The festival offers seven workshops for children and teenagers aged 8 to 18. The eclectic program aims to suit all expectations and demands, with choir conductors selected among the best in France and abroad.
The working language will be English.
#1 / Latin American landscapes / Virginia Bono (Argentina) >
#1 / Latin American landscapes / Virginia Bono (Argentina)×
For teenagers (12-18 years old) equal voices
From the sea to the mountains and from the deserts to the wild jungle, every corner of the Latin American continent holds the magic of the originals civilizations, the tradition of the immigrants and its mixture making the most colorful and divers kind of music, old and modern. Music to fell and to dance, to dream and to travel from Cuba and Mexico to Brazil and Argentina.
This atelier will approach works from different regions of Latin America, painting its beautiful landscapes with the rhythms and the sounds of its people and their songs.
Virginia Bono is a choir conductor and music pedagogue graduated in Santa Fe, Argentina, and in Frankfurt, Germany. She has studied with renowned conductors from Argentina and from the rest of the world in several courses, master classes and special tutorial classes. She is asked to participate as a member of the jury in choir and music competitions, and has lectured on choral music as part of many international festivals.
#2 / Small journey around the world / Marleen de Boo >
#2 / Small journey around the world / Marleen de Boo×
For teenagers (12-18 years old) – Equal voices
To cook a good French salad, put a spoon of “Chanson”, mix with a bit of Tour Eiffel, add a drop od classical music and a zest of contemporary music… but don’t forget the perfumes of herbs.
To be taken without moderation!
Marleen De Boo studied at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven where she received the diploma “Laureate of Music Pedagogy” and a Master in Choral Conducting.
At the Music Academy in Lier, Marleen teaches solfège, choir and various group singing classes, both for young people and adults, and choral conducting.
At the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp she teaches the academic postgraduate course “Children- and Youth choir Conducting”.
For Koor en Stem (member of ECAC) she gives regularly workshops for children and youngsters and coaches conductors all over Flanders.
In Antwerp, her hometown, she is very active in the choir-organization “Waelrant”. She conducts the Waelrant Chamber Choir, Youth Choir and three Children choirs of different ages.
#3 / Groovy singing / Tobias Hug (Germany) >
#3 / Groovy singing / Tobias Hug (Germany)×
For teenagers (12-18 years old) – Equal voices
This fun workshop will work with all aspects of groove – from beatboxing to simple body percussion, from finding our inner rhythm to tackling funky choir repertoire.
Exploration of the possibilities of our voices – becoming a beatbox samba choir, creating a vocal soundtrack and using vocals to sound like instruments – will be on the menu. Lastly, simple improvisation games to create music together – with circle songs we are becoming a human loop station –will transform the workshop into a groove machine!
Explorer of the human voice, compassionate and inspiring teacher, a cappella journeyman, Tobias Hug has been singing, teaching, travelling for 20 years and is deeply involved with the international choral, beatbox and a cappella scene.
He currently performs with his group Beatvox, the The Beatbox Collective (World Beatbox Team Champions). With the choir London Voices he contributes to soundtracks of movies (The Hobbit, Interstellar) and computer games (World of Warcraft, etc). His arrangement of ‘A Fifth of Beethoven’ was featured in the pilot episode of ‘Glee’
Tobias is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the new annual italian a cappella festival Vocalmente in Fossano, Piemonte.
For 11 years, Tobias sang bass with Grammy-Award winning a cappella group The Swingle Singers, performing more than 700 concerts collaborating with artists like Zubin Mehta and Bobby McFerrin
His charity work has led him to work with children all over the world, namely Romania, Kenya and Brazil .
#4 / Stabat Mater Pergolesi / Leslie Peeters (France) >
#4 / Stabat Mater Pergolesi / Leslie Peeters (France)×
For teenagers (8-18 years old) Equal voices – atelier to be prepared in advance
Stabat Mater is Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s most famous work. He wrote it two month before his death at the age of 26. Written for two parts (soprano and alto), strings and continuo, many children’s choirs have sung it; some movements are for soloists.
Enter the world of Italian baroque music with orchestra!
Choir conductor, conducting teacher, singer and pianist Leslie Peeters is graduated from Lyon’s CNSM where she studied with Bernard Tétu and Nicole Corti. She completed her studies in Birmingham’s music school with Paul Spicer and Jeffrey Skidmore. She’s been singing in professional ensembles such as Britten, Calliope, Gondawana, and Ex Cathedra. She conducts children and young adults choirs, working on various repertoires (Renaissance, baroque, contemporary music, jazz), and building bridges between music, theatre, and staging. She’s a teacher at Villeurbanne’s ENM, in one of the most important choir directing classes of the Rhône-Alpes region.
#5 / Rainbow of songs from Eastern Europe to North America / Zimfira Poloz (Canada) >
#5 / Rainbow of songs from Eastern Europe to North America / Zimfira Poloz (Canada)×
For Children (8-12 years old)
Zimfira Poloz believes that every child has a gift! She will share her philosophy and approach, teaching vocal techniques through theÂ visual tools and will bring her suitcase with the toys!
This session will focus not only on learning song but on vocal pedagogy for young singers. She will share her knowledge which developed from bringing two different school of choral education from Eastern Europe and North America.
Repertoire will build bridges from one culture to another but also from one child to another! Let’s celebrate our differences! It is going to be the fusion of styles, learning activities and Songs!
Zimfira Poloz is one of the most sought after choral conductor, educator and adjudicators for children & youth choirs in the world. Her career began with founding the first choral school in Kazakhstan and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the school’s senior choir, “Koktemâ”. Under her leadership, Koktem attained top international choral status as a recurring prize-winner in choral competitions and festivals around the world.
After immigrating to Canada, Zimfira’s love of children and passion for music found her first as a member of the Toronto Children’s Chorus Artistic Staff and a vocal coach at St. Michael’s Choir School and an Artistic Director at High Park Choirs. Dreams of directing her own choral music education program soon were fulfilled by becoming the Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir.
Zimfira has advanced the Hamilton Children’s Choir sound and performance style, by helping each child to find their own unique voice, which has become the benchmark for children’s choirs worldwide.
#6 / Sing&Shine with Body&Soul / Sanna Valvanne (Finland) >
#6 / Sing&Shine with Body&Soul / Sanna Valvanne (Finland)×
For teenagers (8-18 years old) Equal voices
Sanna will take you on a journey around the globe through songs of different styles that move the body and soul. Singers discover a freedom to express music with their whole beings engaging in fun exercises and improvisations, exploring the boundlessness of the voice, and creating beautiful performances. Come and experience the power, joy, and love of singing&shining together!
Sanna Valvanne is an innovative conductor and performer from Finland and the Artistic Director of Tampere Vocal Music Festival 2017. She is recognized worldwide for her creative choral method, Sing and Shine with Body and Soul, which combines vocal expression with movement and drama. Sanna has been a popular guest conductor with choirs around the world since 1994. A former singer, conductor’s assistant, and vocal trainer of the world famous Tapiola Choir, she has a Masters Degree in Music, from the Sibelius Academy.
Last 5 years, Sanna worked in New York City with children in underserved communities. Sanna continues to expand the boundaries of choral expression, and explore new ways of sharing love and healing through singing in local & global community-projects.
#7 / Ghosts, witches & vampires! / Panda van Proosdij & Hans Cassa (Netherlands) >
#7 / Ghosts, witches & vampires! / Panda van Proosdij & Hans Cassa (Netherlands)×
GHOSTS, WITCHES and VAMPIRES
Panda van Proosdij et Hans Cassa
for teenagers (12-18 years old) – Equal voices
The atelier will propose a mixture of musical pieces that were created for mystery, fantasy and thrill.
Musicals such as: The Lord of The Rings, Tanz der Vampire, Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Lucky Stiff, Side Show and The Phantom of the Opera.
This atelier will be based on the method “Voice & Physique”. A method that creates a strong body awareness, and a high level of focus, concentration and energy which support the quality of singing. It will need preparation, as well as maquillage and costumes.
Enter the world of science fiction and fantasy as if you were in the books or movies of Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings.
Panda Van Proosdij has studied theatre and dance in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and the USA. She teaches musical education in Rotterdam and works with The Netherlands Children and Youth Choir. She took part in different European festivals, most notably six times at Europa Cantat, meeting great success in directing youth ateliers on musical comedy. Her technique is all about supporting the voice by raising physical awareness to increase the singing quality. She teaches this technique in ateliers and master classes all around the world.
Hans CassaÂ finished his studies at the Rotterdam Conservatoire in 1992. In 1991 he joined the cappella pop group Montezuma’s Revenge in the programs The Third Act and Blind Man’s Dream. He left the group in 1993 to return in 2000 for another four shows, amongst others the highly acclaimed Pop Art. Since 2005 Hans works as a teacher at the Music Theatre Department at Codarts, University of the Arts in Rotterdam. In 2013 he became head of that department. He is also an arranger for a cappella groups in Holland and abroad and a workshop leader for vocal groups and choirs.
#8 / Pop that beat! / Merel Martens (Nederlands) >
#8 / Pop that beat! / Merel Martens (Nederlands)×
For teenagers (12-18 years old) Equal voices
During the Atelier ‘Pop that beat!’, we will explore our inner rhythm, use bodypercussion and sing the stage on fire! Merel will use her own arrangements of contemporary pop songs and the voices will be used to create a ‘vocal band’. Are you ready to get your groove on ?
Merel Martens is a fulltime choir conductor, arranger and coach. In May 2015 she received a Master’s degree in Rhythmic Choir Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, Denmark, studying with Jim Daus Hjernoe and Jesper Holm, with the highest possible grades. She is also privately mentored by colleagues such as Peder Karlsson (ex-Real Group) and Roger Treece (co-writer Vocabularies-Bobby McFerrin). Merel conducts among others the award winning vocal groups “Pitch Contro” and “SZ Vocal Projects” in the Netherlands. In addition, she is regular coach for The Junction(NL), ‘Perpetuum Jazzile’ (Slovenia) and ‘Vocalocity’ (Israel). In September 2014 Merel founded the Dutch Organic Choir : an a cappella group based on rotated leadership and style-free original music. Since November 2015, Merel has brought the ‘Intelligent Choir’ method to two Dutch conservatories, educating choir leaders during courses and offering a master’s degree in this fairly new discipline.