The mdw’s Webern Chamber Choir
Since its establishment under Herwig Reiter in 1983, the Webern Chamber Choir (led later on by Johannes Prinz (1988–1999), Alois Glaßner (1999–2011 and since March 2016) and Johannes Hiemetsberger (2011-2016) has been a fixture of Viennese concert life.
Its members—all of them students of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna—come together to pursue their interest in choral singing across a broad range of styles, working on repertoire ranging from baroque oratorios to pop and jazz numbers, and from madrigals to world premières of contemporary works for a cappella choir.
In the Choral Bridges series, the Webern Chamber Choir seeks out encounters with chamber choirs from universities of music all over the world; most recently, they met up with the madrigal choir of the Academy of Music and Theatre (Munich) and the Mississippi Concert Singers (USA).
In addition to concerts in Vienna (Konzerthaus, Musikverein) and elsewhere in Austria, numerous concert tours have taken them to countries including Japan, France, Germany, Spain and Finland, where the choir was recently a prize-winner at the International Choir Competition in Tampere.
The academic year 2015/16 for WebernKammerchor is themed “Mödling-Mississippi-mdw” and includes a 14days concert tour to the US in February, a CD-production and the participation in an international choir competition.
The choir works under the leadership of Alois Glaßner since March 2016 again.