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!
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.
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
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
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
Masterclass Alto (until 20 march)
Marie Henriette Reinhold
Masterclass Alto (from 20 march)
JSB Ensemble | Woodwinds
JSB Ensemble | Tromba, Timpani
JSB Ensemble | Violino, Viola
JSB Ensemble | Violoncello, Continuo
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
Choir JSB Ensemble
traverse flute (2), oboe (3), also oboe d’amore (2), bassoon (2)
horn* (1), trumpet (4), timpani (1)
strings 126.96.36.199.2, continuo (organ* harpsichord*)
* position not available
The orchestra performs on baroque instruments. The tuning is: 415Hz
|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.
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.
Friday, November 25, 2022
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.
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.
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 €.
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.