Stuttgart is all ears!
In early summer 2016, Stuttgart will be the German capital of singing: From 26 to 29 May, the Swabian city invites singers, musicians and music lovers to the Deutsches Chorfest. In the spirit of our slogan "Stuttgart is all ears!" thousands of choral singers from all over the world will transform the entire city into their stage - and invite audiences to sing along.
The event is open to choirs and vocal ensembles of all genres, types and sizes - from church choirs to vocal bands. Every ensemble will get an opportunity to perform in prestigious concert halls, churches, or on one of many open-air stages. There is also a chance for ensembles to take part in a choir competition or to sing on social institutions.
The Deutsches Chorfest takes place every four years, and is organized by the Deutscher Chorverband. The last Chorfest took place in Frankfurt in June 2012 and was attended by almost 500 choirs with around 20,000 singers, including ensembles from diverse European countries, South America, China and Japan.
Top-class musical guests at the Deutsches Chorfest
Between 26 and 29 May 2016, when Stuttgart is transformed into a musical city by the predicted 20,000 singers attending the festival, many of the best conductors and in the country will be present.
As the organizer, the Deutscher Chorverband is therefore pleased to announce such renowned choirs as the Kammerchor Stuttgart conducted by Frieder Bernius, the Gächinger Kantorei with Hans-Christoph Rademann, and the SWR Vokalensemble under the direction of Florian Helgath.
Other high-profile festival guests include the Stuttgarter Kantorei der Stiftskirche Church (director Kay Johannsen), the Staatsopernchor Stuttgart (director: John Knecht), the Kammerchor der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (director: Dennis Rouger), the Bachchor Stuttgart (director: Jörg-Hannes Hahn) and the Chöre des Stuttgarter Domes (director: Martin Dücker and Andreas Großberger).
Many other choirs will turn Stuttgart into a big stage. You can find an overview of all participating ensembles at www.chorfest.de. If you would like to attend, registration is open until 31 December 2015!
Concerts and performance opportunities
The Chorfest invites all participating ensembles to perform a 20-minute programme on the festival stages. From concert halls, churches, or open-air stages, you'll find the perfect setting for every style of music.
Public singing and sing-along concerts
For anyone who enjoys singing, there are countless opportunities to get involved at the Chorfest. Be it sing-along events, oratorios, choir karaoke, midnight singing or musical devotions in many different churches, guests of all ages at the Chorfest 2016 will turn the city of Stuttgart into their own giant stage!
At the third Deutscher Chorverband choir competition, ensembles attending the festival can compete with one another musically. Each ensemble can participate in up to two categories. But what makes this competition special is that the majority of the categories are not defined by genres, but by style and musical era - for example, early music, Romantic music and jazz/pop. The competition will be divided up according to difficulty levels so every ensemble can participate at a suitable level. Details of the competition can be found here.
Chorfest Nachtklang – Night sounds
At the Chorfest Nachtklang on Friday and Saturday, the finest ensembles at the Chorfest will present 100 'wandering concerts' in several inner-city performance venues. High quality, innovative performances, unusual staging and concert forms characterize the Nachtklang ensembles and programmes. While wandering between concerts, choirs, audience, music lovers, like-minded people and "old" acquaintances from the concerts of the past few days can meet up to enjoy the music and atmosphere in Stuttgart's city centre.
Singing in church services and social institutions
Some people, for reasons of poor health for example, are unable to attend any events at the Deutsches Chorfest. And so that all of Stuttgart has the opportunity to participate in the Chorfest, many ensembles choose to visit these people and to give performances in social institutions as well as on the festival stages.
Welcome to Stuttgart!
Stuttgart, capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg, impresses with a huge variety of offers in the fields of art, culture, automobiles, fine cuisine and wine. Situated in Southwest Germany on the river Neckar, Stuttgart is an export-oriented business metropolis, a green city and a fascinating cultural centre alike. Many of the prestigious inner-city performance venues such as Liederhalle, Stiftskirche or Opernhaus will also be turned into Chorfest-stages.
For more information about Stuttgart, please visit www.stuttgart-tourist.de/en
Travel and Accommodation
The Chorfest office does not arrange accommodation. However accommodations can be booked for registered ensembles through our partner, Stuttgart Marketing, which has reserved a large allocation of inexpensive accommodation especially for choir festival participants. Children's/youth choirs can also book beds in youth hostels via Stuttgart Marketing.
When booking through Stuttgart Marketing, no extra fees will arise for Chorfest participants. When making your booking, please have your Chorfest participant number ready, which you will receive via e-mail after registration.
For booking questions, please contact:
Hotelzimmervermittlung der Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0711) 22 28 100 (Mon-Fri 09:00 to 17:00)
Fax: +49 (0711) 22 28 251
When making group bookings, a reservation enquiry via e-mail or fax is recommended.
Contact and other information
At www.chorfest.de/english you will find a lot of the information you need for your individual Chorfest planning: concert formats, prices, venues and the registration form. In case you have further questions, the Deutscher Chorverband project office will be glad to help:
Deutscher Chorverband e.V.
Alte Jakobstraße 149
Tel.: +49 (030) 84 71 08 930
Fax: +49 (030) 84 71 08 999