1. August - 28. August
Leibnitz, Austria

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Wolfgang Lockemann

Artistic Director
Work with Words Coach
Poetry Coach

was born and educated in Germany, where he earned his Ph.D. in German Language and Literature magna cum laude. Additionally, he trained as an actor and received an Artist's Diploma in Rhetoric and Recitation. Dr. Lockemann lived for many years in America, where he was Professor of German Language and Literature in several leading universities, including University of Oklahoma and Rice University. He then returned to Germany in order to concentrate on artistic endeavors (LIVE LIED UND LYRIK), and a series of workshops for professionals under the title DIE KRAFT DES SPRECHENS. For decades Dr. Lockemann has given recitations (often in collaboration with singers and instrumentalists) as well as coaching singers and pianists, from students to professionals, in preparation of Lieder recitals. These days he lives and works in Austria, where he teaches workshops, coaches, and gives recitals with singers and instrumentalists. He is well known to generations of young singers for his beloved "Poetry of the German Lied" class.

What students say in the Faculty Evaluations:

"Wolfgang is one of the most interesting persons I have ever met. I really truly enjoyed his class and his approach to the text."
"Fantastic! Wolfgang is one of those rare finds - one of the most intelligent and passionate people I have ever known."
"I cannot thank you enough for opening my eyes to the true breadth and depth of Lieder."


Tracy Brighty

Executive Director

After studying both Comparative Literature and Vocal Performance (with Yolanda Marculescu) at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Ms. Brighty moved to Miami, where she completed both her Bachelor's of Music and Master's of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Miami. Her continuing studies have taken her to many leading teachers and coaches in both America and Europe. Having performed both in Europe and America, she currently resides in Austria. Ms. Brighty's students have consistently received awards and scholarships to some of the leading universities throughout America. Her students have been heard in national and international tours, in both Broadway and Opera, as well as in several opera companies throughout America. Along with her busy teaching schedule and Administrative work for Lied Austria International, Ms. Brighty is Artistic Director for MVW, a summer program focused on the creation of a whole and complete singing artist: Vocal Technique and Mental approach. You can read more about Ms. Brighty at her Austrian website: www.einfach-besser-singen.com.

What students say in the Faculty Evaluations:

"I appreciated Tracy's ability to come at vocal problems in many different directions until a solution was reached. She was patient and was genuinely interested in working with me, asking me questions about what I was experiencing so she could find the best solution. She is so committed to this work and gives a million percent to all of her work. I appreciated her humour and her straight forward comments. Thank you! Thank you! You really made a difference for me this summer!"
"You definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone this summer, but I NEEDED that!  I hope you know that I think you are such a gifted voice teacher and technician (and now a dear friend) :) and I wouldn't trade a minute of my time with you... even the one where I was maybe on the verge of tears :)  When I think about where I've come from with my vocal technique and performance to where I am now, it's those moments (the verge of tears moments, which I don't have very often) that I can see, in hindsight, a turning point, for the better, in my voice, and I thank you so much for challenging me to a high standard of technique, performance, and interpretation."
"Absolutely excellent voice teacher. She really knows her stuff and has a great attitude in lessons. I loved that she was not afraid to challenge me."
"Tracy is the coolest thing since sliced bread. When you walk into the room for your lessons with her she creates a calm relaxing environment. She's an amazing singer and knows the voice very well. She had everyone singing so well at the end of three weeks. No tricks - only healthy singing."


Barbara González-Palmer

Pianist and Vocal Coach

Barbara González-Palmer, pianist and vocal coach, enjoys an international performing career. A graduate of Oberlin and Juilliard, she has performed in concert with singers such as Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Richard Zeller, Milagro Vargas, Eduardo Chama, Frederick Urrey, Judith Nicosia, and varied artists associated with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Stuttgart Opera, and other organizations of note. Her song recital appearances include such venues  as the Joy of Singing Competition (NY), the prestigious ARD Competition (Munich), Oregon Bach Festival, Dallas Art Museum Recital Series, NATS, and the International Congress of Voice Teachers. Ms. González-Palmer’s vocal master class accompaniment credits include Frederica von Stade, Simon Estes, Grace Bumbry, and Martina Arroyo, among others.  From 1992-2002, summers were devoted to teaching and performing in Austria for the American Institute of Musical Studies, a school dedicated to the training of singers and pianists.  In 2010, she joined the faculty of Lied Austria International as coach/pianist.  Ms. Gonzalez-Palmer is currently director of the graduate degree program in Collaborative Piano Performance and Associate Professor of collaborative piano and vocal coaching at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.


"All of the faculty treated us with the utmost respect and created a professional, enjoyable atmosphere to work."

"I really enjoyed the nearly seamless instruction we received from the various faculty members. It is seldom that you find such a good chemistry, openness, directness and harmony among faculty members."

"Your enthusiasm and passion got to me."

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