Two weeks of singing
For more than 60 years Gosau, with his lakes, mountain meadows and small picturesque settlements forms the attractive scenery for a special Church-musical project: In the charming Gosau, musicians from Germany and many other European countries meet during the summertime at invitation of the Evangelical Church of the Palatinate in Germany (Ecumenical Church Music Retreat). The director of the whole project manager is church music director Jochen Steuerwald, Speyer.
During the day walking, sightseeing and recovering are activities which create the schedule. The evening is left to the intensive musical work in rehearsals. Several concerts in which the participants present the musical program in Gosau and other places in the surrounding with famous soloists and an orchestra form the coronation of the two-week stay.
So that the musical vacation becomes an event for the whole family, the kids have the possibility to sing in a children’s choir which has been a project for many years. Organ courses and courses in choral directing are also part of the retreat.
The Ecumenical Church Music Retreat will take place this year for the 62st time. This time the singers stay together from Monday, 15th of July to Monday 29st of July, 2019.
Compositions of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart und Johann Michael Haydn create the program. From W. A. Mozart the audience is allowed to enjoy the sound of the „Vesperae solennes de confessore“ and from Haydn the „Missa in honorem Sanctae Ursulae“. Four international solo singers and the Upper Austrian broad chamber orchestra will co-operate with the choir. The concerts occur at 20 o’clock each concert day. On Friday, 26th of July in the church St. Nikolaus of Bad Ischl, on Saturday, 27th of July in the church St. Paul of Bad Aussee and for the last time on Sunday, 28th of July in the Protestant church of Gosau.
The choir contributes the two Evangelical worship services on Sunday the 21rd and Sunday the 28th of July in Gosau. Choices of the results from the children’s choir project take place in the service of the 28th July too. This work is again a project from Vera Steuerwald, who is an expert in youth music and vocal education and a children’s choir director with great success for many years.
The director of the whole project manager and the leader of the choral directing courses is church music director Jochen Steuerwald. For the first time, Clara Steuerwald is also in a leading position. She will be responsible for the rehearsal and direction of the Haydn Fair. The assistance in the musical work, the direction for the worship service music and the organ courses are under the direction by cantor of Kusel, Germany, Tobias Markutzik. The Retreat is organized by Rebecca Sieron and the treasurer Rupertus Woehl.
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