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Conducted by Gary Graden

Festival Choir

Musica Sacra International Festival Choir

29th May - 2nd June 2020

For more than 25 years, Musica Sacra International has been bringing together singers and musicians from different cultures and religions in Marktoberdorf and in the Allgäu region.
As in previous years, we are once more encouraging all enthusiastic singers to actively participate in Musica Sacra International as a singer in the festival choir. The choir will be conducted by Gary Graden, director for choral music at the Cathedral and Jacob’s Church in Stockholm, and will be supported by a choir from one of the participating ensembles. Over the period of four days the singers will rehearse works from different religious backgrounds. The choir will perform the rehearsed programme at the final concert of the festival.

Furthermore, all participants of the festival choir will be given the opportunity to engage in the additional programme of the festival without further costs. This consists of studios, where ensembles from around the world present their music and rehearse it with visitors in form of singing examples. There will furthermore be church services arranged by musicians, as well as spiritual walks and discussion panels. The aim is to convey the subject matter of each religion to people with the help of music and to discuss it with them.

Needless to say, everyone is very welcome to go to the various concerts in the evenings and to celebrate with the ensembles in the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf.

The Festival Choir will be organised in cooperation with the Chorverband Bayerisch-Schwaben.


Conductor: Gary Graden

Gary Graden was born in the USA and studied at Clark University, the Hartt School of Music, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and with Eric Ericson at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He is a former member and tenor soloist with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

Graden is presently the director of choral music in the Stockholm cathedral and S:t Jacobs Church in Stockholm. With the S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir he has won grand prizes and first prizes in many of Europe´s most prestigious competitions, including the European Grand Prix.

He participated in a range of national and international festivals and is in demand as conductor, teacher and adjudicator throughout the world. His work as conductor and singer is documented on many CD and radio recordings. Gary Graden was elected Sweden´s Choral Conductor of the Year in 2005, in 2009 he and his choir were awarded the Guidoneum Award from the Fondazione Guido D´Arezzo in Italy.


Rezonans Istanbul - the ‘Base Choir’

Founded by Burak Onur Erdem in 2010, the Rezonans has quickly become one of the most influential Turkish choirs. In addition to numerous concerts in its home country, the choir has given concerts at the Europa Cantat festivals in Pecs and Tallinn and successfully participated in international competitions, such as the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf in 2019.

The ensemble has collaborated with renowned choir conducters such as Eric Whitacre, Nigel Short, Volker Hempfling and Georg Grün, as well as with well-known ensembles like the Yale Schola Cantorum, the Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Boys Vocal Ensemble Hanover.


Participating fee

Participation fee for the Festival Choir (incl. sheet music): 150,00€ (reduced fee 110,00€)*

Festival Choir members can purchase additional offers at a reduced rate.

  • Catering package (Sat-Tue): lunch and dinner, Tuesday’s additional final dinner: 70,00€
  • Festival pass: 80,00€ (reduced fee 60,00€)

*Eligible for reduced fees: pupils and students; singers from choirs which are a member of the Chorverband Bayerisch-Schwaben (CBS)



Accommodation can be booked individually at Hotel Sepp (5 min walk to the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf) at a reduced rate.



Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf, Kurfürstenstr. 19, 87616 Marktoberdorf

in cooperation with the Chorverband Bayerisch-Schwaben

Application form for the Festival Choir


Standard price 150,- €
Reduced fee: 110,- €

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Wichtige Informationen

After the registration, participants will receive an invoice. As soon as the invoice has been paid, the registration will be binding.

In case of a cancellation, full repayment of all bookings is possible up to 10 days before the festival starts.

Accommodation has to be booked individually.

Drinks: meals at the Music Academy include a drink. Other drinks can be bought at the Café Musica.


Your data will only be used for the purpose of processing your registration and will not be forwarded to third parties.  Further information can be found in our data protection regulations.


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