12th World Symposium on Choral Music

Anne Kohler

“IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING”

Country: Germany

Complex Jazz and Pop arrangements demand specific vocal, rhythmic and stylistic requirements for choirs and vocal ensembles. Choral conductors who are active in this genre will be confronted with many tonal, stylistic and conducting issues.

In this workshop Anne Kohler will lead participants through an in-depth demonstration and rehearsal of diverse Jazz and Pop styles such as Latin, Swing, Pop-Rock, Hip-Hop.


Anne Kohler is Professor for Choral Conducting at the Detmold University of Music, Germany. Besides teaching her class of First Study Choral Conductors, she also conducts the University’s Chamber Choir and Vocal Ensemble Pop-Up Detmold.

Anne studied conducting, piano and classical voice in Hamburg and Karlsruhe, and developed her studies further through masterclasses with Eric Ericsson, Frieder Bernius, Volker Hempfling and Tonu Kaljuste. Her work with jazz choirs has been influenced and developed through workshops with The Real Group, Jens Johansen and Thierry Lalo, and through close connections to the arrangers Martin Carbow and Oliver Gies.

Kohler taught choral conducting and classical voice at the Musikhochschule Hannover from 1996 to 2009, in which time she founded the Jazz Choir “Vivid Voices”. Her vocal ensemble Pop-Up recorded their third CD in 2017 and has won first prizes at the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf and in the German Choir Competition in 2018.

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