Innovative Choir Leading

RAMA Vocal Center at The Royal Academy of Music is one of the Academy's strongest assets and is recognized internationally as a leading European center of innovation, education, postgraduate studies, and digital learning at the very highest level within rhythmic choir leading.

This page gives you a complete overview of the options available

How do you make vocal music sound just ‘right’ when it comes to styles such as pop, rock, jazz, gospel, world, improvisation, and vocal painting? Many choirs and a cappella groups face this challenge in rehearsal as well as in performances featuring these musical styles.

RAMA Vocal Center
Innovative Choir Leading studies at the European Voices Award-winning RAMA Vocal Center provides the answers to meet this challenge, where students from across the World come to meet a renowned team of world-class teachers, ensuring the highest pedagogical and artistic level of all.

You will be taught by the creators of The Intelligent Choir philosophy & Vocal Painting, Singers’ Tools, Conductors’ Toolbox, Arranging & Interpretation Tools, and minor subjects like voice, piano, ear training, move & groove, beatboxing and concert design.

If you have any questions, please contact the head of RAMA Vocal Center, Professor Jim Daus Hjernøe on [email protected]


Standalone Master programme

You can specialize in Innovative Choir Leading at the very highest level through a standalone Master (MMus) programme, partly via distance learning opportunities:

Main subject – Bachelor

You can choose Innovative Choir Leading as your main subject for one of the direction subjects possible under the programme:

At BMus level, Innovative Choir Leading is a mandatory main subject under the programme:

Supplementary main subject – Master

At Master (MMus) level, you can choose Innovative Choir Leading as a supplementary main subject under the programmes


The Innovative Choir Conducting soloist programme is for students who have completed an MMus programme or have similar jazz/pop choir conducting qualifications, and who display an unusual aptitude for jazz/pop choir conducting.

You can see the soloist programme curriculum in the general overview of all jazz/pop curricula here.

Further Education – Professional Master

Part-time study: The programme is a part-time study programme consisting of four semesters and corresponds to one study year of 60 ECTS. The programme will take place at RAMA Vocal Center Campus Aalborg and via online video conferencing.

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Inspiration course

The inspiration course is for music teachers and others with at least 2 years of work experience within music education and choir leading. A course includes 3 boot camps from Thursday 12h to Saturday 17h and optional extra online classes.

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Sit in as a visiting singer on Campus Aalborg courses in Innovative Choir Leading.

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Summer Camp 2020

29 June – 2 July 2020

A unique and international Summer Camp for choral leaders and vocal ensembles is taking place every second year in Aalborg.

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Symposium on Vocal Painting 2021

A unique and international symposium on vocal painting (VOPA) for choral leaders and vocal ensembles is taking place every second year in Aalborg.

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Dates – when to show up in Aalborg

For part-time students and course participants, they will join three intense boot camps per semester from Thursday 12h to Saturday at 17h.

Full-time students are joining three intense boot camps per semester from Monday 12h to Saturday afternoon, plus another two exclusive boot camps from Monday 12h to Thursday afternoon on both 2nd and 4th semester.

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(Innovative Choir Leading students presenting Vocal Painting at RAMA Festival in Aarhus 2019)