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Wilten Boys Choir

Wilten Boys Choir


Artistic direction of the Wilten Boys' Choir has been in the hands of Johannes Stecher since 1991. Since then choir performances have improved steadily both qualitatively and quantitatively and the Wiltener Sangerknaben are now among the most highly-regarded boys' choirs in Europe.

A special singing technique developed by Johannes Stecher is responsible for giving the boys' voices a bell-like sound, a unique intensity and strength.

Today the choir has a total of approx. 160 members. The youngest of them are 5-6 years old. The boys spend their first few years in the junior choirs, where voice and pitch are trained, as they gradually work their way through the repertoire. By performing in smaller settings, they slowly become familiar with the life of a boy chorister.

When they have gained in musical maturity and vocal ability, the boys are invited to join the concert choir. The choir is a specialist section in the Tyrolean State Conservatory. At the moment the concert choir comprises approx. 90 boys and young male voices. Even after their voices break, the boys are able to remain in the choir and continue to be voice-trained by highly-qualified singing tutors. The Wilten Boys' Choir does not have its own boarding school - the children go to various schools in the greater Innsbruck area and attend choir practices twice a week and once for voice training (individually or in small groups).

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