Wilma ten Wolde, Irene Verburg, Netherlands Female Youth Choir

Wilma ten Wolde

Irene Verburg

Masterclass choir singing and music education adolescents

Wilma ten Wolde (conductor) and Irene Verburg (soprano/vocal coach) have worked closely together for the National Choirs of the Netherlands for many years. They will demonstrate some outcome of this work during this session.

Wilma and Irene have developed a training program for (young) singers in which musical and vocal skills in different styles are trained in unison. Often a vocal indication enables the singer to follow the musical/stylistic instruction. On the other hand a voice can sound much more free when musical direction is stimulated.

In this open rehearsal with the Netherlands Female Youth Choir (age 16 - 29) they will illustrate their work with focus on

  • choice of repertoire
  • sight reading from a high quality musical approach
  • inner musical imagination
  • natural and healthy use of voice (in choir singing)
  • free use of breath (not only for supporting the voices but also to give expression to music and text)

A new piece will be rehearsed as well as a song that the singers have prepared.

You will see examples with the whole group, small groups (alto’s/ soprano’s etc) or individual singers on breathing, resonance, articulation, etc.

Wilma ten Wolde
Wilma ten Wolde is recognized Internationally as a well established expert on Youth Singing. Professional appointments include : professor of aural training & and ensemble singing at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague; chief conductor of three National Choirs: the Netherlands Children's Choir, the Netherlands Female Youth Choir and the Netherlands Mixed Youth Choir. Director of the Netherlands Vocal Talent Foundation. During the last eighteen years, Wilma ten Wolde has trained the National Youth Choirs for more than 65 varying orchestral productions, under the direction of illustrious conductors including: Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Hartmut Haenchen, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Iván Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Mariss Jansons, Andrea Marcon, Vladimir Jurowsky, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jordi Savall, Markus Stenz, Ed Spanjaard, Jaap van Zweden, Gustavo Dudamel and Daniele Gatti. Wilma ten Wolde is responsible as one of the experts for the development of a new curriculum for music pedagogues within the framework of an international cooperation program, between Hungary, Scotland and the Netherlands, with the Liszt Academy in Budapest as the leading organisation.

Irene Verburg
Irene Verburg, Dutch Soprano, studied Classical Singing at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Master Degree) and at the Dutch Opera Academy. Winner of the prestigious Dutch Government Talent Award enabled her to continue her studies with Patricia McCaffrey in New York. Other prizes and grants include the Wagner Bayreuth Stipendium and a bursary of International Vocal Arts Institute. She had lessons with internationally renowned artists such as Cristina Deutekom, Nelly Miricioiu and Rosalind Plowright. Irene was a selected participant of the Wagner Academy, 2013 organized by the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Irene Verburg performs in song recitals and oratorio and is a passionate opera singer. Her young dramatic soprano vocal quality leads her to repertoire of Wagner and Strauss. As a soloist she has had the privilege to sing under the baton of Jac van Steen, Ed Spanjaard, Jose Esandi, Patrick Ringborg, Kenneth Montgomery, Henrik Schaefer, and Vladimir Jurowski.

Irene Verburg is also a voice teacher in demand. She works as a vocal coach for the National Choirs of the Netherlands and in this role she worked closely together with international maestri: Markus Stenz, Jaap van Zweden, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Simon Rattle.

Through her bond with the National Choirs, where she herself started singing as a child; she specializes in the development of young voices. She is currently conductor of the Netherlands Boys Choir. Furthermore Irene Verburg has a teaching position at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. There she works as a voice teacher for the Young Talent Department and for the Master Program of Music Education. She was faculty member of the 2017 Kodaly Festival in Hungary.

Netherlands Female Youth Choir

Netherlands Female Youth Choir