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Idsteiner Kantorei (Idstein chorale) is a mixed choir in Idstein, Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis, Germany. The group performs regularly in the Protestant Unionskirche in services and concerts, also in smaller churches of the region and internationally. They practice collaboration with other choirs for larger projects.

Idsteiner Kantorei
Idsteiner Kantorei, Carsten Koch, Unionskirche Idstein.jpg
Choral concert at the Unionskirche, Idstein, conducted by Carsten Koch, Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Part 4
OriginIdstein, Hesse, Germany
Founded1972 (1972)
GenreMixed choir
Chief conductorCarsten Koch

History and locationEdit

The Idsteiner Kantorei was founded by Edwin Müller in 1972, based on the church choir at the Unionskirche.[1] He was succeeded by Carsten Koch, who is also lecturer of conducting at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt, in 2003. The choir performs in major services, such as Christmas, Easter and Konfirmation, and sings regular concerts, some in chamber formation in the smaller historic churches of the region.

The historic Unionskirche had a 1783 Stumm organ [de], which was replaced in 1912 by an instrument of Walcker, but retaining the historic case (Prospekt).[2]

Choral concertsEdit

Two to three annual concerts with soloists and orchestra have included a Bach cantata and the Missa, BWV during the Idsteiner Bachtage of 2000, with the orchestra Antichi Strumenti in historically informed performance conducted by Edwin Müller.[3] In 2002, on the occasion of the Hessentag, the choir and the choirs of St. Martin, Idstein, performed Haydn's Die Schöpfung in two concerts, one "not only for children". The conductors Müller and Franz Fink each conducted half of the work, with soloists Valentina Farcas, Daniel Sans and Johannes Schendel, and again the Antichi Strumenti. In 2010, another joined project of these choirs was Verdi's Messa da Requiem. Now Carsten Koch and Frank Fink conducted the Nassauische Kammerphilharmonie and soloists Christiane Kohl, Christa Bonhoff, Dantes Diwiak and Andreas Pruys.[4][5] In 2015, the joined choirs performed Te Deum[6] and Gloria[7] by Karl Jenkins. In an international collaboration also with the Belgian choir De Wase Kantorij from the sister town Zwijndrecht, they performed again Haydn's Die Schöpfung in 2016, with soloists Susanne Völger, Christian Rathgeber and Johannes Hill, both in Idstein and in Zwijndrecht.[8] In 2017, the Idsteiner Kantorei could perform a concert in the Unionskirche again, after it had been renovated for several years. They performed Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass and Eric Whitacre's Five Hebrew Love Songs.[9]


  1. ^ "Idsteiner Kantorei" (in German). Unionskirche, Idstein. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Evangelische Pfarrkirche (Unionskirche)" (in German). Denkmalpflege Hessen. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  3. ^ Idsteiner Bach-Tage. Idstein (Schirmherr Hermann Müller, mayor). 27 May – 10 June 2000. p. 4 (orchestra), pp. 8–14 (concert program, text, notes), p. 29 (choir and conductor). Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Einheit durch Vielfalt" (in German). Musikrat. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem" (in German). St. Martin. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  6. ^ "2/8/2015 / Jenkins, Karl: Te Deum". Boosey & Hawkes. 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  7. ^ "2/8/2015 / Jenkins, Karl: Gloria". Boosey & Hawkes. 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Grenzübergreifendes Konzertprojekt überzeugt in St. Martin Idstein". Wiesbadener Tagblatt. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  9. ^ Heeren-Pradt, Beke (7 April 2017). "Erstes Konzert der Idsteiner Kantorei in der renovierten Unionskirche" (in German). Wiesbadener Tagblatt. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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