Cora Schmeiser is a versatile vocalist. Her voice moves effortlessly between medieval, baroque, classical and contemporary styles. During her performances she uses her sophisticated voice and virtuosity with expressive contrasts and subtle mimicking to create an intimate atmosphere that captivates the listener. Theatrical but completely natural.
Cora got her first musical and creative impulses while growing up. She experienced the joy of making music together through a year-long membership with the Landesjugendchor Rheinland-Pfalz. This led her to studying music in Frankfurt am Main and The Hague at Sea. Cora studied 'Classical Singing' at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Lenie van der Heuvel, Wout Oosterkamp and Gerda van Zelm. There she discovered and explored her special interest for early and medieval music, as well as contemporary music and drama. She took up courses and master classes for 'Modern Music and Improvisation' by Ton Hartsuiker, Inge Fröhlich, Greetje Bijma, Isabelle Ganz, Barbara Hannigan, Claron McFadden, the Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart and the Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium. At the Akademie für berufliche und musisch-kulturelle Weiterbildung, Fulda, she specialized in 'Music of the Middle Ages / Early music of the higher classes'.
She makes solo performances, but also collaborates/-ted with theater makers like Hotel Modern, Van Reek & Ten Bosch, Theatre Adhoc, Alida Neslo, David Prins and Elisabeth Bas; with visual artists like Maarten van Gent, Simone Ten Bosch, Arnold Schalks, Susanne Kriemann, Constantin Jaxy, Tanja Smit, artist group Observatorium and Toine Horvers; with poets like Peter Swanborn, Froukje van der Ploeg, Alexis de Roode and Willem Thies; with ensembles like the Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium, Wire Griot, the Rosa Ensemble, Radio Kootwijk Live, the POW-ensemble, ensemble Nu:n, the ASKO chamber choir, Coolhaven and with composers like Ron Ford, Boudewijn Tarenskeen, Nicoleta Chatzoupoulou, Johan van Kreij, Daniël Hamburger, Hanneke Vos, Rita Knuisting Neven, Richard Craig, Anne La Berge, David Dramm, Aliona Yurtsevich, Lukas Simonis, Maurice van Loon, Falk Hübner, Giuliano Bracci and Kate Moore.
Since its founding in 2004, she is a regular member of the Cologne Frauenschola Ars Choralis Coeln, a choral group conducted by Maria Jonas, that is specialized in the interpretation and performance of music by important medieval composers like Hildegard von Bingen and Anna von Köln.
She currently teaches 'Classical Singing' at the Rotterdam SKVR-music school and works as a coach for the German language at both the 'Groot Omroepkoor' in Hilversum and ‘De Nederlandse Opera' in Amsterdam. Since 2016 she teaches German for singers at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
photo © Florian Cramer