6th Monteverdi-Madrigal-Week 2024

ensemble course

S. Agnese - Gesuati, Venice  - Sunday, 21st until Friday 26th July 2024

The ensemble course is aimed at experienced (choral) singers who want to spend a week studying representative vocal works by Monteverdi and his contemporaries in the unique atmosphere of Venice.

course ensemble 'Madrigal': very good sight-reading skills; very experienced in handling one's own voice; the instrumentation in the ensembles is soloist if possible, maximum of two; mainly 5-part madrigal literature

course ensemble 'mixed': medium to good sight-reading skills; good handling of own voice; the ensembles can also be filled with more than one person/voice. In addition to 5-part madrigal literature, also literature in other instrumentations and sacred motets.

People who have never participated in the Monteverdi Week are asked to send an mp3 recording in which they have recorded a madrigal of their own choice with their ensemble voice. The division into ensemble 'madrigal' will be done by the lecturers.

'This week was just wonderful! Great instructors, great music, picturesque location...it doesn't really get any better than that. A great experience! I can heartily recommend this course!' (Katrin Koberling, Berlin)

In addition to Monteverdi's 6th book of madrigals, we will also perform the most beautiful works of his contemporaries. The course will conclude with a concert on 26 July at 20:00 in the Chiesa Sant' Agnese

In addition to the plenary choir, ensemble singing is the main focus of the artistic lessons. 

Price: 480€ (380€ for students), excluding accommodation

Early bird 430€ (330€ for students) until 29th february 2024

registration

 (* = required)

    Registrations will be ranked according to the time of registration. With the transfer of the course fee to the following account, participation is secured. For the early bird rate, the date of payment, not the date of registration, applies. Please transfer the course fee to the account:

    Mag. Johann Fromhund

    BIC: VBOEATWWNOM

    IBAN: AT30 4715 0403 8642 0000

    'Monteverdi Week 2024'

    Cancellation policy:

    until 31.5.2024 a full refund (less 10% handling fee)

    until 7.7.2024 a 50% refund, after that no refund (if possible find a substitute participant)

    It was a wonderful week and if it somehow works out, I will be back next year. What a beautiful idea to play Monteverdi's music in 'her birthplace'. I already told you that I was thrilled with your workshop! (Dagmar Ziegner, Königswinter)

    location:

    Istituto Cavanis Venezia

    Dorsoduro 898
    Rio Terà Foscarini
    30123 - Venezia

    teachers

    Hannes Fromhund (Krems, Austria) organisation, choir, ensembles

    Organ and Harpsichord studies at the Mozarteum and the University of Music in Vienna. Studies Choral and Ensemble conducting, course for breathing, voice and movement education. Voice technique at the CVI (Complete Vocal technique Institut) in Copenhagen.

    Teaching activities at different courses. (Organ, Harpsichord, baroque chamber music, vocal formation and voice hygiene). Founder and director of the choirs 'Cantus Vivendi' (Langenlois, Austria), and the 'Childrens Choir Krems'

    International concerts as a soloist and in ensembles. In recent years working as a voice technician in many cities of Austria and Germany (Vienna, Graz, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg and many more)

    Kathrine Brandt (Copenhagen, Denmark) ensemble, baroque singing

    Kathrine Brandt studied baroque singing and early music performance at the 'Academy für Alte Musik Bremen' (Germany) with Harry von der Kamp.

    After graduating in 1997 she continued a postgraduate student of early music at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano with Cristina Miatello, Roberto Gini and Pedro Memelsdorff.

    She sings music from the late Middle ages, Renaissance and Baroque and also plays Viol. She has performed, both as a soloist and a member of various early music groups in Copenhagen, Milan, Utrecht, Vilnius and Vienna.

    Reiner Schneider-Waterberg (Basel, Schwitzerland) choir, ensemble

    Born in Namibia, graduated from Michaelhouse Boarding School, South Africa. Studies (economics, classical languages) in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Member of various award-winning vocal ensembles. First singing lessons with Virginia Oosthuizen and Gerda Hartmann. Studies (International Relations) in Cambridge, England. Member and soloist of the Trinity College Choir, tours abroad and CD recordings. Singing lessons with David Lowe. Studied singing as countertenor at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, with Monika Lenz. Performances as countertenor soloist in Western Europe, Russia, South Africa & Namibia, e.g. Handel Messiah, title role in Gluck Orfeo, Schumann Dichterliebe.

    Studied singing (early music) with Evelyn Tubb at the Schola Cantorum, Basel, since 1998 as baritone. Additional vocal training with Markus Haas, Canto functionale, sit in on master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter, Brigitte Fassbaender; participation in master class with Gundula Janowitz. 'Excellent diploma graduation' concert as baritone. 2003-2020 Member of the vocal ensemble Singer Pur. Concerts & workshops in 40 countries and three Echo-Klassik prizes. Leader of several workshops for vocal ensembles and open singing every year. Since 2018 co-director of the course MoMo (stage presence & communication) at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. Vocal coach, singing teacher, choir director and freelance singer (Lied and vocal polyphony).

    Michael Schneider (Vienna, Austria) choir, ensemble

    Michael Schneider (*1990) comes from Salzburg, where he began his musical career at the Mozarteum with piano and voice and later continued (his academic training) at the MDW Vienna. There he completed IGP piano as well as orchestral and choral conducting and graduated with distinction in all studies.

    He distinguishes himself not only as an outstanding choral conductor but also as a successful orchestral conductor. Concerts under his direction have been broadcast by Ö1 and ORF III, among others.

    Thus, Michael Schneider took over concerts as a guest with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO), Gdansk Philharmonic Orchestra, Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Baroque Orchestra, Bachchor Salzburg and the Vienna Singverein. In 2017, Michael Schneider was invited by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra to rehearse the choruses for Beethoven's 9th Symphony on their China tour as assistant to Philippe Jordan.

    He is the artistic director of the Ensemble Interpunkt, which he founded and with which he has celebrated great successes in a very short time, including at Wien Modern and the Vienna Musikverein under the direction of Ivor Bolton and the Tonkünstler, the Collegium Vocale Solisten Ensemble and director of the Chorus Viennensis, a male choir consisting of former Vienna Boys' Choir members.

    Since 2020, Michael Schneider has held a teaching position for choral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

    It is great fun to work on the madrigals with you! You are a great team and you transfer your enthusiasm to the group. The madrigal week is therefore a great experience - a wonderful interplay of the unique atmosphere of Venice, the great music of Monteverdi and the good atmosphere in the group during the rehearsals and also outside the rehearsals! (Britta Heiermann, Rommerskirchen)

    Thank you very much for the last week in July at the 2nd Montverdi Madrigal Week in Venice! The "earworms" of Claudio Monteverdi's 2nd book of madrigals are still with me at the moment, even though I have already returned to my everyday family and professional life. (Martina Konstantinopoulos, Dortmund) 

    It was a lot of fun and a relaxed and friendly working atmosphere. We will be happy to come back again. Martin Dick (Seevetal)