Ensemble Singing focusses on the singing skills and knowledge that are sought after most in the freelance music field as well as by vocal ensembles (freelance and institutional).
Examples of ensembles with professional singing positions include the Edvard Grieg Choir in Bergen, Det Norske Solistkor based in Oslo, and Kilden Vocal Ensemble in Kristiansand. This ensemble collaborates with the University of Agder and thus provides excellent performing opportunities and collaboration for UiA's Ensemble Singing students.
In projects and workshops as well as master classes and seminars, you will gain expert knowledge in repertoire, score reading and score singing, interpretation, languages and translating experience. Other topics will include musicians` physiology, educational and psychological aspects, and relevant issues related to tradition and innovation. Ensemble skills and interaction will have a continuous focus. At the same time, you will receive individual singing lessons.
Ensemble Singing will provide valuable expertise in performance and work opportunities for singers. UiA is the only institution in Norway offering this in-depth field as of now.
Main professor and in-depth field leader: Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde
Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde earned her degrees at the University of Agder, Department of Classical Music and Music Education, and the Norwegian Academy of Music. She is the conductor and artistic leader for Kilden Vocal Ensemble housed by the Kilden Theatre and Concert House. Besides being artistic leader and conductor for Den Norske Studentersangforening and Kvindelige Studentersangforening at the University of Oslo, she has taught conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music for several years. She has also taught conducting at the national talent development programme (TUP) at the University of Agder. On behalf of Koralliansen, Interkultur and the Norwegian Choir Association, she regularly holds seminars, workshops and masterclasses for both conductors and singers. Bodsberg Weyde is an experienced jury member of national and international choir competitions. As a singer, conductor and flautist, she has participated in several recordings. Moreover, she has won noticeable choir competitions, nationally and internationally.