Fall 2017 Vocal Technique and Interpretation Intensive in Nyland, Sweden

Fall Vocal Technique/Interpretation Intensive in Nyland's Courthouse-- 29 October to 4 November 2017

Kashu-do Opera Studios, organizes several masterclasses throughout the year in idyllic settings that encourage the singer artistically and humanistically leading to the Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival.  The first masterclass of the season is a Vocal Technique Intensive featuring  Internationally renowned pedagogue, Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond, the London-based dramatic soprano-voice teacher, Meta Powell and pianist and teacher at Berlin's Hans Heisler Hochschule für Musik, Kanako Nakagawa . The Vocal Technique/Interpretation Intensive gives the singer the opportunity to concentrate on technical balance and musical interpreation intensively for a week, including daily voice lessons and evening masterclasses.  Kashu-do (歌手道):  The Way of the Singer is a philosophy of vocal artistry developed by Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond.  In short, it is a process that opens the developing singer to the awareness of the many elements that must be mastered in order to achieve true competence as a vocal artist.

Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond has been active as a pedagogue for 30 years and currently advises over 100 active professional opera singers throughout Europe and lovers of singing throughout the world.  His  studio locations include Vienna, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Berlin and Gothenburg. He is also the artistic administrator of Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival, now preparing for its fourth year. He also teaches a full operatic curriculum at the Opera Studio at Härnösands Folkhögskola in Sweden. "Despite his enormous technical knowledge at the forefront of vocal pedagogy, his teaching is clear and easy to understand, perceptive and constructive, demanding and individually flexible. In addition to his musicality, his immense talent for languages and his patience he is,  in a friendly but firm way, both a model and a fundamental support along the way for each singer who wants to improve. I would recommend Dr. LaFond at the highest level to anyone who wants to work seriously and consistently with one of the world's best voice pedagogues"--Nadine Weissmann, dramatic mezzo (Bayreuth Festspiele, Teatro del Liceu, Komische Oper Berlin, etc…)

Meta Powell, dramatic soprano has received critical acclaim for her recent appearances as Brünnhilde from both Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung for Opera Forge at the Royal Festival Hall and at St. John Square (London). She appeared to critical acclaim as Ortlinde (Walküre) and Third Norn (Götterdämmerung) for Longborough Festival Opera and The Wagner Society of London. Future appearances include all three Brünnhildes (Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) for Opera Forge. An accomplished vocal pedagogue, she represents Kashu-do Studios in London and has the distinction to be one of two singers designated Gold Level Singer, the highest level of technical achievement in the Kashu-do System. Metal Powell has studied advanced forms of meditation, which contribute to her multi-faceted teaching style. Meta was among the teachers chosen for the inaugural Kashu-do Teacher Training Program and was a featured teacher at HSOAF 2015.



 Kanako Nakagawa, pianist (Song Track) received her musical and pianistic education first at the renowned Toho School of Music in Tokyo. She later attended New York’s Juilliard School under the guidance of Jane Carlson, the Royal Academy of Music London under Yonty Solomon and lastly at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in the Lied Interpretation class of Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai. Her Awards include the Gina Bachauer Memorial Prize, New York, Second Prize and the Special Prize for Liedduo at the International `Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne ́ Competition in Graz 2000. At the first „Internationalen Wettbewerb für Liedkunst Stuttgart 2001“ with the baritone Herman Wallén she received the First Prize for Liedduo. Her concerts as soloist, Lied pianist have taken her to the USA, Switzerland, Japan, England, Belgium, France, Italy, Finland und throughout Germany. Kanako Nakagawa has served in the song preparation faculty at the Hochschule Für Musik Karlsruhe and Since 2004 has been engaged as teacher of song preparation at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler.




























Working with Dr. LaFond has been a defining experience in my career. He set up a clear

path for my vocal development withun-mysterious methodology.

I've also had the pleasure of working with Meta Powell who,

compliments beautifully the work I do with Dr. LaFond!

Zachary Wilder, tenor (Teatro La Fenice, Berliner Festspiele,Les Arts Florissants, etc…)






Application and Registration:

To apply, please click on the "apply button" at the bottom of this page and follow directions (application fee: 300 SEK).  Once accepted, students will receive information about payment and confirming their participation in the course. Application Deadline: 25 October 2016 or until all spots are filled (10-16 spots)

Participants will receive:

  1. 2 voice lessons every day
  2. Participation in daily masterclasses
  3. Short seminars on specific subjects
  4. Morning Tai Chi
  5. Round table discussions on technical issues
  6. Recital by participants on Saturday, November 4, 2016
  7. Recital by the teachers earlier in the week.


The 1-week Workshop costs 8.000 SEK.

Room and Board:

 Participants reside in simple guest rooms (shared bathroom and shower in the hall) at the Courthouse (double occupancy for a symbolic fee (suggested 200 SEK per night—7 nights, 30 October - 4 November (departure on 5 Nov). A kitchen is available if participants wish to prepare their own meals  In previous classes participants took turns in groups of 2 to cook for each other, creating a really genial atmosphere.  A convenient supermarket (ICA-Rosen) is nearby. Dallas Pizza offers a variety of common dishes at very reasonable prices.  Hola Folkhögskola nearby will be on break but their kitchen will be open.  They provide excellent lunches.  If participants wish more prestigious accommodations it is possible to book double or single rooms at Sandslåns Hostel 4 minutes drive away (participants would be transported back and forth between their accommodations and the Courthouse.

Who should apply:

The course is open to classical singers of all levels.  Singers are treated individually commensurate with their level of experience. 

Travel to Nyland:

By car or by bus: The E4 travels from south to north through the High Coast.  From E4 take route 90 towards Kramfors and Lunde and follow signs to Nyland. Daily busses from Stockholm to Kramfors with http://www.ybuss.se. The busses are of a high standard.

By train: http://www.sj.se

By air: Kramfors (Höga Kusten) Airport is at a 5  minutes distance from Nyland.  There are direct flights from Stockholm-Arlanda, Those traveling from outside of Sweden should arrive at Arlanda and then to connect to Höga Kusten Airport or Sundsvalls Midlanda Airport.

For traveling advice assistance and other details, contact: Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond: kashudosv@gmail.com

Enjoying Nyland’s peaceful environment: 

The picturesque  little village of Nyland borders the Ångerman River leading to the Baltic Sea.  It offers lovely walks by the water as well as hikes in the nearby hills and forests—As with all Kashu-do Workshop settings, Nyland provides an environment that inspires artistic work.

Nylands Tingshus (Courthouse), a former municipal courthouse is home to Kashu-do Opera Studios, Courthouse Music and other artistic entities under the umbrella of the company iOpera AB. Managed by celebrated Swedish Composer, Fredrik Högberg and international voice pedagogue, Jean-Ronald LaFond, “The Courthouse” has become synonymous with artistic activity.  The superior acoustics of the the “Courtroom” (turned into a concert hall), equipped with high definition recording equipment (including a green screen) makes it a popular destination for recording projects.