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.
Experts with years of experience work with singers on their skills.
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.
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.
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.Read more
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.
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.
Alongside Artistic Director Gustav Kuhn, 2016 we will welcome Michelle Breedt, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Mental Coach Dr. Friederike Janofske and Movement Coach John Norris.
The 11th international Master Class took place at the Stadthalle Gütersloh from October 22 to 29 2016.
Maestro Gustav Kuhn with the chinese Soprano and Master Class-participant Chen Wang after a successful rehearsal
The singers rehearsing for the final concert an ensemble from Rossinis opera "L'Italiana in Algeri"
Our vocal coaches Michelle Breedt and Roberto Scandiuzzi in discussion with Maestro Gustav Kuhn
Michelle Breedt and the australian Mezzo-Soprano Anna Dowsley are talking about breath support during our Open Master Class. Our répétiteur Fabio Vettraino accompanies at the piano.
In 2016 it was the second time, people from the "Alt und Jung"-Project from Bürgerstiftung Gütersloh visited the dress rehearsal for our final concert. What an exciting experience for the artists and the audience!
Reception after the final concert at Bertelsmann Stiftung: with a little special performance for the audience from Dashuai Chen, Master Class participant
The big finale: at the end of our concert all participants are singing together and walking down the gloriously decorated staircase