Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

for active participants

Masterclass: The Art of Singing

Masterclass with Joel Frederiksen (US/DE), devoted to vocal interpretation with emphasis on the song repertoire, especially English lute songs.

Saturday 11 February 2017 10:00–12:20 & 14:10–16:45 — MusAcad, Kociánka 25b, 612 00 Brno-Sadová, Czech Republic. (Public transport to the event) (Public transport from the event)

This is the general information about the masterclass. Related pages:
 ►► Concert Tell me true Love, Sunday 12.02.2017 17:00.
 ►► Schedule & participants’ list.

About the masterclass

The masterclass is open to all singers interested in performance and interpretation of songs of any era. Regardless of voice type, from soprano to bass, the goal is the same: To touch the listener, to move the “passions”, to understand the essence of the work with the goal of true communication which reaches the soul. To do this, we strive for mastery of many things, without which our interpretation would be incomplete. The topics touched in detail include language, vocal technique, rhetoric and declamation.


Active participation in the masterclass is offered to professional and semi-professional singers, vocal ensembles and also to instrumentalists working with singers.

The course fee for active participation amounts to 1500 CZK. This price comprises:

Passive participation in the masterclass is possible for anyone who is interested in Baroque and Renaissance music and its performance practice. No registration required, admission 100 Kč for the entire course, free for holders of tickets for the concert.

The official languages of the masterclass are English and German. The number of active participants is limited.

YouTube video. Emma Kirkby & Joel Frederiksen
Dowland: Flow my Teares


Vocal pieces from all musical epochs are welcome, however, this is an opportunity to focus on the Elizabethan Lute Songs. The School of English Lutenist Composers around 1600 represents a high point in the evolution of song. Around 500 songs were composed in late-Renaissance, polyphonic style wedding poetry and music to create high art. Any singer interested in experiencing this music and digging deeper into the interpretation and communication of words and music is welcome to participate in the masterclass and also to visit the concert “Tell me true Love” on the following day.

During masterclass we will be searching for answers to these questions:

During the masterclass various sizes of lutes will be available, enabling us to transpose songs from tablature easily to put them in a part of the voice where the text can best be communicated.

Joel Frederiksen (Photo: Thomas Zwillinger).

Joel Frederiksen

Joel Frederiksen studied voice and lute in New York and Michigan, where he received his master’s degree, working closely with Early Music specialist Lyle Nordstrom. His wide-ranging basso profundo voice and expressive performances have earned him worldwide acclaim. He has performed with leaders in the early music world including Dame Emma Kirkby, Jordi Savall, Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and with the ensembles Musica Fiata, Freiburger Barockorchester, Josquin Capella, Ensemble Gilles Binchois and Huelgas Ensemble. From 1990 to 1999 he was a member of two distinguished ensembles for Early Music in the United States, The Waverly Consort and the Boston Camerata.

For many years Joel Frederiksen has dedicated himself intensively to his speciality, the self-accompanied lute song. After moving to Germany, he established Ensemble Phoenix Munich. Its programs are known for their originality and quality, and have received glowing reviews from the press and generous support from the public. Its debut CD, The Elfin Knight, was released in 2007. The ensemble’s CDs have won high acclaims, such as Stern des Jahres (Münchner Abendzeitung), Orphée d’Or (Académie du Disque Lyrique) or Echo Klassik (Deutsche Phono-Akademie). The CD Rose of Sharon reached the American Billboard Top 10 and the Bestseller List of Joel is in high demand as singer of oratories and operas, his debut as Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in 2016 received exceptional reviews. He regularly gives singing masterclasses and teaches at courses for Early Music. In 2012 his alma mater, Oakland University, honoured him as a Distinguished Alumni.