The Choir (Shanghai journey)
The children’s choir was founded in January 2002 under the name “Die Weimarer Nachtigallen”[English: Weimar Nightingales]. It was already then that some of the parents privately initiated the formation of a choral community with the aim of promoting musically interested children and developing their joy in choral singing.
While the choir started performing in 2002 with about ten members under the name “Weimarer Nachtigallen”, it grew very fast. In 2006, the newly founded association Schola Cantorum Weimar became the organizing institution of the choir. Meanwhile, 250 young singers of all ages between 5 and 21 sing in various choral sections (the preliminary choir, the young choir, the children’s choir and the youth choir) under the direction of conductor Cordula Fischer. Besides weekly rehearsals, regular concerts and performances, multi-day choral camps and intense rehearsal periods constitute important highlights in the course of the choral year.
The choir has cooperated with other ensembles on a number of occasions, e.g. the “Weimarer Stadtstreicher”, the choir and orchestra of the municipal church “St. Peter und Paul” Weimar, the orchestra of the Musical School Weimar and the opera school of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT. In the past years, sections of the choir participated in music theatre productions of the Deutsche Nationaltheater Weimar, e.g. “Hänsel & Gretel” by Humperdinck and “Pollicino” by Hans-Werner Henze.
Since January 2011, the choir is a member of Verband Deutscher Konzertchöre [English: Association of German concert choirs]
Competitions & Prizes
2nd prize / 1st place at the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb in Freiburg / Breisgau for the children’s choir
Rating: “participated with very good results”
3rd prize / 3rd place at the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb in Freiburg / Breisgau for the youth choir
Rating: “participated with very good results”
7th Landeschorwettbewerb (of Thuringia) November 2017 Sondershausen
Category F2 Children’s Choir
1st place children’s choir of the schola cantorum Weimar - “participated with very good results”
2nd place children’s choir of the Chorakademie Erfurt - “participated with very good results”
3rd place young choir of the schola cantorum Weimar - “participated with good results”
Category D1 Youth choirs
Youth choir of the schola cantorum Weimar - “participated with very good results”
The children’s choir of the schola cantorum weimar receives a special prize for the best performance in the category of children’s and youth choirs.
2nd place Category Children’s Choir
at the 9th Deutscher Chorwettbewerb in May 2014 in Weimar
1st prize Category F2: Children’s Choir - participated with excellent results!
at the 6th Landeschorwettbewerb(of Thuringia)November 2013, Sondershausen
1st place Category A: Children’s Choir without compulsory work – young choirs of the schola cantorum weimar
1st place Category B: Children’s Choir with compulsory work – children’s choir of the schola cantorum weimar
at the 1st Thüringer Kinderchortreffen mit Kinderchorwettbewerb CHORALI Sondershausen November 2012
2nd place Category A (equal voice children’s choirs) at the 5th Erwitter Kinder- und Jugendchorwettbewerb 28th/29th May 2011
2nd place Category: Children’s Choir
at the 8th Deutscher Chorwettbewerb in April 2010
1st place Category: Children’s Choir
at the 5th Landeschorwettbewerb (of Thuringia) April 2009, Sondershausen
Artistic and pedagogical direction
For many years, Cordula Fischer sang in the youth choir of the
»Lehrergesangverein Nürnberg« (teacher’s choral society of Nürnberg), where she participated in numerous productions of the
Staatstheater Nürnberg. Furthermore, she was an active singer
in well-known ensembles such as the »Kammerchor Michaelstein« and
the »MittelDeutscher FrauenKammerChor«. She studied music education, voice training and choral conducting at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar. From 1999 to 2016, she conducted the Philharmonic Children's and Youth Choir at the music school Erfurt. Since January 2002 she has conducted the schola cantorum weimar which she founded herself, and since February 2017 the newly founded Chorakademie Erfurt. Sebastian Göring (conductor of the Youth Chamber Choir) studied orchestral conducting in Leipzig and choral conducting in Erfurt as well as music education, voice training and information technology in Weimar and Jena.
Coaching and Voice Training
Since 2013, Hsin-Pei Liu has accompanied rehearsals and performances of schola cantorum weimar as répétiteur.
The singers of the Youth Choir have the opportunity to regularly participate in individual voice trainings with Nandi Stolzenburg and thus improve their vocal skills.