Master Class 2018

Encouraging talents

As part of this one-week Master Class, the singers who are most deserving of support are given the opportunity work under the instruction of international artists to improve their vocal performance, musical expression, song interpretation, stage presence and other musical skills such as self-management, networking and interview training.

October 20 - October 27, 2018

Training for voice & personality

Experts with years of experience work with singers on their skills.

Vocal and Breathing Technique

Our teachers will work together with you on the resonance, tone and strength of your voice using special exercises and selected literature. They will also be able to give you valuable tips from their many years of professional experience.

Interpretation and Expression

How do I convey emotion with my voice? How do I find my own interpretation of an aria? How do I pass on my spark to the audience? These are all questions you will engage with as our teachers coach you on your pieces for the final concert.

Body Work and Mental Training

Mind and body work together as one entity. Our experienced trainers will coach you in both body and mind, helping you learn how to reliably call upon your abilities, even if you suffer from stage fright, and how to experience your own personal moment of excellence.

Self-management and Career Development

We will connect you with a partner from our extensive network, who will be able to advise you on any questions you may have about your career, including questions about networking, analyzing strengths and weaknesses, agencies, auditions and marketing.

How can I participate in the Master Class?

Click here to find further information about the participation conditions for the Master Class.

The participants are chosen from our jury from the group of final round participants.

Further, our jurors use the possibility to nominate singers from other preliminary rounds we hosted in the past years, who were recognized as very talented but maybe a little too young.

Your application for the Competition is also an application for following Master Classes, your chance for both!

Our jury recommends young singers to us, who maybe not won a prize but have all chances to develop to a great singer.

Actually it is not possible to apply without the participation in the Competition or a recommendation from a jury member from the preliminary round of NEUE STIMMEN.



October 26, 2018

"Alt und Jung"

In collaboration with the Bürgerstiftung Gütersloh (Gütersloh civic trust), we put on a concert for all generations with our masterclass participants as part of the Master Class week.

As part of a civic trust project, Gütersloh residents young and old regularly spend time getting to know each other over the course of a year and are invited to come to the dress rehearsal for our final concert to enjoy an extraordinary musical experience together. It’s a unique and wonderful experience for all who are there – and it’s a particularly special moment for our Master Class participants to be able to sing in front of such an audience. They gain important experience on their way to personal and artistic maturity.

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October 27, 2018

Graduating with Brilliance

The Master Classes traditionally end with a final concert in the foyer of the Bertelsmann Stiftung before an audience of 350 guests, including representatives of the cultural sphere, business and society at large.

© Kai Uwe Oesterhelweg

The NEUE STIMMEN (New Voices) Master Class traditionally culminates in a final concert in the Bertelsmann Stiftung foyer in front of 350 specially invited guests from the cultural sphere, the business world and society. This gives singers the opportunity to present their skills before an audience under realistic performance conditions.

Our experts

Alongside Artistic Director Gustav Kuhn, numerous renownend artists and experts will accompany the participants of this years master classes.