Conductor and musical director
Ute Schäfer began her musical education on the piano. There followed a church musician C-training (organ and choral conducting). From 1998 to 2002 she completed a study of singing pedagogy at the University of Koblenz-Landau, which she completed with honor. This was followed by postgraduate studies in piano.
Over a long period of time, Ute Schäfer sang in semiprofessional ensembles, such as the Chamber Choir Stuttgart and the Ruhr Chorus, with concert performances and recordings at home and abroad.
In 2012 she completed an education as radio speaker and film synchronization at the Filmschauspielschule Berlin.
Ute Schäfer has been working as a choral director and voice artist for many years. Her focus is on choral voicing – to promote and train individual voices in such a way that they remain healthy and, in interaction with others, accomplish a homogeneous choir sound.
In the last few years, she has studied specialized vocal techniques, especially the Complete Vocal Technique (courses by Lindsay Lewis and Martin Carbow) and Choral Phonetics (Wolfgang Saus). The intensive examination of these two methods gave her many impulses for the change and optimization of her choral work.
In addition to her work as choir director of the women’s choir Belcanto Hadamar, Ute Schäfer has for many years been organizing workshops for choirs in the Limburg area and singing lessons for choral singers.
Voice and sound Coach
Wolfgang is an internationally recognized authority in the field of overtone singing and ranks as a pioneer of Western polyphonic overtone singing. His ambition is to apply his knowledge and experience with voice and vocal sound production in the context of classical choral music. He supervised many projects at home and abroad. Together with Steffen Schreyer he ist founder and manager of the European Overtone Choir. His, related to all areas of overtone singing, knowledge of anatomy/physiology, Music, Physics and Mathematics are outstanding and his teaching approach is didactically excellent.
He is the author of the book “overtone singing”, of the instruction DVD “The Overtone Workshop”, internationa publications, and he is inventor and co-developer of the sound visualization software Overtone Analyzer. A classically trained baritone, he feels at home in contemporary and experimental music as well as in classical chamber music. He gained experience in the choirsingng in more than 70 (!) choirs and deepened his studies of ensemble singing by further education, including the Kings Singers from Cambridge. He worked with musicians such as Gidon Kremer and with conductors including George Pretre, Helmut Rilling, Anders Eby, Fritz ter Wey, Wolfgang Seeliger and Steffen Schreyer. He is a member of European vocal soloists, led by Steffen Schreyer.