Master open singing – Jan Schumacher & Merzi Rajala
A masterclass open singing by two renowned session leaders.
The open singing is a well-known returning element in the events of the European Choral Association, where a conductor – sometimes supported by a choir – teaches many songs to a square full of people. It provides an intensive musical experience, as well as a personal experience of musical success. The activity is becoming increasingly popular, and it asks a very specific way of working for the conductor; how do you get the audience (be they singers in a festival, or employees during a company event) to sing along in seconds? What strategies work, and why? In this masterclass, both Jan Schumacher and Merzi Rajala will work with you on the unique skill set to conduct an Open Singing, including subjects like didactics, communication, interaction, and of course the ideal Open Singing repertoire.
Schedule masterclass Open Singing
|Wednesday 27 July||arrival||15.00 -16.30 kick-off and introduction|
|Thursday 28 July||9.30 – 12.00 masterclass||17.30 – 18.00 visit open singing*|
|Friday 29 July||9.30 – 12.00 masterclass||17.30 – 18.00 visit open singing|
|Saturday 30 July||9.30 – 12.00 masterclass||17.30 – 18.00 visit open singing|
|Sunday 31 July||9.30 – 11.00 wrap-up (Bibliotheek Neude – collegezaal)||departure**|
The schedule might be subject to change.
* In the side programme several open singings are scheduled on different venues in the city of Utrecht. The participants of the masterclass will visit these open singings together with Jan and Merzi. Jan and Merzi will also lead some of these open singings and might invite you as a participant on stage as well.
** Please note that on Sunday afternoon there will be an indoor open singing as closure of the side programme, scheduled between 14.00 – 16.00 hrs. You are welcome to attend.