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Music week

Experiment, practice and enthrall

Music week

Music week

Experiment, practice and enthrall

Music week

Music week

Experiment, practice and enthrall

Music week

Music week

Experiment, practice and enthrall

Music week

Music week

Experiment, practice and enthrall

Music week

Music week

Experiment, practice and enthrall

Music week

Music week

Experiment, practice and enthrall

Music week

Music week

Experiment, practice and enthrall

Music week

Project description

Each year, the rehearsal week of Johann-Winklhofer high school in Landsberg, Pfaffenwinkel-Realschule in Schongau, Realschule Kaufering and the vocational school (FOS) in Landsberg takes place at the Music Academy in Marktoberdorf.

During this week, the numerous young musicians from the various schools grow together to form an orchestra. They then present their skills at two concerts. 

Project funding

In the area of educational funding, the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation bundles its support measures at a regional level. We thus welcome inquiries from teachers or schools from the regions of Eisenach, Kaufbeuren, Landsberg and Schongau.

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Field reports

2017
The “Four Seasons” was the topic of the Music Week in Marktoberdorf and the weather could not have fitted better, with a mix of summer temperatures and sunshine, rain and even snow. It is a tradition for a number of high schools from Landsberg, Kaufering and Schongau to make an orchestra trip to the Bavarian Music Academy in Marktoberdorf during the week after the Easter vacation. The goal is to develop a sophisticated concert program.

From April 24-28, a total of 80 pupils as well as teachers and external lecturers rehearsed in small groups and in plenary sessions, playing a total of 13 pieces for symphonic wind orchestras. Among these were both classical pieces such as a movement from the “Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi as well as the film score to “The Polar Express” or pop pieces such as “The Ketchup Song” and “Let’s Get Loud”
During the subsequent concerts in the Lechauhalle in Kaufering and the Deckerhalle in Peiting (Schongau), the school wind orchestra was able to delight the public, event receiving standing ovations for their performances.

As always, the primary focus was on team spirit and musical experience, and the whole project certainly represented a unique opportunity for the pupils.

The costs for the week of rehearsals and the required materials was assumed by The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation. 

2016
“Crime time” – it was under this motto that the traditional spring concert took place on April 8, 2016 in the gym of the Johann Winklhofer high school in Landsberg. Around 90 pupils as well as the accompanying teachers had organized a big crime night with a special program which ranged from James Bond to Chicago and the Blues Brothers.

A unique collaborative project between four schools made this evening possible. For several years, music teachers from high schools (Realschulen) in Landsberg, Kaufering and Schongau as well as the vocational school (FOS) in Landsberg have been working together. They meet once a year with their pupils for a week of rehearsals at the Music Academy in Marktoberdorf. The intensive collaboration results in a wind orchestra which puts on a formidable program each year as part of a large closing concert.

Headed by teachers Alexander Kaltner, Tobias Roth and Sabine Rüger, the wind orchestra has long developed into advertisement for the participating schools.

“It is always amazing to see how in only one week of rehearsals the many individual sounds grow together to become a fantastic orchestra which harmonizes perfectly,” says Annette Ring, Vice-Principal at Johann-Winklhofer-Realschule, summarizing her impressions at the end of the concert. “You are sensational, you carried us off into the world of crime – at times with feeling, at others with power!” The audience in the booked-out gym were of the same opinion. With frenetic applause, they demanded several encores.

A few days later, the musicians were also able to demonstrate their skills in the fully booked hall (Deckerhalle) of the Herzogsägmühle welfare organization in Peiting.

The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation supported the Music Week for the fourth time.

2015
On April 17 and 18, the annual wind orchestra concert took place in the Lechauhalle in Kaufering and at Johann Winklhofer high school in Landsberg. This is a traditional event which has been organized for 30 years in cooperation with the high schools (Realschulen) in Landsberg, Kaufering, Schongau and the vocational school (FOS) in Landsberg, and is always highly popular with the audience. This time, 250 people attended the event in Landsberg. With barely a seat left free in the house, there was thunderous applause as the colorful mix of musicians from the four schools entered the gym.

Under motto, “Animal Rhythms”, famous pieces and melodies from the musicals “Cats” and “Tiger Rag” were played. The event kicked off with a successful composition of “Eye of the Tiger” from US rock band “Survivor”, which is probably one of the most famous motion picture theme songs of all times. Kathrin Högenauer, a teacher at the high school in Kaufering, moderated the event, providing an excellent framework to the musical entertainment and always striking a good balance between building up suspense and providing humorous anecdotes to lead the guests into each of the music pieces.

The orchestra was conducted alternately by Alexander Kaltner (high school in Kaufering), Tobias Roth (high school in Schongau) and Sabine Rüger (high school in Landsberg). All three were responsible for the musical direction on both evenings. In the six days leading up to the event, they were supported at the school camp in Violau by four other teachers and two external lecturers to prepare the high number of children from different schools for the joint concert.

The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation provided financial support to all the schools.