Symposium on Vocal Painting 2023

Dates TBA

Welcome to the Symposium on Vocal Painting (VOPA), an exclusive and fun learning experience facilitated by professor Jim Daus Hjernøe, the creator of The Intelligent Choir philosophy.

Participants from all over the world will be able to explore the latest news within the field, supervised by VOPA experts. Remote participation through high-speed video conferencing is an option as well.

We welcome everybody to join the Symposium and are happy to share experiences and teach Vocal Painting at all levels (Beginners to advanced). You will be asked about your experience when signing up.

The symposium is taking place at The Royal Academy of Music – RAMA Vocal Center Aalborg, Denmark.


If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jim Daus Hjernøe on [email protected]

Vocal Painting

Vocal Painting (VOPA) offers an advanced set of tools to shape and structure “music in the moment” for any choir. Both conductors and singers can implement live arranging, live composing, re-arranging, re-composing, use of contrasting elements such as shifting keys, modules and time signature, etc. during a performance. It can also be used within traditional repertoire to convey details during rehearsals and live in concert.

VOPA has its roots in Soundpainting, which is a universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and Visual Artists. Presently Soundpainting comprises more than 1500 gestures and was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974.

VOPA is a vocal evolution of the original Soundpainting language, developed by professor Jim Daus Hjernøe from The Royal Academy of Music, RAMA Vocal Center, Denmark. VOPA offers a new language for vocal art, used to complement conventional conducting techniques of choir music. VOPA currently consists of 75 signs, and more are in the making. The signs are easy to understand, and the conductor can use them to adjust the musical expression within every desired musical parameter. Through the development of VOPA, as a pedagogical tool and an artistic methodology, the signals have shown to be surprisingly effective as an easy and fast way to create music with singers of all levels, from audience participation to the highest professional level of vocal arts.


Vocal Painting technique – professor Jim Daus Hjernøe
Vocal Painting supervisor – TBA
Vocal Painting supervisor – TBA

Guest Teacher

Beatboxing – TBA
Improvisation – TBA



There will be sessions with the whole group of participants as well as in different teams corresponding to the experience of VOPA. A detailed schedule will follow when we know more about the participants after signing up. Every night there will VOPA jams and Q&A sessions.


Musikkens Hus
Musikkens Plads 1
9000 Aalborg



Two options:

  • Participate as an active conductor/singer in Aalborg: TBA DKK/person (food and accommodation not included) Seats: 40
  • Join as a remote participant via interactive video conferencing with full access to all classes and daily Q&A sessions: TBA DKK/person

Sign Up

Fill in the formula: TBA

After you have signed up, you will be contacted regarding payment when we can confirm your participation.


RAMA is recommending KOMPAS Hotel Aalborg for your stay (next door Musikkens Hus)

Special price incl. breakfast:
Single room – DKK 625/night
Double room – DKK 725/night

Email: [email protected]

RAMA Vocal Center

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