• Building a repertoire
  • Study of the great Lied cycles
  • Lied interpretation, with a focus on the relationship between words and sound
  • Lyric speaking and singing as a unity
  • Elucidation of difficult text passages (historical and mythological allusions, citations, etc.)
  • Developing Lied and concert programs (with special consideration of anniversaries and jubilees):
    o Coordinating theme and style; poets and/or composers as a common thread
    o Varying dynamics and rhythm throughout the program; building up tension over the course of a program; sequence of keys; original key or transposition; etc.


  • Part studies for all voice registers (oratorios and sacred music from the baroque period until the
  • Mastering the great evangelist parts
  • Color and significance of language during the Annunciation
  • Instrumental singing (senza vibrato) and singing with natural vibrato
  • Emotions in sacred music
  • Stylistic considerations
  • Theological, religious, and biblical backgrounds


  • Role studies for all voice registers and preparation for role debuts
  • In-depth character analysis and dramaturgical classification of the character's scenes
  • Detecting the emotional development of a character
  • Attempting to find a matching vocal color to express the detected emotional states
  • Avoiding overexertion of the voice and pacing oneself over the course of a performance
  • Developing an vocabulary of gestures and facial expressions for a given role

Supplemental Curriculum

  • Repertoire counseling – accompanying the change to another subject, preparing for auditions
  • Career counseling (agency recommendations; negotiating strategies; developing an annual performance schedule; outlining a schedule for the gradual development of repertoire)
  • By prior arrangement: Critical analysis of attended performances and stage acts


Monthly auditions for conservatory applicants and young singers seeking assessment of their vocal

2 master classes annually, with a maximum of 6-8 participants (including ensemble work)

Recommendations for experienced pianists (coaches, tutors, Lied accompanists)


Josef Protschka / SVI - Studio for Vocal Interpretation
Malvenweg 6, 50259 Pulheim, Germany
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