18.06. - 25.06.2017

In this course for flutists, Prof. Dirk Peppel (University of Music and Dance Cologne, Rostock University of Music) and Prof. Manfredo Zimmermann (University of Music and Dance Cologne, Robert Schumann University of Düsseldorf) offer a wide range of instructional courses:

- Individual lessons flute
- Individual tuition Treble (also beginners)
- Flute ensemble
- Baroque ornamentation
- Orchesters, Pro game training
- Performance Practice Baroque and Classical
- Contemporary playing techniques

Each participant receives daily lessons. Individual traverse flutes can be borrowed.

Prof. Peppel and Prof. Zimmermann combine a long-term artistic and educational collaboration. Their different flutistical profiles allows a wide field of view on the flute play of all epochs.

09.07. - 16.07.2017

Participants should prepare at least four opera arias and six German lieder by various composers (a minimum of one piece by Schubert and one by Schumann).

16.07. - 23.07.2017 Attention: change of date!

Piano and Chamber Music

16.07. - 23.07.2017
Audition Training for Singers and Repetiteurs

The course isintended for singers as well as prospective opera repetiteurs who want to prepare for auditions at theaters or for agencies.
At the beginning of the course, a preliminary audition with a video recording takes place in order to determine the starting point.
Each participant prepares at least 5 arias in different languages and from different epochs.

Afterwards, all relevant aspects such as repertoire, presentation, musical arrangement and enunciation will be analyzed in detail to show where there is potential for improvement. At this time, the application documents will also be checked for form and scope.
The course aims to enable the participants to face the special situation of an audition with self-assurance and confidence by means of discussions and musical coaching with the teachers as well as through mutual constructive criticism in the group.
The extended and/or reworked repertoire is to be presented at the end of the week during a second audition.
The repetiteurs act as acompanists and train themselves for audition situations, which often means a confrontation with an unknown repertoire.

They also have the opportunity to work on their audition repertoire (Le nozze di Figaro, Finale 2.Akt, Elektra Mägdeszene, Salome Judenquintett, Rosenkavalier Anfang, Carmen Schmugglerquintett, La Bohème 1. + 2.Akt, Otello 1.Akt).

Prof. Anne Champert and Prof. Paul Weigold have extensive experience in dealing with young singers and future pianists, due to their many years of work as study directors at major international opera houses and as professors at HMTM Hannover. As part of the course, they would like to share this experience with the participants.

23.07. - 30.07.2017

The master class includes daily private instruction and covers repertoire from all musical periods, with a special emphasis on contemporary works for classical and electric guitar.
In addition, participants will take part in group sessions where they rehearse techniques through improvisation and in practice sessions for a guitar ensemble.

30.07. - 06.08.2017

The course is designed for pianists of all ages, also for study aspirants. The repertoire may be chosen freely. The aim and objective is a comprehensive artistic permeation of the chosen repertoire. At the end of the course participants will present their prepared program in a public concert.

30.07. - 06.08.2017
Violin / Chamber Music

The course is open to students as well as those preparing for auditions for music studies or orchestras.
The emphasis will be on style, open sound, efficient movements and body consciousness.

In addition to solo repertoire (from baroque to present) chamber music can also be worked on and ensembles are welcome.
The course will end with a final concert presenting the studied pieces.

06.08. - 13.08.2017

"Singing by saying, saying by singing"
Lecturers: Claudia Visca, Vienna; Igor Folwill, Köln
Correpetion: Joelle Bouffa, Vienna; Yoshiko Hashimoto, Köln
Under the motto of Singing-Acting, a close collaboration between the voice teacher and the director will be availed upon to make
use of the results of voice coaching for the theatrical interpretation on stage and podium.
The following documents are to be sent:
• Artistic curriculum vitae
• Parts/roles, arias, songs etc.
• List of the pieces to be worked on in Montepulciano
• Link to a listening sample
Repertoire: opera, operetta, oratorio, art song
Each participant receives individual lessons daily from both Claudia Visca and Igor Folwilll.
From the second half of the week onwards, the municipal theater will be available for exploring the way in which one's progress
and the insights gained during the singing lessons can be used for a visual statement.
At the end of the course a public concert will be given.
Admission to the course will be decided upon by the lecturers after the assessment of the documents and the listening sample.
Closing date of the application: 26 May 2017
Decision on participation: by 6 June 2017

06.08. - 13.08.2017

The master course aims to deepen the study of the instrument on varoius levels and is therefore open to harpists: graduates and students. During the course, questions about technique and interpretive aspects of a broad repertoire (both solo and chamber music) receive an in-depth investigation of the tonal quality in order to achieve better results in performances and to give valuable support for examination preparation, casting, competitions and concerts.

The participants are requested to indicate which pieces they would like to work on.

13.08. - 20.08.2017

All students are invited to bring their favourite repertoire to the course. The focus is on the Classical period and the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as Romantic style - Schumann, Brahms and Liszt and also on the music of the first half of the 20th century, from Berg to Bartok.
The students are expected to bring two to three pieces to work on during the week. Depending on the number of participants, the goal would be to have an individual lesson with each student every day. At the end of the week, all the students will be able to participate in the final concert.
The students are also encouraged to bring their favourite chamber music works and discuss the joys and problems of playing together with their young colleagues.
As pianists we have to sing, speak, listen, conduct and orchestrate all at the same time, this course is supposed to explores the endless possibilities of achieving that together with the students.

13.08. - 20.08.2017

Repertoire of all styles (works of 20th century welcomed)
Open individual lessons
Final concert
Group sessions on various topics of technical and / or interpretive content (by appointment)
Differentiated, related to the respective form (timbre, dynamic, phrasing, articulation, tempo, intonation ...)
Technical aspects of playing, sequence of movements
Methods for practicing
Analysis of musical content and its consequences for the interpretation et al.
The number of participants is limited to 10 - the date of registration is decisive.

20.08. - 26.08.2017

This class features extensive work on vocal technique, musical style, expression, interpretation and presentation. The aim is to achieve a free sound, a personal musical style and a convincing stage presence. Each participant should choose and prepare at least 6 works (arias and/or art songs) from the international opera, operetta, oratorio and lied repertoire. All participants will receive daily instruction.

This course can be combined with the lied course held by Thomas Seyboldt. Participants in courses by Ulrike Sonntag and Thomas Seyboldt have the option of learning the Franklin Method with Helga Seyboldt. This involves daily training to improve posture and body tension.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2017.

20.08. - 26.08.2017
Lied interpretation

In the Lied, poetry, melody and piano become one. But it also poses particular challenges to singers, pianists and audiences. It requires musical collaboration, careful listening and coordinated breathing. Words can play and colours sing, which make for a fascinating adventure.

The rich repertoire of piano Lieder – from Schubert to Rihm, Fauré to Britten, Dvořák to Shostakovich – offers many possibilities for lively narrative and animated composition, with each Lied unfolding in its own cosmos. Whether in duo or alone, singers and pianists can explore the lied’s style, form and interpretation. The lied attracts vocal and piano students but also accompanists, conductors and ambitious musicians.
Lied duos will be given priority in admission decisions. Participants who wish to form a duo should submit their repertoire preferences by July 15 so that we can assign them the most appropriate partners from the field of registered participants.

Those who wish to take part in the lied interpretation course should prepare at least six lieder (at least one by Franz Schubert).

The course can be completed in combination with Ulrike Sonntag’s vocal workshop.
Participants in courses by Ulrike Sonntag and Thomas Seyboldt have the option of learning the Franklin Method with Helga Seyboldt. This involves daily training to improve posture and body tension.

20.08. - 26.08.2017

Preparation for Competitions (Individual lessons)

26.08. - 03.09.2017

The course includes primarily a vocal training, completely divorced of an intellectual imprint. In the foreground is a primordial organ motion which is, through the joy of making music, brought to life in the repertoire.
To this purpose five opera arias must be prepared by heart!
You are requested to apply by sending your artistic vita as well as a recording of two arias. Please ask for the address in the Academy Office.

26.08. - 03.08.2017

Tandem Teaching

03.09. - 10.09.2017
Lied meets Opera/Operetta

Often within minutes, the tragedy of a whole opera can be depicted in all facets within a song. It will be our challenge and one of our main concerns to emphasize and bring out the emotional and psychological depths of a short work of art and to form an interpretation of the composer’s intention and his music.

The same applies for the operetta that the music world has already deemed to be far more than just the “little sister” of the opera and it has regained more publicity in musical life and enjoys an enormous following.
It challenges the joy of playing by using comically sensual aspects and a sound technique by a wide-ranging tessitura of the vocal line.
The desire is inspired by discovering its playful wit to open up all genres of music.

The experience of both genres will merge into the discussion of opera literature and will also be developed in this class.
Beside song and operetta literature, each participant should also offer a repertoire of opera arias. Final concerts will be organized including all the genres.
Details about the repertoire shall be attached to the application.

The course “Song meets opera/operetta” is suitable for advanced students and young singers already active in music.
Courses take place 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm.
Individual tutoring with both professors will be in the morning; the developed results will be intensified during the afternoon class with both professors.

03.09. - 10.09.2017

Free choice of repertoire