Chinese choir performing in Wernigerode © INTERKULTUR
Johannes Brahms Int. Choir Festival & Competition

International variety meets an historical backdrop

Conductor’s Seminar and Choir Festival in Wernigerode

A tradition continues: From June 29 to July 2, 2019 – in cooperation with the city of Wernigerode and its Landesgymnasium für Musik – there will be a new edition of the Conductor’s Seminar, which was part of the popular International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival & Competition from 1999 to 2005 already. The lecturers for the seminar are the international renowned conductors André van der Merwe from South Africa and Romāns Vanags from Latvia. What is more, one of the most famous German youth choirs will act as studio choir: Landesjugendchor-Wernigerode under the leadership of Peter Habermann, who also takes charge of the Wernigerode conductor’s seminar together with INTERKULTUR’s Senior Artistic Director Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß.

The seminar addresses to international students junior conductors, choir assistants and young professionals and takes place directly before the 11th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition 2019. After the seminar the participants have the opportunity to take part in the festival with their choir or compete in the competition.

Since 1999 the International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition in Wernigerode is a crowd puller for choirs and music ensembles from all over the world. The colorful city in the Harz mountain range attracts visitors with its unique charm of medieval architecture and moreover with its musical characteristics: With the Rundfunkjugendchor-Wernigerode, the Mädchenchor Wernigerode and the Kammerchor Wernigerode three renowned German choirs come from this small town.

This competition, named after Johannes Brahms, puts a musical focus on this German composer and the German romantics of the 19th century, but also the event’s festival part is popular with residents and tourists: The traditional Folklore concert on the Wernigerode market square with its historical backdrop captures the audience every time and has become an absolutely essential part of the event.

Registration for the International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival & Competition is still open until February 11, 2019. Early Bird Registration ends on November 26. More information is available here.

Those who are interested in joining the conductor’s seminar can register through this website until February 28, 2019.