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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Conducting Academy

When and where

18 – 23 September 2022, Hochschule für Musik Saar (University of Music Saarbrücken)

Artistic direction and lecturers


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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Bernie Sherlock

Online Coaching / Webmasterclass (Sweden) ... Gary Graden was born in the USA and studied at Clark University, the Hartt School of Music, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and with Eric Ericson at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He is a former member and principal tenor of the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir. Graden currently holds the position of Director of Choral Music at the Cathedral and St. James Church in Stockholm. With the S:t Jacobs Kammarkör, he has won major and first prizes at many of Europe's most prestigious competitions, including the European Choral Grand Prix. He has also participated in a large number of national and international festivals and is in demand worldwide as a conductor, teacher and jury member. His work as a conductor and singer is documented by many CD and radio recordings. Gary Garden was elected Choral Conductor of the Year in Sweden in 2005, and in 2009 he and his choir were awarded the Guidoneum Award by the Fondazione Guido D'Arezzo in Italy.

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Bernie Sherlock

Online Coaching / Webmasterclass (Ireland) ... Bernie Sherlock is a leading choral conductor. She has won international conducting prizes in Finland, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Ireland, and her adjudication and workshop engagements have taken her around Europe and to the US, Canada and China.
Bernie is the founder-conductor of the international award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices, critically acclaimed for its innovative concert programming and its work in television, radio, and recording.
Bernie has extensive experience directing a wide range of choirs, including twelve years as Musical Director of the Culwick Choral Society, nine years as conductor of the University of Dublin Choral Society (Trinity College), and ten years as Choral Director at the TU Dublin Conservatoire where she is a Lecturer in Music and where she is currently conductor of the TU Chamber Choir and Youth Choir.
For 12 years Bernie was Artistic Director as well as tutor on the annual International Choral Conducting Summer School run by Sing Ireland at the University of Limerick. In 2020 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Choirs and she is currently second conductor of EuroChoir 2021. She is the representative for Ireland on the World Choir Council.

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Tutor/Speaker of the choir - Artistic Codirection

Mauro Barbierato



Program and work schedule of the week

Program Conducting Academy

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richte mich, Gott (Psalm 43) – op. 78/2 (Erstfassung)
  • Hans Fährmann, Die mit Tränen säen – op. 56
  • Peter Cornelius, Ich will dich lieben, meine Krone – op. 18/2
  • Johannes Brahms, Drei Motetten – op. 110
  • Paul Hindemith, Six Chansons
  • Oskar Lindberg, Pingst
  • Séan Doherty, It’s Strange About Stars
  • Jake Runestad, Alleluia

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 (Brady Alfred from the USA, Bernie Sherlock from Ireland and Gary Graden from Sweden), through passive participation in the choir rehearsals and directing the KammerChor Saarbrücken .

  • daily three hours of conducting lessons by Prof. Georg Grün (only for active participants)
  • daily up to three hours of active work with the KammerChor Saarbrücken, divided among 8 conductors (only for active participants)
  • final concert*
    *The active participants agree to conduct at the final concert if they are chosen by the musical director. There is no right 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 the development of demanding choral music under professional conditions. The academy ensemble, which is available for the candidates, is composed of 16 singers of the KammerChor Saarbrücken and 4 professional singers from radio choirs, renowned vocal ensembles or the professional choir scene in each voice group.


KammerChor Saarbrücken (Photo Alexandra Vosding / With permission by the World Cultural Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte)


Professional singers

Soprano: Clémence Boullu (freelance SWR Vokalensemble)

Alto: Livia Kretschmann (freelance SWR Vokalensemble)

Tenor: Daniel Schreiber (Die Singphoniker)

Bass: Nicolas Ries (Kammerchor Stuttgart)

Anja Pöche

Livia Kretschmann

Daniel Schreiber

Nicolas Ries

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.


The active participants

  • Lucia Birzer
  • Fabian Kühn
  • Sonja Lachenmayr
  • Katharina Linn
  • Austeja Pezelyte
  • Kwankaew Ruangtrakool
  • Johannes Weiler
  • Fabian Weithoff



Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact

Mauro Barbierato

Short summary

Application deadline
30 July 2022

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact:

Mauro Barbierato