Kerry Jago – Alto, Musical Director
Dorothea Jakob – Soprano
Ulrike Barth – Soprano
Jessica Jans – Soprano
Bruno Michalke – Tenor
Philipp Nicklaus – Tenor
Ansgar Eimann – Bass/Organ
Fabian Hemmelmann – Bass
Joachim Höchbauer – Bass
Sebastian Myrus – Bass
Susanne Herre – Theorbo
Kerry Jago was born in England and grew up in New Zealand, where he studied composition and history at Victoria University of Wellington. From 2001 to 2006 he studied orchestral conducting with Eiji Oue at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, Germany, where he also received important musical impulses from Prof. Frank Märkel in the course of private studies in music theory.
His musical interests lie particularly with the great composers of the First Viennese School and with the symphonies of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. As a former student of composition, he also has a continuing involvement with contemporary music, having conducted many works by contemporary composers, including several world premières.
In 2007, he took up studies in early music singing with Michael Chance and Maria Acda at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, which he completed in 2011. This led to a fascination with early music which he has pursued ever since.
He now makes regular appearances as a vocal soloist and has sung with ensembles such as the Kammerchor Stuttgart and the Vocalensemble Rastatt. He has participated in masterclasses for choral conducting with Harald Jers and Jan Schumacher.
In 2012, Kerry Jago was appointed musical director of the Overbacher Singschule and conductor of the Overbacher Kammerchor.
Dorothea Jakob studied singing with Prof. Isle Hahn at the Hochschule "Carl Maria von Weber" Dresden, specialising in Lied interpretation with Olaf Bär. During this time, she also began minor studies in conducting with Prof. Hans-Christoph Rademann, which she subsequently continued as a major subject with Jos van Veldhoven at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She has sung with a range of professional choirs and ensembles, including the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Huelgas Ensemble, the Schola Heidelberg, the Kammerchor Stuttgart, Chorwerk Ruhr and the Dresdner Kammerchor. She has performed regularly since 2004 as a Lied singer with various duo partners in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and has sung the solo soprano of numerous oratorios by Bach, Händel, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Saint-Saens, Rossini etc. She now conducts the church choirs of St. Cäcilia Bornheim-Dersdorf and St. Georg Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, and is currently completing her masters degree in choral conducting with Prof. Anders Eby at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf.
Born in Basel (Switzerland), Jessica Jans grew up in a musical family, exposed to different styles of music at an early age. She studied solo singing and vocal pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik, Basel and the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, receiving two successful Diplomas. In the fall of 2013 Jessica Jans was accepted in a Master’s study program at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, in which she is focussing on the traditional vocal and performing techniques in early music.
She treasures regular vocal coaching and musically inspiring encounters with Margreet Honig and Roswitha Müller.
Singing in different ensemble and chamber music formations, have always been important and especially rewarding for her. Jessica Jans is an active member in a number of professional choirs and vocal ensembles in Germany and Switzerland, performing in international concerts and radio productions.
In the summer of 2010 she achieved the final round of the competition for Schumann Lied-Duo held by the Gesellschaft für Freunde und Förderer der Hochschule für Musik Detmold.
Together with her duo-partner Dominik König, she received the second prize (the first prize was not awarded) and the “public’s choice” prize at the first international competition for Organ and voice (1.Internationaler Orgel-Gesang-Wettbewerb) in Neuss 2012.
A former member of the Regensburger Domspatzen, Joachim Höchbauer first studied music education at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. He then went on to complete postgraduate studies in Lied accompaniment with Prof. Glauß at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, before studying singing as a major subject with Prof. Mechthild Georg. He received artistic impulses during this time from Helmut Deutsch, Christoph Pregardien and Wolfram Rieger. Following his long-standing involvement as a member of the Collegium Vocale Ghent under Philippe Herreweghe, he is now appearing increasingly as a soloist. Solo engagements have seen him perform in the Essen Philharmonic Hall, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Ruhrfestspielhaus Recklinghausen, the Musiktheater Gelsenkirchen, at the Ruhrtriennale Bochum, the Rheingau Musikfestival, the Festival of European Church Music in Schwäbisch Gmünd and the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl. He has performed with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Bergische Symphoniker, Das Neue Orchester (Christoph Sperling) and with baroque orchestras such as Capella Augustina (Brühler Schlosskonzerte with Andreas Spering), Concerto Köln, the Kölner Akademie and the Collegium Cartusianum (Peter Neumann). He has been involved in numerous CD recordings and has performed in Russia, the USA, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, as well as in Lofoten and in Carthage. His projects for 2014 include concerts with Jos van Immerseel (Schubert Quartet), at the Opera Lille, the Opera Gent, in Luxembourg, in the Minsk Philharmonic Hall, in Lisbon and in Utrecht (Early Music Festival).
by Christoph Hellhake
Sebastian Myrus began his musical education in the Windsbacher Knabenchor. From there, he went on to study singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in his home town of Munich, during which time he also attended the opera school of the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding, where he was able to gather important stage experience during his studies.
Guest appearances soon followed in Ingolstadt, at the Markgräflichen Opernhaus Bayreuth, in the German Pavilion of the EXPO in Hanover and at the Munich Biennial. He has performed at both the Schlossfestspiele in Ludwigsburg and the Händel Festival in Halle. For the children's concert series of the Munich Philharmonic, Sebastian Myrus sang the role of Papageno, with concerts of Haydn's “Creation” planned for 2014. For the Church Cultural Conference of the EKD in Berlin, he sang the solo baritone part at the world première of Thomas Jennefelt's sacred opera Paulus
Sebastian Myrus is primarily active as a concert soloist, with his focus being on sacred music, and particularly the works of Bach. He pursues his great passion, ensemble singing, as a member of numerous renowned chamber choirs and soloist ensembles, including the Bavarian Radio Choir, the Athesinus Consort Berlin, the Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging.
As a concert soloist, Sebastian Myrus has performed with the Münchner Symphonikern, the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Musica Amphion, the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig and the Baroque Orchestra of Seville, singing under renowned conductors such as Gary Bertini, Marcus Creed, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Enrico Onofri, Helmuth Rilling and Jos van Veldhoven.
Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe, as well as to Asia and America.
by Horst Helmut Schmeck
, was born in Erfurt (Germany). Her first instrument was the mandolin which she started at the age of eight and later studied at the conservatory of music in Cologne. Several prizes were awarded to her in national and international competitions and she had the opportunity to participate in tours of the European Union Youth Orchestra and to experience the Lucerne Festival Academy under the direction of Pierre Boulez among other things. During her mandolin studies Susanne became more and more interested in historically informed performance practice and started to learn the viola da gamba and the lute with Rainer Zipperling and Konrad Junghänel at the conservatory of music Cologne. One year of studies in Villeurbanne/Lyon (France) with Emmanuelle Guigues (viola da gamba) followed before she came to The Hague for master studies with Mieneke van der Velden, Philippe Pierlot, Mike Fentross and Joachim Held at the Koninklijk Conservatorium. Susanne is regularly asked to perform with ensembles and choirs and appeared on several festivals. Her interest for research on historical mandolins led to a lecture and the publication of an article for the Lute Society (Britain).