vox animata

is a chamberchoir, that has been founded in 2014 by his artistic director and conductor, Robert Göstl, his colleagues and former members of the German Youth ChamberChoir.

The musicians hometowns are located all over Germany. They meet regularly under the pretense of having prepared their own part perfecly so that the short rehersaltime can be used as efficient as possible. The cast is matched to every project and according to the music-literature around a group of regulars (for example: romantic 8-6-6-8 or early music 6-4-4-6). The repertoire of the choir covers all categories and eras of the sophisticated choirmusic, whith emphases on Johann Sebastian Bach, romantic literature, music of the 20th century and contemporary music.

There is no age-restriction for the musicians in the choir and the adequacy of ones abilities to benefit the choir are assessed in an audition led by the artistic director. vox animata wants to take responsibility in the education and the revival of choral singing. Members of the choir join regularly school-classes, or other choirs to pass on their enthusiasm for making music, at a high level, together. Furthermore, the choir invites and welcomes other conductors to their rehearsals and embraces a professional exchange of the experienced rehearsal.

Conductor

Prof. Robert Göstl

(*1969) studied church music in Regensburg and conducting /choral conducting (at the university of music) in Würzburg. During the time working for theRegensburger Domspatzen, one of the renowned German cathedral choirs, he took care of the young children choirs (1996-2005) and was the musical leader of the associated elementary school from 2001 to 2005. He was a teacher at the catholic sacral music college in Regensburg and at the university of music in Würzburg. In 2008 he was appointed professor for singing with children at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne, and also taught choral conducting. Robert Göstl is not only a member of various juries for choral conducting competitions and voice training competitions (Europe, Latin America and Asia), but he also released a couple of books. In 1996 he published “Singen mit Kindern“ (“Singing with children“) at ConBrio in Regenburg, and in 2006/2008 he published a compendium to choral singing (“Chorleitfaden“) as well as various essays in his professional field. From his father, who is also his role model, he took over the „Singkreis Deuerling“ – consisting of two choirs which have been established for over thirty years in Robert Göstl’s home town. He conducted the German Youth Chamber Choir from 2010 till 2014 and is a member in the Artist’s Council and the European network of TENSO professional choirs.

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