Vocal Leadership

Vocal Leadership continues!

Some responses from participants from the first course (spring 2016):

‘It was great! Thanks everybody!’
‘I must say I hesitated a little before joining the course but I enjoyed it so much! Not only the teachers were great but also the group itself. Thank you and see you in march, I’m looking forward to it!’
‘It was a pleasure!’
‘I really enjoyed the weekend, very refreshing and educational!’

Foto: Frank Hermann Foto: Frank Hermann

The Intelligent Choir

The Intelligent Choir is a concept invented by Jim Daus Hjernøe, choir professor at The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. The Intelligent Choir refers to his philosophy of educating conductors of vocal music to allow and inspire ensemble singers to be co-responsible in the musical process. The basic principle of his ideology is to prepare singers to shape the intended music in the most efficient way. The Intelligent Choir is the opposite of an un-reflected choir that receives all information about the music from their conductor. And the goal is to create a group of singers that are able to inform the musical process.


Vocal Leadership Inspiration Day (Codarts or Fontys)

An introduction to Vocal Leadership with classes from 10.00 to 17.00. For next date check below or send an email. 

Vocal Leadership Inspiration Course (Codarts & Fontys together)

A course of 3 weekends, no audition. 

Vocal Leadership 2-year course (Codarts)

A course of 12 weekends, post-bachelor, audition required. Start every semester.

Vocal Leadership fulltime master (Fontys)

A 2-year program with weekly classes in Tilburg. Start every September.

Join weekends as a singer

You get to observe and sing during all choir leading classes, with Jim, Jesper, Peder and Merel. €250 for all three weekends, €100 for just 1 weekend.


Vocal Leadership 2-year Course

From January 2017, we will present the Vocal Leadership Course. This is a 2-year parttime, certificate based course on a master level. To be accepted an admission test is aquired. It’s not necesarry to have a conservatory bachelor degree if you can demonstrate the same kind of quality during the test. The course is based on 12 intense weekends (3 per semester) and will include practicle, hands-on tools and classes like choir leading from different, international teachers, move & groove, piano, eartraining and singing. Through a digital video connection, a number of classes will be simultaneously conducted in Tilburg and Denmark, giving the vocal leadership specialization a contemporary and international quality. For more information, would you please check the Codarts website.

Inspiration Day

Want to get inspired and learn more about this programme? Come to the Inspiration Day!
On Saturday January 14, 2017 Fontys is hosting an Inspiration Day. During this day, Jesper Holm (DK) and Merel Martens (NL) will provide classes from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

During this Inspiration Day, we will introduce to you the methodology of The Intelligent Choir. We will also tell you all about education possibilities in the future.

The price for attending the Inspiration Day is € 99,--. That’s excluding lunch, including coffee and tea. The target group for this day consists of conductors, music teachers, conservatory students and choir singers. A professional background is not required, we are expecting some experience in choir singing.

Inspiration Days info:
Saturday January 14, 2017, Fontys (Zwijsenplein 1, Tilburg) , 10:00-17:00 hrs.
Price: € 99,--

Students: € 25,--
Target group: conductors, music teachers, conservatory students and choir singers.

Inspiration Course

Are you interested in the methodology of The Intelligent Choir and do you want to have more input to develop your skills, get individual feedback and get inspired? Then you should apply for the Inspiration Course which will take place on the following dates:


6-8 October (Codarts)

10-12 November (Codarts)

1-3 December (Fontys) Jim


2-4 February (Codarts)

13-15 April (Codarts)

25-27 May (Fontys) Jim

Read more about the Inspiration Course Programme

Vocal Leadership Master Programme

You can also apply for a fulltime Master Vocal Leadership.

Read more about the Master Programme