Philipp P. Caffier MD, PhD, serves on the Department of Audiology and Phoniatrics at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Along with his medical practice he is a member of the German Singing Teachers Association. (Bundesverband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen, BDG). The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is Germany’s largest and most prestigious research-intensive medical institution where many Nobel Prize winners have studied or worked. Dr. Caffier will give a presentation at the Mini-Conference “A Kaleidoscope of Vocal Pedagogy.”
Eleanor Forbes is a teacher at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Born and brought up in Scotland, Forbes completed a degree in German studies at Aberdeen University before attending the Royal College of Music in London to study singing. There she attended the opera school and won several prizes. She also took part in masterclasses and courses given by Elisabeth Grümmer, Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk and Gérard Souzay. Her performing experience is wide and varied, covering several vocal genres. She also gained experience as a voice-over speaker for Deutsche Welle TV. She has been based in Germany since 1986. She and Marilyn Schmiege have planned our mini-conference in Berlin titled, “A Kaleidoscope of Vocal Pedagogy.”
Marilyn Schmiege serves as president of the German Singing Teachers Association (Bundesverband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen, BDG), the largest association of vocal educators in Europe. The American mezzo-soprano’s stellar career began in 1978 as Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Wuppertal opera house. From 1978 to 1982 Schmiege was a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, followed by guest engagements at the major international opera stages. She began teaching in 2001 at the Richard Strauss Conservatory and in 2008 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Marilyn Schmiege and Eleanor Forbes are the key planners for our mini-conference in Berlin titled, “A Kaleidoscope of Vocal Pedagogy.”
Susan Yarnall Dr. S. J. Monks is the president of the European Voice Teachers Association (EVTA), a past chair of the Association of Teachers of Singing UK (AOTOS), and a member of NATS. Yarnall-Monks has presented regularly on her research about “The Role of Vocal Identity in Developing a Unique Vocal Timbre.” Most recently she helped set up the EVTA Voice Clinic at the Europa Cantat Festival with over 4500 singers in Tallinn in 2018 and oversaw Eurovox 2018, EVTA’s European Conference in The Hague, Netherlands. She has been involved in all our planning for the NATS Transatlantic Pedagogy Trip and will be with us in Berlin to wrap up our BDG/NATS Mini-Conference by leading an Intervision Discussion.