About us

DISCOVER the qualities that make you stand out from the crowd ~ that make you special and unique.

MASTER techniques to help you overcome nerves and insecurities with a psychologist who specialises in coaching and counselling for artists.

LEARN how to coordinate your body and voice to maximise your vocal production.

POLISH your audition arias and try them out in a mock audition.


In 2013, Stephanie Friede and Ann Engels took the initiative to invite internationally renowned teachers to participate in an intensive course for singers with an emphasis on vocal training, acting, and body work.

2017 : This is our 5th season, and we are now attracting students from all over the world!

Teachers 2013

Ann Rodiger, John Norris, Tom Allen, Stephanie Friede, Chris Crans, Vanessa Houssian

Teachers 2014

John Norris, Ann Rodiger, Abbie Furmansky, Tom Allen, Catrin Wyn-Davies, Stephanie Friede

Teachers 2015

Ann Rodiger, John Norris, Abby Furmansky, Gary Janskowski, Stephanie Friede, Chris Crans, Liesbeth Devos

Teachers 2016

Ann Rodiger, Abby Furmansky, Gary Jankowski, Thomas Michael Allen, Stephanie Friede, Walewein Witten, Carroll Freeman, Kay Paschal Freeman

Teachers 2017

Ann Rodiger, Abby Furmansky, Gary Jankowski, Thomas Michael Allen, Stephanie Friede, Walewein Witten, Liesbeth Devos, Marc Krone

Vzw Fabuleux

The SSCB is an initiative of the non-profit organization Fabuleux.
This organization has the following objectives:

  • To promote the development and continuation of excellence in the vocal arts.
  • Create an opportunity for young Belgian singers to work with the very best teachers as they learn to combine the necessary skills needed to become serious professionals.


Stéphanie Friede

Stéphanie Friede

Stephanie Friede, one of the most in demand international Sopranos, was born in New York City and is a graduate of Julliard and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Important appearances during the last years include: "Minnie" in Puccini’s LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, e.g. at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, the New York City Opera, at the Vlaamse Opera, Antwerpen.
Stephanie Friede has appeared regularly at the Zurich Opera "Minneleide" in Pfitzner’s ROSE VOM LIEBESGARTEN, in the title role of Strauss’ SALOME.

Walewein Witten

Walewein Witten

Piano, harpsichord, singing coach. Walewein Witten does it all. For years he was working for different operas, he also plays chamber music. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Ten Hague in the Netherlands. For more than 17 years he is working with singers. His love for singing and the opera lead him to become singing coach. He worked with different singers and the last years he was singing coach for different opera productions.

John Norris

John Norris

Alina Gause

Alina Gause

As a psychologist, coach, author, singer & actress she gives lectures, workshops and seminars about the psychological aspects of creativity such as stagefright, stress management, self doubts, creative flow and realization of projects. Since 2014 Alina teaches at Universität der Künste in Berlin.

Samantha Malk

Samantha Malk

Christian Puoewe

Christian Poewe

Christian Poewe's production of Verdi's Traviata at the Meininger Theater was named Inszenierung des Jahres 2014/15. His many productions have been seen in Magedeburg, Detmold, Meiningen, Plauen-Zwickau, Graz and Kammeroper Köln. He has been guest professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, der Hochschule für Müsik and presently teached at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

The course is intended for singing students and aspiring professionals.


  • A daily warm-up with John Norris
  • Daily private singing lessons
  • Daily masterclasses
  • Workshops opera scenes, stage-performance and stage-movement
  • A mock audition where you present yourself before the entire teaching staff
  • A final concert

  1. The schedule can be found here.
  2. Your registration is only final after paying the deposit. Your deposit has to be paid before the May 15th.
  3. We will provide coffee, tea and water free of charge.

Daily Schedule

Time Activity
10:00 – 11:00 h Every day will begin with a warm up with John Norris. Wear comfortable clothing.
11:15 – 13:30 h Private lessons and group classes.
13:30 – 14:45 h Break
14:45 – 18:30 h Private lessons and group classes.
18:30 – 19:30 h Break
19:30 – 22:00 h Master classes.

  1. Masterclasses are open to the public at a cost of 15 euro a day.
  2. You will find a detailed programming of the lessons ad valvas at the start of the course.

Contact & Registration

Contact us

You can contact us if you need a place to stay or have other questions.


You're expected to pay a deposit of € 400 before the 15th of May and the full amount of € 1000 before the 1st of July.