ABOUT INSTITUTE STIMMKUNST

Institute Stimmkunst is based on the principles of all round vocal coaching. Lessons are goal-orientated with emphasis on vocal technique and musical interpretation. Students are also coached in acting and stage presence. In lessons, I always formulate a goal and how to achieve this in steps within a fixed time frame. This enables the student to become independent quickly. Not only are my students prepared with a solid vocal technique but also with stage craft and advice on their career paths. I am fluent in English and German and teach in both languages. Lessons are one to one in person. In urgent cases I teach via Skype or FaceTime.

TRAINING YOUNG DRAMATIC VOICES

Dramatic voices most especially need a solid and healthy singing technique and with that the ability to combine all the ingredients necessary to represent a dramatic character on stage. I will accompany you in the whole process of building this kind of solid technique that will give you a healthy, resilient and expressive singing voice. We will work together to achieve this and you will have the benefit of:

 Vera Wenkert

Vera Wenkert

  • my own advanced singing technique

  • my stage experience as a dramatic soprano

  • my many years of teaching experience

  • my sensitivity and experience in dealing with singers in general

  • my expertise in dealing with young dramatic voices

  • my experience in vocal rehabilitation

In 2012, I founded the International Institute StimmKunst in Zurich as a centre of excellency for vocal students and professional singers. Individual lessons, master classes, seminars and lectures as well as help for vocal problems are offered. My students are engaged at various opera houses, among others at the Opernhaus Zürich, Theater Basel, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra de Marseille, Residenz Theater Berlin, Staatstheater Mannheim and the Staatstheater Mainz.

Starting Point

Working with the voice is always connected to a person's own work on him- or herself and on his or her being.

Singers in particular are often subject to much pressure in their daily professional lives and this can take a toll on the voice. Too many performances and the pressure related to peformance, few rehearsals and little time, the get the role to "sing on the voice", can all have adverse reactions on the voice. In addition, there are also air-conditioned rooms, trains, airplanes etc. with which we have to deal.

Many years of personal experience as an opera singer, intense observing and studying the function of the voice, form the basis of my respectful work with people. From this, I have learnt that every voice is just as different as every individual. The functional exercises must therefore be individually tailored for a particular singer. Successful work on the voice incorporates a trustworthy atmosphere with a conscious responsability in order for the voice to bloom into its full potential. The Swedish-Italian School of Singing, the tradition that I teach, meets this demand.

You can find more detailed information here:  www.vera-wenkert.de


THE SWEDISH-ITALIAN SCHOOL OF SINGING

The tradition of the Swedish-Italian School of singing has its origins in the 19th century with Manuel Garcia d. Jilli Bjorling, followed by Gillis Brad (Swedish voice teacher and singer doctor) then to Joseph Hislop, Ingebjart-Isene and Birgit Nilsson, Kirsten Flagstad, Jussi Björling and finally Alan Lindquest. His pupil, international voice teacher David L. Jones continues this method of teaching in New York. For many years now I have been his associate teacher.

Alan Lindquest formulated these following areas of development:

  1. Developing the right attitude.
  2. Working on the correct respiratory reflexes.
  3. Developing awareness of relaxation in the swallowing apparatus.
  4. The perception of open resonators.
  5. Developing ease in the use of the articulators
  6. My teaching method meets all these criteria and leads to a solid vocal technique.
Vera Wenkert is a fine dramatic soprano with a great ear for teaching. She is very precise in hearing vocal problems and in offering solutions that get complete results. I strongly recommend Vera Wenkert as a teacher for any singer looking for vocal help and wanting an accurate diagnosis.
Her performance experience also compliments her teaching ability in that she knows languages and stage deportment.
— David L. Jones, International Vocal Pedagogue, New York

Inner peace, silence, patience and confidence will serve as the foundation.


speech VOICE COACHING

  • Voice training for professional speakers

  • Help with voice disorders

  • Working on a creating a warm and pleasant speaking voice

I will help you achieve a warm clear toned speaking voice. The goal is that you can reach the listener with your voice and as a whole person. We develop and strengthen the voice through specific exercises so that it becomes resilient and remains so no matter how much you have to use it.