Hammerdal Vocal Technique Weekend: 1-3 June 2019

Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond and his frequent teaching partner,  soprano-voice teacher, Anna Niedbala present regular vocal technique seminars throughout the year.   The 3-day course in Hammerdal, Sweden will include 2 daily voice lessons (one with each teacher) and a daily masterclass taught by both teachers.


Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond has been active as a pedagogue for over 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 teaches regularly at the Gothenburg Opera.  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…)

Anna Niedbala has appeared as a mezzo-soprano at Sarasota Opera, Baltimore Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and Minnesota Opera and recently made her European debut at the Salzburger Landestheater in the soprano role of Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito. Having worked with Dr. LaFond and the Kashu-do process for over 7 years, Ms. Niedbala has emerged as a talented voice teacher and director in her own right.  She has recently taught and directed at Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival and several masterclasses in Sweden and Austria.  She teaches privately in Dortmund, Germany.  “Anna Niedbala has both large and dark tones for the expansive role and makes clear both the vulnerability and hurt of the scorned [Vitellia]; moving and truthful in  true Mozart style” -Salzburger Nachrichten.

But the big star is Anna Niedbala’s Tosca. An amazing lyric soprano that alternates unobtrusively between crisp heat and full strength. It really was her performance!–Allhända.se

The class is open to serious singers of all levels (8-12 participants) The emphasis is on understanding vocal technique “globally” (i.e. how all the pieces work together to achieve a balanced organic vocal experience) and make marked improvements during the week.

The course costs 3.000 Swedish Crowns. Lessons will take place at the Church in Hammerdal.

Arrival and Departure

Participants should plan to arrive on Saturday Morning 1 June 2019   (Course officially begins on the same day at 13:00 )

Lodging: Participants are responsible for their own lodging. 


To apply for participation, fill out the form below (Video link not necessary, but helpful)! Should the class be full or should we feel that the course is not appropriate for you at this time, the deposit will be refunded immediately.  Upon acceptance, you will receive an invoice to be paid immediately to assure confirmation of your participation.