Kammerchor Hochschule für Musik Detmold
The Kammerchor der Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Chamber Choir of the Detmold Music University) with its conductor Prof. Anne Kohler is a 40-singer ensemble, performing ambitious choral music from the Renaissance to the present time. Its special focus lies with a capella music from the 19th century to contemporary choral works. However, compositions with orchestral accompaniment from various eras are also included in the choir’s repertoire.
The singers of the choir consists come from a very varied background, mostly students, including students of music education and church music, first study singers, sound engineers, orchestral players, pianists and musicology students. All take part in weekly rehearsals in order to achieve artistically elaborate and stylistically impeccable interpretations, as well as developing a lucid and perfectly homogenous choral sound.
The Kammerchor has taken part in several prestigious international choral competitions in Athens (Greece), Trnava (Slovakia), Mosbach and Marktoberdorf (Germany). In April 2012 the ensemble won 1st prize at the International Chamber Choir Competition in Mosbach, Germany (Jury: Frieder Bernius, Marcus Creed).In 2014 the Kammerchor again took 1st prize at the 9th German Choir Competition in Weimar in the large mixed choir category. The ensemble regularly works together with renowned guest conductors such as Frieder Bernius and Stefan Parkman.
Anne Kohler is Professor for Choral Conducting at the Detmold University of Music, Germany. Besides teaching her class of First Study Choral Conductors, she also conducts the University’s Chamber Choir and Vocal Ensemble Pop-Up. She studied conducting, piano and classical voice in Hamburg and Karlsruhe, and expanded her field of expertise through masterclasses with Eric Ericsson, Frieder Bernius, Volker Hempfling and Tonu Kaljuste. She has been a guest chorus master for the SWR Vocal Ensemble and Berlin Radio Choir for Marcus Creed, Pierre Boulez, Sir Roger Norrington and Ingo Metzmacher. From 2003 to 2011 she conducted the Hanover choir “Capella St Crucis,” which has won various prizes, among others an “Echo Klassik 2011.”