Despite its quite young history, the Windsbach Boys Choir belongs to the leading boys choirs in Germany.
Founded in 1946 by Hans Thamm, the choir back then mainly gave concerts in its home region and participated in the local church services. Karl-Friedrich Beringer, who became the choir’s conductor in 1978, managed to increase the audience. Over the course of three decades, the choir developed into a recommended vocal ensemble on a national and international level, working with orchestras like the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker or the Freiburger Barockorchester. With numerous CD recordings, TV and radio broadcasts and frequent invitations to important festivals, the choir maintains its outstanding position in the choral music scene. Since 2012, artistic Director Martin Lehmann has been working on the choir’s distinguished pure and unique sound. As a musical and cultural ambassador, the Windsbach Boys Choir travels regularly within Europe, to Japan, North and South America, Israel, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and the Peoples Republic of China, representing Franconia and the Lutheran Church in Bavaria.
With focus on the sacred repertoire the choir covers a cappella works of all eras, as well as the great oratorios of Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg-Friedrich Händel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Johannes Brahms. Conductor Martin Lehmann carefully arranges the concert programs. He ensures a wide range of works from local as well as German and international composers. Precision and passion for the arrangement mark his way of work. With keen instinct he takes on new challenges and realizes innovative projects like the choir’s latest CD release by collaborating with the percussion artist Simone Rubino. The album Water & Spirit combines sacred choral music with percussion in an unexpected and creative way.
The choir consists of r.a. 120 boys, aged 9-19, including Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Bass voices. Every year, the choir takes in new talented, young singers, who frequently apply during the transition from fourth to fifth grade. Vocal training, instrumental instruction and a well-rounded education are the focus of the choir’s boarding school in Windsbach. The musical and academic institution Windsbacher Knabenchor is financed by public and church funding as well as private donors.
Overall more than 70 team members from the sections Music Training, Education, Housekeeping, Administration and Management take care for the choir ensuring each singer best conditions for living and learning in Windsbach.
Martin Lehmann is the choir’s conductor and artistic director. In 2012 he took over from succeeded Karl-Friedrich Beringer. Formerly a member of the Kreuzchor of Dresden, one of Germany’s oldest boys’ choirs, he studied choral conducting with Professor Hans-Christoph Rademann at the Musikhochschule Carl-Maria von Weber. „With high honors“ he completed the advanced study in choral conducting and orchestral conducting and directed several vocal ensembles. Numerous prizes of choral competitions, collaboration with renowned orchestras are testament to Martin Lehmann’s outstanding work up to the present time.
Alexander Rebetge (training choir), Lukas Baumann (training choir), Silke Schrape (voice trainer), Christine Mittermaier (voice trainer)
Thomas Miederer, Director boarding school
Stefan Queißer, Managing Director
Windsbach Boys’ Choir is grateful for the continued support and partnership of its grantors and sponsors. Generations of boys and their families have benefited from the gifts of funds and guidance received from:
Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Bayern
Bezirk Mittelfranken – Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst – Bezirk Mittelfranken – Landkreis Ansbach – Stadt Windsbach
Sparkasse in Mittelfranken
→ Dr. Dieter Bouhon, Nürnberg
→ Erwin-Fricke-Stiftung, Ansbach
→ Frosch-Apotheke, Inh. Christian Frosch, Fürth
→ Hans Thamm-Gedächtnisstiftung
→ Högner Gesamtplanung, Neuendettelsau
→ Manfred-Roth-Stiftung, Fürth
→ Rotary Club Ansbach
→ Schaeffler Gruppe, Herzogenaurach
→ Dr. Michael Schneider, Heidelberg
→ Norbert Schüller, Wohnzentrum Schüller, Herrieden
→ Dr. Christian-Spaleck-Stiftung, Windsbach
→ STAEDTLER-Stiftung, Nürnberg
→ Tucher‘sche Kulturstiftung