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Conducting Academy

When and where

5 – 10 September 2021, 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 (Ireland) ... Bernie Sherlock is a leading choral conductor. She is the founder-conductor of the international award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices, Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Choir, and second conductor of EuroChoir 2021. Bernie has won international conducting prizes in Finland, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Ireland. Her ongoing work as an international adjudicator and director of choral workshops has taken her around Europe and to the US, Canada and China. She is the representative for Ireland on the World Choir Council. Bernie studied conducting with Ildiko Herboly-Kocsar and Peter Erdei at the Liszt Academy in Hungary, and with Gerhard Markson in Dublin. Following her BA in music from Trinity College Dublin she earned Masters and Doctorate degrees in conducting from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music/DCU respectively. New Dublin Voices is acclaimed for its innovative concert programming and has a strong record at Europe’s leading competitions, recently winning first prize at the International Competition of the 2019 Derry International Choir Festival, first prize in the mixed choir competition at the 2018 Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Hungary, and the Grand Prix at the 2017 International Baltic Sea Choir Competition in Latvia. Among many other prizes, New Dublin Voices has previously come first at the Cork International Choral Festival (2015), Concoroso Polifonico in Arezzo (Grand Prix 2013), International Choir Contest of Maasmechelen, Belgium (all 6 prizes 2011) and Budapest International Choir Competition (Grand Prix 2009). Bernie has extensive experience directing a wide range of choirs, including the Culwick Choral Society and the Choral Society of Trinity College Dublin. She is a Lecturer in Music at the TU Dublin Conservatoire where she is 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.

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Online Coaching / Webmasterclass (Italy) ... Composer, conductor and violinist, who studied: composition with R. Pezzati, C. Togni, E. Morricone, P. Dusapin; choral music with R. Alessandrini, R. Clemencic, O. Dantone, R. Gabbiani, D. Fasolis, G. Graden, C. Hogset, P. Neumann. He performed at concerts with Coro Giovanile Italiano, Insieme Vocale Vox Cordis and Hesperimenta Vocal Ensemble winning several national and international awards (Arezzo, Cantonigròs, Gorizia, Lugano, Montreux, Senlis, Varna (Grand Prix), Vittorio Veneto, Tours). In 2007 he won two first prizes at the V^ International Competition for Choral Conductors “Mariele Ventre” in Bologna. In 2016 he won with UT Insieme Vocale-Consonante the 28 edition of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. From 2016 he conduct the professional choir Coro della Cattedrale di Siena Guido Chigi Saracini.His compositions are being performed by ensembles around the world and have been published by Carus Verlag, Pizzicato Verlag and others. His choral works were asked and/or performed by Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Joyfull Company of Londen, Philippine Madrigals Singers, St. Jakobs Chamber Choir Stockholm. He won notable awards in international competitions such as Arezzo (1996-1999), Gorizia (1999-2002), Rome (1999), Avellino (2003), Vittorio Veneto (2007).He collaborates with several cultural institutes like EuropaCantat, Feniarco, Incontro Polifonico di Fano, Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo. He often is invited to join the jury at international contests and teach in international masterclass. He teaches choral conducting at the Conservatory of Trento and Chigiana Summer Academy (Siena).

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Tutor/Speaker of the choir - Director online events

Mauro Barbierato



Program and work schedule of the week

Program Conducting Academy

  • Zwei frühe Lieder (Zueignung op. 10, 1/ Morgen op. 27, 4), R. Strauss/C. Gottwald
  • Nachtgang (op. 29, 3)R. Strauss/C. Gottwald
  • O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf (Op. 74, No. 2),  J. Brahms
  • Stabat mater, T. Körvits
  • Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr (SWV 387), H. Schütz
  • Ave, Regina Caelorum, P. W.J. Stopford
  • Lux aeterna, E. Elgar
  • Regina Coeli, R. Clarke
  • Magnificat, L. Donati

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 Lorenzo Donati from Italy), 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: Franziska Bobe (Stimmkunst, Stuttgart)

Alto: Livia Kretschmann (SWR Vokalensemble)

Tenor: Daniel Schreiber (Die Singphoniker)

Bass: Fabian Hemmelmann (Kölner Vokalsolisten)

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.


Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact

Mauro Barbierato

Short summary

Application deadline
15 July 2021

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact:

Mauro Barbierato