REY 2. Collaborative practice for singers and composers

Build and perfect your vocal technique and performance skills through collaboration

Period of the EOA module in 2020-21:

January – May 2021 (Term dates: January 11- May 21, 2021)

Open for:

  • 1-3 singer
  • 1-2 composers

Description of the EOA module:

For you as a singer this is a unique opportunitie to take an active part in the composition process and present your voice and its possibilites. You will be asked to present a piece or an aria from any era that you love to sing and is typical for your voice type.

Together BA singers and composers join in discussion and analysis of vocal music repertoire, where the specialist knowledge of each group informs the other. In the second half of the course composers will either – and this will be based on the will and chemistry of the group – be paired up with vocalists to create a new work of vocal music, or, the group will collaboratively create a single work together. By the end of the term, the will be public performances of new music.

This module will also consist of:

  • Voice lessons with a team of voice teachers
  • Performance classes
  • Coaching
  • Public lunchtime recital series managed by students

Possible extras:

  • Dramatic Interpretation classes (2ECTS)
  • Movement classes (2ECTS)
  • Performance of scenes from operas or an entire opera (TBA) (2-10 ECTS)
  • Experimental music ensemble (4ECTS)

For composers a personalised programme of practical courses will be put together depending on students’ needs.

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe:

A. For singers

The special feature of this module is to get the chance to work with a composer and take an active part in the creative process. Also to influence and have a discussion about how to write for the voice and about content and context like text or other inspirations for the composition. In the end to perform a piece written especially for your voice. Apart from this you will build your vocal technique and interpretive skills while working with a team of expert voice teachers who work in tandem empowering you to clarify your goals and make your own choices. As well you may make use of the department’s numerous performance opportunities, performing song, oratorio and opera repertoire.

B. For composers:

The composition department has been flourishing in recent years and graduated composers have enriched the music scene in Iceland and abroad. Every student is met where he is at and diversity and individuality is fostered. This makes the department an exciting place for aspiring composers who are interested in collaboration and working with the voice.

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module:

  • Thora Einarsdottir (voice and performance)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (coach, piano accompaniment)
  • Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson (composer, director)
  • Hróðmar Sigurbjörnsson (composer)
  • Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir (composer)
  • Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir (voice and performance)
  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (voice and performance)
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson (voice and performance)

Up to 20 hours pr. week

14 ECTs

For composers a personalised programme of practical courses will be put together depending on students’ needs.

Possible extra’s beside the module:

Icelandic for beginners (4ECTS)

https://www.islit.is/en/art-and-culture-in-iceland/music/

Entrance examination:

  • Deadline: April 15
  • by submission of unedited video, performing 3 contrasting arias or songs in at least two different languages
  • Motivation letter.

(Second application date September 15)

REY 1. CAMERATA: Building and perfecting vocal technique and performance through collaboration

Period of the EOA module in 2020-21:

September, October, November (term dates: August 24- December 18)

Description of the EOA module:

CAMERATA Baroque ensemble- Build and perfect your vocal technique and performance skills through collaboration.

Open for:

  • 1-3 singers
  • 1-4 Baroque instrumentalist primarily, strings and continuo players

This module will consist of:

  • Voice lessons with a team of voice teachers
  • Performance classes
  • Coaching
  • Lunchtime recital series managed by students
  • Collaborative music making with experts in Baroque interpretation leading to a performance of and demanding vocal and instrumental work or programme based on a specified theme from the Baroque period. Public performance in collaboration with Reykjavík Opera Days. (16 ECTS)*

*For instrumentalist a personalised program of practical courses will be put together depending on your needs.

Possible extras:

  • International phonetics IPA (2ECTS)
  • Dramatic interpretation classes (2ECTS)
  • Movement classes (2ECTS)
  • Opera scenes (2ECTS)
  • Vocal improvisation (2ECTS)
  • Music, culture and society, lectures (4ECTS)

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

The collaborative learning environment that is the core of the Voice Department gives you a unique opportunity to develop your individuality as a singing artist. You will build your vocal technique and interpretive skills while working with a team of expert voice teachers who work in tandem empowering you to clarify your goals and make your own choices. A number of performance opportunities gives you valuable possibilities and practical experience in managing and leading projects.  Working on baroque interpretation in an ensemble setting making music together with skilled professionals will give hands on experience. The relatively small size of the music department makes it a very flexible learning environment and a fertile ground for initiative and creative ideas.

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module

  • Thora Einarsdottir (voice and performance)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (coach, piano accompaniment)
  • Sigurður Halldórsson (music director)
  • Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir (voice and performance)
  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (voice and performance)
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson (voice and performance)

Up to 20 hours pr. week

16 ECTs

Possible extra’s beside the module:

  • Icelandic for beginners (4ECTS)

https://www.islit.is/en/art-and-culture-in-iceland/music/

Entrance examination:

  • Deadline: April 15
  • by submission of unedited video
  • performing 3 contrasting arias or songs in at least two different languages
  • Motivation letter

Description of the final Examination

  • Assessment based on students journaling and self-assessment across project (50%)
  • Performance in project (50%)

Total expenses of the EOA module per student and what is included / excluded in this price:

  • Module is available within an Erasmus exchange, for students at BA level in vocal performance and for some instrumentalists.
  • Participants pay for their own accommodation and travel.