Aarhus Vocal Festival
May 30th to June 2nd 2019

OPEN CALL for presenters of workshops and lectures

Open call for presenters of workshops and lectures at AAVF 2019

Do you have something that you would like to share at the festival as a workshop presenter or lecturer? The AAVF  Board and AAVF Artistic Advisory Team would like to hear your ideas. Send us your proposal for a workshop or lecture at AAVF 2019.


Aarhus Vocal Festival (AAVF) is one of the leading European festivals of contemporary choral and a cappella music primarily featuring pop, rock, jazz and world music. In 2019 AAVF will take place from May 30th to June 2nd in the Danish vocal city of Aarhus. Almost 1000 vocal enthusiast from all over the world get together for four intense days of workshops, lectures, concerts and “sing-alongs”, creating a special atmosphere and networking opportunities for professional composers, conductors, teachers and singers as well as passionate ensemble singers of all levels.

In 2019 AAVF presents the theme Elements specifically focusing on the strong historical and cultural bond between the Nordic countries. AAVF celebrates this connection in a thematic grand finale concert at the festival “Elements of the North”, uniting the overall festival theme with specific trademarks of the north. For the workshop and lecture tracks of AAVF we now call for presenters who wish to contribute to the diversity of the program, for instance by presenting contributions of techniques, artistic trademarks and cultural characteristics to be showcased at the festival.

Ideas that the festival wishes to explore:

  • The connection between a geographical region and cultural expression
  • History and folklore in today’s vocal music
  • Links between Nordic music within the North and to the world
  • Cutting edge innovation from the North

Examples of potential main subjects for the festival workshop tracks:

  • Specific Nordic singing styles and techniques
  • Musical repertoires (for instance folk songs)
  • Improvisation and movement
  • Other subjects

Examples of potential main subjects for the festival lecturer track:

  • Arrangements
  • Pedagogical approaches
  • Scientific, experimental or Collaborative Projects
  • Other subjects

Timeline and formats:

July 1st, 2018 proposals for workshops (2 hours) and lecturers (1 hours)  must be submitted to the artistic advisory team at aat@aavf.dk

The proposal must be written, not exceeding a maximum of 2 pages in length, containing the topic and a detailed description /focus of the proposed workshop or lecturer. Please indicate any special equipment needs for the workshop/lecturer and provide a biography of participating presenters. Remember to include all contact information and link to the webpage if relevant.

Invitations for chosen presenters for workshops and lecturers will be sent out by September 15th, 2018. The decisions made are final.

Terms and Conditions:

Each presenter invited by the Artistic Advisory Team and AAVF Board will receive the AAVF standard fee for presentations and workshops, the precise amount will be specified in the contract, as well as a one-day registration at the festival on the day the workshop or lecturer is taking place including meals and lodging, when relevant.

For questions or further inquiries please contact Astrid Vang-Pedersen, coordinator of the Artistic Advisory Team at:


Members of the Artistic Advisory Team:







Astrid Vang-Pedersen – coordinator – member of the AAVF Board










Peder Karlsson – Honorary Professor at the Royal Academy of Music