Artistic Direction

As artistic director, Prof. Anne Kohler is responsible for the continuous vocal pedagogical work on a homogeneous, characteristic sound of the top ensemble. She conducts rehearsals and concerts of the National Youth Choir and is supported in her work by musical assistants and vocal coaches. In addition, other guest conductors will work with the ensemble on a project-by-project basis.

Prof. Anne Kohler

Anne Kohler is a professor of choral conducting at the Detmold University of Music. There she directs the chamber choir and the vocal ensemble Pop-Up and supervises a major class of choral conductors. Her ensembles are characterized by liveliness, vocal quality, stylistic diversity and innovative programming. She studied school music, conducting and singing and deepened her training in master classes with Eric Ericson, Frieder Bernius, Volker Hempfling, Tonu Kaljuste, Jens Johansen and members of the "Real Group". She works closely with Oliver Gies, Martin Carbow and Jens Johansen. Guest conducting and rehearsals for Marcus Creed, Roger Norrington, Pierre Boulez and Ingo Metzmacher have taken her to the SWR Vokalensemble, the Berlin Radio Choir and the WDR Radio Choir. With her choirs, she has often won first prize at national and international competitions, e.g. the German Choir Competition, CantaRode (NL) and the Aarhus Vocal Festival (DK). She is a successful international juror and lecturer for voice training, choral conducting and jazz choir conducting. Anne Kohler is a member of the advisory board of the German Music Council's Conducting Forum. She has been artistic director of the German Music Council's National Youth Choir since 2020.