Kurt Thomas CursusThe course
School
Utrechts Conservatorium
Type
Course

Kurt Thomas Course 2022, for conductors and choristers!

Are you a professional or amateur conductor at a choir or orchestra? Would you like to further your development or explore conducting? Or perhaps you are a chorister? If so, the Kurt Thomas Course may well be for you. This brief and intensive course is tailor-made for professionals and amateurs who can participate at various levels and across a range of musical genres. The course runs from 11 through 16 July 2022 at the Utrecht Conservatory.

The duration and intensity of your participation is entirely up to you. There are many different options. The Kurt Thomas Course is a cooperation of HKU and Dirigentenwerkplaats Utrecht.

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Who is it for?

You may be a professional or amateur conductor. Or maybe you want to simply explore conducting. Either way, please select the level that suits you. Looking at the repertoire and what the teacher brings to the table will allow you to choose a workshop (series) that interests and attracts you. You are the one who decides how long and how intensely you will experience the course. There are 4-day and 6-day workshops; you can take part as a course participant or as a trainee! To put it succinctly, you can compose your very own Kurt Thomas Course!

What is the learning process?

You can immerse yourself in (multiple) workshop series for four days or six days. You will learn about conducting under the guidance of an enthusiastic team of experienced and knowledgeable teachers. You will gain new ideas and walk away with plenty of practical tips and tools

As a participant in one of the workshop series, you will sing in the grand choir and you can also participate for free in all of the stand-alone workshops about new repertoire, children's choir, early music, and folk music. And you will have the chance to sing in the Gregorian Schola!

Days at the Kurt Thomas Course are scheduled as follows.

10:30am – 12:30pm Workshop
11:30am – 12:30pm Gregorian Schola
1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon workshop (part of the series)
4:00pm – 6:00pm Kurt Thomas grand choir (all participants + guest singers)
7:00pm – 10:00pm Evening workshop (part of the series)

Sheet music

The sheet music for all of the modules (the workshop series, the stand-alone workshops, and the Kurt Thomas grand choir) is available on the secure part of the website. Either as a PDF or via a link to the publisher where you can order the documents. Following registration, you will receive a code that gives access to the secure part of the website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a complete (and correct) set of sheet music for the duration of the course.

Registration

The registration form lists all of the modules, workshop series, stand-alone workshops, and the Schola. You can select the components that you want to take part in. Don't forget to check the times as some of the activities may overlap. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to pay and about the code that will take you to the secure part of the website. Once we receive your payment, you will be registered officially.

Contact

Questions? Send an e-mail to ktc.muziek@hku.nl.

Kurt Thomas CursusThe Workshop Series
Kurt Thomas Cursus

The Workshop Series

Workshop series: levels, repertoire, and ensemble types

The workshop series are offered at three different levels.

- Level I: Professional conductors, choral conducting students, and professional musicians with experience in conducting
- Llevel II: Professional musicians without experience in conducting, trainee music teachers, and experienced amateur conductors
- Level III: Novice amateur conductors

You will work in the afternoons or evenings with a group of six to 12 participants. There will be sufficient opportunities to get an individual turn and you will receive personal tuition and feedback. You will be able to choose between various styles, repertoires, and ensemble types. The results will be presented at a public concert on Saturday 16 July in the Nicolaïkerk in Utrecht.

Level I

Professional conductors, choral conducting students, and professional musicians with experience in conducting

  • Teachers: Luc Anthonis (B) and Rob Vermeulen
    Repertoire:

    • Heinrich Schütz Die mit Tränen säen SWV 378
    • Heinrich Schütz Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk, SWV 382
    • Robert Schumann An die Sterne, opus 141 deel 1
    • Francis Poulenc Un soir de neige
    • Edvard Grieg I Himmelen, opus 74 deel 4
    • Trond Kverno Ave maris stella
    • Javier Busto O magnum mysterium

    Dates: Monday 11 July through Saturday 16 July

    Times: Daily from 7:00-10:00pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00pm
    Price: € 595 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops and Schola)

  • Teachers: Louis Buskens, Rob Vermeulen and Bas Pollard
    Repertoire:

    • John Rutter Gloria voor koor, koperblazers, slagwerk en orgel
    • Giovanni Gabrieli Sonata pian’e forte voor koperblazers
    • Stephen Dodgson Suite for Brass Septet voor koperblazers
    • Roman Hurko Delen 6, 7 en 12 uit de Vespers voor koor a capella

    Dates: Monday 11 July through Saturday 16 July

    Times: Daily from 4:30-6:00pm and 7:00-10:00pm (Monday 11 July also from 2:00-4:30pm), Saturday 2:00-10:00pm
    Price: € 695 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops, and Schola)

  • Teachers: Fokko Oldenhuis and Rob Vermeulen
    Repertoire:

    • Herman Strategier Psalmus 136
    • Rob Goorhuis Uit de Mystic Trumpeter delen 3, 6 en 7
    • Johann Sebastian Bach Nun danket alle Gott, Trauungschoral
    • Johann Sebastian Bach O Gott, du frommer Gott, uit BWV 128
    • Heinricht Schütz Jauchzet dem Herrn, SWV 36

    Times: 1:00-4:00pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00pm
    Price: € 595 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops, and Schola)

Level II

Professional musicians without experience in conducting, trainee music teachers, and experienced amateur conductors

  • Teachers: Luc Anthonis and Louis Buskens
    Repertoire:

    • Joseph Haydn Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo, delen 1, 2, 3, 4 en 6
    • Antonio Vivaldi RV 110 Uit Magnificat delen 1, 4, 5, 7 en 9

    Dates: Monday 11 July through Saturday 16 July
    Times: 1:00-4:00pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00pm
    Price: € 595 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops and Schola)

  • Teachers: Merel Martens and Hans Noijens
    Repertoire:

    • Forget, regret Music & Lyrics Roy Hargrove / Arr. Merel Martens
    • Grow old with me Music & Lyrics Tom Odell / Arr. Merel Martens
    • Total Eclipse of the heart Music & Lyrics Jim Steinman / Arr. Merel Martens
    • Knut Nysted I will praise thee o Lord
    • Morten Lauriden Sure on this shining night
    • Francis Poulenc uit Sept chansons “Belle et ressemblante”
    • Vytautas Miskinis Gloriosa dicta sunt nr.2

    Dates: Monday 11 July through Saturday 16 July

    Times: 7:00-10:00pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00pm
    Price: € 495 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops and Schola)

  • Teachers: Dennis Broeders and Adriàn van der Spoel
    Repertoire:

    • John Rutter God be in my head
    • Hans Sommer König und Floh
    • Henry Smith (arr.) Every time I feel the spirit
    • Kurt Bikkembergs A solis ortus cardine
    • Claudio Monteverdi Agnus Dei uit Missa 4 da cappella
    • Tomás Luis Da Vittoria Ut queant laxis

    Dates: Monday 11 July through Saturday 16 July
    Times: 1:00-4:00pm; Saturday 2:00-10:00pm
    Price: € 495 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops and Schola)

  • Teacher: Merel Martens

    Getting the audience to sing along in a packed concert hall, singing with employees at your company during the break, or letting people sing their hearts out at a mass outdoor festival. All of this is Open Singing (or Community Singing). This type of accessible and spontaneous participation is increasingly popular.

    Open Singing demands different skills from the conducting of a well-organised and established choir or ensemble. The dynamics and interaction are very specific and so is the organisation of such events. The repertoire also influences how successful the Open Singing will be. The workshop covers topics such as didactics and communication, organisation and logistics, plus repertoire. We will look at a combination of well-known and improvised melodies that are a good fit for you as well as for your audience.

    Dates: Wednesday 13 July through Saturday 16 July

    Times: Daily from 1:00-4:00pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00pm
    Price: € 350 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops and Schola)

Level III

Novice amateur conductors. We specifically focus on your technical conducting skills in the level III workshops.

  • Teachers: Rachel Munneke and Hans Noijens
    Repertoire:

    • Lajos Bárdos - Tábortüznel
    • Georges Liferman/arr. Jean Lenoble - La lune este morte
    • José Antonio Rincon - Bullerengue
    • Joshuah Campbell & Cynthia Echeumuna - Erivo / arr. Mac Huff - Stand Up
    • Salomone Rossi - Barechu

    Dates: Wednesday 13 July through Saturday 16 July
    Times: 1:00-4:00pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00pm

    Price: € 350 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops and Schola)

  • Teachers: Fokko Oldenhuis and Adrián van der Spoel
    Repertoire:

    • Einojuhani Rautavaara Personalia
    • Thomas Bateson Your shining eyes
    • Franz Schubert Heilig, heilig, heilig
    • Cancionero de Paris Dalha de encima
    • Giovanni Pierluggi da Palestrina Iesu rex admirabilis

    Dates: Wednesday 13 July through Saturday 16 July
    Times: 7:00-10:00pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00pm

    Price: € 350 (including participation in the grand choir, workshops and Schola)

Please note:

• To give everyone a chance to present individually during the workshops, the groups will comprise approximately 6-12 conductors. There may also be openings for dedicated choristers who are commited for the duration of the workshop series.
• When international participants attend a workshop (series), it will be conducted in English

Kurt Thomas CursusWorkshops
Kurt Thomas Cursus

Workshops

These individual workshops are structured in such a way that you can attend them on a day-by-day basis. There is a different one each day around a range of topics. The workshops are interactive and comprise singing, conducting: movement, and more. Essentially, there will be no presentations by the individual participants but you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Workshop leaders: Nico van der Meel, Fokko Oldenhuis, Luc Anthonis, Rachel Munneke, Luc Anthonis, Caro Kindt

Dates: Monday 11 July through Friday 15 July
Times: Daily from 10:30am-12:30pm
Price: € 30 (free for participants in a workshop series)

Content

The workshops will acquaint you with a specific repertoire or subject(s) that are within the specific field of expertise of the teacher in question! As you sing and/or conduct, you will get to know novel music, musical fields, or tools, find out more about a style or composer, and be given fascinating background information. After attending a workshop, you are sure to have a wealth of new ideas for your next rehearsal!

Dates and Times

  • Monday 11 July, 10:30-12:30: Choral music from van Heinrich Schütz, workshop leader Nico van der Meel
  • Tuesday 12 July, 10:30-12:30: Latin-American choral music, workshop leader Fokko Oldenhuis
  • Wednesday 13 July, 10:30-12:30: Choral music from Flanders (Belgium), workshop leader Luc Anthonis
  • Thursday 14 July, 10:30-12:30: Working with a youth choir, workshop leader Rachel Munneke
  • Friday 15 July, 10:30-12:30: Children's choir, workshop leader Daniëlle van Lieshout

Schola

For fans of Gregorian music there is the Schola, where you can delve deep into the wonders of monophonic chant (plainsong). There will be individual pieces to work on as well as chants associated with Tomás Luis Da Vittoria - Ut queant laxis (included in the repertoire of workshop series 6). The Schola can take up to 20 experienced singers.

Teacher: Adrián van der Spoel
Dates: Monday 11 July through Saturday 16 July
Times: Daily at 09:30-10:30pm, Saturday 2:00-10:00pm
Price: € 50 (free for participants in a workshop series)

Kurt Thomas CursusChoristers
Kurt Thomas Cursus

Specifically for choristers

As a chorister, you can participate in the Kurt Thomas Course in various ways.

  • As part of a workshop series. You will sing in the choir for four or six days (depending on your choice) during the selected workshop series so you will have the chance to sing often. You will obtain insights into choral singing from different perspectives and learn more about how a conductor operates. Perhaps simply out of curiosity. Or you may want to see if conducting is for you. Or, maybe you already are a conductor and you want to experience what it feels like if the shoe is on the other foot!
    Price: € 70

  • As part of a stand-alone workshop. Each workshop is open to choristers. Particularly in the workshops that focus on repertoire, you will be introduced to interesting and exciting (new) vocal repertoire, guided by a workshop leader who knows the territory inside out.
    Price: € 30
  • As part of the Kurt Thomas grand choir. Every afternoon from 4:30-6:00pm, you will be conducted by the course participants under the supervision of teachers Rob Vermeulen and Louis Buskens. The repertoire will feature in workshop series 2: John Rutter - Gloria for choir, brass players, percussion, and organ and Roman Hurko - Movements of the Vespers for a Capella choir. There will be a final rehearsal on Saturday 16 July in the afternoon and an evening concert when you will perform the pieces in the Nicolaïkerk. A wonderful experience!
    Price: € 50
  • As part of the Schola. If you love Gregorian chant the Schola, facilitated by Adrian van der Spoel, may be just the ticket. It sings every morning at 11:30am-12:30pm in the Chapel of the Conservatory. The final rehearsal and the concert will take place on Saturday 16 July (afternoon and evening).
    Price: € 50
Kurt Thomas CursusTeachers
Kurt Thomas Cursus

Teachers

Teachers

Read the bio's from all teachers of the Kurt Thomas Cursus 2022:
  • Luc Anthonis is a musician and teacher as well as a musical director and conductor for various choirs and ensembles. He has worked at the Royal Conservatory Antwerp since 2007.
    Read more: https://ap-arts.be/persoon/luc-anthonis
  • Rob Vermeulen is a conductor and artistic director for various choirs across the Netherlands including Musica Vocale and the East Netherlands Chamber Choir. He has collaborated with Orkest De Ereprijs in the past years and teaches choral conducting at the HKU.
    Read more: https://www.musicavocale.nl/conductor/
  • Louis Buskens is involved with a large number of professional opera and orchestra productions as an assistant conductor and choirmaster. He is also the conductor of the North Netherlands Concert Choir, the Netherlands Concert Choir, and the renowned Brabant Choir. Currently, Louis Buskens teaches choral conducting at the conservatories of Groningen and Tilburg.
    Read more: https://orkest.nl/nl/musici/6/louis-buskens
  • Bas Pollard is a conductor and hornist. As a conductor he leads, among others, the CREA Orkest and the Utrecht Studenten Concert (a student symphony orchestra). As a hornist he performed, among others, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the North-Holland Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Fokko Oldenhuis is the conductor of the Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij (University Chamber Choir), Kamerkoor Next, Koor Neon, and Slotkoor. He gets his choirs to perform a very diverse repertoire of early and new music and has given concerts in Europe and elsewhere. In addition, he is a teacher and course director at the choral conducting retraining course and the Kurt Thomas Course.
    Website: www.fokkooldenhuis.nl
  • Merel Martens is an arranger, workshop leader, coach, and conductor. She is a main subject teacher in Vocal Leadership at Codarts Rotterdam and the artistic leader and conductor of Pitch Control and MAZE.
    Website: www.merelmartens.eu
  • Hans Noijens is the co-course director of the Kurt Thomas Course on behalf of De Dirigentenwerkplaats Utrecht. He teaches at the Meerjarige Dirigenten Opleiding (Multiyear Conducting Study Programme) for which he co-wrote the practical manual on rehearsal technique, ‘Doen & Laten’ (To Do Or Not To Do) with Fokko Oldenhuis. He also works as a specialist in the field of amateur culture at the National Institution for Cultural Education and Amateur Culture (LKCA) in Utrecht.
    Read more: www.dirigentenwerkplaats.nl/docenten/hans-noijens-4/
  • Dennis Broeders is an all-round classical pianist with special expertise in song accompaniment. He is the conductor of Ensemble Illustre, Leids Projectkoor, and Oratoriumvereniging Cantarella and has also worked as a substitute and tutor with many choirs including the Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij (University Chamber Choir) and the Dutch Student Chamber Choir.
    Website: www.dennisbroeders.nl
  • Adrián Rodríguez van der Spoel works as the artistic director and conductor of choirs and baroque orchestras, as a composer, singer, guitarist, percussionist, and researcher across a wide range of musical sectors. In 2001, he set up Música Temprana, an ensemble that mainly focuses on the interpretation of colonial-era music from Latin America and Spain.
    Read more: www.nationalechoirs.nl/team/adrian-rodriguez-van-der-spoel/
  • Rachel Munneke is a musician, choral conductor, and music teacher. She is active in various ensembles, choirs, and orchestras in and around Zwolle, including Capella Zwolle. As a workshop leader and pan flautist she is involved with projects for older people suffering from dementia.
    Website: www.rachelmunneke.nl

  • Nico van der Meel is mainly known as a singer of early music. As such he can be heard on all important chamber music stages. He also conducts the William Byrd Vocal Ensemble in Leiden, and coaches small vocal ensembles and provides choir training.
    Website: www.nicovandermeel.nl
  • Daniëlle van Lieshout is artistic director of the Academy of Vocal Arts. She conducts the Haags Kinderkoor and Musicanti Kinderkoor. She studied choral conducting in Rotterdam and Paris and sings enthusiastically in Vocal Ensemble Cantamare. She also regularly conducts ACVA VOCES, the chamber choir of the ACVA.
    Website: https://www.daniellevanlieshout.nl