University choir




At the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, there are several choral groups, each having different priorities, tasks and aims.

All ensembles are also open to external members; interested singers please contact the head of the ensemble, Prof. Harald Jers and the choir-Hiwi under


*Great Choir *

The Great Choir of the College of Music as largest group consists of about 60 students of all disciplines, both beginners as well as singers with choral experience. The ensemble rehearses during the semester every tuesday 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and works on choral works of all periods that are presented in concerts at the end of the current semester.


In oratorio works the choir cooperates with the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim with soloists and brass players of the college of music or with the Symphony Orchestra of the University. Programms of concerts comprised great works, for example Honegger's "Le Roi David", Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and Mozart's "Requiem". Some highlights in the recent years were oratorical performances of C.P.E. Bach's "Magnificat", Mozart's c Minor Mass and some romantic works for choir and piano. The European premiere of the "Agnus Dei" by Robert Xavier Rodriguez in December 2015 for the supplement to Mozart's C minor Mass scored a lot attention.


*Chamber Choir *

The Chamber Choir of the Music Academy Mannheim consists of about 36 singers. Both students of the University and external singers develop semester across choral works of all periods, mainly from the a cappella repertoire. The chamber choir regards itself as a university representative ensemble, which offers students insight into the semi-professional choral work. The repertoire is compiled concert specific with view to stylistic and thematic aspects and in addition to well-known works and rarely heard choral literature. The Chamber Choir realizes regular concerts in Mannheim and the surrounding area. The choir gained large cross-regional recognition with several prizes at international choral competitions. In addition, the choral group were invitated to national and international festivals and radio broadcasts.

Thus the Chamber Choir followed an invitation to a concert tour to England and a joint concert in Cambridge. In the frame oft he German Choral Festival in Stuttgart in May 2016 the choir won a first and second prize in the highest achievement level, and a special prize of the SWR Vocal Ensemble for contemporary choral music.


*Studio choirs*

The Studio choirs I and II is the object of giving choral conducting students the opportunity to work with choirs. The studio choirs provide rehearsal and concert opportunities to apply the acquired conducting techniques and methodology instructions to gain experience in organizational and artistic concert situations. Under the guidance of Mathias Rickert and Prof. Harald Jers the studio choirs Ia, Ib and II work with both beginners of choral conducting up to „Leistungsfach“-students and majors in conducting. At the end of the semester the studio choirs present the results of the rehearsals in public concerts.




Main Choir,
Christmas Oratory by Bach 2010/11



Mannheim Chamber Choir Massmechelen 2009




studio choir II