The international congress of the choir world

What is

From the 1st to the 4th of October 2015, the German and international choir world will meet for the third time in Dortmund, Germany. includes a choir festival, a trade fair for music publishers and seminars/workshops for choir directors. Every two years it offers a platform for exchange between all types of professionals and amateurs in the choir world. is a gathering place for choir directors, singers, church musicians, music teachers, lecturers, professors and composers. Moreover, it is a location for publishers, artist agencies, concert organizers, music journalists or choir trip agencies to present their services and products. Conductors of all genres and levels can participate in advanced training courses, vocal ensembles can seek new members and audiences, gather experience and make new contacts, and music publishers have an opportunity to present their latest editions and get to meet and discuss with composers.

At the very first in 2011, over 50 publishing houses, companies and choral associations hosted stands at the trade fair venue, over 1000 professionals and experts took part in workshops, and thousands of visitors attended the many concerts all over Dortmund. In 2013, both the workshop programme and the trade fair were extended to a total of four days, around 80 publishing houses and companies took part at the trade fair and more than 1500 expert participants came to Dortmund.

The workshops

Over 150 workshops, intensive courses, coaching sessions and reading sessions is a festival and meeting place for choir directors, music teachers, church and sacred choral musicians, choir managers, singers of all ages and others with an interest in choral and vocal music. Over the course of four days, there are over 150 workshops, intensive courses, coaching sessions and reading sessions covering all musical genres and ensemble formats as well as  musical levels. The subjects included this year range from early music to beatbox, from singing in secondary schools to music and dementia, and from Gregorian chant to contemporary compositions. The musical aspects of are supplemented by organizational and administrative themes such as choir management, media rights and copyright in general.

Among the over 100 seminar speakers and guest tutors are several of Germany's leading choir directors, composers, and coaches including Rupert Huber, Enjott Schneider, Anne Kohler, Erik Sohn, Friedhilde Trüün, Oliver Gies, Sabine Wüsthoff, Markus Detterbeck, Alwin Schronen, Mårten Jansson, Felix Powroslo, Bine Becker-Beck, Graham Lack, Bertrand Gröger, Raimund Wippermann, Robert Sund, Martin Steidler, Matthias Böhringer, Matthias E. Becker, Peter Schindler and Reiner Schuhenn.

The participants will be working some of the finest national and international vocal ensembles in their workshops, among them Voces8, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Vokalakademie Berlin, Onair, Vivid Voices, Ensemble Vocapella Limburg, Kammerchor der Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Maybebop, Slixs, Niniwe, Audi Jugendchorakademie, Singphoniker, I Vocalisti and Mädchenchor am Essener Dom.

The workshops generally last for 90 minutes and take place in parallel sessions, so that visitors can put together an individualized, diverse programme for each day of The breaks are synchronized between the different sessions, so that participants can meet, discuss and exchange ideas with other visitors and also take a tour of the trade fair. The more popular ones in great demand will be repeated several times over the four day event so that participants are distributed evenly over several sessions and at different times.

The allows participants to take part in all workshops (full ticket) or in workshops on specific days (day ticket). This year it will again be possible to reserve your place in the workshops using our online booking system, which means that every expert participant has the option to arrive at with a guaranteed workshop programme. However, there will be spare places in all courses for visitors who have not reserved seats.

Alongside the range of workshops, participants can also devote themselves to one of three themes in the intensive courses offered during the entire Conductor Frank Markowitsch will instruct conductors and advanced singers on the basics of studying and performing early music. Anne Kohler will give a course examining music of the 20th and 21st centuries for chamber choir (her own ensemble from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold will be present as the studio choir). And finally, Oliver Gies (Maybebop) and Felix Powroslo will be repeating their popular four day workshop held at 2013 on the themes of stage presence and interpretation for pop choirs.

There is a special application procedure for the intensive courses, and the applications will be available on this website soon. Aside from this special application procedure, it is absolutely necessary to make sure you send your application to the if you intend to take part in the intensive courses. There are no additional costs to the Individual units of the intensive courses are open to all other expert participants as casual observers.

A finalized programme for the workshops and intensive courses, as well as the biographies of the seminar speakers and tutors, will be available soon on this website.

The concerts

From SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart to Onair and Maybebop

Just like the first two events, 2015 offers its participants and visitors an exciting choir music festival with several first class concerts. These performances will feature material developed in the workshops and in addition, the concerts – this year spread evenly over Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings – will provide visitors with a cross section of current trends in the German and international vocal music scene.

So what is all about? It's about learning from the very best in all areas of vocal music, which is why the finest ensembles are highlighted in this year's concerts. Among these will be the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart directed by Rupert Huber alongside outstanding vocal groups such as Onair, Slixs and Maybebop.

At the last, Voces8 already proved to be a major hit with the audience, and this year too this highly original British ensemble will appear both in concert as well as in a workshop context. However, Voces8 won't be performing alone: they will be sharing the stage with students from Dortmund. Indeed, this year's has a strong focus on youth singing in its concert programme – including performances by renowned ensembles such as the Audi Jugendchorakademie (Martin Steidler) and the Mädchenchor am Essener Dom (Raimund Wippermann) as well as exciting projects such as SingRomantik, in which Friedhilde Trüün will develop a demanding programme with primary school children from Dortmund over the period of one week.

And to top off this year's programme, there will also be the concert presentation of the intensive courses. At the Orchesterzentrum NRW in Dortmund, listeners will have the opportunity to hear the participants of the Early Music course with Frank Markowitsch and the Vocalakademie Berlin and also those from the Choral Music of the 20th and 21st century course with Anne Kohler and the Kammerchor Detmold. Things will get a bit more lively when participants of Oliver Gies and Felix Powroslo's Stage Presence and Interpretation course hit the stage.

Performances by the studio choirs including the Kammerchor I Vocalisti (Hans-Joachim Lustig), the Figuralchor Bonn (Reiner Schuhenn) and Ensemble Vocapella Limburg (Tristan Meister) complete the impressive concert programme at 2015.

All concerts are included in the Further concert information will be available soon on this website.

The trade fair

From sheet music to technology and advanced music education and training

From the 1st to the 4th of October 2015, the Kongresszentrum Westfalenhallen in Dortmund hosts the third trade fair. It will feature sheet music and music publishers, recording labels, producers of music notation software, choir kit and clothes, technical equipment, artist agencies, festival and concert organizers, culture and media partners, high schools and music academies, music associations and promoters of choir tours. These organizations and companies will be able to present their services and products to their target audience of professionals and to all visitors with an interest in choral and vocal music in general.

Visitors have the opportunity to gain an overview of early music and modern choral literature, prestigious and innovative concert recordings, further education and training, technical equipment of all kinds, as well as management guidance and leisure opportunities for choirs. Moreover, the trade fair presents an excellent opportunity to establish contacts with publishers, producers, composers, arrangers, professors, lecturers, choir directors, choir managers, and other professionals in the field.

Entry to the trade fair is free. Since the workshops take place in two parallel sessions each morning and afternoon, all expert participants will have plenty of time to visit the stands at trade fair. and registration

Registration and tickets available here:

  • Full ticket 01-04.10.2015 (€260, concessions €160)
  • Day ticket Thur., 01.10.2015 (€100, concessions €60)
  • Day ticket Fri., 02.10.2015 (€100, concessions €60)
  • Day ticket Sat., 03.10.2015 (€100, concessions €60)
  • Day ticket Sun., 04.10.2015 (€100, concessions €60) (also valid for the Saturday evening concerts)

Tickets for specific days are valid for all workshops and concerts on that date (subject to availablity of seats).



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