Mårten Jansson Choral Competition



Dortmund – Denver – Warsaw
The Mårten Jansson Choir Competition results are in

(4.12.2018) The first prize of the Mårten Jansson Choral Competition held by Bärenreiter goes to the  Jugendkonzertchor Dortmund (Germany, photo). This youth choir who greatly impressed the panel of prominent choral judges was the indisputed winner. The University of Denver Lamont Chorale (USA) received second place and the third place went to “Vocore” from the Polish capital Warsaw.

The 10 competition participants from Sweden, Poland, Germany and the USA all submitted a video with their interpretation of Jansson’s “Maria IV”. The judges were very impressed by the high standard of all the ensembles.

The Jugendkonzertchor Dortmund will receive a composition by Mårten Jansson tailored to its needs along with a voucher for 500 EUR for Bärenreiter choral publications. The choirs in second and third place will also receive vouchers (300 / 250 EUR).

The winning videos

1st prize: Jugendkonzertchor der Chorakademie Dortmund, Director: Felix Heitmann

Some of the judges’ comments

    “… an absolutely perfect performance—nuanced, delicate, exquisite silences and dynamic contrasts, expertly adapted for the reverberant space. Gorgeous video. A mystical performance!”

    “A wonderful and truly touching interpretation of the composition with a rich and warm sound. It really felt like the ensemble wanted to tell you something they feel is important and that is truly a composer’s dream.”

    “An outstanding performance that was so musically crafted with committed singing and variety in colour. A brave tempo that managed to maintain the interest and atmosphere at all times.”

Enjoy the tremendous achievement by this youth choir, the top ensemble of the youth section of the Chorakademie - Europe's largest singing school.

2nd prize: University of Denver Lamont Chorale (USA), Director: Catherine Sailer

Lamont Chorale is a dynamic select student choir from the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

Some of the judges’ comments:

    “Excellent and well-structured dynamics and agogics! All melisma lines were sung wonderfully with clear sense of direction and legato. All sections were well-balanced and controlled.”

    “A great live performance from a choir with a nicely balanced full warm sound. This together with an equally great interpretation made me really want to have been at the concert.”

    “Homogeneous sound, good intonation, rather good dynamics.”

3rd prize: Vocore

Vocore is an ensemble of eight talented young Polish singers that was founded only last year and is based in Warsaw.

Some of the judges’ comments:

    “The middle voices alto and tenor are clear to locate and present, in addition in exposed positions vocally well led. The tempo is very nice and calm, the choir is very good with the big musical bows, good tension!”

    “I like the homogeneous sound of the choir, despite its small size.”

    “Wonderful and warm tone with excellent dynamics. You were the most "together" performance among the entries. Well-balanced and well-practiced. Bravo for memorization. It was clear that all singers knew their roles within any given phrases.”

Here are the videos of the remaining participants:

Ensoma Creative (USA), Director: Townsend Losey

Neuer Kammerchor Berlin (Germany), Director: Adrian Emans

University of Redlands Chapel Singers (USA), Director: Nicholle Andrews

Barbro Björklunds kammarkör (Sweden), Director: Barbro Björklund

The Opus Chorale of West Virginia (USA), Director: David Donathan

Resonance (USA), Director: Paul Osborne

Kirchenchor Lammersdorf (Germany), Director: Gabriele Scheidweiler-Pleines