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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

LORENZ MAIERHOFER
LECTURER & SPEAKER
 

WORKSHOP LEADER

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.”

 
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“Fantastic, absolutely realistic and motivating!”


Workshop participant S. Daubner
Munich
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“Very refreshing, motivating, competent and encouraging!”


Workshop participant H.-G. Jaspers
Cologne
 

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.”
 

COMPETENT, HUMOROUS
AND MOTIVATING

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.
 
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“I had high expectations of today, and I haven’t been disappointed. Lorenz is a man of infectious esprit and incredible experience. His ways of addressing things is so witty and humorous that one suddenly has in mind the people in one’s own choir.”


Workshop participant Michael Jagg
Choir of St. Johann, Höchst and Choir of St. Nikolaus, Fußach
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"I’ve heard many presentations in my lifetime, but never one that could arouse people’s enthusiasm like this one. I feel a real desire to sing, now, and to do something for singing in choirs. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the choral association. It is clearly on the right path.”


Workshop participant Franz Abbrederis
Kantorei Rankweil