Category: Special Performing Groups

Groups, that can not be categorized as choirs, orchestras or bands are welcome to apply as Special Performing Groups to the festival.

Special Performing Groups may choose to take part in the SCL Competition or in the SCL Celebration.

 

SCL Competition

In the Competition groups take part in the following program:

- The opening ceremony in St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- 2 workshops at the University of Music and one additional lecture
- 2 additional concerts in and around Vienna
- 1 performance before the jury in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein
- If chosen by the jury: concert in the evening Gala Winners’ Concert in the Konzerthaus
- Closing ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall

Within a maximum time period of 20 to 25 minutes the participants are required to present pieces before the jury, that will be determined by the artistic director. Please send us your suggestions!

+ see the Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria
The SCL Jury evaluates the ensembles upon a transparent catalogue of criteria.  The following criteria are observed and rated:

- Technical criteria = intonation, rhythm, dynamics, ensemble playing. (A maximum of 14 points can be reached)
- Musical-artistic criteria = phrasing, expressivity, spontaneity (Max 14 points)
- Overall artistic impression (Max 6 points)
- Program selection (Max 6 points)

Depending on the rating of the Jury the ensemble and its participants will be awarded with a certificate which lists the result: Outstanding, Excellent, Good or Participated.

Outstanding: 30 - 40 Points
Excellent: 20 - 29 Points
Good: 10 - 19 Points
Participated: 0 - 9 Points

The ensembles will be provided with a summarized feedback from the whole jury, the result of the competition (Outstanding, Excellent, Good or Participated) and the rank in their category. However, the points and the individual points of the respective criteria or the individual jury member will not be revealed.




SCL Celebration

In the Celebration groups take part in the following program:

- The opening ceremony in St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- 2 workshops at the University of Music and one additional lecture
- 2 additional concerts in and around Vienna
- 1 afternoon performance in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein
- Closing ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall
- Gala Winner´s Concert ticket included

Within a maximum time period of 20 minutes the participants may present their freely chosen program on stage.
 
Join all the participating ensembles one more time at the Gala Winner´s Concert in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus. A true celebration of the individual achievements of the past few festival days as well as a celebration of international friendships that have been established over the course of the SCL Festival.
 
Additional concerts:
Your program for the additional concerts should be around 25-55 minutes. The program can be freely chosen, it can also include all or parts of your competition / celebration program and/or your workshop pieces.

 
 
 

Compulsory and Workshop Pieces 2018:


Due to the extraordinary character of this category the music pieces which will be performed before the jury have to be agreed on prior to the festival. Please contact us with your suggestions and the jury will come back to you with their choice of proposed music pieces.


  • SCL Festival Venues - St. Stephen’s Cathedral

    The opening ceremony held in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s landmark and a symbol of Austrian identity.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/st-stephens-cathedral

  • SCL Festival Venues - Musikverein

    The competition and the Celebration held in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein (and/or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus). Music lovers throughout the world know...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Golden Hall of the Musikverein

    ...the Musikverein as the center of Viennese musical culture, as the focus of the international concert circuit and as the Eldorado of classical music.

    www.musikverein.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - Konzerthaus

    The Gala Winner’s concert, held in the sold out Konzerthaus. In the heart of the Konzerthaus (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’ flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Great Hall of the Konzerthaus

    ...Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity.

    www.konzerthaus.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - University of Music in Vienna

    Workshops and seminars held in the University of Music in Vienna, one of the largest arts universities in the world.
  • SCL Festival Venues - Rathaus / Vienna City Hall

    Closing ceremony held in the magnificent Festival Hall of Vienna City Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Vienna.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/from-l-to-r/city-hall

Jury members - Workshop Lecturers

Luc Anthonis

Luc Anthonis

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Federico Bardazzi

Federico Bardazzi

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Thomas Doss

Thomas Doss

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Christoph Ehrenfellner

Christoph Ehrenfellner

Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Margrethe Ek

Margrethe Ek

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Andy Icochea Icochea

Andy Icochea Icochea

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Pavel Kachnov

Pavel Kachnov

Workshop Lecturer
Georg Mark

Georg Mark

Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Angelika Möser

Angelika Möser

Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury
Carolin Nordmeyer

Carolin Nordmeyer

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Hermann Pallhuber

Hermann Pallhuber

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Jürgen Partaj

Jürgen Partaj

(non-voting) Chairman of the Juries
Philipp Pointner

Philipp Pointner

Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Carol Riggs

Carol Riggs

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Phillip Riggs

Phillip Riggs

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Christoph Sietzen

Christoph Sietzen

Workshop Lecturer
Saul Zaks

Saul Zaks

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
  • Luc Anthonis
  • Federico Bardazzi
  • Thomas Doss
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Margrethe Ek
  • Andy Icochea Icochea
  • Pavel Kachnov
  • Georg Mark
  • Angelika Möser
  • Carolin Nordmeyer
  • Hermann Pallhuber
  • Jürgen Partaj
  • Philipp Pointner
  • Carol Riggs
  • Phillip Riggs
  • Christoph Sietzen
  • Saul Zaks
  • Luc Anthonis

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    At the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory of Antwerp Luc Anthonis received qualifications for solfeggio, flute, chambermusic, harmony, choral conducting.

    He rounded out his knowledge on choral conducting in master classes with Eric Ericson, Simon Halsey, Péter Erdei, Jan Eelkema, Michael Scheck and others.

    In 1980 Luc Anthonis took over the choir Cantilene from its founder Jozef Cleymans and in 1989 he himself founded the Vocal Ensemble Cantando. He still is the conductor of both choirs. The latter has won a great number of prizes in (inter)national competitions.

    He conducts the Flemish Radio Choir on a regular basis and has been choirmaster of an international choir in Italy for four years. He gave choralconducting masterclasses in Bludenz (Austria).

    Luc Anthonis is a standard member of the jury for the international youth choir competition in Neerpelt (EMJ-Belgium).

    In September 2007 Luc Anthonis became professor of choral conducting at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Antwerp (Belgium).

    Since 1982 Luc Anthonis has taught flute and instrumental ensemble at the Ekeren music academie (Antwerp-Belgium). Over the years his “Strings Ensemble” has grown to become the “Symphonic Ensemble of Ekeren” (SEE), one of the few “School Symphonic Orchestras” in Belgium.

  • Federico Bardazzi

    Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Federico Bardazzi specialises in Early and Baroque Music, he is primarily active as a director in operatic repertoire, from its origins to Händel, Gluck, Mozart, Rossini and Puccini.

    Having trained as a cellist with Andrè Navarra in Siena and Paris, he studied chamber music with Piero Farulli and the Quartetto Borodin, composition with Carlo Prosperi e Roberto Becheri, Gregorian chant with Nino Albarosa and Johannes Berchmans Göschl, choral conducting with Roberto Gabbiani and Peter Phillips, orchestral conducting at the Accademia Chigiana with Myung-Whun Chung.

    He conducts the Ensemble San Felice, a vocal and instrumental group whose repertoire ranges from Medieval to contemporary music, with whom he has performed to great acclaim across the world such as a new version of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem, rare pages and masterpieces of seventeenth and eighteen century music, both in sacred and lyric repeortoire. Devoted for many years now to the Bachian repertoire, through the Ensemble he has conducted many times all of the great Kirchenmusik and all of the instrumental concerts.

    His research programmes in Medieval music have met with great success across Europe: within this frame he is currently curating La musica della Commedia, an important work on the music of Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, which takes place through concerts, conferences and multimedia productions.

    Federico Bardazzi has been the Director of the Maggio Fiorentino Formazione’s courses from 2008 to 2014. In his role as training coordinator he has realised higher specialized training courses and projects funded by the European Social Fund. All his artistic and technical projects at the lyrical Theatre have been developed in collaboration with some of the main Tuscan musical institutions, such as Festival Pucciniano of Torre del Lago with which he is currently Director of the Agenzia Formativa. This experience leads to the creation of Opera Network, originally funded together with Carla Zanin, whose objective is to assist in the development of lyrical productions, in collaboration between institutions of different natures, with the aim of encouraging and assisting young artists in the early stages of their careers in developing their professional profile and career path. Some of the most successful projects were all conducted by Federico Bardazzi, moreover, the season 2018 will see Galuppi’s opera in collaboration with Landestheater of Salzburg and Festival Pucciniano. Being aware of the high potential that the East represents for both the Italian University as well as for the Artistic and Musical Higher Education system, he is the funder and leading member with Opera Network of an integrated project of cultural, linguistic and musical training for Chinese students.

    Federico Bardazzi is artistic director of In-canto gregoriano - Incontri Internazionali di Firenze, a project devoted to the philological study and musical interpretation of the early liturgical repertoire, and has been member of the senior committee of AISCGre (Associazione Internazionale Studi di Canto Gregoriano) since 2015. He is also President & Artistic Director of the del Florence International Orchestra & Choir Festival, which, every year, brings together hundreds of musicians from all around the world, in a kermesse of high human and musical value. Is Artistic Director of Festival in canto armonico. He is Jury Member and President in many Festival and Competition Committees allover the world.

    His recordings (at the moment 20 Cds and 10 Dvds) – whose concerts have been transmitted by international broadcasting, which has devoted one special on his performances – ranges from the Medieval to the operatic repertoire, and sees him not only in his role of conductor, but also of baroque cellist, gamba and fiddle player, for record labels such as Brilliant, Tactus, and Bongiovanni, etc.

    Federico Bardazzi is Director of Conservatorio di Musica della Toscana and Professor of Chamber Music and Baroque Music at the State Conservatory Puccini of La Spezia and he is invited all around the world to lead Masterclasses.

  • Thomas Doss

    Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Doss was born 1966, in Linz, Austria, into a musical family (both parents were active orchestra-musicians). His undergraduate degree took place at the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz in music education, with an emphasis in trombone, composition, conducting, and piano. Subsequent studies took place in Salzburg, Vienna, Los Angeles, and Maastricht (Limburg).
    Doss debuted with the Wiener Kammerorchester in 1988. He held residencies with various opera houses and festivals, working as both conductor and composer with, among others, the Brucknerorchester Linz, Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt, Wiener Kammersinfoniker, Westfälisches Sinfonieorchester, Philharmonisches Orchester Budweis, Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie, Wiener Kammerchor, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, and the Österreichisches Ensemble für neue Musik.
    Doss is known for collaborating with artists from many different genres, such as Harri Stojka, Chris de Burgh, Thomas Gansch, John Williams, Steven Mead, Christian Maurer, as well as many others. His passion for wind and brass ensembles has taken his expertise and talent around the world. He has maintained a close relationship with the Mitropa/Hal Leonard publishing house since 2001 and has published numerous scores and CD’s with them.
    Teaching and coaching have also become an increasingly important part of Doss’ work. Many of his students are award-recipients at international competitions. He also leads workshops and masterclasses at institutes across Europe, such as the Konservatorium Groningen (Netherlands), Lemmensinstitut (Belgium), Konservatorium Gent (Belgium), Universität Mainz, Mannheim (Germany), Musikuniversität Wien, and Anton Bruckneruniversität Linz (Austria).
    Doss has been the coordinator for the „Ensembleleitung des oberösterreichischen Landesmusikschulwerk“ since 2006. He was professor for Ensemble-Conducting in Vienna Conservatory till 2012 and Professor for conducting at the Conservatorium Montiverdi in Bozano (I) till 2016.

    A majority of his work (print and audio) is available through Mitropa/Hal Leonard-Group. www.dehaske.com

    www.thomas-doss.com

  • Christoph Ehrenfellner

    Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Christoph Ehrenfellner is born in Salzburg 1975 and works as violinist, composer and conductor. He is 2016-2019 artist in residence at Theater Nordhausen/Germany, where he composed his 1st Symphony, his 1st Ballet, his 3rd Opera, where he conducts and performs. Ehrenfellner is composer in residence at the St.Gallen Festival 2018, a 4th Opera is commissioned by the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg for 2020. Residencies contained the Opera Festival Retz 2017, the Loisiarte Chamber Music Festival 2017, the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse/France 2012, Seiji Ozawa Academy/Geneva 2013, PalmKlang Festival/Salzburg 2015.

    Ehrenfellner is a regular guest-conductor at the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Krasnojarsk Chamber Orchestra, OSN Nancy, RSO Minsk. He was chief-conductor at the Sinfonietta Baden 2011-15 and assistant conductor at the Opéra National de Lorraine/Nancy 2010-2013. He is since 7 years jury member at the SCL Youth Orchestra Festival at Wiener Musikverein, and teaching the University Orchestra at the KUG University Graz. 2015-17 he was head of the youth orchestra and youth chamber music classes at the Allegro Vivo Festival in Austria.

    As a violinist Christoph performs in the season 2017 with the Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Krasnojarsk Symphony Orch. and the Mexico City Phil. 2016-18 he is doing a complete recording of Beethovens Violin Sonatas in Tokyo. He was guest-concertmaster at the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and OENM Salzburg (Ensemble for Contemporary Music), since 2006 he is leading the Zuckmayer Ensemble Wien-Berlin and touring at Festivals worldwide.

    Ehrenfellner is honorary member of the Japan Austria Cultural Association. His thesis ‘Art&money’ is edited at the Akademiker Verlag Saarbrücken.

    Find more about Christoph Ehrenfellner at www.christophehrenfellner.at

  • Margrethe Ek

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Margrethe Ek from Norway started conducting at the age of 14. Ek studied music for eight years, including master in singing, an education in music performance and presentation, and a diploma in conducting from the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has written a book of the health benefits of singing in a choir (Cantando 2012). An article of choir and health benefits are to be published in the bulletin of international federation of choral music (IFCM april 2014).
    Ek currently works as Head of Music-Dance-Drama department and a professor at Kirkeparken videregående skole (upper secondary school) in Moss, 60 km south from Oslo. She has previously worked at the University of Oslo within the subjects of song and conducting for 11 years.
    Being a conductor filled with energy and dynamic presentations, she has conducted several ensembles at high levels within several genres – both choirs and instrumental ensembles (symphony orchestras and wind ensembles). Ek’s different ensembles have often been seen on national TV and radio, and they have participated in choir contests at international levels with great results. Margrethe Ek has been acknowledged as both a lecturer and a visiting conductor for both businesses and musical ensembles in Norway. She is often invited to be a judge in both national and international choir contests.
    Today Margrethe Ek is the conductor of Moss Ensemble Consensus, founded in 2010.

  • Andy Icochea Icochea

    Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Andy Icochea Icochea is a multi-faceted musician who regularly appears as an orchestral and opera conductor, choral conductor and accompanist, and whose compositions and arrangements are performed internationally. He has appeared in over 500 concerts in 29 countries and four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich and Berliner Konzerthaus. As a guest conductor, he has led the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú and the Brookline Symphony, among others.

    Icochea Icochea has collaborated as choral conductor and rehearsal accompanist with Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Bertrand de Billy and Bernard Haitink. His choruses have performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. He has conducted world premieres of operas in Austria, Italy and the United States. Additionally, he has served as guest Clinician for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's education programs.

    He currently serves as Music Director of Superar, a non-profit organization that provides high quality music instruction free of charge to 2000 children in six countries in central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he has served as Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys Choir and Artistic Director of Voices Boston and Harvard Pro Musica.

  • Pavel Kachnov

    Workshop Lecturer

    Pavel Kachnov was born in Kiev (Ukraine), into a very musical family - his father, Walerii Kachnov, being an orchestral and choral conductor, and his mother, Switlana Kachnova, being a pianist, who he started taking piano lessons from aged three.
    In 1992, Pavel Kachnov enrolled at the Kiev Special Music School for gifted children, where he studied under the famous Ukrainian teacher, Irina Barinova.
    During his studies, Pavel won numerous national and international youth music contests (Prokofiev International Piano Competition, Karamanov International Piano Competition and many more), and received scholarships from the Russian and Ukranian “New Names Fund” and the “President’s fund”.
    Aged sixteen, Pavel moved to the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy with professors B. Fedorov and Professor B. Archimovich to continue his studies.During this time, he performed in Poland, Switzerland, Russia and Spain, at concerts with famous conductors such as K. Karabyts, V. Sirenko and M. Diadiura.
    After graduating from Kiev Conservatory, Pavel moved to Vienna to improve his music with well-known pianist and teacher Oleg Maisenberg at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

    Since 2010, Pavel has been the piano soloist of the Vienna Royal Orchestra, and in 2013, Pavel became a professor at the Prayner Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna.
    Pavel Kachnov is the winner of the 26th and 27th Citta di Cantu Piano Competition, 11th CIPCE international competition in Madrid, prize-winner of the 4th “Neue Sterne” piano competition, winner of the 6th Parnassos piano competition in Mexico, Delia Steinberg IPS, 7th Villa de Capdepera international competition, 8th Horowitz International Piano competition, and many more.
    He performs with national symphony and national philharmonic orchestras of the Ukraine, as well as orchestras from Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Madrid, Vienna and the orchestra of the Ballearic Islands. His repertoire includes a large range of music from baroque to contemporary.

    In 2017, Pavel founded his own International Piano competition in Kyiv (Ukraine), and in April 2018, Pavel made his debut at one of the most famous concert halls in the world, the Vienna Musikverein.

  • Georg Mark

    Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Georg Mark was born in Salzburg, studied conducting and violin in Vienna at the Konservatorium Wien University, at the same time studies in musicology, philosophy and psychology at the University of Vienna.
    Among the orchestras with whom he performs in Austria, Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and in South America are the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Nippon Yomiouri Orchestra, the Nagano Philharmonic, the Orchestra National de Toulouse, the Royal Flaandern Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra Bergen, the Trondheim Symphony, the Oslo Radio Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Rheinland Pfalz, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the National Venezolanian Youth Orchestra Simon Bolivar, the Sinfonische Orchester Graz, the Wiener Kammerorchester etc with Soloists like Julian Rachlin, Natalia Gutman, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Angelika Kirchschlager, Franco Gulli, Nicolaj Znajder, Boris Beresovsky, Till Fellner, Nikolaj Lugansky and many others.
    Since 1991 Georg Mark is Principal Guest Conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow.
    His repertoire has a focus on music composed in Vienna with special emphasis on combining modern performance practice with the 'Wiener Tradition', especially works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler - and on the other hand Russian music with focus on Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
    Georg Mark has been leading the conducting class at the Konservatorium Wien University for the last thirty-five years.

  • Angelika Möser

    Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury


    Angelika Möser was born in Vienna. After finishing school and a business college she studied musicology combined with dramatics, economy and history at the Vienna University. She graduated in 1993.
    During the time of her studies she worked in the office of the concert organisation Jeunesses Musicales Austria, at the Salzburg Summer Festival as well as at the Easter Festival Salzburg. Since 1988 member of the board of Jeunesses Musicales Austria she became president of the organisation for five years in 1998.
    From 1992 to 2003 Angelika Möser worked in the artistic department at the Wiener Konzerthaus. In October 2003 she became Secretary General of Jeunesses Musicales Austria. In this position she was responsible for more than 600 concerts per year in Austria with a focus on young talents and young audiences, two orchestra camps for young musicians and many other activities. From 2005 until 2011 she was also Vicepresident of Jeunesses Musicales International.
    With July 2015 she became executive director at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. Angelika Möser is member of the directorate of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as well as board member of many music organisations like mica (music information center Austria) or musica juventutis and is often asked as jury member for music competitions. With March 2018 she has been appointed as member of the Board of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. As a passionate choir singer she is member of the Wiener Singverein since more than 25 years.

  • Carolin Nordmeyer

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Carolin Nordmeyer was born in 1975 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Having grown up „under the grand piano“, she became interested in scores and developed an eye for the big picture alongside playing piano, violin, viola and french horn.
    After graduating from high school, she began studying french horn in Detmold (Germany), followed by conducting studies with a major in piano, although her focus clearly shifted towards conducting. Her contact with various conductors during her academic year as a scholarship holder at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris gave her important inspiration.
    Carolin Nordmeyer was appointed conductor and répétiteur at the Theater Bielefeld whilst still a student. She built up a broad repertoire and, in addition to her own opera productions such as Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" or Scarlatti's "Griselda", she conducted performances of Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera", Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims", Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", Weber's "Freischütz", Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel", Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" or Lehár's "Lustige Witwe". In addition, she regularly planned and conducted youth and family concerts.
    From 2009-2017 Carolin Nordmeyer was engaged as second Kapellmeister and assistant of the general music director at the Theater Augsburg. Carolin Nordmeyer conducted the premieres of Verdi's "La Traviata", Mozart's "La Finta giardiniera", Chabrier's "„Etoile" and the ballet productions "Romeo and Juliet" and "Cinderella", the gala concerts on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (2011/12), as well as various youth and family concerts. She expanded her conducting repertoire with numerous revivals, including Berg’s "Lulu", Verdi's "Aida" and "Il Trovatore", Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer" and Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Die Zauberflöte".
    Carolin Nordmeyer is a lecturer in Opera Studies at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory Augsburg.
    In November 2006, Carolin Nordmeyer was accepted as a scholar into Deutsche Bank’s "Akademie Musiktheater heute" Scholarship Program.
    In addition to her professional activities, Carolin Nordmeyer has a great passion for music education and musical work with amateurs and young people. Carolin Nordmeyer is designated chief conductor of the Schwäbisches Jugendsinfonieorchester. Since 2013 she is chief conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra Munich. She has also conducted projects and performances with the Saarland Youth Orchestra, the Young Orchestra Academy of the Moselle Music Festival, the Rheinische Orchesterakademie Mainz, the Märkisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, of which she was chief conductor from 2004 to 2011, and the Freie Sinfonie Orchester Bielefeld founded by her in 2003.

  • Hermann Pallhuber

    Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Hermann Pallhuber completed his musical education at conservatories in Innsbruck and Vienna (piano, trombone and ensemble direction), after which he went on to further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and then again in Innsbruck (musical pedagogy with special emphasis on ensemble and choir conduction, trombone and piano). At the same time, he also completed his studies in classical philology (Latin).
    From 1994-2004, he focused mainly on conducting and teaching at various high schools and musical academies. He also deepened his interest in conducting and composition at the Pedagogical University Tyrol, the University of Innsbruck and the Musical Universities of Zürich and Augsburg respectively, after which he obtained an artistic diploma in “Conducting, wind band direction and instrumentation” from the Musical Academy of Nüremberg-Augsburg. For many years, Hermann Pallhuber led professional and semi-professional wind ensembles and orchestras (Wind Music Project of the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Three Lions Brass Band Stuttgart, Brass Band Tirol, The Symphonic Wind Orchestra Innsbruck, and many more), with which he achieved numerous impressive musical successes. Furthermore, he was in charge of running and moderating factual programmes on wind music for the Austrian national television broadcasting service (ORF) from 2001-2016. Internationally, Hermann Pallhuber, functions as a guest conductor, juror, composer and lecturer in wind orchestration. His compositions were published by Faber Music London and Beriato (De Haske/Hal Leonard).
    Since 2009, he has been teaching at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart, where he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor for wind orchestra conduction in 2013. He has also been leading a class in wind orchestra direction at the Tyrolean State Conservatory.
    In October 2016, Hermann Pallhuber was awarded the professorship for conducting and direction of wind orchestras at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Mannheim.

  • Jürgen Partaj

    (non-voting) Chairman of the Juries

    Jürgen Partaj was born in Vienna into a family of music enthusiasts and so came into early contact with the Austrian choral and music scene. He studied violin with Eva Bru and attended master classes with Christian Altenburger and Ernst Kovacic. Initially he was active purely in the field of classical music in solo, chamber music and orchestral projects but his concert activity gradually shifted towards crossover. His musical career is complemented by performances with Oscar winner Glen Hansard, concerts as a guest musician in various international performing groups, several CD productions, broadcasts on international TV and radio stations as well as the musical direction at festivals and theatre productions, among others in the framework of the Wiener Festwochen. Besides his musical activities Jürgen Partaj graduated in law with a focus on arts law and founded a music agency in 2000 that specialized in international orchestral and choral tour management. Jürgen Partaj had the opportunity to work with outstanding musicians such as Elina Garanca, Annette Dasch, Julian Rachlin, Joe Zawinul, Rebekka Bakken, Al Jarreau, Randy Newman, Lalo Schifrin and with choral conductors such as Erwin Ortner, Robert Page and Simon Carrington.
    Jürgen Partaj was founder and director of the contemporary music festival at Schloss Ebelsberg before he founded the ”Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival“ in 2007 together with the Association Via Musica – a festival for youth choirs and youth orchestras from all over the world. As intendant and artistic director till 2017, he annually created over 200 music events in Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria.
    With the establishment and the artistic direction of the youth choir „Neue Wiener Stimmen“ in 2010 Jürgen Partaj was able to make a lasting impression in his hometown. Despite its short existence the Neue Wiener Stimmen can already look back on tours in Austria and abroad, CD and DVD recordings, performances in the most important concert venues in Vienna, at the opening of the Life Ball and at the Wiener Volkstheater. Performances of ”Fledermaus“ at the EXPO 2015 in Milan, productions at the Wiener Schauspielhaus and the Theater an der Wien and acclaimed projects with the RSO Vienna, the Max Steiner Orchestra, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra round off the diverse activities of the choir. Neue Wiener Stimmen was elected as “Choir of the Year 2016” by the Chorforum Wien.
    Jürgen Partaj was nominated for cultural manager of the year in the German-speaking countries in 2013. He is working with the Austrian Composers Society, is much sought after as a jury member of international music competitions and is teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

  • Philipp Pointner

    Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Viennese-born conductor Philipp Pointner started his career at Cape Town Opera/South Africa. There and at Gauteng Opera Johannesburg he is still a regular guest.

    He continued his way in Germany, where he was Erster Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Nürnberg for many years. He is guest at many European opera houses such as Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Köln, Staatstheater Mannheim, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Belgium, just to name a few. In Austria he conducted at the Volksoper Vienna and the Oper Graz.

    In concert Philipp Pointner is working with orchestras like WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Staatsphilharmonie Braunschweig, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg and Oviedo Philharmonic/Spain. He is regular guest conductor at the Filarmonia de Stat Transilvania Cluj/Romania. In 2017 he will debut with the RSO Vienna.

  • Carol Riggs

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Carol Riggs received her Bachelor of Music from UNC Chapel Hill and her Master of Music from UNC-Greensboro.  She was inducted into the North Carolina Choral Directors “Hall-of-fame” in 2016. Singers under Carol’s direction, have performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. John’s Cathedral, and at Riverside Church in New York City, and internationally in Paris, London, and Amsterdam.  They have also performed in national festivals in Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, New York, and Virginia Beach. Mrs. Riggs retired after teaching for 30 years in North Carolina. Her choirs consistently received superior ratings at NC Large and Small Choral Festivals.
    She has been chosen as Teacher-of-the-Year three times during her career. Mrs. Riggs served as a board-member of the High School Choral Section of the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) for 20 years. She served as coordinator of the North Carolina All-State Honors Choir for 14 years. Carol currently works with the American Choral Directors Associaiton (ACDA) to facilitate national and regional conferences throughout the United States. She continues to teach private voice lessons and is active as a clinician and adjudicator.
    During the summers of 2015 and 2016, Carol and her husband, Phillip taught music at the Entel Foreign Language School in Hangzhou, China.

  • Phillip Riggs

    Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Phillip Riggs, winner of the 2016 Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award, is currently a music instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) in Durham, NC. Phillip is a recipient of the Exceptional Contribution in Outreach Award presented each year by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for his work with music education programs throughout North Carolina. Prior to joining the NCSSM faculty, he was the first band director and fine arts chair at Ronald Reagan High School. Mr. Riggs was the first faculty member selected to the Reagan High School Hall of Fame, (Fall, 2015).
    During his thirty-year career, Mr. Riggs has served in several leadership positions. He was the coordinator of the National Association for Music Educators, (NAfME) National Wind Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (2011, 2012). He currently serves as the Southern Division Representative on the NAfME Council for Band and as the North Carolina Chair of the National Band Association. He was President of the North Carolina Band Directors Association (2006-2008). He also served as chair of the North Carolina High School All-State Band (8 years), chair of the NCMEA Technology Committee and founding chair of the NCMEA New Teacher/Mentor Committee. Phillip is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Austria, and China.  His professional affiliations include; National Association for Music Educators, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, National Band Association, and in 2005 he was voted into the American School Band Directors Association.

  • Christoph Sietzen

    Workshop Lecturer

    “This young man commands the rare art of making percussion instruments sing – and he is creating a revolution on the marimba”
    (Kai Luehrs-Kaiser, Rondo Magazin 3/2017)

    Named a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/18 season, percussionist Christoph Sietzen has been praised by the media as an outstanding talent – a refreshingly natural musician notable for his technical mastery and powerful stage presence. He was a prizewinner at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in 2014 and received the ICMA Young Artist Award of 2018. His first solo CD “Attraction”, released by GENUIN classics in 2017, took its name from a work composed for Sietzen by Emmanuel Séjourné and received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award. Pizzicato magazine described it as “a stupendous solo performance in every respect”.
    Christoph Sietzen, a citizen of Luxembourg, was born in Salzburg, where he made his performing debut at the age of 12 at the Salzburg Festival. He started learning percussion at the age of six, taking lessons from Martin Grubinger, Sr., and later attended the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, where his teachers were Bogdan Bacanu, Leonhard Schmidinger und Josef Gumpinger. He also studied double bass and harpsichord, taking a special interest in baroque repertoire. Since 2014 he has held a teaching post at Vienna’s University for Music and the Performing Arts.
    He has appeared at such major concert halls as Athenaeum Bucharest, the Berlin and Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. During his ECHO Rising Star tour, Christoph Sietzen will play in the most renowned concert halls this season: Cologne Philharmonie, Müpa Budapest, Konzerthaus Vienna, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gulbenkian Foundation Lissabon, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Stockholm Konserthuset, Bozar Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Casa da Música Porto. Christoph Sietzen will be featured as „Great Talent“ in the 2018/2019 season by Vienna’s Konzerthaus.
    Orchestras with which he has performed include the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Romanian National Symphony Orchestra and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, and he has shared the stage with such artists as his marimba teacher Bogdan Bacanu, Martin Grubinger, Momoko Kamiya, Peter Sadlo, Emmanuel Séjourné and the Oscar-winning actor Karl Markovics. Christoph Sietzen is a member of the Marimba-Ensemble “The Wave Quartet”, founded by Bogdan Bacanu.
    Composers who have written works for Christoph Sietzen include Ivan Boumanns, Jakob Gruchmann, Alexander Mullenbach and Alexander Wagendristel, while a new work has been commissioned for his forthcoming ECHO Rising Stars tour from Stewart Copeland, formerly of rock band “The Police”. Sietzen also regularly gives masterclasses, which have taken him to China, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
    Christoph Sietzen’s solo CD “Attraction” also features music by Bruce Hamilton, Arvo Pärt, John Psathas, Andrew Thomas and Iannis Xenakis, and he has made a number of recordings as a member of The Wave Quartet. The album “Loco”, released on GENUIN classics in 2016, features music by Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel and the Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, while the 2017 release “Lauda Concertata” takes its name from a marimba concerto by Akira Ifukube. The quartet’s discography includes arrangements of works by Bach and other baroque composers, and a new disc with compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded with L'Orfeo Barockorchester, was released in 2017 by Sony Classical and awarded with the Supersonic Award. Autumn 2018 sees another release by Sony Classical: Christoph Sietzen’s second Solo-CD with two percussion concertos.
    Christoph Sietzen plays exclusively on Adams marimbas.

    www.christophsietzen.com

  • Saul Zaks

    Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Born in Buenos Aires in 1961, is the conductor of the University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra. He has been the conductor of the University of Southern Denmark Chamber choir for 16 years.
    Saul Zaks performed the Misatango with Martín Palmeri several times and at the Scandinavian premiere in December 2014. Today is Saul the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Misatango Festival Vienna (www.misatango.com).

    Saul Zaks has been a conductor of the Jerusalem Rubin Academy Ensemble for Contemporary Music and a guest conductor for The Danish Radio Choir. He also worked for many years as a lecturer at the Musicology Institute, University of Copenhagen and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
    Saul Zaks is a guest professor in choral conducting at the University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica de Asunción del Paraguay, Conservatorio Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba. He specializes in music from Latin America and has performed and recorded with, amongst others, the composer Ariel Ramirez, the singer Mercedes Sosa and the composer & pianist Pablo Ziegler.
    Saul Zaks completed his conducting studies at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music & Dance, Israel, with Prof. Mendi Rodán and received a diploma in musical theory, history of western music and conducting from the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
    Saul Zaks is Ambassador for Argentina and for Denmark at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival Vienna and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Network of University Orchestras.
    Saul Zaks has won the Recording of the Month in Europe as leader of the Danish National Choir together with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard for recordings of Choral Symphony & Requiem by Asger Hamerik (DACAPO 8.226033, 2006). He has also gained a nomination to the Danish Grammy (P2 Prisen) as well as in 2016 to the Latin Grammy’s in the category „Best Tango Album“ together with Pablo Ziegler.
    From February 2018 Saul Zaks has been appointed as the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Music Students Choir at the University of Aarhus

    www.saulzaks.com

  • Luc Anthonis
  • Federico Bardazzi
  • Thomas Doss
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Margrethe Ek
  • Andy Icochea Icochea
  • Pavel Kachnov
  • Georg Mark
  • Angelika Möser
  • Carolin Nordmeyer
  • Hermann Pallhuber
  • Jürgen Partaj
  • Philipp Pointner
  • Carol Riggs
  • Phillip Riggs
  • Christoph Sietzen
  • Saul Zaks

Instruments on stage during the competition or celebration:

Due to the lay-out of the stage and the sequence of the competition a Piano will only be available for performing Choirs in the competition in the Musikverein.

Nevertheless Orchestras, Symphonic Bands and Special Performing Groups can dispose of the following instruments on stage in the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the additional concerts at the MuTh concert hall:

-    5x Timpani (5 Pauken) - Adams Sinfonik pedaltimpani, plastic heads, fine tuner, tuning gauge, sizes 20, 23, 26, 29, 32
-    Xylophone - Yamaha, 3 + ½ octaves (3 + ½ Oktaven)
-    Vibraphone - Musser, 3 octaves (3 Oktaven)
-    Marimba - Yamaha, 5 octaves (5 Oktaven)
-    Bass Drum (= Große Trommel = Grand Cassa) - Adams 40‘

Those instruments will be arranged as indicated on the SCL stage plan of the Musikverein and cannot be removed. Please do not take your own versions of the above-mentioned percussion instruments to the stage and use only the provided ones at the indicated stages.
 
Please also note that instruments are only provided at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the MuTh concert hall. At all other locations you have to use your own percussion instruments and music stands.

Additional instruments and technical equipment are generally not supplied by Via Musica. Should you require additional equipment please contact us for organisational assistance as soon as possible.