This in-depth field will develop your profile and skills in working with choirs within the nonprofessional music scene. The emphasis is placed on the musical, artistic and leadership tasks that a conductor must be able to master in a work situation. Norway has strong choral traditions in all of its regions, and the need for choir leaders and conductors has been the main reason for establishing this programme.
The institute's closest partner is the Kilden Performing Arts Center with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and the Kilden Vocal Ensemble. Those institutions and other well-established choirs in the region, will provide unique internship opportunities.
In seminars, master classes and workshops, we will work on conducting techniques, score understanding, interpretation, study technique, repertoire knowledge and physiology for singers. Other topics will include educational, methodological and psychological aspects, and relevant issues related to tradition and innovation. Developing your individuality, identity and awareness in relation to the artistic leadership role with choirs will have a continuous focus. At the same time, you will have individual performance lessons and ensemble activities on your main instrument.
Main professors and and in-depth field leaders: Fredrik Otterstad and Stefan Sköld
Photo: Fredrik Otterstad
Fredrik Otterstad is conductor and artistic leader for the Norwegian Broadcasting`s boys choir Sølvguttene. He has conducted a number of choirs and orchestras, professional and amateurs, in Norway, Sweden and Germany. During the last eight years, he has played a central role in establishing a national boys’ choir on behalf of Ung Kirkesang. Otterstad has recorded around 80 recordings as a conductor, double bassist, singer, arranger and composer. From 2020, he leads the in-depht field in choir conducting at the Department of Classical Music and Music Education.
Photo: Stefan Skøld
Stefan Sköld began his artistic career when he, at the age of 19, was offered the position as leader for the St. Jacob’s Church Choirs as the successor to the legendary Eric Ericsson. From 1972, he taught choir conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, and from 1991 he established the department of choir conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Sköld was Mikis Theodorakis’ conductor for 11 years. The collaboration resulted in a number of recordings, several international tours and prizes and awards, for instance: during the Bela Bartok Festival and Llangollen International Festival. Sköld has been choirmaster at the Norwegian Opera and in the Oslo Philharmonics, and he has, among others, regularly conducted the Swedish Radio Choir in Stockholm. Stefan Sköld has been the Director of Malmö Opera and for the symphony orchestras in Helsingborg and Kristiansand.