In five sessions, we discussed:

  • benchmark projects – organizers of successful projects will share their expertise; and we will look at the current state of affairs of Tenso choirs
  • the music –  which music is suited for projects shared with amateurs? can – and should – we adapt music to that purpose? how can we stimulate composers to write more interesting music that is suitable for professional ánd amateur choirs?
  • sharing the stage – what does it bring, and how does it work ? the practicalities; the set up; the coaching; the role of the professional singers; the framework (especially in the eyes of the outside world)
  • managing –  legal aspects, finances, publicity ; what do we – the professional choirs – hope to gain from collaborating with amateur choirs, and are these realistic expectations?
  • contemporary music – how can we jointly work on contemporary music? improvisation, jeux vocaux, written notes; how can the professional choral world help amateur choirs choosing the right repertoire?

Moderators: Jacinta Wetzer (NL), Babette Greiner (Tenso)

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JaJacinta Wetzer webcinta Wetzer (moderator) studied musicology at Utrecht University. Since 1988, she has been working as a producer and music director for Dutch classical music station Radio 4, with a special focus on choral music. She has participated in numerous festivals including the World Symposium on Choral Music in Rotterdam, Koorbiennale Haarlem, and Musica Sacra Maastricht.





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