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.
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.