Accredited Professional Summer Courses

Choral Conducting - Choral and Ensemble Singing - Solo Singing
July 14th – 24th 2022

Kaspars Putnins

Scheduled to begin in July 2022 as an integral part of the ZêzereArts Festival, the Accredited Professional Courses offer professional development to selected conductors and singers and an amazing opportunity to work with internationally renowned conductors and vocal coaches.

These intensive 10-day summer courses based in Tomar, Portugal, are led by ZêzereArts Artistic Director, Brian MacKay and feature our special guest teachers, Kaspars Putniņš and Geert Berghs. This exciting opportunity is made possible through Musicamera Produções, our parent organisation, accredited by DGERT (Direção-Geral do Emprego e das Relações de Trabalho).

Selected candidates will receive expert daily coaching and support, individual evaluations and a certificate of Professional Level Accreditation from DGERT. All participants will join the Festival Choir for the final choral concert. 

Designed with a holistic approach, our course programme is made up of three interconnected strands, places for which are limited in order to maintain the highest standards and to ensure individual guidance for all participants.

A very special feature will be the opportunity to prepare and perform a programme under the direction of Kaspars Putniņš. Entitled, Nordic Sun, the programme will be chosen from the following repertoire:

Knut Nystedt – Immortal Bach
Rytis Mažulis – Canon solus
Arvo Pärt – The Deer’s Cry
Edvard Grieg – Wie schön du doch bist
Niels Gade – Die Wasserrose op. 13 no. 2
Jean Sibelius – Rakastava
Pēteris Vasks – Mother Sun
Jan Sandström – Biegga luohte

Choral Conducting 

Working with Kaspars Putnins, Geert Berghs and the ZêzereArts vocal ensemble, Záve, this course is aimed at experienced choral conductors wishing to further develop their gesture, rehearsal technique and vocal pedagogy. All candidates will also have the opportunity to participate in ensemble singing and individual vocal tuition. 

Student conductors will have the opportunity to perform with the student choir and repertoire will include:

Johannes Brahms – Fünf Gesänge op. 104
Arvo Pärt – The Woman with the Alabaster Box
Tõnu Kõrvits – The Night is Darkening Round Me
Folke Rabe – Rondes

Ample podium time  ·  performances  ·  score analysis and preparation  ·  daily instruction · ensemble singing · individual vocal tuition

The conducting course for 2022 is now full and closed for new applications.

Solo Singing

Singers will work with Geert Berghs, Brian MacKay and professional accompanists. This course will focus on the interpretative and technical demands of the song and operatic repertoire. 

Students on the Solo Singing course will perform a recital together as part of the Festival Programme.

Individual and group tuition · performances/recitals ·  coaching ·  repertoire development · role and audition preparation

There are still some spaces available on this course – please see below for special scholarship offers.

Choral and Ensemble Singing 

Singers will work with Kaspars Putniņš, Geert Berghs and Záve. This course will concentrate on the development of professional-level ensemble and choral singing.

Along will intensive work with the student choir, one to a part ensembles will be formed to rehearse and perform together.

Individual and group tuition  ·   performances ·   vocal technique ·  performance practices and styles ·  audition preparation

There are still some spaces available on this course – please see below for special scholarship offers.

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    Fees and Accommodation

    Course fee: €400
    This includes your tuition fees only.

    Vocal Scholarship Offer (available only for the singing courses):

    €300 including shared accommodation – apply now!

    All selected candidates will be required to send a deposit payment (50% of course fee) in order to secure their place.

    There are many accommodation options available in Tomar and we can help you to find the best one to suit both your requirements and your budget