Vocal Leadership: An introduction

What is Vocal Leadership?

Vocal Leadership is the innovative method for choir leading that has been developed by Jim Daus Hjernoe in Denmark over the last ten years. Since September 2015, a wide selection of courses is being offered at Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Rotterdam. ‘Vocal Leadership’ is a replacement for ‘Choir Direction’. The method inspires choir leaders to let singers be co-responsible in the musical process. Vocal Leadership is taught by several different choir leading teachers. This team combines score-based (notated) vocal music with expanding the ‘comfort zone’, using improvisation as a tool. The Vocal Leadership roots can be found in rhythmic, Scandinavian vocal music, but as the title implies, the method is style-free. Classes are taught in both English and Dutch.

For whom is Vocal Leadership?

Vocal Leadership has been created to help conductors, (music) teachers, singers, students and vocal coaches. The method provides inspiration for working with a capella groups, large (pop) choirs, vocal groups, chamber choirs and more. Vocal Leadership can be of use in any (vocal) style: classical music, pop and jazz music, improvisation and folk. The roots of the methods can be found in the rhythmic music scene.