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Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

Beyond Barriers: Practical workshop on how to gain outreach skills

mentored by Mark Withers

02 - 05 May 2022

Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel


The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel has at heart to share music with a very large public and to broaden the field of social applications offered to young talents enrolled in all the disciplines taught within the institution.  


With the support of Foundation Futur21, La Chapelle developed the “Community projects” Chair to reach out to new audiences that don’t have easy access to music (precarious situation, refugees, prisoners, hospitalized people, and many others) and to transmit musical education to disadvantaged children.


As part of this global project, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel proposed a 4-day workshop around outreach skills and aims to raise awareness on audience diversity & equality matters, but mostly to give to this younger generation of artists the keys and tools they need to develop new ways of sharing their art and bond with the widest possible audience.


To do so, the workshop, mentored by Mark Withers will focus on practical preparation before “real-life situations” with 2 different “target groups” (still to be defined). Participants will be divided in 2 groups, each one working with a different public.


Creativity and Improvisation will be at the center of these sessions to promote as much as possible a participatory dimension for the audience.


This workshop will be lead by Mark Withers, clarinetist and coordinator of participatory educational projects. Mark designs and leads creative education and outreach projects as well as training programmes for artists working in the field.


 Practical informations


Date: From May 2nd to 5th, 2022

Place: Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel - Chaussée de Tervuren 445, 1410, Waterloo, Belgium


 Application process


- the artist must be connected to one of the 12 enoa member institutions

- the artist must contact her sending institution, which decides if they recommend her application

- the hosting institution confirms the list of participants after the registration deadline

- the network assumes the responsibility for the training fees, the costs of accommodation and travel 


Application requirements:


• a CV

• a cover letter

• audio and/or video links


> Singers and musicians with a minimum of undergraduate studies level

> No age limit for applicants


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to their personal situation.


The enoa network is actively seeking to support artists currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons.

More information on enoa’s commitments




Number of participants: max. 16

- Positions reserved for participants supported by enoa organisations: 8

- Positions reserved for participants selected by the hosting institution: 8