Camille van Lunen

Contemporary composing for voice

By writing a song text and/or setting it to music, putting yourself as it were in the steps of the composer, one gains tremendous insight into the vocal repertoire.

In short: I believe, one will sing differently (even Schubert, Wolff, Ives amongst all others), with possibly fresher and more immediate approach, with a wider range of colors and dynamics.

This approach, which should be applied in small groups (sharing creativity) can be of great help to teachers and their young singers. The goal is to find „one’s own voice“!

Camille van Lunen is an eclectic composer, not adhering rigidly to a single school but drawing rather upon multiple influences and ideas to gain complementary insights into her subjects.

Camille's experience as a singer is reflected in her own vivid writing for both solo voice (in the songs and operas) and in her choral works. Both illustrate her strong dramatic instinct and sensitivity reflecting her own polyglot background.

A very practical composer, she has responded to a wide variety of commissions to produce works of great originality and in a highly distinctive style, ranging from The Rock Boy (Leverkusen, 2005) for young people to O Mare Nostrum (Acht Brücken Festival Köln, 2016), an adaptation of her prize-winning O Sacrum Convivium which gives a voice to recently arrived refugees in Cologne.

Her works, published by FURORE Verlag are both demanding and rewarding for performers and audiences alike. Hers is very much a voice for today.

Camille has been teaching at the European Academy for Music in Montepulciano and was Composer in Residence at the Gulbenkian Science Institute in Lisbon.