Every other year, Rundfunkchor Berlin offers the Berlin International Masterclass to support the training of choral conductors at conservatories and universities. The students are exposed to the essential skills for professional choral work and given the opportunity at the beginning of their careers to gain practical experience with a world-class ensemble.
The masterclass also presents a real chance to enter the professional field: several participants of previous masterclasses have already assisted Simon Halsey in rehearsals.
The masterclass is aimed at young conductors (up to the age of 40) who are in the final years of their studies, have already graduated or actually begun their careers.
From 25 September to 1 October 2016, Rundfunkchor Berlin hosted the fourth Berlin International Masterclass for highly qualified young choral conductors. Over the course of a week, Gijs Leenaars and Simon Halsey worked with active master students, three days individually, then for three days together with Rundfunkchor Berlin. The results were presented in the final concert.
In 2011, Halsey published his knowledge and experiences in his book Schott Master Class: Chorleitung. The accompanying DVDs are largely based on film material from the first Berlin International Masterclass, held in 2010.