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Romantic Lied in Germany

Course dates

July 25 to August 14, 2018

Application deadline


  • Study German lieder where it originated, receiving personalized coaching on technique and diction of German songs for multiple performances in various venues.
  • Receive individual voice lessons, coaching, and master classes with an international faculty.
  • Immerse yourself in the German culture, language, and artistic traditions.
  • Participate in workshops on marketing yourself and singing professionally in the 21st century.
  • Perform in public student showcase performances.
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Undergraduate: MUSIC 421, 4 or 5 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: MUSIC 621, 4 or 5 units




Singers interested in furthering their knowledge of German lieder and who want to gain experience performing in Europe. Singers should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate Vocal Performance/Music Education degree program or already hold one of these degrees with some experience performing in song recital, opera, or musical theatre. 

Pianists who would like to improve their skills in collaborative piano. Pianist applicants should have some experience in collaborative piano.


  • All applicants: Provide a two-paragraph narrative describing your performance experience and interest in the course.
    Vocalists: Provide a link to an audio or video recording of you singing two songs, one of which must be a selection of German romantic lied. 
    Pianists: Provide three recordings of German lieder performed with a singer.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by April 9, 2018.


Dr. Anthony P. Radford

Guest Artists

Bo Skovhus

Boje Skovhus

Born in Ikast, Denmark, Bo Skovhus studied at the Conservatory in Aarhus, at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen, and in New York. His career began in1988 at the Volksoper in Vienna with a brilliant Don Giovanni.

His opera repertoire comprises roles such as Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva ("Le Nozze di Figaro"), Alfonso ("Così Fan Tutte"), Mandryka ("Arabella"), Storch ("Intermezzo"), the Count in "Capriccio" and Barbier Schneidebart in "Die Schweigsame Frau," the title roles in "Wozzeck "and "Eugene Onegin," Yeletsky ("The Queen of Spades"), Danilo ("Die Lustige Witwe"), Eisenstein ("Die Fledermaus"), Wolfram ("Tannhäuser"), Kurwenal ("Tristan und Isolde"), Amfortas ("Parsifal"), Beckmesser ("Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"), Rodrigue ("Don Carlos"), and Frank and Fritz/Pierrot in "Die Tote Stadt," among many other roles.

After a highly successful debut in Reimann’s "Lear" at the Hamburg State Opera in 2012, Bo performed this part again in June 2016 at the Paris Opera in a new production directed by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Fabio Luisi. He brought the house down and the press spoke of this as "the role of his life.” Another recent highlight was Beckmesser in "Meistersinger" in March 2016 at Bastille and in June 2016 at the Budapest Festival. At the occasion of the Wagner Geneva Festival 2013, the Swiss composer Michael Jarell wrote for Bo Skovhus the monodrama "Siegfried, noctourne."

Besides his performances in the major opera houses in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, Bo devotes himself intensively to lied singing. Together with pianists such as Helmut Deutsch, Stefan Vladar, Andreas Haefliger, Yefim Bronfman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christoph Eschenbach, and Daniel Barenboim, he gives lied recitals in the world's most renowned music centers. As a concert singer Bo has appeared with outstanding orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S., and Japan. He has also recorded many of the central roles of his opera and concert repertoire on CD and a series of recital albums.

Susan Mohini Kane

Susan Mohini Kane

American soprano, teacher, and author Susan Mohini Kane has enjoyed a versatile career as an established oratorio and symphonic artist as well as an opera and concert singer. Susan’s "crystal-clear voice and impeccable technique" (LA Culture Spot Magazine) have kept her performing professionally with regional symphonies and opera companies in the Midwest and California for over two decades.

Susan has recorded two CDs. Music Web International touted her first CD, "A Moment of Joy," as “a truly inspirational disc.” Her second, "From the Heart: Music for Calm, Inspiration, and Wellness," is a collection of classical vocalizes for voice and piano. Her book, "The 21st Century Singer, Making the Leap from the University into the World," has been called “a must-read for any emerging singer” by iCadenza Artists. “Kane’s thoughtful yet disciplined approach as outlined in 'The 21st Century Singer' encourages the kind of self-reflection and creativity that, at the very least, can lend direction and big-picture perspective to career goals while also rekindling a love of singing,” wrote Brian Manternach in Classical Singer Magazine (October 2015). Susan is a tenured faculty member at CSU Los Angeles, a member of the faculty at Angels Vocal Art Summer Opera Intensive, and a frequent guest artist and master teacher at universities nationwide.

Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson –

The American pianist Peter Nelson began his musical studies in his hometown of Boston. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music before coming to Graz as musical assistant of the Lied Class at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS).

Peter continued his piano studies with Professor Leonard Hokanson at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main and completed his exam there. Peter’s musical life began in Europe, where he performed as a soloist with orchestra and in concert. Encouraged by the late soprano Arleen Augér, he followed his great interest in chamber music, especially the Lied literature. In the meantime, he has given concerts with many international artists in four continents and in numerous recordings and television appearances.

Peter has performed and recorded with such singers as Kurt Moll, Gabriele Schnaut, Maria Venuti, and Eteri Gvazava. Since completing his studies, he has always taught and is currently Professor for Piano/Lied Interpretation at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany. Many of his former piano students have been prize winners in national and international competitions and are also lecturers at music institutes of higher education.

In Frankfurt Peter was the vocal coach of the young Renée Fleming and many of his vocal students currently perform in the great opera houses of the world. He also took over the musical instruction of Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Mozart at the Chicago Opera Theater (COT). In 2003, he became professor for lied Interpretation and piano at the University of Music in Trossingen, Germany. He has given master classes throughout the world, from Finlandand Brazil to the Americas and China and has served as a jury member at international lied competitions in Peking, China. Peter is also co-founder of the Lied Academy in Trossingen, which took place for the eighth time in September 2017.

Alexandra Coku

Alexandra Coku

Soprano Alexandra Coku has sung Pamina in Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte" in more than 110 performances in such major international opera houses as the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Frankfurt Opera, Cologne Opera, Düsseldorf Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and New York City Opera. She has sung the Contessa Almaviva in Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro" in Dresden, Marseille, Toulouse, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Pittsburgh.

She has also sung Mozart's Fiordiligi in Düsseldorf, Paris, Vienna, and Nürnberg, Donna Elvira in Zurich and Strasbourg, Constanze in Düsseldorf, Elettra in Paris, Düsseldorf, and Chicago, Sandrina in "La Finta Giardiniera" in Frankfurt, Ismene in "Mitridate, re di Ponto "in Amsterdam, and Celia in "Lucio Silla" at the San Francisco Opera. Alexandra triumphed as Lora in Wagner’s "Die Feen" at both the Dresden and Ludwigsburg Festivals. At Houston Grand Opera, she made her acclaimed debut, alongside Susan Graham, as Ginevrain in Handel’s "Ariodante."  Among her other notable roles are Ellen Orford in Britten’s "Peter Grimes," Antonia and Giulietta in Offenbach’s "Les Contes d’Hoffmann," and Euridice in Gluck’s "Orfeo ed Euridice," with which she made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Most recently Alexandra sang Michaela in Bizet's "Carmen "at the Vlaamse Opera in a controversial new production by American stage director Daniel Kramer and conducted by rising star Dimitri Jurowski.

An active recording artist, Alexandra’s recordings include Schumann’s "Das Paradies und die Peri "under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner for Deutsche Grammaphone, "Mahler’s 4th Symphony" with the Netherlands Philharmonic under the direction of Hartmut Haenchen, Mendelssohn’s "Elias" with the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra under the direction of Sylvain Cambreling, Dvorak "Stabat Mater "(world debut recording of the original version) with Accentus, conducted by Laurence Equilbey, a new recording of Beethoven’s "Missa Solemnis" with the Aachen Sinfonie Orchester, Marcus Bosch conducting, and a world premiere recording of "Eduard Marsxen Lieder "with American pianist, Anthony Spiri. Her latest recording of Beethoven concert arias with Jermie Rhorer and the Cercle de l'Harmonie, "Beethoven - Birth of a Master," has received widespread critical acclaim.

Alexandra Coku teaches voice at Germany's University of Trossingen, where she began her appointment as full professor in October 2013.

Celine Dutilly

Celine Dutilly

Celine Dutilly studied piano and musicology at McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke. In Paris and Munich she attended the masterclasses of Dalton Baldwin Gérard Sousay and Erik Werba and won first prize for piano accompaniment at the Ottawa Music Festival, Canada, and at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien in Austria. She was invited as a lied pianist at important music festivals such as Aix-en Provence, France, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Germany, the Wexford Opera Festival, Ireland, the "Schubertiade" Hohenems, and gave lieder recitals in Spain, Italy, Canada, Iceland, China, and Croatia.

Céline recorded the entire chamber music works of Dame Ethyl Smyth, and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, and was a member of the jury at the voice competition "Symphonies d'Automne," Mâcon, France. She worked as a vocal coach at the Richard-Strauss Festival in Gambisch-Partenkirchen, at the contemporary music festival "Biennale," Munich, and as musical director and coach for the production of "Les Mamelles de Tirésias" at the Summer Opera School, IVAI, Tel-Aviv, Israel.



CSU Summer Arts does not provide group flights, arrange travel reservations, or make travel recommendations for "Romantic Lied in Germany." It is up to each participant to make travel arrangements and pay for their own travel.

All participants must arrive in Trossingen by July 25, 2018. The first class meeting will be at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen on Wednesday, July 25. We suggest you arrive in Trossingen by Tuesday, July 24, to give you one day to get acclimated.

While you will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements, you will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your travel information.

We recommend flying into Stuttgart, and Summer Arts will provide bus transport to Trossingen at a time when most arrivals can be accommodated. EMAIL JOANNE SHARP FOR SUGGESTED ITINERARIES: 


CSU Summer Arts will not make lodging arrangements for participants in Trossingen. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements and payment. 

However, CSU Summer Arts recommends the KunstWerk B hostel for participants. The KunstWerk B is a beautiful facility about a two-minute walk from the Hochschule and an easy walk to grocery stores and other conveniences. Shared room rates begin at 18 euros (about $23) per night without attached bath and 25 euros (about $31) per night with bath. We suggest booking your lodging beginning July 24, to give you a day to acclimate before the class begins on July 25. *Note that there is no class on August 14; it is simply a "check out and depart" date, so you will not need housing after the night of August 13.

Here are the housing options available for "Romantic Lied in Germany":

  1. The KunstWerk B hostel. The KunstWerk B offers a wide variety of accommodations, from single room with private bath to four-person room with shared bath. You must contact them directly to book your reservation:
  2. Any other any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel you like in Trossingen


Note: The application process for "Romantic Lied in Germany" is different from that of other CSU Summer Arts workshops. Please read the following information carefully:

Submit complete application:

DUE on Monday April 9, 2018
(DUE, not postmarked)

Students notified of status of application:

Monday April 16, 2018


Enrollment Fee
Undergraduate, California resident, 4 or 5 units $1685
Graduate, California resident, 4 or 5 units $2102
Undergraduate, Non-California resident, 4 units $3269
Undergraduate, Non-California resident, 5 units $3665
Graduate, Non-California resident, 4 units $3686
Graduate, Non-California resident, 5 units $4082
Housing Fee 
Staying at the KunstWerk B (estimate only)
​Other Fees​
Insurance fee$100
Airfare (estimate)
​Cell phone (estimate)
Food/spending money (estimate)$1000

Payment deadlines: The following are DUE dates, not postmarked dates:

Insurance                                                                                                                            $100
Due on Friday, May 11, 2018 – check or money order payable to Trustees of the CSU

Enrollment Fee (varies)
Due on Friday, July 13, 2018 – electronic check, Visa or MasterCard payable to Fresno State

Scholarships for "Romantic Lied in Germany"

Eighty percent of CSU Summer Arts students receive some amount of scholarship assistance. Scholarship awards range from $100 to $2000. Scholarship funds are not available for housing or travel costs.

To apply for scholarship assistance, please complete the CSU Summer Arts scholarship application when you apply online for admission to the course.


Students will need to bring some materials and some clothing specifically for performances. You will be notified about what to pack in the months before the course begins.


All participants will need a valid, current passport for travel to Germany. You will need to provide your passport number to CSU Summer Arts by June 29, 2018.

If you do not have a current passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately. Please check the U.S. Passport Office schedule before you apply to find out if you will need a rush order to obtain your passport in time. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany, however, citizens of other countries may. Contact the CSU Summer Arts office for more information about passports and visas.

For additional information, or if you have any questions, contact Joanne Sharp at, or 562-951-4065.

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