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The festival ticket will give you access to educational core of the festival, to ALL of our incredible workshops ! You can rub shoulders with the best teachers from around the world and get inspired through their excellence and the sheer variety of different approaches to the aspects of choral music.

In the mornings, the Festival Participants are divided into groups, each of which gets to work with a renowned teacher of the vocal world.
The participants get to work on this teachers specific take on and approach to a cappella music - a practical crash course and a chance to get to know your teacher and the way they work up close.

Merel Martens (NL) and Merzi Rajala (Finland) are leading and most exciting pedagogues in this field. Each of them has created, designed and set up their own unique university degree in contemporary choir music in their respective countries.

In the afternoons, the participants can choose between a wide array of workshops that will focus on a variety of aspects of vocal, choral and a cappella singing. See for yourself the subjects that range from Voice Technique to Warm Ups, from Indian to Overtone singing, from Improvisation to Concert Design !

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Coaching Camp

Whether you are a professional group or amateur: At all stages in your career, it is essential to keep evolving, to never stand still, to get feedback from your peers. As the Real Group, we were lucky to have great mentors early on in our career to guide us in finding our expression as a group.“ (Peder Karlsson)

Black Forest Voices offers a unique concept where you can develop musically in a sheltered creative space, yet be part of an inspiring festival.
If you are an ambitious or semi-pro vocal group, we want you to apply - a total of 6 groups will get the chance to participate in the Coaching Camp.

Over the course of 4 days, you will get a chance to work with a world-class mentor and develop a close relationship:

Kim Nazarian (New York Voices), Peder Karlsson (ex The Real Group)

The camp is highly practically oriented: your coach will guide you through the soundcheck and prepare for you performance on the main festival stage. Finally you will have a closing feedback session with your coach - and receive notes from various festival teachers …
We want to give you the best possible experience and for you to benefit as much as possible from the festival.

Thursday Afternoon: Welcome reception and getting to know your coach and the other groups. First musical session.
Friday: Intensive day with your coach
Saturday morning: Work with additional coaches from the festival
Saturday afternoon: Guided soundcheck with your coach
Saturday evening: According to prior agreement performance as part of the vocal night.
Sundax morning: Feedback Session and wrap-up

In addition, you’ll get to work with additional festival coaches, work with experts on the aspects of stage presentation and group development.


In addition, you will have feedback on your stage presence and choreography from Vocal Group pro Linda Jesse (ex-Unduzo).
A special emphasis is on group development. Experienced vocal coach Daniel Barke (VOXID) will have a session with each group:Who are we, what do we want - and what can we do align our motivations and achieve our goals.

Application procedure

Location: Kirchzarten, Black Forest, Talvogtei Campus
27. - 30. June 2019
Submission Deadline:
5. May 2019
is not organized by the festival. Discounts available for local 5star campsite.
Costs (including 4 festival concerts):
990 Euros (for group up to 6 persons), 1.290 Euros (for groups up to 8 persons)

Application via mail to including:
- name of the band
- number of band members
- contact details (e-Mail + phone)
- short curriculum vitae of the group (not more than 400 words)
- one photo, defined in CMYK or RGB, 300dpi, JPG or TIFF Format
- a non manupulated recording with 2-3 of your songs, mp3 or youtube

You can send us anything else what you like to show us.
We are looking forward to you!