Träume | Dreams

Everybody dreams, and the shape of our dreams is beyond understanding and limitation. We encounter colours, sounds and shapes we do not otherwise know, and we encounter ourselves. We conjure up images, at night we face our hopes or fears. As soon as we wake up, the dream has vanished beyond reach. During the day, we dream in order to wish ourselves to a beautiful place. We send our thoughts out to travel; we dream of our future. We dream of a fairer world, of peace and of a life where everybody is in unity with everybody else. “I have a dream” – that’s how Martin Luther King began his most famous speech; John Lennon sang “Imagine”; the band “Luxuslärm” encourages us to “Live your dreams”. At EUROTREFF 2017 we hope to trace our dreams – fantastical or otherwise – in music. Together we hope to sing, and together we hope to dream.

Atelier Mixed Youth Choir

Victoria Ely


moved to Great Britain after having completed her bachelor in Australia. She graduated with Distinction from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a master in Choral Conducting. As a versatile conductor with the ability to engage and enthuse singers of all abilities, she was a guest at international choir festivals. She is […]

Atelier Children's Choir

Robert Göstl


studied sacred music and choral conducting in Regensburg, where he was musical director of the Regensburger Domspatzen’s pre-choirs for ten years. In 2008, he became professor for “Singing with Children” at the Cologne University of Music. In the years 2009-2013 he also taught Choir Conducting. From 2010-2014 he was musical director of the German Youth […]

Atelier Mixed Youth Choir

Panda van Proosdij


studied at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands and took theatre courses in Azzano, Wiesbaden and New York. Nowadays she is a guest teacher at the Codarts University of Arts in Rotterdam and works as movement coach and director with the Netherlands Children and Youth Choir. She is also conductor and teacher in workshops […]

Atelier Girls Choir

Merel Martens

The Netherlands

completed her studies in Music Education, Pop and Jazz Choir Conducting, as well as Rhythmic Choir Conducting at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam and at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark with the highest possible grades. Today she is conductor of the award-winning a cappella ensembles Pitch Control and VOÏSZ Vocal Projects in the […]

Atelier Children's Choir

Josep Vila Jover


studied choral conducting with Enric Ribó, Conxita Garcia and Christian Grube. He is the artistic director of the Societat Coral Amics de la Unió, a prestigious choir school in Granollers (Catalonia) with more than six hundred students and ten active choirs. At this school, he conducts two choirs with about one hundred singers in total. […]

Atelier Children's Choir

Frank-Steffen Elster


sang as a child in the Gewandhaus’ children and youth choir in Leipzig, before taking over some conducting and organization activities. Also in Leipzig, he studied conducting, choir conducting and voice at the conservatory. Already during his studies, he became assistant to the Gewandhaus director and later conductor of the Gewandhaus’ children choir. They performed […]

Atelier Children's Choir

Aira Birziņa


is associated professor of Choral Conducting at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, artistic director of three girls’ choirs and manager of the Riga Female Choir and Ogre District Choir. She is also producer and artistic director of the Ogre Music Festival and since 2003 chief conductor of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival, which […]