90 singers, three groups
The approximately 90 participants will be divided into three groups. Each group (two mixed choirs and one ladies-only choir) will work with all three conductors during the week.
Besides these group rehearsals, participants will also sing in combined sessions (tutti/the big choir), also working with all three conductors.
We do expect all participants to prepare the music in advance. Practice files (mp3's and pdf's of the sheetmusic) will be provided as soon as we can deliver them. If everyone prepares, we can start to make real music much sooner!
Extra ambitious singers can audition for the Selection choir, which will consist of 12-15 singers. The Selection choir will study songs that are extra challenging.
Auditions for the selection choir will be held before the start of the week, through video audition. Click here for the audiition procedure.
When candidates are considered equally capable, preference will be given to auditioners that have not been in the Selection choir before.
Rehearsals for the Selection choir will be at the same time as rehearsals for the big choir, so if you're in the Selection choir you can't be in the big choir!
New singers, and old
Usually, between half and two-thirds of all
The level of the VPJD is aimed at advanced amateur-singers.
Since we have participants from several different countries, the working language throughout the VPJD will be english.
Be warned: this is not a week to rest and relax after a busy time at
Workshops & Labs
During the week several labs and workshops will be offered.
We plan once again a series of 'theory' lessons in the form of labs, with an emphasis on the learning by doing.
There will be a different subject every day, and each subject will be tackled on different levels. You can choose your own level for each subject.
The official part of the Vocal Pop and Jazz Days will be concluded with a presentation at Kontakt der Kontinenten in the afternoon of Friday August 14th 2020.
This presentation is open to the public.
On the evening after that, we will celebrate
unofficial end of the Vocal Pop and Jazz Days with an
stage for all participants. Everyone who has an act or song or poem or
(silly) dance they want to show to the group, can do so.
Start and end
The program is slated to start on Sunday August 9th 2020 with arrival and coffee from 9.30, an introduction at 11:30, lunch at 12.00 and the first rehearsal will start at 13:00.
It is practical to reserve half an hour for check in and settling in your room, so we advise you to arrive at 11:00 at the latest.
The program ends after breakfast on Saturday August 15th 2020.
If you have trouble reaching the venue on time on Sunday, or would like to stay an extra night before leaving after the week, it is usually no problem to book an extra night with Kontakt der Kontinenten.
To get to know the Vocal Pop & Jazz
Days, here's "a day
in the life...".
So, what will the VPJD cost me?
The participation fee for the VPJD 2020 will be € 795,- per person (€ 545,- for students under 30, for a maximum of 4 students).
The standard fee is on the basis of sharing a
You'll get an
invoice only when you're selected as a participant.
Terms & Conditions VPJD2020
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