Ensembles

St. Stephen’s Vocal Ensemble

A photograph of the Vocal Ensemble singing.
A photograph of the Vocal Ensemble singing.

Interested in singing in St. Stephen’s Vocal Ensemble?

Prerequisites for acceptance into St. Stephen’s Vocal Ensemble are a trained but adaptable voice, ensemble experience, extensive knowledge of the church music repertoire and sight singing skills.

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St. Stephen’s Vocal Ensemble is a chamber choir with about 32 trained singers.

The repertoire includes works of old classical vocal polyphony (G. P. da Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso, Tomás Luis de Victoria) as well as multi-choral works of the Renaissance (Heinrich Schütz, Hans Leo Hassler).

The historical music balconies in the centre of St. Stephen’s Cathedral are regularly brought to life again at these times: the organ base from 1513 on the north wall and the music stand at a distance of about 30 metres above the ‘Füchselbaldachin’ canopy from 1448 on the south wall. Among other things, this allows double-choir works by the former cathedral conductor Christoph Strauss (1575-1631) to be heard in a historically accurate context.

The works of Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741), the former Director of Music for the cathedral and later the court, are also regularly on the programme, as well as the complete religious works by Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, both composers closely associated with St. Stephen’s.

St. Stephen’s Vocal Ensemble regularly devotes itself to contemporary liturgical compositions and has already sung a number of world premieres.