Workshops Friday Afternoon

Friday at 14.00-16.00: Open Singing - "Denmark Calling"

Vocal friends and family – let’s all tune in to some of the gorgeous, hypnotizing musical frequencies of the Scandinavian skies at this traditional “Open Singing”.
Seasoned vocal inspirators, Line Groth and Tine Fris-Ronsfeld, will kick off the festival festivities, guiding everyone through a lush soundscape with repertoire borrowed from some of the freshest talent from the top of the Nordic hemisphere.
This workshop is presented in collaboration with Kor72.

Workshops Friday 3rd of June 16.15-18.00

The ambitious project choir

How do you organise a project choir aiming to bring talent and competence together to create regional and/or national synergies? Syng Selected is a national youth choir created and funded by the Danish youth choral organisation SYNG, and in this session you will experience a presentation – historically, organisationally and musically – of Syng Selected. After the showcase, we want to open a discussion about the big benefits as well as the challenges included in such projects. We will include different perspectives and encourage other singers, leaders and organisations to share their experiences with similar activities. The goal is to have a fruitful exchange of ideas and thoughts on operating the ambitious project choir.
This workshop is presented in collaboration with SYNG. More on Morten Vinther

Vocal Group Time Machine

Imagine if a familiar tune, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, might have been performed by various popular vocal groups of the last hundred years. This workshop is a journey through history, but also a bit of an arranging, harmony and theory lesson all in one.

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James Rose

Vocal Painting A

The Vocal Painting (VOPA) system offers an advanced set of tools to lend shape and structure to “music of the moment” in any choir. Both conductors and singers are able to implement live arranging, live composing, re-arranging, re-composing, use of contrasting elements such as shifting keys, modules and time signature etc. during a performance. It can also be used within traditional repertoire to convey details during rehearsals and live in concert. VOPA has its roots in Soundpainting, which is the universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. Presently the language comprises more than 1500 gestures.

VOPA is a vocal evolution of Walter Thompsons original music sign language, developed by professor Jim Daus Hjernøe from The Royal Academy of Music, RAMA Vocal Center, Denmark. In VOPA it has become a new language for vocal art, used to complement conventional conducting techniques of choir music. VOPA is currently consisting of 75 signals and more are in the making. The signals are easy to understand and the conductor can use them to adjust the musical expression within every desired musical parameter. Through the development of VOPA, as a pedagogical tool and an artistic methodology, the signals have shown to be surprisingly effective as an easy and fast way to create music with singers of all levels, from audience participation to the highest professional level of vocal arts.
This workshop is presented in collaboration with RAMA Vocal Center. More on Jim

Singing Body Course

At this workshop we will be working on our singing body, our breath and singing voice. To make sure you reach your full potential as a singer you first need to focus on your singing body with some stretching and strength exercises. For this you will need to bring a mattress, 1,5 cm thick. During these exercises you will also work on your breathing. After working on your singing body you will work on your singing voices with some different voice lips-techniques and scales. For this you only need to bring you and your voice. Anyone can join this workshop! You will be introduced to some healthy and good exercises to reach your full potential as a singer. Patience is key. You might not feel a difference right away, but I’m sure you will be very happy with these exercises.This workshop is presented in collaboration with Kor72. More on Simone Tandberg Christensen

Single Singers -Module 1

Visiting AAVF on your own? Join the Single Singers!
You are coming to Aarhus alone or without a group to sing with. You’re an experienced singer and you enjoy all of the great concerts and workshops. But…. what you would actually really like to do, is to perform at the festival yourself. Look no further. Join the Single Singers!
You will be provided with sheet music to prepare your parts at home. We’ll have just two rehearsals and then a stunning performance on a big stage at the festival. You will certainly impress your vocal friends around the world and you will be part of the ever growing international Single Singers community! So, if you’re coming to AAVF on your own, or without a complete group to perform with, contact us about joining The Single Singers at AAVF You have to:
- have a festival pass
- come on your own or with only part of your group
- be able to learn your parts at home
- be able to attend to both rehearsals and the performance (TBA). You can apply or ask for more information via or, if you’re on Facebook, via Annemarie Homan or Emily May ‘t Hoen.


Icebreakers are a playful approach to group dynamics. They bring people of all ages and backgrounds closer together. Icebreakers create a positive atmosphere and strengthen the social bonds in a group using music and games to get there.
During the workshop you will be introduced to the very best icebreakers we know – our all time favourites and some new ones from our brand new book that will be released in Spring 2019. You will get the opportunity to bring some of those good vibes with you home along with some catchy melodies, mind-wrecking coordination exercises and fun interaction with the other participants inspired by the book ”Icebreakers – A Practical Approach To Group Dynamics”.
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