Prof. Judy Niemack-Prins
[Main Subject Voice, choir, vocal ensemble, Head of Vocal-Department]
Prof. Judy Niemack-Prins was born in Pasadena, California. At the age of seven she began performing in a church choir and sang during her school years in various vocal groups such as chamber choir, madrigal choir, musicals, folk and rock bands and in a vocal jazz quartet. At the age of 17 she began studying classical singing, alongside her career, at the Pasadena City College and the New England Conservatory in Boston, and attended opera workshops at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers were Warne Marsh and Primo Lino Pulcinelli. In 1977 Judy Niemack moved to New York as a jazz singer. One year later, major performances, recordings and tours throughout the USA with renowned orchestras and musicians such as Dave Brubeck, Ray Drummond, Toots Thilemans, New York Voices, Joe Lovano and Kenny Barron followed. Her international career began in 1982 with an appearance at the jazz festival in Pisa. Since then she has been heard at numerous international concerts and festivals. Judy Niemack has made many CD recordings and published her own compositions as well as her own texts to the music of other composers such as Pat Metheny, Thelonius Monk, Lee Konitz, Bill Evans.
As a teacher, Judy Niemack has given workshops and lessons at the New School for Jazz in New York and was tutor at the William Patterson University in New Jersey, Purchase University, Long Island University and the New York College. In connection with her international tours she has given many masterclasses. From 1993 she taught in the jazz faculty of the Royal Conservatories in Antwerp and The Hague and became professor of jazz singing at the Brussels Conservatory in 1994. In 1995 Judy Niemack was appointed professor at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, being the first Professor of Jazz Singing in Germany.
Prof. Eleanor Forbes
Eleanor Forbes was born in Scotland, where she gained an MA in German Studies. After graduating, she studied singing with Lyndon van der Pump at the Royal College of Music in London. There she attended the Opera School and won several prizes. She also participated in masterclasses given by John Shirley-Quirk, Gérard Souzay (Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh) and Elisabeth Grümmer (Lucerne Festival). With Malcolm Martineau (piano) she was a member of the young artists’ agency ”Live Music Now!”, giving recitals in eventide homes, hospices and schools. Her operatic experience includes performances in English stately homes with Pavilion Opera as well as appearances with the Cologne Opera, the Kammeroper Herdecke and the Stuttgarter Kammertheater. Her concert repertoire is broad and varied, as a result of numerous performances as oratorio soloist and recitalist. She pursued her love of chamber music in several ensembles, including SATB (vocal quartet) and Cranachan (Scottish songs with Celtic harp). In 1998 she founded the Trio Terpsichore, to research and perform lesser known and new works for flute, voice and guitar. She also gained experience as speaker in the English programme of the Deutsche Welle. From the start she was actively involved in teaching, giving private lessons as well as voice production workshops for choral singers. She is a member of the German Voice Association and has taught singing in the jazz department of the Academy of Music ”Hanns Eisler” Berlin since 1996.
Annette Goeres was born in Meinsen, Bückeburg. She has taught presentation, singing and speech at the University of the Arts and the Academy of Music ”Hanns Eisler“ Berlin since 1995. Since 1977 has taught privately speech, singing and voice therapy. Speech trainer and vocal coach for actors and singers, e.g. at the Forum for Film Acting, Berlin, from 2000 at the Folkwang Academy, Essen, from 2000 in private stage schools and the Aachen theatre, 1996/97 drama group at the Spandau open air theatre, 1998 in private seminars at home and abroad for speakers in different professions, from 2000. Seminars for ”Creative Presentation“ at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler, Berlin since 1998 and at the Folkwang Academy, Essen, since 2000
Speech therapy training at the Poliklinik für Stimm- und Sprachkranke der Freien Universität Berlin, 1975-77 breathing work (Middendorf), 1976/77 course in speech training and interpretation with Coblenzer, 1977/78 studied classical singing in Berlin and Wien, 1978-87 functional voice training with G.Rohmert (Lichtenberg-Darmstadt) and bei Shirin Zareh, 1989-95
seminar with J. Lovetry in “Healthy Vocal Use for Popular Music”, 1997 interpretation courses in classical singing with Prof. W. Gamerith, 1980-82 body work (Gindler / Goralewski), 1987/88 course in Alexander technique for speakers and singers with Mc Gowen, 1984/94 Feldenkrais body work, 1989-92 expressive dance with Elsa Wolliastone, 1996-99 additional psychology course in ’Prozessarbeit’ (Arnold Mindell), 1994-98 seminars on ”Der Unbeabsichtigte Moment in der Musik“ with Lane Arye and Arleen Audergon, 1995-98 workshops with Keith Johnstone in improvised drama, 1997/98
Piano lessons with I.Korsching and I. Hofmeister and C. Herrath, 1964-90 vocal soloist in early music and contemporary music, 1975-85 speaker in readings and recordings, presenter.
Christian Steyer was encouraged in his musical activities during childhood by his father, who was a pastor in Meissen.
First piano lessons with his father at age 9; Meissner cathedral choir; brass group.
From 1956 played organ in church on Sundays.
1959-65 special junior class at the Academy of Music Leipzig ( with Prof. Amadeus Webersinke).
From 1963 interest in stage, chanson, gospel, composition, improvisation.
1965-70 studied music in Leipzig and Dresden, piano major under Prof. A. Webersinke, 1970 Diploma, teaching qualification in piano and music education.
1970-72 studied acting in Berlin ( Ernst Busch),1972 graduation.
Since 1972 freelance actor, speaker, pianist, singer and composer.
Since 1993 teacher of presentation, acting and speech in the jazz department of the Academy of Music " Hanns Eisler" Berlin.
Presentation workshops, director of choral projects with his own music, over 50 film and TV rôles, stage work as actor, co-director and musician, speaker for documentaries, film, TV and dubbing, over 30 film scores, music for fairy tale recordings, stage music, words and music performances.