Stefan Intemann; Credit: QUINTENSE

The Luxembourg-based choir and singing non-profit organisation Institut Européen de Chant Choral (INECC) has announced a new English-language workshop of a capella classes to be offered on Saturday 27 January 2024, from 11:00 to 12:30 at CAPE - Centre des Arts Pluriels Ettelbruck.

The workshop, entitled “Soundpainting - The art of instant composition”, will be held by the duo of Katrin Enkemeier, singer, vocal coach and choral conductor, and Stefan Intemann, also an accomplished singer, vocal coach and choral conductor. Both form part of the German QUINTENSE pop a capella band.

Soundpainting, described by the organisers as a “captivating fusion of sound, music, movement and visual elements,” is particularly for those who want to improvise or compose for several voices or a choir.

Speaking to, Stefan Intemann briefly introduced himself and discussed the upcoming workshop. Please tell us a bit about your professional background.

Stefan Intemann: I have a background in voice and (classical) production currently working as a vocalist and choir conductor, producer and sound engineer. With a degree as a “Dipl. Tonmeister” from Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin), my career is and has always been centred around voice. I took inspiration from some big European vocal festivals such as Aarhus Vocal Festival 2024 (AAVF), Graz, Hannover or Leipzig, which inspired me to share my knowledge of what choir singing can be away from its classical roots. What material do you intend to cover?
Stefan Intemann: This workshop is centred around Vocal Painting as referred to by the “intelligent choir concept” by Jim Daus Hjernøe. Who is your main target audience for this workshop?

Stefan Intemann: The workshop targets people who are interested in the possibilities this field of modern conducting has to offer. It's a basic introduction to live arranging as it is taught by creator Jim Daus Hjernøe at RAMA vocal centre in Denmark, showing basic techniques and signs as well as giving advice or examples on how to use them from a leading perspective. But it also offers the experience for choir singers who want to improve their level of creativity or reflection or simply experience something new.

Participation costs €15 for adults, €7.50 for youth under 27 years old and €1.50 with a Kulturpass (not included in festival pass).