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International Masterclass for Choral Conductors

Sacred Music Today

Third edition – September 11-15, 2024

That which is impossible to express with words can through music lead us to prayer. The music of Bach can help us feel human longing with a seldom experienced intensity. And that veil which sometimes hides the Bible’s God is lifted. –      Brother Roger, Taizé

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits... - Martin Luther

The third edition of the International Masterclass for Choral Conductors Sacred Music Today will take place from the 11th to the 15th of September 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden. The masterclass is organised by the Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden and will be held in the picturesque and atmospheric heart of the city, the Old Town. The instructors for the SMT masterclass are Gary Graden, Helene Stureborg and Mikael Wedar, together with the choirs S:t Jacob's Chamber Choir ( and the Stockholm Cathedral Chamber Choir  ( .

The participants will be exposed to the essential skills for professional choral work and given the opportunity to gain practical experience with two outstanding ensembles.The masterclass consists of five days of seminars, concerts, worship services, and practical studies in choral conducting (see the detailed program below). 

Active participants: The organisation will accept 7- 9 active participants, well-merited and experienced conductors, chosen by audition to study and perform with the two choirs. There are no age limits for participants.


Non-active participants: There is a limited number of places for those who are interested in following the lessons, rehearsals and performances as non-active participants for a reduced registration fee.  

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