ABOUT THE CHOIR
The Budapesti Vándor Kórus was founded in 1936 by Sándor Vándor, the first conductor of the choir.
Between 1949 and 1999 the leader of the choir was László Révész, awarded by the Ferenc Liszt Prize and the Artist of Merit. With his leadership the choir participated in numerous international competitions and festivals of the highest rank (e.g. Arezzo, Montreux, Tolosa, Tours, Pescara, etc.), and achieved prestigious international appreciation and 31 awards. The choir had concert tours in Europe, in the United States and Canada too.
Recently the leading conductor is Zsuzsanna Németh. In the last 2 years, the choir also reached significant professional success. In 2004 the choir achieved the degree of “Concert Choir Cum Laude”. In 2005 the choir won gold diploma at the 10th International Choir Competition in Budapest and at the 7th International “Chortage” in Bad Ischl too.
On the repertory all types of works of choral music can be found, like compositions of renaissance, classical and romantic masters, together with the greatest creations of Hungarian music. The choir has numerous, radio recordings and issued 4 LPs, 3 MCs, and 2 CDs. The ensemble is operated by the Office of the Mayor of Budapest, and the financial support is completed by the contribution of the Association of Budapest Vándor Kórus Friends, and sponsors. The Choir celebrates the 70th anniversary of its foundation in 2016 in the spirit of Mozart and Bartók.
SUSANNA NÉMETH, CONDUCTOR
Studied at the Janus Pannonius University in Pécs,
and at the Academy of Music in Budapest. Graduated on the Department of Music Theory and choir leading. She is the conductor of the choir from 1995, and leading conductor from 1999.
Choral Conductor Course – a proven programme enhanced with some promising new offers
Are you a practicing choral conductor? Or are you willing to be one soon? Would you like to try working with a quality amateur choir? Are you interested in their repertoire? Would you be happy to obtain help from high professionals for choosing special performing solutions and correct tempos, or deciding on questions of phrasing and dynamics? …And last but not least: Would you like to be part of a high standard, varied and ceremonial closing concert?
Then try the proven course of Budapest Vándor Masterclass in Hungary, which offers various opportunities to participate. You would cooperate with Budapest Vándor Choir, a choir that has been actively involved in the last 82 years of national and international choral culture. This choir has won several international awards as well as the highest possible certificate for Hungarian amateurs, the Concert Choir certificate, and currently has a repertoire representing all eras from the Renaissance till the 21st century.
However, you may have already tried all this and would like to keep working together the choir?Perhaps you prefer getting down to work with the choir right away? Or would you rather start by building a firm ground for your work by doing conducting exercises first? Or you might like to try, but would rather not stand in front of a choir first; for now, would you just like to sing along and listen to what the conductors are doing?
Check out below what Budapest Vándor Masterclass offers the different (Active I, Active II and Passive) groups: you will most likely find your preference.
The masterclass welcomes all participants that are willing to improve their mixed-choir repertoires proficiency, improve their conducting techniques and realise their artistic ideas in cooperation with an excellent, cheerful amateur choir.
a/ Active I
At previous masterclass, we have met many talented conductors; some of them have visited us more than once and have been improving in front of our eyes to become more and more determined and intuitive conductors who could build their own musical ideas. For these people, and for already active conductors (i.e. already leading a choir) we have created a new opportunity that omits conducting practice in front of a piano. This option allows the conductor to start work and make his or her concept of the concert piece right away, in front of the choir. The capacity of this category is 3 participants.
b/ Active II
Conductors have the opportunity to take part in conducting practice before standing in front of the choir. Practice focuses both on technical and musical realisation. The masterclass allows the conductors each piece to be dealt with, which is also highly recommended, for a more active and effective participation. Conducting in front of the choir would then only involve the piece chosen for the concert. The maximum number of participants in this category is 6.
Members of this group can take part in all rehearsals and masterclass of the 5-day event. The number of applicants/participants is unlimited.
PROGRAMME OF THE MASTERCLASS
24.10.2019 (Thursday): 18.00-20.00 rehearsal with the choir ( Active 1 )
25.10.2019 (Friday): 10.00-12.30 and 13.30-16.00 conducting practice to review the technical implementation of the pieces ( Active 2 ). 17.00 warm-up with the choir, then till 20.00 rehearsal with the choir ( Active 1, Active 2 ).
26.10.2019 (Saturday): 9.00-12.00 rehearsal with the choir ( Active1, Active 2 ), 14.00-16.30 conducting practice ( Active 2 ), 17.00-19.30 rehearsal with the choir ( Active 1 , Active 2 )
27.10.2019 (Sunday): 14.00 rehearsal for the closing concert. 16.00 closing concert, then a standing reception presented by members of Budapest Vándor Choir with professional reviews on the masterclass and the work of the conductors.
The masterclass activities will be managed by Artisjus laureate conductor of Budapest Vándor Choir Zsuzsanna Nemeth, and Zsuzsánna Mindszenty, DLA professor of Eötvös Loránd University. Diána Hajdú, member of the Hungarian State Opera, gives instructions on the methods of suggestive singing.
LIST OF MUSICAL PIECES OF THE MASTERCLASS
Petrovics: Játszik a szél
Márton Levente Horváth: Nunc dimittis
Árpád Balázs: O Maria
Tallis: If ye love me
John Rutter: Christmas Lullaby
Vytautas Miškinis: Gloriosa dicta sunt
Ola Gjeilo: Pulchra es amica mea
Bruckner: Ave Maria
Mendelssohn: Denn er hat seinen Engel
Mendelssohn: Am Neujahrstage
Aurél Tillai: Lauda Sion
John Rutter: The Lord bless you
Victoria: O magnum mysterium
Miklós Csemiczky: Pater noster
Brahms: Letztes Glück
Kodály: Sík Sándor Te Deuma
Bárdos: Szól a doromb
Karai: Vidám nóta
The participants are kindly requested to register for at least two musical pieces in their application form. The closing concert will allow one musical piece per person to be presented with the choir, and due to time limitation, the conductors will practise only that piece with the choir. Practice with the choir is meant to let the conductors teach them their own musical interpretation of the piece.
Accommodation and meals are not included in the participation fee and participants are to take care of these themselves, though if requested, organisers can offer help in finding accommodation.
Participation fee for the masterclass / for Active1&2 participants €100, for passive participants €50. To ensure the place, the active members are asked to pay €25 in advance until 5th October, 2019 the latest.
Payment should be transferred to MagNet Bank, Hungary To: VSRLEA
Bank account number (IBAN): HU08162002160023912700000000
S.W.I.F.T. BIC: HBWEHUHB
In order to identify please indicate the name of the participant on the bank transfer.
The rest of the fee for active applicants and the entire fee for passive applicants are paid after arrival, on the spot. In case of cancellation the advance payment cannot be reimbursed. Please note that this masterclass can take a maximum of 9 participants in the Active categories, in the order of application and based on the data on the application forms. Applicants will be informed until 10th October 2019 the latest via email. Please also note that the distribution of the pieces for the closing concert will be based on what you have indicated in the application forms, and on the timely arrival of the down payments.
Please send your application forms to the e-mail address / firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information and with all questions, please contact /
Dr. Eszter Berényi via phone +3630/362-9950 or mail, email@example.com
Deadline for application / 5th October 2019.
We wish all of you a good time and good luck with preparation and hope you will enjoy working with us!