individual “conducting language” of the participants. This takes place through individual conducting lessons with Prof. Grün, through video coaching with international guests (Ko Matsushita from Japan, Brady Alfred from the USA and Stephen Leek from Australia), through passive participation in the choir rehearsals and directing the academy ensemble .

Two hours of conducting lessons a day from Prof. Georg Grün (only for active participants)
up to two hours of active work per day with the Academic Choir, divided between the four active conducting fellows (only for active participants)
up to two hours a day passive participation in the choir rehearsal under the direction of Prof. Georg Grün or the head of studies
big final concert with recording by Saarland radio

The active participants agree to conduct at the final concert if selected by the musical director. There is no entitlement to conduct.

Web masterclasses

Part of the lessons and rehearsals within this year’s Summer School will be offered for the first time via Internet video transmission to students from other German and foreign universities of music and interested parties. Seminars, lectures and rehearsals by external lecturers from abroad are also made available for the participants of the summer school.


One of the goals is to develop sophisticated choral music under professional conditions. The academy ensemble, which is available for the candidates, is composed of 16 professional singers from radio choirs, renowned vocal ensembles or the professional choir scene in each vocal group.


    • Maria Bernius (Kammerchor Stuttgart)
    • Franziska Bobe (Stimmkunst, Stuttgart)
    • Angelika Lenter (SWR Vokalensemble)
    • Anja Pöche (Calmus Ensemble)


    • Isolde Assenheimer (Deutscher Kammerchor)
    • Anne Greiling (SWR Vokalensemble)
    • Livia Kretschmann (SWR Vokalensemble)
    • Elke Rutz


    • Benjamin Glaubitz
    • Henning Jensen (Die Singphoniker)
    • Daniel Schreiber (Die Singphoniker)
    • N.N.


    • Manuel Helmeke (Calmus Ensemble)
    • Daniel Knauft (Amarcord)
    • Michael Mantaj (Die Singphoniker)
    • Thomas Scharr


Target group

The Conducting Academy is aimed at students in choral conducting as well as church musicians and young up-and-coming conductors who are interested in continuing education in choral conducting.

Application procedure

  • Completed application form (web form)
  • Tabular CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Current video recording on which the applicant can be seen as a conductor (no back view, max. 15 minutes, at least two a cappella works)

The complete application documents can be uploaded online using the web form.

Application deadline: July 31, 2020


Selection of participants

The artistic direction will select up to 8 active participants from among the applicants. This decision is made on the basis of the application documents. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no preliminary conduct.

Passive participation is possible free of charge through live streaming (selected events are offered online – follow the link on the homepage).



The (selected) participants only incur administrative costs of 100 euros. All other costs are borne by the Peter and Luise Hager Foundation.


Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact

Mauro Barbierato

Short summary

Application deadline
31 July 2020

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact:

Mauro Barbierato