CONDUCTORS

Sabine Wüsthoff, Berliner Mädchenchor, Gesamtleitung und Chorleitung (Kleiner Konzertchor, Konzertchor, Vokalconsort)

Sabine Wüsthoff

Artistic Director, Chief Conductor, Junior Concert Choir, Concert Choir, Vocal Consort

Sabine Wüsthoff has been in charge of the Berlin Girls Choir since 1998. Born in Berlin, she successfully completed an education as a sports and gymnastic teacher, before she graduated studying music at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media which she finished with a state examination. She has been a freelance conductor, composer and music educator ever since. In workshops and master courses, she specialized as choir director and orchestra conductor.

Besides the Berlin Girls Choir, Sabine Wüsthoff also conducts the Schöneberg chamber orchestra which was founded by her, as well as the vocal ensemble Canto Berlin. She regularly gives courses for choir directors and conductors with the focus on body action and creativity. In 2003, Sabine Wüsthoff obtained the conductors’ prize of the International Johannes-Brahms-Competition Wernigerode, and in 2008, she won the first prize in a competition of composers of the RIAS Chamber Choir.

In 2015, the Berlin Choir association assigned the Mendelssohn-Medal to her for outstanding merits for choir music in Berlin.

Juliane Roever, Leitung Vorchor und Aufbauchor

Juliane Roever

Conductor Basic Choir and Junior Choir

The choir director, music teacher and music theorist studied music at the Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin and history at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. She also studied music theory at the UdK under Prof. Dr. Hartmut Fladt. She received conducting lessons from Mirjam Sohar, Frank Markowitsch (choir conducting) and Tammin Julian Lee (orchestra conducting). Her musical education is complemented by a master class with Prof. Anne Kohler with a focus on choral music of the 20th century. She also received important impulses from Prof. Christian Grube and Sabine Wüsthoff.

From 2008 to 2014 Juliane Roever conducted the choir of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and in 2013 she founded the Junge Kammerchor Berlin. Since 2014 she has been teaching music and history at a grammar school in Berlin, where she also directs the school choirs. Since 2017 she has also been a lecturer for music theory at the UdK. Juliane Roever has two little daughters. She sang for many years in the Berlin Girls Choir.

Kelley Marie Sundin, Berliner Mädchenchor, Leitung Vorchor und Aufbauchor

Kelley Marie Sundin

Conductor Basic Choir and Junior Choir

Noted for her ‘dynamic energyʼ and ‘technical expertise,ʼ the Minnesota born choral conductor and mezzo-soprano Kelley Marie Sundin has been praised for her work with young singers both in the classroom and on the podium throughout Germany and beyond. From 2015-2019, she served as artistic director of Jugendmädchenchor in the Chorakademie am Konzerthaus Dortmund e.V., the largest singing school in Europe, where she founded the womenʼs choir festival, #SideBySide.

Alongside her teaching in the Chorakademie, she was a visiting adjunct for choral conducting and choral vocal methods on the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. In May of 2018, her youth choirs were recognized in Germany for their musical achievements, receiving a first and third prize, in the Deutscher Chorwettberb, a national choir competition for a cappella choral singing.

Alongside her passions for teaching, Kelley shares a passion for building international relationships through music making, which has lead her on several concerts tours throughout the world including Germany, Ireland, England, Chile, Italy, Tunisia, Estonia, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic and the United States. As a professional singer and as assistant choirmaster, she has collaborated in several international choral projects working closely Maestro Helmuth Rilling and young professionals in the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, the Bachakademie Weimar and the Academia Internacional Teatro del Lago.

As Mezzo-Soprano, she appears frequently as guest with the Kölner Vokalsolisten, a professional vocal ensemble in Köln, Germany. During her time in the U.S., she sang several seasons as a professional chorus member of the Berwick Chorus in the Oregon Bach Festival, as well as with The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists and the South Dakota Chorale.

Sundin holds a MM from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and BA in Voice Performance and K-12 Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Her teachers include Professor Kathy Salzman Romey, Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, Maestro Helmuth Rilling, Ingeborg Danz, Dr. Craig Arnold, Dr. Tim Peter and Dr. Sandra Peter.

She is thrilled to be joining the Berliner Mädchenchor Team.

PHONATION TEACHERS

Helena Köhne, Berliner Mädchenchor, Alt, Stimmbildung

Helena Köhne, Alto

Phonation teacher Junior Concert Choir, Concert Choir

Singing studies at the Hamburger Konservatorium and the University of Arts Berlin with Prof. Jutta Schlegel, diploma in 2004. Lessons with Ruthild Engert since 2005 and since 2011 with Prof. Stewart Emerson. International singing seminars, workshops and master courses, among others with Prof. Jutta Schlegel, Prof. Rudi Riemer, Prof. Christel Borchers, Ingeborg Danz (2000), Vera Nemirova (2001) and Helen Donath (2013). 2001-03 scholar of the Kaminski-Foundation, Munich.

Since 2003, freelance work as opera singer, inter alia as guest at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Gerhart Hauptmann Theatre Görlitz, Theatre Brandenburg and state theatre Oldenburg. In 2004, she obtained the award at the “Hanns Eisler Price“-competition for composition and interpretation of contemporary music. Concert activity in the German speaking area, i. e. the Philharmonie Berlin, the Concerthouse Berlin, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg and the Oetkerhall Bielefeld. She gives Liederabende and chamber concerts also in the field of contemporary music. In the season 2012/13, she was a permanent ensemble member at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. In 2015, Helena Köhne sang the Annina in Verdi’s „La Traviata“ at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

Helena Köhne ist regelmäßig als Konzertsängerin im deutschsprachigen Raum tätig. Sie ist Mutter von drei Kindern.

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Anna Molina, Sopran, Stimmbildung Aufbauchor

Anna Molina, Soprano

Phonation teacher Junior Choir

Yet at her early age, the German-Guatemalan singer who was born in Berlin was awarded a stipend of the “department preparing for undergraduate studies” of the music school Berlin. From 2002-08, she studied at the University of Music “Hanns Eisler“ Berlin with Prof. Renate Faltin and Prof. Wolfram Rieger (Lied interpretation) and as master student with Prof. Julia Varady. From 2008-10, further educational artistical studies. Master student with Prof. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, with Elio Battaglia and Ruggiero Raimondi in Italy as well as with Willy Decker for szenic design. She was promoted by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, was scholar of the Ottilie-Selbach-Redslob-Foundation and of the Richard Wagner Association.

In the season 2010/11, she gave her debut at the Volkstheater Rostock as Hanna Glawari in “The Merry Widow“ by Lehár. Intensive concert activity, inter alias with works of Strauss (Four Last Songs), Wagner (Wesendonk-Lieder), Mozart (Requiem), Beethoven (9th Symphony), Bach (Christmas Oratorio) and Verdi (Requiem) in the Concert House Berlin, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Berlin Dome, the Philharmonie Berlin, the O2-World and the Filharmonia Gorzowska, Poland. In 2009, Anna Molina sang Mozart concert arias at the Radialsystem Berlin under the musical direction of Erik Nielsen.

Since 2013 she works more intensively as a vocal coach and phonation teacher. Anna Molina has two sons.

Johanna Knauth, Berliner Mädchenchor, Sopran, Stimmbildung Vokalconsort

Johanna Knauth, Soprano

Phonation teacher Vocal Consort

Born in Dresden, she studied singing at the Berlin University of Arts with Beatrice Niehoff and at the Leipzig University of Music and Theatre with Jeanette Favaro Reuter. She finished her studies in master courses and courses for interpreters. The young sopranist was a scholar of the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation Hannover, the Foundation for Young Artists in Bayreuth and the Oper-Oder-Spree Academy.

She performed as a concert soloist in the Händel Festival Halle, the Munich Biennale, the Bad Hersfeld Festival and the International Festival of Church Music in Oslo. Concert tours took her to France, Poland, Italy, Latvia and Switzerland. In 2014, she made her opera debut as Romilda in Händel’s “Serce”. In the season 2017/18, she appeared for the first time in the Berlin Philharmonie performing in Mozart’s C Minor Mass.

In addition, she focuses on evening recitals. She also has been recognized by many prizes, last not least in 2017 in the podium for young concert solists of the German Concert Choir Association (1. prize) and in the 9th International Telemann competition in Magdeburg.

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ACCOMPANISTS / PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT

Imke Lichtwark, Berliner Mädchenchor, Pianistin, Korrepetition

Imke Lichtwark, Pianist

Accompanist Junior Concert Choir, Concert Choir, Vocal Consort

The Leipzig-born pianist received her first piano lessons there. After graduating from the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Music High School in Berlin, she studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) in Rostock with Prof. Stephan Imorde and for one year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Prof. Claudius Tanski. From 2015-2018 she studied piano solo with Prof. Björn Lehmann at the UdK Berlin.

As a solo pianist she has performed with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic under Wojciech Rajski and with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Michael Sanderling. She has worked as a accompanist with the Rundfunkchor Berlin, among others. She regularly took part in competitions and won several 1st prizes and special prizes, e.g. at “Jugend musiziert”, the Steinway competition for piano or the “Verfemte Musik” competition in Schwerin. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Trio Concorde, with whom she won the 1st Prize and the Special Prize of the HMT Music Prize.

She is a scholarship holder of the Ad Infinitum Foundation, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “Live Music Now” Rostock and Berlin and the “Germany Scholarship”. In addition, Imke Lichtwark teaches piano at several music schools. Since 2018 she has also been a lecturer at the UdK Berlin.

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Mari WatanabeMari Watanabe, Pianist

Piano Accompaniment

Born in Tokyo, she studied conducting at the State University of Arts in Tokyo. She has been living and working as a conductor and répétiteur in Germany since 1978.

Her activities are multi-facetted and include opera and musical as well as sacred music. She was and still is working at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, the United Theatres of Krefeld and Mönchengladbach, the United Theatres of Vienna, the theatre Dortmund, the Nissay Theatre Tokyo, the Stage Holding in the Netherlands and in Stuttgart. Besides, Mari Watanabe is permanent guest conductor at the Metroplitan Opera in Yokohama and lecturer at the University of Arts Berlin.

She is piano accompanist at the solo concerts of the Berlin Girls Choir and also at the musical comedies of the Junior Choir.