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International Masterclass for Choral Conductors
12th – 16th June 2019

The Masterclass
The International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf is known as one of the world’s most renowned competitions for chamber choirs. The Masterclass will be held directly following the competition. In this way, the musical impressions and experiences of the competition may contribute to the seminar.

Target group
The Masterclass is aimed at all choral conductors who wish to improve their skills and knowledge at the highest level with outstanding teachers. Participants must have the relative experience of choral conducting. We kindly ask you to send us a short list of previous conducting experiences. A maximum of 25 active participants will be admitted.

Teaching staff
Prof. Erwin Ortner (Austria) and Zoltán Pad (Hungary)
Michael Reif (Germany) • coaching and individual training

Rehearsal choir
Los Cantantes de Manila, Philippines, Cond. Darwin B. Vargas (participating choir of the 16th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf)

Seminar content
- Conducting techniques
- vocal training
- intensive rehearsal of works prepared before the seminar
- Getting to know new scores
- Contact to other choir conductors around the world
- Presentation concert of the new repertoire and scores at the end of the seminar

Repertoire / scores
The scores will be provided for downloading to participants after admission to the course.

Seminar language
Seminar languages are English and German.

Arrival: Wednesday, 12th June 2019 by 1 pm (first meal: dinner)
Departure: Sunday, 16th June 2019 after breakfast (9am)

Participating fee and benefits Masterclass
Four days incl. seminar fee, full board and accommodation in double-, three- or four-bed rooms in the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf: 310.- Euro; (reduced: 180.- Euro)
(favourable conditions are only possible thanks to the support of Interreg Austria-Bavaria)

The international Masterclass for Choral Conductors is organized by MODfestivals e.V. and the Tyrolean Sängerbund in cooperation with the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf and supported by the Chorverband Bayerisch-Schwaben.

MODfestivals e.V. / International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf
Birkenweg 2
87616 Marktoberdorf
Tel.: +49 8342 / 420 48 14

Venue of the course and accommodation: Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf
Kurfürstenstr. 19
87616 Marktoberdorf

The Masterclass is possible thanks to the support of
Interreg Austria - Bavaria
Chorverband Bayerisch-Schwaben e.V.

Combined package International Masterclass and International Chamber Choir Competition
The 16th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf will be held from 7th to 12th June 2019. 14 of the world’s best amateur choirs present their competition programmes adjudicated by internationally experienced jurors. Concerts and further events are an important part of the festival. You are invited to combine the participation in the Masterclass with visiting the International Chamber Choir Competition.

Participating fee and content of the International Chamber Choir Competition
Five days incl. basic accommodation in double-, three- or four-bed rooms, breakfast, lunch and dinner together with the choir singers in the festival tent and a festival pass that allows entrance to all festival events: 280.- Euro; (reduced: 230.- Euro). This offer is only valid in conjunction with a participation in the Masterclass.



Prof. Erwin Ortner, Austria

Erwin Ortner was a member of the Vienna Boys Choir conducted by Ferdinand Grossmann and later studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir. He is regularly invited by orchestras, opera houses and concert organizers and has numerous engagements as guest conductor and for various concert activities at home and abroad. Besides his work as a conductor Erwin Ortner is in great demand as a lecturer in famous workshops for choral and orchestral conducting.

Zoltán Pad, Hungary

Zoltán Pad ranks among the young generation of internationally recognized conductors. He studied choir conductiong with Prof. Péter Erdei at the Liszt Ferenc Academy Budapest followed by an academic year with Michael Gläser in Munich as well as several Master Classes. As chorus master he has worked with outstanding conductors and ensembles such as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Péter Eötvös and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling and Ennio Morricone. Since 2014 he has been chief conductor of the Hungarian Radio Choir. As guest conductor he regularly conducts oratorical works with large orchestras. In 2017 Zoltán Pad was conductor of the World Youth Choir.

Michael Reif, Germany

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

Ingrid Czaika

Ingrid Czaika studied School Music and orchestra conducting and did her doctorate on musicology. She conducted choirs such as „Colloquium Chor Füssen“, the ensemble „Ton-In-Ton-Art“ and the chamber choir „Fresco Vocalis Innsbruck“; currently she is Artistic director of „Cantomania Innsbruck“ and vice country choir master of the Tyrolean Sängerbund. She is repetiteuse at the Mozarteum Salzburg/Innsbruck.