Composer, singer and vocal leader

I have always been told that I could sing before I could talk, when I was a little girl. Though I definitely have been making up for that later on, I think music has always been a way of expressing my self, my state of mind and my feelings. Especially singing has for me been a way to express my self.

Where words fail, music speaks.
— H.C Andersen

I am a danish girl, born in Copenhagen in 1989, and grew up in a little town near Horsens in Jutland with my parents and my big brother. Not a very musical family, but a family with a generel interest in listening to music.

 In primary school music was my favorite subject. I started playing the piano and clarinet and played in a harmony orchestra for several years. When I was around 13 years old I wrote my first song which was not just a childish melody, but a real song with a form, melodies, chords and lyrics.  After primary school I went to a creative school which you can choose to go to between primary school and high school and here I started playing music with other people and wrote a lot of songs. In highschool I had music as my main subject and found out how amazing music theory is. Already in my first year I was sure that I was going to university to study Musicology and get a bigger knowledge about music in generel. Music theory opened a whole new world for me, a fantastic universe of rules and analysis and I studied this, choir and music in generel at a free academy I went to before starting at the university. At the academy I also worked a lot on songwriting and performed some of my songs in different constellations.

At the university I began to play more again and discovered how funny I thought my choir classes were. I felt very natural being the leader and conductor and soon had my own choir. I also taught music at a performance house for teenagers and loved teaching. After studying my second subject, Danish Language and Literature, at the university one and a half year I went to a Music Seminar in Leuven, Belgium. Here I was reminded how close to my heart music is and began thinking about studying another master than the one I was half way through. I decided to apply for the Master of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. In the process of making my application I found out how much I wanted it and was very relieved and happy, when I was accepted.

While I was finishing my second subject I was offered a job as a highschool teacher. I taught music for one and a half year and had a great time being a teacher with all that comes with it as fx fantastic colleagues, dedicated students (some more than others), examinations and so on.

In 2015 I started studying the Master of Music with Vocal Music and Choir Conducting as my main subjects. Beginning on this master has changed my life. It has completed my pedagogical skills, given me so many amazing experiences and throughout the last one and a half year I have developed my self as a musician in a lot of ways.

After finishing my master with a master thesis about Concert Design I was accepted at the Soloist Programme, a postgraduate diploma, where I am now studying Innovative Choir Conducting.

 
 
 
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Education

Soloist Programme in Innovative Choir Conducting from The Royal Acadamy of Music

Master of Music (Rythmic Vocal Music) from The Royal Academy of Music

http://musikkons.dk

Bachelor in Musicology from Aarhus University
Danish language as a second subjekt from Aarhus University

http://bachelor.au.dk/musik/

Music Course etc. at the free academy Testrup Højskole

http://testrup.dk/testrup-folk-high-school/

 

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Behind every voice there is a  unique person and therefore voices are incredibly individual and personal. For me this is part of why I think the voice is so fascinating. Also the voice is connected with the body and mind and an instrument with many facets in it's natural sound and use. Vocal leadership is about singing together and how to make this a success. Leadership can be qualified in different shapes depending on where a choir or vocal group wants to go with their musical project. To be a vocal leader and conductor requires both musical skills and pedagogical skills and it is a job consisting of a lot of different things such as teaching, creating and leading. The reason why I have chosen to be a professional vocal leader is that vocal music creates a strong a community with something which in many ways is so personal as the voice. The unity in singing together can do something which is hard to describe and amazing to experience.

My Vocal Leadership is build upon the happiness of creating music by singing together. I like the unity of being in a choir or a vocal ensemble and as a leader, conductor, musical guide and arranger the job is full of different kinds of assignments and responsibilities. I like to coach and guide choirs, to solve their musical and vocal problems and take them somewhere new.

The Intelligent Choir

A big part of my Vocal Leadership is working with The Intelligent Choir, which is a comprehensive methodology conceived by professor Jim Daus Hjernøe from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. 

The Intelligent Choir refers to my philosophy of educating conductors of vocal music to allow and inspire ensemble singers to be co-responsible for the musical process. The basic principle of his ideology is to empower singers to produce the intended music in the most efficient manner. TIC is the opposite of an “un-reflected” choir which relies on the conductor to receive information regarding the music to be sung. The goal is to create a group of singers that is able to influence the musical process without exaggerated direction from the conductor.
— Jim Daus Hjernøe

Many choirs and choir conductors can use some inputs now and then to expand the way of rehearsing music and to develop skills in a new way. These inputs could fx be different kind of ice breakers, rhythmic games, using solfegé, working on intonation by doing a so-called circle shadow or dig more into the voice in a new scientific way. There are many possibilities to get new energy in a choir or vocal group. The Intelligent Choir has a lot of these tools and therefor I am very fond of the methodology.

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Photo by Johanna Steffens

Photo by Johanna Steffens

Fryd is the name of my choir. It consists of 16 skilled singers divided into 6-8 different voices depending on which arrangement we are singing. Mostly our repertoire is rhythmical songs in the genres pop/rock, nordic and folk. In Fryd I am searching for a balance between the learning process and the artistic dimension. Therefore I have a lot of focus on the musicality of each individual singer and the group as an organic association in which we can all learn from each other and form the artistic outcome of our music together.

Some of my pedagogical thoughts about Fryd as a project can be read on my blog on Sangens Hus here.

Concerts

During the year Fryd sings several concerts and workshops. You can find information about this and other updates on the choirs facebook page:

facebook.dk/fryd.kor.

 

The Intelligent Choir

In Fryd I have implemented the methodology The Intelligent Choir. It is a method which is invented and developed by professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Jim Daus Hjernøe.

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Writing songs is for me a combination of words, melodies and the expressions of those too. I am writing songs because I cannot help it. It sounds simple and for me it is. It is something natural which is just coming to me now and then. Sometimes I write a song in ten minutes, sometimes a song can be written over years. My songs are always about something I have experienced and something important for me. I don't have an agenda with my songs - I am just writing them out of this strong feeling I have to express and hopefully someone else will also feel something when they hear a song written by me.

My songs are both with danish and english lyrics and on this page you can have a little taste on what it is all about.

 
 

In heaven, 2015

Contact

 

Please feel free to contact me for any information you might need.

 
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