Lecturer & Speaker
Lorenz Maierhofer | LECTURER AND SPEAKER → Lorenz Maierhofer's work as a leader of large-scale open singings, jury member and choral consultant and lecturer and visionary
For decades Prof. Lorenz Maierhofer has been one of those choir experts with international experience that are in greatest demand as leaders of workshops at conferences, in reading sessions or singing conventions. He arouses the enthusiasm of his audiences with his charm, his immense competence and the diversity of his choral literature coming “straight from the horse’s mouth.”
Workshop participant S. Daubner
Workshop participant H.-G. Jaspers
LEADER OF LARGE-SCALE OPEN SINGING
Collective singing with people in the form of LARGE-SCALE OPEN SINGING is a particular speciality of Lorenz Maierhofer. Whether at conventions or choral conferences, at celebrations or festivals, whenever he invites people to sing along, with a smile on his lips and his own music, everyone is happy to join in.
JURY MEMBER AND CHORAL CONSULTANT
He constantly works together with choirs on premieres of his works, and in workshops specifically for choirs, too, he is happy to provide ideas for interpretation. In special choir competitions like, for example, the European Choir Championships or the World Choir Games, he also acts as a member of the jury.
LECTURER AND VISIONARY
SPECIALIST ARTICLES AND LECTURES
FROM CHOIR LEADERSHIP TO THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHOIRS
On the basis of several specialist articles such as “Mit Lust in die Chorzukunft” (Towards a Joyful Choral Future), Prof. Lorenz Maierhofer has become much in demand as a lecturer on topics relating to work with choirs in the 21st century. Taking as his starting point practical choral work, combined with helpful ideas for singing, he takes as his themes not only artistic aspects but also the “psychology of choirs” and historically evolved sociocultural interrelationships. Picking up on the ideas of forward-thinking social critics such as Hartmut Rosa, he also explores with course participants the important field of “human responses within the choir.” With his international experience, he constantly encourages choir directors and singers to look beyond their own immediate horizons into the worldwide choral scene.
MAIERHOFER QUOTATIONS ON ASPECTS OF CHOIR DEVELOPMENT:
- “People who sing and people who laugh inhabit the same heaven on earth.”
- “If you sing, you get more out of life – singing is healthy, preserves your looks and keeps you dynamic and fit.”
- “Only if it is really fit for the future in all its structures and at every level of creativity will choral singing be able to maintain its high status within the ranks of modern leisure activities on a lasting basis.”
- “Every second of lived choral practice carries within it a diversity of aspects for the future – some positive, some negative. Every moment of choral practice is the right moment for constructive change.”
- “Training the voice is always a smart training enterprise.”
- “If you give young people in choirs support, training, confidence and space for creativity, you are giving the future of choral singing a chance.”
His lectures and presentations are characterised by a profound and fundamental understanding of the singer in a choir:
Always actively bound up with music, he calls into question time-honoured role models for choir singers and directors, provides impulses for evaluating structures, addresses the issues of dealing with mutants and the upcoming generation of singers, speaks of individual and group dynamic singing synergies in rehearsals and performances, motivates his audience to an authentic stage presentation and demands concepts of initial and advanced training that are more specifically targeted at individual levels.
LORENZ MAIERHOFER’S 3 PILLARS OF CHOIR TRAINING:
- Vocal training – important for the choral voice, but also for fostering personal development and good health
- Sight-singing – a valuable cultural technique that gives access to the world of music.
- Listening to choral music – subtly differentiated recognition and understanding provide a central basis for arriving at one’s own interpretations.
Workshop participant Michael Jagg
Choir of St. Johann, Höchst and Choir of St. Nikolaus, Fußach
Workshop participant Franz Abbrederis