Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche

Since its founding by choirmaster Matthias Grünert in 2005, the Frauenkirche Chamber Choir has won the respect of the Dresden music world. The 30 semi-professional singers focus mainly on the a cappella literature and oratorios of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Sacred choral music is at the heart of a repertoire that includes key a cappella works and most of the choral-symphonic music of the 18th century, including many Bach cantatas and the Masses of Haydn and Mozart. The choir’s main responsibilities are the musical aspect of church services, performances of sacred music on Sundays and concerts in the Frauenkirche. The choir also has the role of an emissary for church music beyond the city of Dresden, with concerts performed not only in the surrounding area but also frequent appearances in France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Britain. 

Recordings

The Chamber Choir often takes part in recordings for radio and television and attaches great importance to the recording of special works. Since the choir’s CD debut in 2006, eight recordings have appeared. In April, 2016 Haydn's Mass in B flat major became live to cogenetic cuts and will appear in autumn, 2016 in the label Rondeau. For 2017 a live recording of the St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach is planned by Berlin Classics. 

Frank Martin: Missa

for the first time with A-cappella-compositions of Matthias Grünert
Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Rondeau, 2015
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Martin Luther: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche | Instrumenta Musica
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Rondeau, 2015
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Messe in h-Moll

Miriam Meyer, Britta Schwarz, Markus Brutscher, Klaus Mertens
Chamber Choir of the der Frauenkirche | ensemble frauenkirche
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Berlin-Classics, 2015
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Musikam hab ich allzeit lieb | Martin Luther Lieder im Choral,
Mottete und Geistlichem Konzert

Gunther Emmerlich, recitation
Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche | Instrumenta Musica
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Stiftung KIBA, 2015
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Christmas in Dresden's Frauenkirche

Dorothee Mields, Eric Stokloßa, Tobias Berndt
Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche | Instrumenta Musica
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Sony, 2013
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Joseph Haydn: Creation Mass

Ute Selbig, Rahel Haar, Eric Strokloßa, Andreas Scheibner
Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche | Reussisches Kammerorchester
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Rondeau, 2013
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Jana Büchner, Britta Schwarz, Markus Brutscher, Gotthold Schwarz
Chamber Choir of the der Frauenkirche | ensemble frauenkirche
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Berlin Classics, 2012
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Georg Friedrich Händel "Jephta"

Markus Schäfer, Miriam Meyer, Britta Schwarz, Patrick von Goethem, Gotthold Schwarz, Birte Kulawik
Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche | Dresdner Barockorchester
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Carus, 2008
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Music by Bach: "Vom Himmel hoch"

Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche Dresden | ensemble frauenkirche
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Carus, 2008
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Instrumentation

The Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche is made up of the following singers:

Soprano I   
Semeli Balko | Clara Bauer | Norina Bamberg | Susanne Grünert | Kristina Hochauf | Claudia Poppe | Christiane Schubert | Ulrike Thätner | Dorit von der Osten | Milena Stephan | Beate Zahnert
Soprano II   
Ulrike Heindel | Karoline Hübener | Juliane Kathary | Silvia Kollenbach | Monika Schneider | Antje Hoehne 
Alto   
Susanne Arndt | Angela Schmidt | Dorothea Bleyl | Annedor Heidkamp-Schröder | Elisabeth Gruël | Claudia Philipp | Cornelia Rabeneck | Christiane Sichelschmidt | Cornelia Tschöpe 
Tenor   
Olaf Baumgarten | Gregor Hirschmann | Marc Holze | Florian Kircheis | Carlo Mertens | Norbert Missel | Christoph Münch | Markus Mütze | Hans-Martin Sachs | Martin Schulze-Griebler | Jörg Sichelschmidt | Franz Wosslick
Bass   
Frieder Bamberg | Joachim Bleyl | Jörn Gruël | Christoph Hein | Hans-Christian Hoch | Sebastian Hoehne | Michael Kraner | Christoph Meißner | Kjell Nürnberger | Brian von Rueden | Rico Wenzel | Carl-Johann Winkler

Become a member of the Choir

Competent singers interested in joining the Choir are welcome to get in touch and attend an audition. Previous choir experience, knowledge of notes and sufficient free time are desirable.