Hi, I’m Angela
and – above all:
The Pronunciation Coach for German diction
I navigate classical singers and choirs through the deep waters of German pronunciation and help them overcome their fear of sounding inauthentic.
My clients not only have fun in working on German repertoire but also step up the stage with confidence and sing in German with ease!
I’m just a gal with a good ear, a crush on poetry and a passion for classical music!
Music and poetry have always played an important role in my life:
I learned to play the recorder, the clarinet and the oboe and have played in several ensembles and orchestras.
I also had vocal training and have sung in many vocal ensembles and choirs.
In school, I discovered my knack for language(s), especially in the context of literature and poetry.
Actually, I got reprimanded once for “reading classic literature under the bench” during a maths lesson.
C’mon! When you have to chose between some weird numbers’ stuff and a compendium of romantic poems, the decision is clear, isn’t it?
After my exams, I studied languages, literature and marketing and worked for several years in international companies.
When I became a mum, I started to work from home as freelance translator.
Already at that time I became a sought-after diction coach for different choirs – funnily enough for English.
It was perfectly logical at some point to switch languages and add classical singers as clients and this is how I became what I am today:
The Pronunciation Coach for classical singers and choirs who want to sing German repertoire with confidence and ease!
My personal beliefs
- I believe in pursuing what you are passionate about with all your heart!
You have chosen to pursue singing and I to combine my love for poetry and singing and help singers with German diction.
I do this because I love it. I’m passionate, playful and deeply invested in my art.
- I believe we can learn anything we want, no matter what we want to create, experience or make happen.
Many people think that German pronunciation is complicated (and to be honest, it can be at first) but I absolutely believe that with humility, passion and focus anyone can learn to sing German like a native.
- I don’t do mediocre.
I give everything 120 % and then some. I’m obsessive about exceeding expectations and going above and beyond for you, myself and each other.
I take my work seriously – but not myself.
- Kindness and respect are essential to me.
That’s the reason I have a kind-people-only policy: people demonstrating mean-spirited, dishonest or moronic behaviour are not welcome as my clients. That also extends to any practice of ageism, racism, sexism or any other ism that’s born from bigotry and hate.
There’s enough drama in opera.
- In every job there must be done, there is an element of fun!
I believe that the right attitude makes learning a new skill a lot easier. In my coaching sessions, laughter is not only ok but welcome.
My mantra: If it ain’t fun, it won’t be done.
- All other members of my family (my three “men”) are professional singers.
- I grew up on picture-perfect farm with animals and tractors – and all the work.
- As a balance to work I love going for a run through the woods. There is nothing like fresh air and exercise to help me sort my thoughts and clear my mind.
- I prefer to go to bed early and to start working at around 5.00 a.m. But never without coffee…
- I’m multi-passionate and always juggle different interests.
Currently it’s implementing a permaculture garden, trying out healthy (but yummy) snacks and learning Hungarian.
Angela Braun is a sought-after coach for German pronunciation for singers and choirs.
Besides having learned to play several instruments and having sung for many years, Angela has studied languages and worked for several years in international companies.
In 2010, she started to work as a freelance translator and later on as pronunciation coach.
Angela Braun now solely concentrates on the latter and works with amateur and professional singers and choirs from all over the world who want to sing German repertoire and aim to perfect their pronunciation.
Her professional artistic focus lies on opera, art songs and church music.