Clara Schumann Children and Youth Choir Berlin
The Clara Schumann Children and Youth Choir celebrates this year its 30th anniversary. The choir was founded in 1981 by Karola Marckardt at the Music school in Berlin-Lichtenberg. The choir counts 45 members, boys and girls who are between 10 and 23 years old. They all come together from different areas in Berlin to rehearse once a week. About three quarters of the members also play an instrument and have singing lessons. The choir’s repertoire consists of pieces from many different epochs, but the contemporary children’s choir literature plays a very significant role. The choir has taken part in radio and TV programmes and recorded several CDs. Numerous concerts in the Concert Hall “Schauspielhaus” at the Gendarmenmarkt, in the Philharmonie and in many other concert halls in Berlin as well as the successful participation in competitions and festivals in Germany and abroad (San Francisco/USA, Slovenia, Croatia, Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Estonia, Poland and Slovakia) show the potential of this choir. The most recent success of the choir is the first place at the European music festival for the youth in Neerpelt, Belgium, in 2010.
The Clara Schumann Children and Youth Choir is a member of the Choir union in Berlin.
Many former members are now studying singing, choir conducting or choir repetition, and many of them already have jobs in the music business.
studied Music and History at Humboldt University in Berlin and now works as a school teacher. She gained the competence for conducting from Prof. Peter Vagts (Berlin), Prof. Hans-Peter Schurz (Berlin), Prof. Dan- Olof Stenlund (Malmö) and Prof. Kurz Hofbauer (Vienna).
From 1992 to 2002 she conducted the Children and Youth Choir “Kurt Schwaen”, Berlin, which was founded by her. Since 2001 she has been responsible for the music department of the Rudolf Virchow Secondary School in Berlin. There she founded the Virchow Choir and the Percussion group ‘African Beats’. Furthermore Ute Franzke conducts a plucked string orchestra in Berlin since 2007. In September 2008 she took over the The Clara Schumann Children and Youth Choir, Berlin.