The Cathedral Boys’ Choir
is one of the leading boys’ choirs in Germany and can draw on a tradition dating back to the 15th century. Its continuous liturgical practice at the Cathedral with Gregorian chant and classical polyphony, as well as its ongoing involvement with works from the Viennese Classic period and in particular with J.S. Bach’s vocal compositions ensure that the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir maintains a consistently high standard under the direction of Reinhard Kammler, the Diocesan Director of Music. This is demonstrated by many concerts in Germany and abroad, participation at music festivals, regular CD productions with renowned labels, opera commitments and important engagements with Bayerischer Rundfunk (the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation).
The intensive vocal training of the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir, which derives the ensemble sound from an optimal technical and musical mastery of the individual voices, also allows the choir to cultivate the relevant repertoire for opera and concert with trained boy soloists..
St. Ambrosius House
is where the choir practices are held – one or twice a week depending on the grade. Voice training is given in individual and group sessions, along with in-house instrument lessons. As "parallel measures", a hot lunch, homework supervision in the Study Hall and recreation facilities in the basement are also provided. So a Cathedral chorister - whether he is eight years old or already fifteen - spends one or two afternoons at most in St. Ambrosius House – and has a varied "timetable", for example: lunch, choir practice, homework, piano lesson, voice training, free time. St. Ambrosius House is not a boarding school!
How to become an Augsburg Cathedral chorister?
In the spring, on a date timed to coincide with the "Open Day", interested parents can register their 5 year-old son for our early childhood music education courses
in the new choir year that starts in the autumn. In small groups of 6-8 boys the little musicians are given a first insight into "the great world of music" in a playful way suitable for children. After the early childhood music training designed to last two years, these boys can, if they wish, move on to the Pre-Choir I
. They can then be joined by externally registered 7 year-olds, who have taken an aptitude test and attended two “sampler sessions”. The next step is the B-Choir
(young-talent choir) and finally the A-Choir
or else as trainees
in the Chamber Choir
and then later via the voice mutation class
to the men’s voice parts
of the individual choir groups.
Details will be sent upon request.
Diocesan Director of Music Reinhard Kammler
studied at the State Academy of Music in Munich. While still a student, he created the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir, also receiving a scholarship from the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat
). After many years as the cathedral organist, he was appointed Augsburg Diocesan Director of Music (Domkapellmeister
). In recognition of his services to the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir and sacred music, several honours have been conferred on Kammler, including the Papal Order of St. Sylvester and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He also belongs to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Together with the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir, Reinhard Kammler was awarded the "Bayerischer Poetentaler
" and the Cultural Prize of the Bayerische Volksstiftung
Cultural Manager Anton Fuchs
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