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International Masterclass for Choral Conductors
May 27 – 31, 2015

The International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf is recognised as being one of the most prestigious competitions for chamber-choirs in the whole world. With this International Masterclass for Choral Conductors, the International Chamber Choir Competition and the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf are offering a chance to combine the musical impressions and experiences gained during the competition with an intensive follow-up seminar. 
The seminar is, however, also open to participants who are not able to attend the Chamber Choir Competition.

Target group

All choral conductors who wish to improve their skills and knowledge at the highest level with outstanding teachers. Participants must have experience of choral conducting. The decision on active or passive participation will be taken on the first day, a piece for examination will be sent out in advance. 12 active participants will be admitted - all others will learn by observing the Masterclass.
The Masterclass is not suitable for beginners! Working language is English!


4 days incl. course fee, full board and accommodation
active participants 450/350 Euros (reduced fee for accredited students)
passive participants 320/270 Euros(reduced fee for accredited students)
Participants of the International Masterclass are offered a special prize for visiting the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf:

5 days incl. accommodation in simple accomodations in 2 or more bedded rooms, full board, entrance to competition, concert tickets, programme book
total costs 320 Euros
accredited students 240 Euros


Please download the information flyer and the application form below:

Folder International Masterclass for Choral Conductors MOD 2015
Application form International Masterclass for Choral Conductors MOD 2015



Prof. Volker Hempfling, Cologne (GER)

He was born in the Saarland, Germany, in 1944,  studied in Herford and Cologne (church music, organ, orchestral conducting, singing). From 1972 to 1997 he was organist and church music director  (KMD) and conductor of the Domkantorei Altenberg as weIl as director of the ,,Sacred Music” series at Altenberg cathedral. In 1968 Hempfling founded the world famous Kölner Kantorei, specializing in a cappella music of the Romantic and modern periods. With both choirs he has given performances in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Rumania, Russia, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA and Israel. In 1983 he became director of Cologne's Gürzenich-Chor. In 1984-85 Hempfling was recipient of a Deutscher Musikrat fellowship for work with Sawallisch and Penderecki. In addition to guest conducting appearances in Germany and elsewhere (e.g. Gürzenich Orchestra cologne, radio-orchestra pilsen, orchestras in poland and hungary and several times at the festival Europa Cantat), he acts as a lecturer in conducting and vocal training courses throughout the world. His activities as a jury member at national and international competitions have taken him to Regensburg, Marktoberdorf, Graz, Linz, Cork, Maribor, Tours, Legnica, Busan, Preveza, Tolosa, Budapest and Vilnius. He has been head of the jury of three editions of the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir Competition.

In 1985 he became professor for choral conducting at the University of music Saarbücken. In 1993 he changed to the the Robert Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf, where he has been  professor of choral conducting, director of the Protestant Church Music division and conductor of the chamber choir until 2004. In June 2004 he conducted the World Youth Chamber Choir in framework of the festivities of  60 years D-day in Normandy/France. In 2006 he edited "Lore-Ley", the first edition of a German Folksong Book for mixed choirs, in 2009 "Lore-Ley" was published also for female choirs.  At the famous Israeli festivals Zimriya 2007 and 2010 he led ateliers with Puccinis Messa di Gloria and Mozarts Mass in C minor. He has been member of the Artistic Committee for the World Symposium on Choral Music, held in July 2008 in Copenhagen. In 2008 his Kölner Kantorei celebrated its 40th birthday. Since 2003 Hempfling is lecturer of the International Seminars for Choral Conducting in the Bavarian Music Academy following the International Chamber Choir Competitions Marktoberdorf.

Jonathan Velasco, Manila (PH)

Jonathan Velasco is a most sought-after choral conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the world today. He joined the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers under Prof. Andrea Veneracion in 1981, and became its assistant choirmaster later. In 1989, he studied Choral Conducting at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule under Martin Behrmann and finished with distinction.

He is the first Asian principal conductor of the World Youth Choir and was jury for the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Choir Olympics in Busan, Bremen and Xiamen. He has also judged the international choral competitions in Maasmechelen (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary), Tolosa (Spain), Wernigerode and Marktoberdorf (Germany), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Hongkong.

Velasco regularly holds choral clinics and workshops in Manila as well as in the USA, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. He is the President of the Philippine Choral Directors' Association (PCDA) and currently conducts the Ateneo Chamber Singers.

Michael Reif, Cologne (GER)

Michael Reif studied piano, singing and choir conducting. He is founder and artistic director of the European Chamber Choir Cologne and since 2000 conductor of the Kölner Kurrende. Michael Reif regurlarly serves
as lecturer in workshops and Masterclasses.

Prof. Matthias Beckert, Würzburg (GER)

Matthias Beckert is professor for choral conducting at the University of music Würzburg. He is conductor of the Vocalensemble Cantabile Regensburg, the Monteverdi Choir and the Monteverdi Chamber Choir Würzburg.