Masterclasses for Musicians
1 week (10 hours)
A wide variety of practical lessons for young and advanced musicians will involve various disciplines including classical singing, jazz singing, accordion, piano, and strings. Lessons will be tailored to each individual or a group of individuals to cover auditions, development of instrumental or vocal techniques to reach certain musical expression. The collaborative and constructive learning environment will be created to learn from music educators who will provide extensive and inspirational coaching with the feedback.
All the aspects of the participants’ performance will be improved in a friendly, creative and supportive environment. The participants will learn to assess music performance as masterclass will provide an opportunity to understand and develop relevant criteria which the student in the audience can apply when assessing their own performances as well as when working with fellow musicians. The masterclass will give the students an understanding of what the standards of the music profession are. The masterclass leaders will demonstrate these standards through the demands and expectations they communicate when assessing, coaching and providing feedback for the students.
The final concert of all participants is offered as the last activity of the masterclass, thus the participants who successfully achieved learning outcomes might be offered the possibility to compose the orchestra or perform as singers. The eventual programme for joint performance is indicated.
Application is open for students of higher education institutions who study music performance or those young musicians who plan to choose music performance studies as their future career.
Participants of the masterclass will be equipped with all the instruments according to the necessity.
To provide enhanced skills in interactive instrumental or vocal performance
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Understand technical characteristics of instrumental or vocal resources to an advanced degree;
- Apply knowledge of the technical characteristics of instruments or vocals in a creative way;
- Describe features of musical sound that characterize different styles and types of musical expression;
- Demonstrate enhanced skills in an interactive music performance;
- Develop skills in giving constructive feedback to fellow musicians;
- Live perform in multicultural setups.
- Individual masterclass;
- Group masterclass;
Final concert with the lecturers.
Classical Singing Masterclass
Prof. Tomas Ladiga – bass singer, artist at Kaunas State Musical Theatre, lecturer and the head of Singing Department at VMU Music Academy. Awarded with acknowledgements by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, and Kaunas City Municipality. The jury member of national vocal contests.
Prof. Sabina Martinaitytė – soprano singer, lecturer at VMU Music Academy Singing Department, the artist at Kaunas State Musical Theatre.
Awarded with acknowledgements by the Presidents of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and Valdas Adamkus, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas City Municipality, Lithuanian Musicians Union, etc.
The jury member of national and international vocal contests, board member of the International Music Association of Pedagogues (Ukraine) and the International Association of Opera Singers (Poland), the laureate of ‘Golden Record’ (Lithuania). Accomplished masterclasses in USA, Portugal, Italy, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, etc. The participant of numerous national and international festivals in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, Portugal, Belarus, Russia, USA, etc.
Prof. Audronė Eitmanavičiūtė – pianist, concertmaster, lecturer at VMU Music Academy Singing Department. The participant and winner of numerous national and international festivals – ‘XXI Century Art’ (Portugal), ‘Golden Mask’ (Russia), ‘Juventus Canti’ (Slovakia), ‘Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition’ (Poland), etc. International jury member of vocal contests (Madeira, Portugal, 2011; Lempaala, Finland, 2010; Prague, Czech Republic, 2009), etc. Accomplished masterclasses in USA, Portugal, Italy, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, etc.
Prof. Rita Novikaitė – mezzo soprano singer, lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz; F. Schubert Conservatory in Vienna; Prayner Conservatory for Music and Dramatic Art in Vienna and VMU Music Academy Singing Department.
The participant of numerous national and international festivals and theater stages: ‘Verdi – Days’ (Italy), ‘Bergfestspiele – Seefeld’ (Austria),
‘Lehar Festival Bad Ischl’ (Austria), ‘Strauss in Radkersburg’ (Austria), ‘Burgarena Finkelstein’ (Austria), ‘G.Verdi: Requien – World Festival Choir’ (Lithuania), ‘The Shoreditch Festival’ (United Kingdom), ‘Christopher Summer Festival’ (Lithuania), ‘Soho Theater – Festival’ (United Kingdom),
‘Pažaislis Music Festival’ (Lithuania), etc. Awarded with acknowledgements by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, Kaunas City Municipality, etc. The jury member of national and international vocal contests. Prof. Novikaitė has recorded various solo CDs, as well as the production of Naxos. She is the founder of the concert tour “Pocket Opera Kaunas”.
Franz Schubert Der Dopperlganger (a-moll) – baritone
Franz Schubert Salve Regina – soprano
César Franck Panis Angelicus – soprano
Georges Bizet Habanera and Seguidilla – mezzo soprano
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Aria of Onegin – baritone
Maurice Ravel Trois chansons De Don Quichotte – baritone
Jazz Singing Masterclass
Justė Sakalytė – jazz singer, saxophonist, arranger, lecturer and the head of Jazz Department at VMU Music Academy. The participant of numerous jazz festivals – ‘Kaunas Jazz’, ‘Birštonas Jazz’, ‘Junior Jazz’, ‘Bendras faktorius’, ‘Druskomanija’, ‘Vilnius Band’ (Lithuania), ‘Leigo Lake’ (Estonia), etc. The participant of European concert tours performed with International Jazz Quintet ‘Ground Floor Connection’, International Jazz Quintet of Dorota Piotrowska. Collaborated in the music projects with Bonnie Tyler and Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. Founded and leads the jazz group ‘Šalutinis efektas’ for the last two years by performing the concerts on both the national and international levels.
Henri Mancini, Johnny Mercer Moon River
Prof. Kazy Stonkus – accordionist, solo player and ensemble member, lecturer and the head of Accordion Department at VMU Music Academy. Recorded music for 65 performances. The jury member of national and international contests – ‘Ascoltate’ (Italy), ‘Snorum’ (Lithuania), ‘Trophee Mondial Spokane’ (USA), ‘Coupe Mondiale’ (Italy), etc. Awarded with acknowledgements by Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes, Member International Music Council, IMC’UNESCO, the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus, the Mayor of Vilnius City Artūras Zuokas, etc.
Richard Galliano Opale concerto
Prof. Donaldas Račys – pianist, solo and chamber music performer in Lithuania and abroad, lecturer and the head of Piano Department at VMU Music Academy, lecturer at the National M. Čiurlionis School of Art. As the laureate of prestigious national and international competitions himself, Prof. Račys is often asked to become the jury member in national and international competitions.
Justas Dvarionas – pianist, solo and chamber music performer in Lithuania and abroad, lecturer at VMU Music Academy and the National M. Čiurlionis School of Art. Justas Dvarionas is the Vice-President of EMCY (European Music Competitions for Youth), and has served as jury member in many international competitions. He has also held many masterclasses of his own in Lithuania and many other countries.
The most recent engagements of Justas include concerts, teaching and jury activities in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto No. 5, f-moll
Frédéric Chopin Concerto No.1 op. 11, I Part
Prof. Raimondas Butvila – violinist, lecturer and the head of Strings Department at VMU Music Academy, former lecturer at Caracas Art University (Venezuela) and the director of ‘Colegio Emil Friedman’ (Caracas, Venezuela). Awarded with Honoured Lithuanian Artist name in 1990.
Sergej Krinicin – guitar player, lecturer of Strings Department at VMU Music Academy. The member of Baltic Guitar Quartet. Active performer conducting concerts with majority of Lithuanian Orchestras. The laureate of diverse national and international classical guitar competitions.
Dainius Puodžiukas – violinist, solo and chamber music performer in Lithuania and abroad, lecturer at VMU Music Academy and the National M. Čiurlionis School of Art. The member of International Chamber Orchestra ‘Kremerata Baltica’. The laureate of national and international competitions – ‘Young Virtuosos 2001‘ (USA), J. S. Bach (2003, USA), ‘Show Pieces’ (Grand Prix, 2003, USA), ‘Concerto Aria Competition’ (2004, USA), ‘Longy Honors Competition’ (2005, USA), ‘Golden Record’ (2009, LT), etc. Performed solo concerts in Carnegie Hall (USA), and Tchaikovsky Concert for Violin in Symphony Hall (USA) together with Boston Symphony Orchestra. The participant of numerous performances: ‘Music Academy of the West Summer Festival‘ (Santa Barbara, California), ‘Heifetz Music Institute Summer Festival‘ (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire), ‘Soesterberg International Music Festival‘ (Netherlands), ‘Thomas Mann Festival‘ (Nida, Lithuania), etc. Regular lecturer for masterclasses, as well as the jury member in national and international competitions.
Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso
Jules Massenet Meditation