The conductor

Mads Bille 2013. Foto: Jens Peter EngedalMads Bille
Mads Bille studied organ and choral direction at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. He also undertook training in organ, vocal and choral direction in England and Sweden. He has directed numerous concerts, primarily as conductor of the Herning Boys Choir.

Alongside his work as organist and choirmaster, Mads is the Artistic Director of the Jutland School of Singing, which he founded in collaboration with his wife, Dorte Bille, in 1999. The founding of the school was based on a wish to give the young singers in Herning Boys Choir (and its sister choir, the MidWest Girls Choir) a more in-depth musical education  than could be provided in 2 weekly choir rehearsals. Today the Jutland School of Singing is a centre of vocal education for 200 children and young people. Conservatoire preparatory MGK teaching is provided for selected singers. Courses and masterclasses provide training for music teachers and choir directors.

In the past years Mads has explored the wider cultural significance of singing and song in school, church and society. Anxious to develop further the popular and elite singing culture in Denmark, Mads has, in collaboration with Christian Alstrup, introduced a national initiative with the support of the Danish Ministry of Culture, called ‘Sangens Hus’ (the House of Song). ‘Sangens Hus’ officially opened on March 17th, 2014.

Mads Bille has recieved a number of rewards for his work. In 2010, he became a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog.