Voices of Spirit 2022

Masterclass conducting with Barnaby Smith

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Masterclass for choral conductors

May 25 – 28, 2022

Instructor: Barnaby Smith (UK)

The Conducting Master Class with Barnaby Smith offers dedicated choral conductors the opportunity to refine their choral conducting skills in theory and practice. During the four-day intensive course, participants will have the renowned chamber choir Vocalforum Graz at their disposal as a studio choir. You can expect instructive and exciting days under professional supervision, crowned by a brilliant final concert in a unique ambience.

Barnaby Smith


Subject: “Our Favourite Songs”

In the masterclass 10 favorite pieces from the repertoire of VOCES8 will be worked on. When registering, please indicate which three pieces from this list are your personal “favorites” that you would like to work on.

Title (composer) Publisher
Sing Joyfully (William Byrd, 1543-1623) – E-Major Cpdl PDF
Adoramus te (Claudio Monteverdi, 1567-1643) Cpdl PDF
Cantate Domine (Claudio Monteverdi) Cpdl PDF
Denn er hat seinen Engeln (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 1809-1847) Cpdl PDF
Abendlied (Joseph Rheinberger, 1839-1901) Cpdl PDF
Beati quorum via (Stanford, 1852-1924) Cpdl PDF
O nata lux (Morten Lauridsen, *1943) Southern Music Publishing
Sleep (Eric Whitacre, *1970) Walton Music
Ubi Cartias (Ola Gjeilo, *1978) Walton Music
The Road Home (M.D. Browne/Stephen Paulus) www.stephenpaulus.com



  • Wednesday 14:00 – 18:00: Masterclass with studio choir
  • Thursday 10:00 – 12: 00: Masterclass with studio choir
  • Thursday 13:30 – 16:30: Masterclass with studio choir
  • Friday 09:00 – 18:00: Masterclass with studio choir
  • Saturday 9:00 – 12:00: Masterclass with studio choir
  • Saturday 13:30 – 14: 30: Dress rehearsal
  • Saturday 20:00 – 21:00: Final concert in the Minoritensaal

(subject to changes)

Requirements and application

The Conducting Master Class is open to participants who have a basic training in choral conducting or who already have experience. In order to guarantee a high quality and intensity of supervision, the number of participants is limited to 10. We ask for early registration and application with the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Photo
  • Short video (link) of you conducting

Instructor: Barnaby Smith

Barnaby Smith

Barnaby Smith began his musical career in the choir of Westminster Abbey. He completed his studies with a focus on early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he was taught by Andreas Scholl and Ulrich Messthaler. As co-founder and artistic director of the successful vocal ensemble VOCES8, he is responsible for channeling the musical interpretations of eight individuals into incomparable performances. As a conductor, he has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others


  • date: May 25 – 28, 2022
  • time: full day
  • number of participants: max. 10
  • participation fee: 250 Euro per Person | 150 Euro for students up to 27 y.
  • requirements: Experience in choral conducting
  • necessary application documents: curriculum vitae, photo, conducting video (Link)
  • final concert: Saturday, Minoritensaal

Application Masterclass Choral Conducting

May 25 – 28, 2022

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