Rundfunkchor Berlin’s Academy
Getting started in your dream career as a choral singer
Are you a voice student either about to finish your studies or already at the threshold of a career? Are you 30 years or younger and eager to learn first-hand about the workings of a professional choral ensemble?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
Rundfunkchor Berlin is one of the world’s finest and most innovative choirs. Every year in some 60 concerts, it presents its wide-ranging repertoire in performances on the highest level. Its flexible, richly nuanced sound, unfailing precision and immediacy have made it a permanent partner of great orchestras and conductors internationally as well as in its home base of Berlin.
64 professional singers blend their voices into a single entity. For them, singing in Rundfunkchor Berlin is a dream career. In the Academy they help the next generation of singers to understand the qualifications required to succeed in this profession.
© Peter Adamik
»When you realize that everyone is pulling together in the same direction, that is doesn’t have to do with strength, but rather with achieving something beautiful – that’s a feeling that makes me very happy and satisfied.«
What you’ll learn from us
The Academy of Rundfunkchor Berlin is a complement to vocal studies. It offers preparation for a career as a professional choral singer. The Academy’s pedagogical content comprises:
alternation in ensemble singing between leading, adapting and collaborating
stylistic assurance in literature of different periods
dealing with complex contemporary scores
perfection of sight-reading
How the Academy functions
Following a successful audition, you are accepted as an Academy scholar, as a rule for a period of six months. During this time, you participate in every rehearsal specified in your Academy contract and, after a probation period, in the choir’s concerts as well. A member of Rundfunkchor Berlin will be at your side for individual consultation as a personal mentor.
In the Schola, Academy scholars under the direction of Benjamin Goodson, assistant to principal conductor Gijs Leenaars, prepare selected singing students in an a cappella programme.
We’re looking for you!
You are a voice student either about to finish your studies or already at the threshold of a career, and are 30 years or younger. Then apply now and start your career as a professional choral singer!
Information on participation and application
Trainees of the Academy receive a trainee allowance of 600 € per month kindly supported by the friends & supporters of Rundfunkchor Berlin e.V. When achieved the concert diploma the allowance is raised to 800 € per month.
Via online application form. After a successful audition you can be admitted as an intern of the Academy for a period generally lasting 6 months.