The Chamber Choir at the Rostock University of Music and Drama (hmt Rostock) emerged from the university’s mixed choir in October 2001. The choir has approximately 35 members, who are either students or alumni of hmt Rostock, who sing a broad repertoire of choral music from early music to contemporary works. The main focus is a-cappella music, but symphonic choral works occasionally complement the repertoire, e.g. Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Honneger’s Le roi David or Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem.
The choir has been successful at international competitions, winning several prizes, e.g. at the 16th International Choir Days 2002 in Prague (four prizes), at the 18th International Choir Competition in Verona 2005 (special prize for the best interpretation of the compulsory piece), at the World Choir Games 2008 in Graz (gold medal, winner of the competition in the category chamber choirs ‘Champion of the World Choir Games’) or more recently at the international choir festival 2016 in Lisbon (two gold medals and first prizes).
Encounters with other choirs are also an important component of choir life. The ensemble’s last collaboration was part of an exchange project with the chamber choir from the Latvian Academy of Music in 2018 and led the choir to perform in Riga. The Latvian choir had previously visited and given concerts in Rostock and Schwerin.
Prof. Dagmar Gatz, founder of the ensemble, conducted the choir for 20 years. Her role was taken over by Matthias Mensching, lecturer for choral conducting at hmt Rostock, in April 2021.
The chamber choir rehearses once a week on Thursdays from 7 pm to 9 pm.
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