Christine Menschnersoprano
Portrait (sepia) STUDY GERMAN DICTION WITH NATIVE SPEAKER AND CLASSICAL SINGER

Win Auditions!
Get your Role!
Be ready to compete with native German singers!

… With the best preparation you can get!

Diction, Singing, Performance-Coaching which goes far beyond IPA and imitating youtube videos

Develop your individual German sound and be confident using it!

Contact Christine to get a free evaluation of your recorded aria: christine.menschner@gmail.com

"I came to Christine for German diction help for the role I was singing. We dove right in and she helped me take apart each phrase and really understand both the intention and the pronunciation. In a very short time I came away with a few great tools to better communicate the language. I highly recommend Christine and hope to coach with her in the future!" - Breanna Hanson (Soprano)

Some of the Challenges of Singing in German

1. How closed is a “closed vowel”?
Vowels that are sung too openly turn "Himmel" (“heaven”) in Agathe's aria in "Freischuetz" into "Hammel" (“castrated sheep”), and "Weg" (“path”) into "weg" (“away”).

2. Which “R” should I use? Uvular? Front roled?
The wrong choice can make you easily sounding old fashioned.

3. How long is a double consonant (Does your voice teacher argue with your coach about that?)

4. How to use glottal stops?
“Bis ich” (“until I”) turns into “bissig” (to bite) if not used properly.

5. How do I know which of the 5 possible pronunciations to choose when singing "ch"?
6. Why do I sound tensed when singing in German?
7. How do I sing a beautiful legato line with those disturbing consonants?
8. Ü, ö, ä? Umlaute!

Contact Christine to schedule your session christine.menschner@gmail.com

Who Benefits?
High school students, college students, emerging professional, professionals, and community singers, who ...
want to sing in German
prepare art song recitals
plan an audition tour in Germany
apply for German colleges, Opera houses, Agencies, Summer Programs, Yaps
Study German opera roles and art songs

How It Works:
Bring the music you want to sing (art songs, oratorios, arias, etc.)
Sing it!
Get feedback about quality of your language, interpretation, and performance
Learn and have fun with it!

Christine helps with:

Basics:
Understanding German diction and syntax
Correct German pronunciation
Differences between English and German pronunciation
Applying text to rhythm (and still nail those long and short vowels)
Find a way for words to sound correct AND work for you technically

Artistic work:
Singing meaningfully and delivering a message to the listener
Feeling the German language like your mother-tongue
Finding the most expressive sound to paint with language

Performance skills:
Role study and interpretation of art songs
Performance training
Training your ear to differentiate sounds

Business knowledge:
Singing and working at German Operas
Applying for German colleges
Preparing audition tours
Interview training for Opera houses, Agencies
Cultural differences
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Save time and money with personalized training. Your song. Your voice. Your time. Your success!

Contact Christine to ask about individual coaching in person, skype sessions, workshops, and masterclasses at conservatories and universities christine.menschner@gmail.com

About Christine Menschner:

Having trained in voice education and voice performance at “Hochschule für Musik in Dresden” and with a Masters in German Language Education and Music at “Technical University in Dresden”, Christine is a passionate singer and teacher who offers artistic German language coaching that will help you to sound like a native German singer and to become an outstanding performer. Having lived and worked in Germany her whole life, she can offer advice in everything you need to know about a singing career in Germany.

Christine: My “German” English in America

Despite long experience speaking and singing in English abroad, my confidence diminished when I moved to the United States. People immediately recognized where I was from, and Gershwin's song "By Strauss", which I loved to perform for my German audience, was not received with the same enthusiasm any more than I was used to. I realized that nobody would hire me singing with a German accent. I needed to sound like an American! Fortunately I was in America, with native speakers everywhere. With the help of a good coach I did it!

Today I laugh that people only realize that am foreign-born when I am speaking, not singing. When I sing, I sound like a native.

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