Mads Bille studied as organist and choral director at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, with additional studies in organ, vocal and choral direction in England and Sweden.
He has conducted numerous concerts in Denmark, across Europe and The United States, primarily as conductor for Herning Boys Choir. The past years, Mads has engaged himself in the role of singing in society and the role of choirs in church services. Both are main themes in Mads’ work in developing the popular and elite singing culture in Denmark.
Together with his colleague Christian Alstrup, Mads Bille has, of late, introduced the national initiative Sangens Hus (the House of Song). With support from the Danish Ministry of Culture, the initiative will grow to become a new cooperation forum for singing in Denmark. Sangens Hus officially opened on March 17th 2014.
Artistic director for the Jutland School of Singing
In 1999 Mads Bille founded the Jutland School of Singing, where he is now Artistic Director. The Jutland School of Singing was founded based on a wish to give the young singers in Herning Boys Choir (and its ’sister’, Midwest Girls Choir) a more in depth musical education than the two weekly choir practices could offer.
Today the Jutland School of Singing handles a substantial networking cooperation, and offers, among other things, courses and master classes for music teachers and choir conductors, besides the daily work with the approx. 200 children and young people, all students of the school of singing, as well as the conservatory preparatory MGK education for young talented singers.
Talent work starts early
Every year, when school starts after the summer holidays, Mads Bille and the teachers from the Jutland School of Singing visit all 3rd grade classes in Herning schools. Here they scout for the boys and girls with the sought-after musicality. Naturally, it concerns good singing voices, but also rhythmic awareness and a clear attentiveness and enjoyment of music.
The children who show ability and interest are invited to audition for the school of singing. After a year in the preparatory school, the boys who have proved themselves qualified to continue, are ready to become regular members of Herning Boys Choir. When the children are accepted into Herning Boys Choir, or Midwest Girls Choir, they also begin a 10-year-long musical education at the Jutland School of Singing. In their free time, they attend ear and vocal training, and learn to play an instrument, most often piano.