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Genetic Choir workshops are open to everyone. Be prepared to work intensely, but don’t worry about your level of experience – no specific vocal skills are required to join. At the same time, experienced and professional singers are always pleasantly surprised and deeply challenged by the high standard of working, notwithstanding the different types of singers present. Any participant is challenged in his/her assumptions about music making and the possibility of their own voice, and leaves our workshops enriched, tired and highly energised. 🙂
The workshops are our own laboratory and training ground, and we are happy to share the work with you!

Thomas Johannsen   

Upcoming workshops are listed below. Be welcome!

If you would like to join, send a message with your name and postal address to workshops@genetic-choir.org


A day of simply celebrating music making the Genetic Choir way: Some crisp training of the principles, but most of all lots of singing and creating pieces!  What is the Genetic Choir way of working?  Click here for more info.
One full day, Sunday 17 September 2017, 10:30-17:00  /  60,- exBTW (72,60 incl.)  /  Amsterdam
If you are interested to join, reserve a place via workshops@genetic-choir.org

4 September – 16 October 2017 – VOICELAB KINDERKOOR

The Genetic Choir also gives Voice Improvisation sessions for kids!

There will be a new block of 7 sessions from 4 September to 16 October.

Every Monday afternoon, 15:15-16:15

place: studio De Eester (buurtcoörperatie OHG), C van Eesterenlaan 266, Amsterdam

Register/more info: voicelab@genetic-choir.org

23 + 24 September 2017  –  PRAGUE workshop GENETIC CHOIR 

We are invited back by Hlasohled to give a Genetic Choir workshop in Prague, Czech Republic.

More info, and in case you want to join, send an e-mail to ridina@hlasohled.cz


7 + 8 October 2017 – STRUCTURES & FLOW

a Genetic Choir workshop

structures+flow3Flow is probably one of the most important aspects of improvising together: when there is no flow and vivid engagement in the moment, up comes thinking, doubt, trying to do it ‘right’ – all the things we need to avoid when creating music on the spot.
Definition, however, seems just as important: How to define, sharpen en deepen you material while working with it on the spot, so that it doesn’t go in all directions at once? How to tame the river of inspiration and let it flow at the same time?

One thing that can help with gaining more definition are structures: self-imposed limitations to your improvisation. We will find that limitations and structures are not the opposite of freedom or flow, but that all these aspects need each other and are always present, whether you want it or not. But what sort of structures/limitations work well within improvised performance? What is smothering the improvisation or numbing it, rather than bringing it to life? There are many ways to create frames or structures for improvisation.

The ambition of this workshop is to find out – through learning by doing – what works best for you to set you up for singing and composing in the moment.

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)  /  Amsterdam

coming back in late 2017:


GC_concerts_smallRegular training/composing sessions in Genetic Choir work on Friday mornings. We do it in a two-week rhythm (every other Friday) and have blocks of 8 sessions in a row, with a fixed group for that block.

No specific singing background is required, but we ask you to do at least one Genetic Choir workshop first. Participants commit for a set of 8 sessions, so that we can deepen the work from one session to the next.

More info on the training is here. The next block could start in January 2017. We are waiting for workshop pioneers to gather and when we have a group, we’ll get in touch about the dates. .

PLACE: Studio Wladiwostok, Bogortuin 16, Amsterdam, Java-Eiland.
DATES: every second Friday morning, dates for block 3 still to be set.
TIME: 10:00-12:30
COSTS: 192,- euro (excl.VAT / 232,32 incl.
) / pioneers pay 160,- excl.VAT


gc_workshopcontent_buttonIf you would like to join any of our workshops, send a message to workshops@genetic-choir.org

Most of our workshops are taking place in Amsterdam,
but if you want to have a workshop in your own city, just get in touch with us!

Costs / Pioneering:

One day workshops (excl. VAT): 60,- € / Pioneers pay 45,- €
Two day workshops (excl. VAT): 110,- € / Pioneers pay 75,- €
Four day workshops (excl. VAT): 200,- € / Pioneers pay 140,- €

You can become a pioneer and pay the lower pioneer price by being one of the first to inscribe to a workshop and commit yourself to the dates. This is an option for people who come more often to workshops and are on our mailing list. Usually, once the dates for a workshop appear on this website, the pioneer fee is not available anymore. If you would like to be on our mailinglist to be able to pioneer for future workshops, just let us know.  What is this pioneer thing? Click here.

Note that all prices are shown without the 21% tax, as some participants can deduct this part from their costs.
For example the total amount you pay for a two day workshop (110,- + VAT) is at the moment 133,10 Euro. For a one-day workshop it’s 72,60 Euro.

Click here for the Workshop ARCHIVE
If you are looking for improvisation workshops in other art disciplines, look here.



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