Gerda van Zelm studied in Alkmaar at the then Music Pedagogical Academy, and obtained her UM diploma at the Utrechts Conservatorium. After this she continued her studies with Herman Woltman. After completing her training she was for many years a member of the Groot Omroepkoor in Hilversum. At concerts with this choir she also sang regularly as a soloist, with conductors such as Kenneth Montgomery, Kent Nagano, Bernard Klee, and Peter Eötvös.
Gerda van Zelm was a member of the vocal ensemble Femmes Vocales that performed an a cappella theatre programme with the title From Palestrina to Broadway. This ensemble also made a CD: Noël Nouvelet. As alto soloist she sang repertoire such as the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Christmas Oratorio and various cantatas by J.S. Bach, the Requiem by M. Duruflé, the Requiem and the Krönungsmis by W.A. Mozart, and the Petit Messe Solenelle by G. Rossini. She sang opera roles in Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell (Sorceress) and Die Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart (Third Lady).
As well as solo recitals she also worked as a soloist at choral concerts, and sang in the Altrapsodie by J. Brahms, Ständchen by F. Schubert and others. Gerda worked as a singing teacher at the music school in Opmeer and at the Music Pedagogical Academy in Alkmaar. She also taught the subject of methodology there. In October 1990 she was appointed as principal study teacher in singing at the conservatorium in Arnhem where, along with singing lessons, she also gave methodology, historical development and ensemble singing. From September 1992 Gerda van Zelm taught the same subjects at the Royal Conservatoire. From 1995 she worked exclusively at this conservatoire, where since 2002 she has also been coordinator of the vocal studies department.
Gerda's weeklong residency at YST is part of our ConNext partnership with the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague.
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