Sonja Lutz, Prof. Mag.

Contact: sonja.lutz@haydnkons.at
Homepage: www.sonjalutz.at

„She stands out by virtue of her capacity to motivate and her diligent handling of the student entrusted to her. My impression is that she interprets the term “entrusted“ to mean her personal task and concern“
Graz, 23rd June 1998 OHProf. Martin Klietmann (Chairperson of the IGP Study Commission at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts)

Education:

1991-1992
Johann Jospeh Fux Conservatory Graz / Singing / Piano

1992-1996
Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts Singing-Concert studies / Prof. Mag. Wolfgang Gamerith within the framework of the concert studies musical course under
Prof. Edith Gruber Tap dancing – Graz Musical Academy

1994-1999
Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts Singing IGP / OHProf. Martin Klietmann
Specialization: Organ under Prof. Karin Tafeit

1999-2000
Music and Arts Private University of the City of Vienna / Children´s Singing School Education / Guitar

2000-2003
Vienna University for Music and the Performing Arts Singing IGP 2nd study section under Prof. Eva Klietmann – Bartfai
Diploma with dinstinction / magisterium
Diploma thesis subject matter: An artistic biography of the Baritone Thomas Hampson including his deliberations regarding vocal pedagogy under the title “ I´m not an opera singer, I´m a singer“ in collaboration with KS Thomas Hampson
Continuing vocal training with Dipl. Speech Therapist & Singer Gitta Gänsel – Gabriel since 1998

“She was and remains my most influential teacher. She brought out my voice, by letting me ‘be myself’. This allowed me to develop a feeling for myself – to the innermost core of my being.“

 Master Courses:

  • KS Adolf Dallapozza (Operetta), Master classes, Gutenstein, Lower Austria
  • KS Gottfried Hornik (Opera)
  • Master class with Konrad Junghänel (Baroque opera / Monteverdi, Cavalli, Lully) within the framework of the “Baroque Vocal“ Master courses at the College for Early Music at Main Music University (Germany)
  • International Workshops on the SONGS of EDVARD GRIEG (original languages) Bergen, Norway, May 2015 in connection with the conference “EDVARD GRIEG and the HUMAN VOICE“, arranged by The Grieg Academy, with Solveig Kringelborn (Oslo National Opera) University of Bergen and The International Grieg Society / Norway
  • Active engagement with the use of the voice outside the “classical limitation“ with the gratifying discovery of commonalities within the genres.
  • Complete Vocal Technique with Monika Ballwein (Popular music)
  • Estill Voice Training with Patrick Thurner (Jazz – Pop)
  • Genre-neutral singing pedagogy (Belcanto on Broadway – Musical) with Prof. Noelle Turner – Folkwang University Essen (Germany)

Teaching activities:

  • 2006: Lecturer for singing at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory, Eisenstadt
  • 2001: Franz Schubert Music School, Fürstenfeld (Styria) Singing, Children´s and Youth Choir
  • 2016:The Voice Kids – Berlin(Pop-Soul)
    A student at the Franz Schubert Music School has won this competition
    The performance of the Alicia Keys song “Fallin´“ in the “Blind Audition“ was voted the second best of all “The Voice Kids“ shows worldwide
  • Numerous “Prima la Musica“ prize winners – 1st Prize with distinction and admission to the national competition
  • Carinthian Music Academy, Stift Ossiach / Carinthia
    Master class – singing for young singers aged between 10 and 25 years
  • Prima la Musica / Styria Juror
  • Invited juror and vocal coach for the competition “Expectation of Europe“ 2017 category Pop-Jazz-Folk for young vocal artists aged between 6 and 26 years in Sochi / Russia
  • 2014 – 2016: Vocal Education Specialist – Music School Work Styria
  • 2009 – 2011: Senior Lecturer at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts
  • 1998 – 2008: Bad Waltersdorf Music School (Styria) Vocal Training, Singing, Singing School, Vocal Ensemble – Musical & Operetta productions

Artistic activity:

Positions

  • 1994 Invitation to ORF – Vienna talent show following video selection with “My Fair Lady“ Eliza
  • Concert work in the areas of Oratorio, Operetta, Opera, contemporary literature, song.
  • Vienna St. Stephen´s Cathedral (Markus Landerer), Graz Cathedral (Josef Döller), Eisenstadt St.Martin´s Cathedral
  • 2001 UA Franz Herzog d.o.b. 1962 “Missa“
  • 2002 Vienna Musikverein – Mozartsaal Robert Stolz Choir & Ensemble Graz – Soloist
  • 2002 Johannes Brahms “Ein deutsches Requiem“ Mondo Musicale Graz
  • 2004 Robert Stolz Festival Wrozlaw / Poland – works by Johann Strauß
  • 2006 Stephaniensaal Graz – Robert Stolz Gala
  • 2006 Graz Opera Concert Series Kontrapunktecontemporary literature for soprano and tuba
  • 2008 W.A.Mozart Die Zauberflöte, “2nd lady, Papagena“ Gert Meditz
  • 2011 Minoriten Cultural Centre G.F.Händel The Messiah scenic adaption for children
  • 2012 Graz – Salon Erfurt Giacomo Puccini Manon Lescaut “Manon“ – work introduction
  • 2012 Langenthal City Theatre – Switzerland Bern Canton – Johann Strauß Die Fledermaus “Rosalinde“
  • 2012 Oberschützen Cultural Centre Thomas Doss d.o.b. 1966 Symphonie der Hoffnung in collaboration with Harri Stojka and Band
  • 2015 Minoriten Cultural Centre Graz Liederabend with works from R. Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Franz Liszt, Joseph Haydn, Edvard Grieg and Henry Purcell

Television & radio broadcasts

  • 1996 Radio Steiermark Classical / Early Music from the Heilandskirche, Graz
  • 2002 ARD “Kein schöner Land“ / Robert Stolz Choir Graz / Ernst Wedam
  • 2008 Radio Stephansdom Vienna / Markus Landerer