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VOICE AND INTERPRETATION — Prof. Karola Theill (University of Music and Drama Rostock) and Peter Sefcik

March 6, 2018 - March 10, 2018

“Karola Theill was a real discovery”, wrote Der Tagespiegel in praise of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s accompanist following their Lieder recital in the Berlin Philharmonie.

As one of the few female pianists specializing in song interpretation, Karola Theill has made her name as a performer, teacher and university lecturer. She appears in concert throughout Germany (including the Berlin Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Wiesbaden International May Festival and Mosel Festival) and abroad – at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Paris Opéra-Bastille, as well as in Israel, the USA and China.

She has been the keyboard partner of singers including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Benjamin Bruns, Angela Denoke, Matthias Goerne, Klaus Häger, Thomas Mohr, Adrian Strooper, Silvia Weiss and Nadine Weissmann and is also a member of the ensembles  flautopiano berlinand liedtrio.

Born in Cologne, Karola Theill was trained as a pianist at the music academies of Hamburg and Berlin. She attended song courses given by Aribert Reimann, and for several years was the accompanist for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s song-interpretation classes.

In 1987, she was awarded a fellowship to study at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. Another important artistic influence has been her close collaboration with the pianist Shoshana Cohen in Jerusalem.

Karola Theill teaches at the Hanns Eisler” Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where she is an honorary professor, and conducts a song-interpretation class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock.

She gives regular masterclasses in song interpretation in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart (Germany), at the Poznań Music Academy (Poland), at the Conservatorio di Musica in Castelfranco (Italy), at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem (Israel), at the University of California (USA) and at the ZheJiang Conservatory of Music in Hang Zhou (China).

Her activities are documented in radio recordings and on CD.

After studying singing at Hannover’s University of Music and Drama, Peter Sefcik launched an active concert career in Germany and abroad. From 1972 to 1977, he also undertook intensive studies in Munich with the renowned baritone Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender – the father and sole teacher of Brigitte Fassbaender – who encouraged him to make pedagogy a professional focus.

From 1970 to 2002, Sefcik worked as voice coach of the Knabenchor Hannover and, as vocal trainer of the soloists, took part in the first complete period-instrument recording of the Bach Cantatas, featuring the TÖLZER KNABENCHOR and directed by Gustav Leonhardt and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Hochschule teaching posts followed in Hannover and Essen as well as a 12-year professorship at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater.

In 2006 Sefcik took up an appointment as vocal coach and soloist advisor of the Tölzer Knabenchor. Additionally, he conducts seminars and courses at conservatories in Europe and the USA.

Sefcik coaches professional singers currently engaged by leading opera companies, among them the Vienna Staatsoper (lyric tenor), Düsseldorf (character tenor), Glyndebourne Festival (lyric soprano), Geneva (dramatic soprano), Bremen (tenor) and Berlin’s Komische Oper (several singers).


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 until 2 pm

Closing concert:

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6 pm


Saturday, March 10, 2018


Up to five practice rooms with pianos are provided.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Peter Sefcik: opera, oratorio, art song
Karola Theill: art song and oratorio

The beautiful SG-IMFA villa on the bank of the Rhine river.
The beautiful SGIMFA villa on the bank of the Rhine river.

Students are hosted on a double-room basis in a beautiful, fully remodelled, 1892 villa on the bank of the Rhine river.

A kitchen for self-catering is provided!

For further impressions, please have a look online at our venue.

In order to be accepted, you must meet one of the following criteria:

(a) be recommended by Prof. Theill or Mr. Sefcik or

(b) submit an unedited video audition (YouTube link) for review by Prof. Theill or Mr. Sefcik.

In addition, you must complete and submit our application form and pay a €40,- application fee.



€ 380,- for both masterclasses, Voice & Interpretation
€ 240,- for pianists, who only apply for the masterclass of Prof. Karola Theill

Housing (mandatory) in a shared double-room, incl. breakfast and usage of the facilities:


The deadline is on January 31st, 2018!



March 6, 2018
March 10, 2018
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