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International Masterclass for Choral Conductors

Masterclass (Kopie)

International Masterclass for Choral Conductors with Conducting Competition
31 May - 4 June 2023

From May 31st to June 4th, 2023, the International Masterclass for Choral Conductors will take place at the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf, for the second time with a conducting competition. It will be led by Prof. Georg Grün (Germany) and Gary Graden (Sweden). The application period ended on 02/28/2023 and participants are currently being selected and will be notified by mail no later than 04/14/2013.

Target group
The Masterclass is addressed to experienced choral conductors, who would like to improve their knowledge and skills on a high standard, with the help of distinguished experts. They should have studied conducting or already have reached the end of their studies.

Interested candidates must submit the application form on the website by February 28th, 2023. CV and video of their conducting will please be sent via WeTransfer, Drop Box or similar to The artistic director of the competition, Prof. Jürgen Budday, and the director of the Masterclass, Prof. Georg Grün, will decide on the selection. Participants will be informed by the end of March. Afterwards, the travel and the stay will be organised together with the team of the International Chamber Choir Competition.

20 persons will be invited to Marktoberdorf for conducting auditions. They will arrive at the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf on May 31st at around 12 noon. After a first lunch together, they will have to audition, and it will be decided who may participate actively and who passively in the Masterclass.

Active participants:
The 10 active participants will take part in two „main choir rehearsals“ each day (11:00-13:00 and 16:00-18:00). These are divided so that one rehersal is led by Gary Graden and one by Prof. Georg Grün. In these two hours, 3-5 people (the first two days) or 2-3 (the second two days) are allowed to conduct. They also attend the preparations for the rehearsals and the lectures in the evening.

Passive participants:
The 10 passive participants watch the rehearsals from the background and analyse them with the leader who is not running the rehearsal. They take part in the lectures in the evening, too.

On June 2nd, a second audition takes place, after which 4-6 persons may continue to participate activelyand 14-16 persons passively in the masterclass. The remaining active participants may conduct at the Masterclass final concert on June 4th, 2023. Afterwards, the winners will receive a prize. After breakfast on June 5th, all the participants will leave.

A choir participating in the 18th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf will serve as the
studio choir.

• Conducting techniques
• Vocal training
• Vocal and register coaching. 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 directors on an international level
• Presentation of what has been learned and selection of the winner of the competition at the final concert

• Gary Graden
• Prof. Georg Grün
• Prof. Jürgen Budday (Artistic Director of the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf)
• Hyunju Kwon (Assistance of the leadership team)
• A representative of the studio choir

The Masterclass will be held in German and in English.

3rd prize: Participation in the Summerschool of the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken 2023
2nd prize: Hospitation Zürcher Sing-Akademie
1st prize: Hospitation and assistance Masterclass ICCC 2025

Costs Masterclass
Active participants: 350 €
Active participants reduced*: 250 €
Passive participants: 150 €
Passive participants reduced*: 100 €

Board, lodging and scores: 253 €

* reduced are: Students with valid proof of attendance

A reader with all scores will be sent to all participants after registration. It should be brought to the masterclass
in printed or digital form.

Event location and accommodation
Accommodation is in shared rooms at the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf. Single rooms are available at an extra charge in a nearby hotel or, if available, at the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf.
Kurfürstenstraße 19
87616 Marktoberdorf

Arrival and departure are independent and at own expense. Combi-offer International Masterclass and International Chamber Choir Competition From May 26th to May 31st, the 18th 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 and services Combi-offer
5 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):
250 € accommodation and board
110 € festival pass / 85 € reduced (students with ID)
20 € transport costs (transport to all concerts in the local area)
(only available in combination with the Masterclass)

Event organiser
MODfestivals e.V. / International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf in cooperation with:
Goethe Institut
Bayerische Musikakademie Marktoberdorf


Download Application Information

Application Information Masterclass 2023 (206.8 KiB)





Teaching staff

Georg Grün

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


Gary Graden

Gary Graden was born in the USA and studied at Clark University ...


Hyunju Kwon
South Korean / Assistance

 The South Korean conductor Hyunju Kwon recently won the 5th German ...



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