Bachwoche Stuttgart 2023

JSB Ensemble & Master Classes

In March 2023 it's that time again! Two weeks working, rehearsing and performing with Hans-Christoph Rademann and our outstanding faculty! Two weeks in exciting musical conversation with Bach and other masters of his time! Two weeks full of encounters with other talents, with our enthusiastic audience, with Stuttgart and its fascinating musical life! Two weeks packed with wonderful music!

For the Bachwoche Stuttgart, the Bach Academy and its Academy Director Hans-Christoph Rademann are once again putting together an international ensemble of soloists, choir & orchestra: the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble (JSB Ensemble). Highly talented musicians from all over the world (that's you!) grow together under the guidance of experienced teachers to form a first-class body of sound, which experiences a uniquely refreshing relationship in the interplay with the exquisite voices of the singing master class: Bach made new music!

JSB Ensemble (Foto hs)
JSB Ensemble
JSB Ensemble (Foto hs)
Im Konzert

This year's Bachwoche Stuttgart will focus on the magnificent Credo of the B minor Mass, Bach's cantorial rehearsal in Leipzig almost exactly 300 years ago, the music of his predecessor Kuhnau and his friendly rivals Telemann and Graupner. The JSB Ensemble and the soloists of the master classes will also present themselves in their very own way in song, choral and chamber music programs. An intensive study week at the Landesakademie Ochsenhausen (March 11-18, 2023) leads directly into the Bachwoche Stuttgart (March 19-26, 2023), which has developed into a unique study week in its combination of scholarly reflection and practical musical work and radiates far beyond Stuttgart.

Faculty
Prof. Hans-Christoph Rademann © Martin Förster

Hans-Christoph Rademann
Artistic director

Director of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart | Chief conductor of the Dresdner Kammerchor | Professor of Choral Conducting at the Musikhochschule Dresden | one of the leading choral conductors worldwide

Kathy Saltzman Romey

Kathy Saltzman Romey
Chorus

Choral director at the University of Minnesota | Artistic director of the 200-voice symphony chorus The Minnesota Chorale | Lecturer for many years at the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and the Oregon Bach Festival

Johann Sebastian Bach © Holger Schneider

Johann Sebastian Bach
Patron

Most famous Thomaskantor of all times, has also composed grandiose music | Regular guest at the Bachwoche Stuttgart | Sometimes not fully understandable dialect

Dame Emma Kirkby © Allan Watson

Dame Emma Kirkby
Masterclass Soprano

Alex Potter © Annelies van der Vegt

Alex Potter
Masterclass Alto (until 20 march)

Marie Henriette Reinhold © Mate Gal

Marie Henriette Reinhold
Masterclass Alto (from 20 march)

Werner Güra © Marie Capesius

Werner Güra
Masterclass Tenor

Peter Harvey © Patch Harvey

Peter Harvey
Masterclass Bass

Xenia Löffler © Daniel Maria Deuter

Xenia Löffler
JSB Ensemble | Woodwinds

Hans-Martin Rux-Brachtendorf © Holger Schneider

Hans-Martin Rux-Brachtendorf
JSB Ensemble | Tromba, Timpani

Stephan Mai © Holger Schneider

Stephan Mai
JSB Ensemble | Violino, Viola

Joseph Crouch © Holger Schneider

Joseph Crouch
JSB Ensemble | Violoncello, Continuo

Magdalena Fischer

Magdalena Fischer
Voice training

Rebekka Neetz

Rebekka Neetz
Voice training

Danie Karrasch © Max Zerrahn

Daniel Karrasch
Voice training

Johannes Fiedler

Johannes Fiedler
Continuo, Cembalo

Matthias Böhringer

Matthias Böhringer
Correpetition

Works & ensemble

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

B minor Mass BWV 232
Soli SSATB / Coro SSAATTBB / 2Fl 2Ob (d’am) 2Fag Hn 3Trp Pk Str Bc

»Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille«
Cantata BWV 120
Soli SATB / Coro SATB / 3Trp Pk 2 Ob (d’am) Str Bc

»Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen«
Cantata BWV 12
Soli ATB / Chor SATB / Trp Ob Str Bc

Solo songs, choral works, chamber music

Ensemble

Soloists Masterclasses
4.4.4.4 singers

Choir JSB Ensemble
8.8.6.6 singers

Instrumentation orchestra
traverse flute (2), oboe (3), also oboe d’amore (2), bassoon (2)
horn* (1), trumpet (4), timpani (1)
strings 5.4.4.3.2, continuo (organ* harpsichord*)

* position not available

The orchestra performs on baroque instruments. The tuning is: 415Hz

Schedule
date events
Fri March 10, 2023 Arrival of participants choir in Landesakademie Ochsenhausen
Sat March 11, 2023 Rehearsals choir
Sun March 12, 2023 Arrival of participants orchestra
Mon March 13, 2023 Rehearsals orchestra
Tue/Wed March 14/15, 2023 Rehearsals JSB Ensemble
Wed March 15, 2023 Arrival of soloists masterclasses
Thu/Fri March 16/17, 2023 Rehearsals tutti
Fri March 17, 2023 possibly public dress rehearsal in Ochsenhausen
Sat March 18, 2023 Ensemble will move to Stuttgart, rehearsals
Sun March 19, 2023 Public rehearsals in Stuttgart
Mon March 20, 2023 Public rehearsals / Werkstattkonzert 1 (choral works and chamber music, dir. Kathy Saltzman Romey)
Tue March 21, 2023 Public rehearsals / Concert celebrating the 338th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (as guest: Ælbgut)
Wed March 22, 2023 Public rehearsals / Werkstattkonzert 2
(Solo songs and chamber music, participants of masterclasses, JSB Ensemble)
Thu March 23, 2023 Public rehearsals / Werkstattkonzert 3 (B minor Mass: Credo I, Cantata BWV 12, dir. Kathy Saltzman Romey)
Fri March 24, 2023 Public rehearsals / Werkstattkonzert 4 (B minor Mass: Credo II, Cantata BWV 120, dir. Hans-Christoph Rademann)
Sat March 25, 2023 Final concert (B minor Mass BWV 232, dir. Hans-Christoph Rademann)
Sun March 26, 2023 Church service at the end of the Bach Week (excerpts from Bach's Mass in B minor, dir. Hans-Christoph Rademann)
Mon March 27, 2023 Fine & departure

Starting March 18, all rehearsals, workshop concerts and the final concert will take place at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.

Application

Musicians between the ages of 18 and 30 can apply. Attendance during the entire period is a condition of participation. Please use the online form for your application.

Application deadline
Friday, November 25, 2022

Auditions
We will accept your application in the form of an mp3 file, preferably as a download link (Wetransfer/Dropbox or similar). Your sound files must be available to us by Sun, December 4, 2022. The audition repertoire for choristers and instrumentalists can be found below on this page. It is obligatory.

JSB Ensemble (Foto hs)
Be part of it!

For your application to the singing masterclasses, you should record two baroque arias, one of them from the Bach Week program (Cantatas BWV 120, BWV 12 and/or Missa BWV 232), plus an art song of free choice without a given epoch (no more than 15 minutes in total, please).

Successful participants will be notified in early January 2023. Please note that NO live auditions will be held and NO video files will be accepted.

Costs
All costs (travel, accommodation in shared rooms with breakfast) will be covered by the International Bach Academy Stuttgart. We charge a registration fee of 25 €.

Communication
German and/or English will be spoken in the ensemble and with the teachers. All participants must have a good knowledge of at least one of these languages.