Help me to become a Master of Music, by supporting my final exam:
the concert Love bade me welcome.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 is the day! Then I will conduct my graduation concert for my studies choral conducting, Master of Music, at the Utrecht Conservatory. In collaboration with the Valborg Ensemble, the female choir Bij Janneke, many guest singers, soloists, narrator and an instrumental ensemble, we will perform beautiful music. In addition to works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Paul Mealor and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, a special work will be performed. Not because of the fact that I wrote it myself (my second subject is composition), but because of the objective that lies within the composition. I have made a composition for choir, narrator and audience. The composition has two different musical layers that weave through each other. A layer for the audience that is taught in a few minutes, and a layer for the choir that is musically more complex. The aim is to create a deepened experience for all people present in a concert where everyone can let their voice be heard!
It is not allowed to sell tickets for the concert, my final exam. The fees and travels costs of the instrumentalists, soloists and narrator; the PR, the program booklet, sheet music rental and rehearsal space together cost more than 9000 euros. About half is already covered. We still need 4500 euros.
I hope to have caught your interest in supporting the last part of my master studies to become a conductor.
In working with the singing voice we meet adventures, obstacles, struggles and wonders. I believe that working in this way, we walk a path that guides us to inner development, social development and health.
I work with the School of Uncovering the Voice, Die Schule der Stimmenthüllung, initiated by the Swedish singer Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström (1879-1972). One of the main basic assumptions is that everyone has a singing voice that needs only to be uncovered and freed from hindrances in order to sound freely in space in a healthy way.
The healthy human being is a sounding organism, but often we are not ‘sounding’ to our full potential. This causes blockages and illnesses in our instruments: ourselves. In daily life, we are exposed to circumstances that affect our physical body, our feelings, our thinking, our actions, and energy levels. These circumstances are both beneficial and challenging to our system. They demand us to care for our instrument, by taking care of ourselves. By working on our instrument, we work on ourselves. This brings challenges to overcome, but great possibilities as well!
Presuming that we have to strive for a reconnection with the cosmic forces, and that we should move with the processes of the cosmos and the earth, we can through singing reconnect to these forces and work and create in this world as healthy-sounding human beings.