IMB Proudly Presents: 20th International Masterclass for Orchestral and Choir Conductors
Kenneth Kiesler (USA)
The English Choir Berlin
May 23rd– 28th 2016
We are happy to announce our 20th masterclass that will be led by the world
renowned “Mentor of Conductors” and GRAMMY® nominated conductor, Maestro Kenneth Kiesler. Maestro Kielser visits to Europe creates an incredible opportunity to experience his highly regarded and important approach to teaching the art of conducting. Kiesler, known for his very long years of experience as choral conductor and a choral music specialist, selected a program for this masterclass who deals with two periods, the Baroque and the Classical period. Together with a choir and soloists on two masterpieces of the choral repertoire, Händel’ Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Conductors in all levels and ages are welcome to apply.
This masterclass is limited to the maximum of 15 active participants*.
Besides intensive active conducting sessions with a professional orchestra, choir and soloists, each one of the participants will have the chance to work with Maestro Kiesler on critical aspects of conducting including score studying, musical analysis, conducting technique and principals of working with the singers. Like always we will hold four orchestra rehearsals (4 hours long each) with the professional musicians of the Berlin Sinfonietta. In addition, we will hold three more choir rehearsals (3 hours long each). Be prepared for a very intensive masterclass – week with practical conducting on each day.
All the participants will have the chance to perform in the final, public concert.
For this masterclass we are happy to be invited to hold the masterclass week including the final concert in the very intimate St. Lukas Church,
in the center of Berlin. The church has great atmosphere and its regular concert visitors. We are thankful that the masterclass’ final concert was inserted to the church’s concert season programs, and expecting many audiences.
(image: Berlin Sinfonietta and IMB Kammerchor performing Mozart – Requiem in front the full St. Lukas Church.)
Address: Bernburger Str. 3-5, 10963 Berlin (click for google maps)
The course will be taught primarily in English, and secondarily in German. If you don’t speak these languages, and you would like to participate in the masterclass, we will make our best effort to provide a translator. Please mention that in your application. All the sessions with the orchestra and the choir will be video recorded, and each participant will receive his or her videos on a 16 GB USB stick, which he or she may keep and take home with them. Participants are welcome to bring their own recording device.
You are more than welcome to apply here.
G. F. Händel
Messiah HWV 56 (excerpts)
W. A. Mozart
Requiem in D minor KV 626
The participants must prepare all the repertoire pieces.
* The duration and the number of the sessions with the orchestra and the choir that each participant entitled for has increased.
We would like to share that this masterclass requires the bringing together of much bigger musical and logistical forces than our usual masterclasses, like a choir, soloists and more.
Considering the already growing interest in this masterclass, we, together with Maestro Kiesler, have decided that we will open this masterclass for more active participants together with adding substantial amount of active conducting sessions. Nevertheless, the addition of more active participants will not cause any reduction of the active conducting sessions that each participant entitled for. On the contrary! In this masterclass each one of the participants will enjoy in total, longer time with the orchestra, the choir and individually with Maestro Kielser in comparison to our usual masterclasses.