Choirmaster Kerem Sezen
Prefects: Thomas Berger and Tina Rohm
Currently, Haydnchor has 25 singers, with six newcomers singing with the seasoned troopers. They are a mixed bunch: the boys come from Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria, Carinthia, and Burgenland, from Germany, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore, the United States, and even from Australia. Haydnchor boasts one set of twins (they are hoping for maybe triplets next year).
Among their favourite memories of last season are their tour of Asia, the opening of the 2011 Makkabi Games in Vienna and, of course, the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Mariss Jansons.
Before going to summer camp in July, Haydnchor paid a brief visit to Germany, to perform at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele. Haydnchor is currently touring the United Kingdom. They will travel to the United States later this fall.
Asian Tour blogs (2007)
German Tour blogs (2007)
USA Tour blogs (2008)
Mediterranean cruise, not quite a blog (2008)
Haydnchor in Hamburg
Rehearsal in St. Michaelis Cathedral
(1732 - 1809)
was technically a chorister at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, but since there were no boys in the Chapel Imperial at the time, he sang at court a lot. In Haydn's time, the head of the Chapel Imperial and the head of music at St. Stephen's was the same person: Georg Reutter the Younger. Reutter liked to economise by using the Cathedral's boys at court. Joseph's younger brother Michael was also a chorister at St. Stephen's.
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Joseph Haydn's death; bearing that in mind, the boys of Haydnchor are hoping to sing lots of Haydn's works.