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International Masterclass for Choral Conductors

International Masterclass for Choral Conductors
8. - 12. June 2022

In 2022 there will again be an International Masterclass for Choral Conducting held after the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf.

The Masterclass is aimed at all choral conductors who wish to improve their knowledge and skills with outstanding experts at a high level. Participants should already have relevant experience in choral conducting.


Participants can apply until the end of March 2022. They must submit a musical curriculum vitae and a video of their own conducting. Registration possible here.


Application information

International Masterclass for Choral Conductors with a Conducting Competition

Leadership team: Georg Grün (Germany) and Ko Matsushita (Japan)
Register / vocal instructors: Calmus Ensemble

The International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf is known as one of the most renowned competitions for chamber choirs around the world. The Masterclass will take place after the competition. This way, musical impressions and experiences can feed into it.

Conducting competition
For the first time, the Masterclass will be organised as a conducting competition. There will be two selection stages. The winners of the competition will be selected at the final concert. (Prizes are yet to be announced)

Target group
The Masterclass is aimed at all choir conductors, who would like to improve their skills and knowledge on a high standard, with the help of distinguished experts. The participants should already have relevant experiences in conducting choirs.

Those interested will be able to apply until the end of March 2022. Please hand in a music CV together with a video of yourself conducting a choir.

Number of participants
Maximum of 20 participants

Choir for practice
Participants Choir of the 17. International Chamber Choir Competition

Masterclass contents

  • Conducting techniques
  • Vocal training
  • Vocal and register coaching with the help of the Calmus ensemble. Working on a specific choral sound
  • Intensive training with the musical pieces, which will have been prepared before the seminar
  • Familiarisation of choral scores
  • Contact to other choir conductors on an international level
  • Presentation of what has been learned and selection of the winner of the competition at the final concert

Repertoire / scores
You will be able to download the scores after your registration.

The seminar will be held in English and German.

A conducting audition will take place after arrival. Those who do not pass this stage will still be able to take part passively. A second selection process will be held on Thursday, 09.06. All those who pass this stage will take part in the final concert (Sunday 11am). The winners will receive a prize.

Arrival: Tuesday, 7. June 2022 at around 1pm (first meal: lunch)
Departure: Sunday, 12. June 2022 after the final concert (1pm)
Participants will have to organise their own travel at their own expense.

Costs Masterclass
5 days incl. seminar costs, full board and accommodation in a shared room (2 beds or more) at the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf (single rooms potentially available at higher rate)

Active participants: 450 Euro / 380 Euro concession (students with identification)

Passive participants: 320 Euro / 280 Euro concession (students with identification) / If eliminated after the first selection round

Registration and payment
Registration and application possible here.

Event organiser
The International Masterclass for Choral Conductors is organised by MODfestivals e.V. and supported by the Choir Association Bayerisch-Schwaben.

MODfestivals e.V. / International Chamber Choir Competition
Kemptener Str. 4
D 87616 Marktoberdorf
Tel.: +49 8342 / 420 48 14

Event location and accommodation
Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf
Kurfürstenstr. 19
87616 Marktoberdorf

Combi-offer International Masterclass and International Chamber Choir Competition
From the 3. – 7. June 2022 the 17. International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf will take place. In this renowned competition, choirs from around the world will compete in front of an international jury. Concerts and other events will complement the festival. The participation in the Masterclass can be booked in combination with a visit of the International Chamber Choir Competition.

Costs Combi-offer
4 days (during the competition) incl. accommodation in a shared room (2 beds or more) with breakfast, lunch together with the singers at the festival tent, festival pass (entry to all events):

450 Euro regular / 380 concession (students with identification)

(only available in combination with the Masterclass)

Teaching staff

Georg Grün

Georg Grün can count himself among the internationally demanded choral conductors and choral sound specialists.


Ko Matsushita

Ko Matsushita is a composer and conductor, born and raised in Tokyo.


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