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27: Sing – Listen – Create – Lead

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Discover your own voice – open your ears and mind – compose and even lead musical performances with the singing ensemble formed of this seminar! No previous musical experience is required: if you enjoy singing, making music just for fun, you are welcome to join!
This seminar explores the possibilities hidden in your voice (loosening up your body, breathing, expression, vocal techniques) and the wonder of your voice blending in with the voices of others. Listening exercises will show the importance of being aware of the people in your surroundings. With the help of choral improvisation and collective composing methods we will create spontaneous music. Finally, all of you can learn the gestures of a conductor, let that be a classical one or a leader of improvised music, necessary to put a part of your imagination into real performance.
We invite all participants to bring along segments of their own cultural environment: words from their language, texts, songs or chants. Real teamwork, self-discipline, concentration, a proactive approach and the ability to make compromises is required to reach good musical results – just like in any other field of life. This seminar offers to strengthen all of the above skills through playful and enjoyable musical experience.

President, Soharóza Nonprofit Association, Budapest Chair
Artistic Director, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Vienna Chair

Dr. Dora HALAS

President, Soharóza Nonprofit Association, Budapest

 Dr. Dóra Halas is a music conductor, pedagogist and collective choral composer, who works with musical ensembles - both amateur and professional - , choirs and theatre companies to produce brand new music for each performance. She uses and deconstructs already existing music from around the world, writes her own minimalist compositions, but most of all embraces the ideas and concepts coming from the group members themselves through her own methods of collective brainstorming, improvisation and musical construction. Dóra Halas (b. 1978) spent her childhood in Syria, Cyprus and Hungary - hence her openness to the different cultures and people of the world. She received her first master degree majoring in English Language and Linguistics at the ELTE University of Budapest, then gained a master degree in Choral Conducting and Music Teaching at the Budapest Music Academy, and also a DLA (Doctor of Liberal Arts) title specializing in choral improvisation. After working with traditional choirs and receiving international prizes, she moved onto a more experimental field. The ensembles she founded all revolve around her newly developed methodology of collective choral composing, which she likes to call KOMP. Her current and most successful ensemble is Soharóza, who have premiered innovative performances, fusing different arts and genres.


Artistic Director, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Vienna

 Erwin Ortner was a member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and later a student at the Music Academy in Vienna, studying with, among others, Hans Swarowsky and Hans Gillesberger. From 1980 to 2016 Ortner thought as professor of choral conducting and choral voice training and from 1996 to 2002 was dean of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Ortner is the founder and artistic director of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir. Numerous recordings and prizes document his close and enduring collaboration with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. At the Grammy Awards in 2002 Harnoncourt and the ASC’s recording of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion was awarded best choral performance, honouring both the conductor and the choir’s director. As a conductor, Erwin Ortner has worked with Maurizio Pollini in New York, Paris and Tokyo, while his appearances as a guest conductor demonstrate the breadth of his activities at home and abroad. Ortner is also sought after as a lecturer, giving renowned courses in choral and orchestral conducting worldwide. In 2010 he took over the artistic directorship of the Imperial Chapel in Vienna, which has existed since 1498.

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 17:30Treasure HuntSocial
18:00 - 19:30WelcomePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Bread and WineSocial


09:30 - 13:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Special Lecture: Global MuckrakingPlenary


Seminar 16: Participatory Leadership – a Practice of Leading by Dialogue and Co-CreationSeminar
Seminar 17: LEADfit – the Art of LeadershipSeminar
Seminar 18: Human-Centered Design: New Design Approaches for Open and Sustainable SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 19: Life is (Not) a Game – Critical Game DesignSeminar
Seminar 20: How Mindfulness Increases ResilienceSeminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 22: Who are You? Spoken Word Poetry: How to Express Yourself in Front of PeopleSeminar
Seminar 23: “It does matter where” – Sensing and Questioning SpaceSeminar
Seminar 24: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 25: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 26: Dramatic Thinking: Using Art to Communicate Your Ideas More PowerfullySeminar
Seminar 27: Sing – Listen – Create – LeadSeminar
Seminar 28: Music – a Social Utopia?!Seminar
Seminar 29: All the World’s a StageSeminar


Seminar 01: Innovation in Plant Breeding – Opportunity or Threat for Our Food Security?Seminar
Seminar 02: Europe and the Challenge of DisintegrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Liberty and Security in Africa: Evidence and Voices from the Continent and BeyondSeminar
Seminar 04: Promises and Challenges of UrbanisationSeminar
Seminar 05: Liberty and Security in the Context of Women’s RightsSeminar
Seminar 06: The Global Economic BattlegroundSeminar
Seminar 07: Visual Culture: Images of Power and Power of ImageSeminar
Seminar 08: Politics and Religion: Spaces and Boundaries of FreedomSeminar
Seminar 09: Quantum Technologies – a New Era of InnovationSeminar
Seminar 10: The EU and its Neighbours – EU Foreign Policy Between Ambition and PragmatismSeminar
Seminar 11: Water Security for People and Nature – Present to 2050 (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 12: Noncommunicable Diseases – How to Control and Prevent Them (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 13: How Can the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society Work? (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 14: Intellectual Self-Defence (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 15: Digital Democracy Lab (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar


15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


10:30 - 12:00Ceremonial Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2019Plenary
12:00 - 14:00Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 17:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar
20:15 - 21:45International EveningPlenary


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar