ORGANIZATIONAL AND ARTISTIC MANAGEMENT TEAM
Tobias Hug (Artistic Director), deceased on 9.1.2020
Inventor and artistic director of the festival until his death on January 9, 2020 was Tobias Hug, who grew up and went to school in Kirchzarten, and as a former singer of "The Swingles" networked worldwide with musicians, vocal bands, ensembles and choirs: former singer with the Swingle Singers (bass and artistic director); Guinness Book of Records entry; juror and workshops German Choir Competition, VocalAsia and others; festival founder, director, producer: London A-Cappella Festival (GB) 2010, Vocalmente (ITA) 2014, A CAPE'lla (LUX) 2015.
Since 2018 Tobias Hug planned and organized the festival in a team, which since January 2020 continue the festival as organizational and artistic management team.
Tanja Pannier | Artistic Director / Dramaturg 2022/2023
Tanja Pannier is a singer, composer, arranger, choir director and vocal coach in Berlin. She is a founding member of the internationally awarded a cappella ensemble Klangbezirk and a vocal lecturer for jazz & pop at the Berlin University of the Arts. She writes theater music for the GRIPS Theater Berlin and the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus and gives international workshops for choirs, ensembles and singers.
Nina Ruckhaber | Organizational & Artistic Direction Team since 2019.
Nina Ruckhaber works full-time as an event manager for the Humboldtsaal Freiburg. She has been singing in the Jazzchor Freiburg since 2010 and worked there for 7 years in choir management. As a music board member of the Deutsche Chorjugend (German Choir Youth), she has been advocating for the next generation of singers in the German choir scene since 2014; in 2018, Nina Ruckhaber was appointed to the " Beirat Chor" (Choir Advisory Board) and the "Bundesfachausschuss Medien" (Federal Media Committee) in the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council). She helped launch the Bundesjugendchor as interim project leader, writes regularly for professional journals and association publications, and manages the social media presences of a growing number of musicians. Her blog "Ninas VoxBox" is considered one of the essential voices of the popular choir and a cappella scene.
Dörte Zillessen | Organizational & Artistic Direction Team since 2019.
The culture, music and project manager Dörte Zillessen advises and supports festivals, associations, ensembles and musicians in their administration. With great passion and heartfelt commitment, she brings clarity and structure to questions of content and organization. In doing so, she draws on her 10 years of experience as the former head of the artistic operations office at the Deutscher Chorverband (German Choir Association, DCV e.V.) - she organized three German Choir Festivals and four and a half chor.com with her team. The trained carpenter first studied musicology in Hamburg and then graduated in Freiburg with a degree in economics.
Julian Knörzer | Organizational & Artistic Direction Team since 2019.
Julian Knörzer (Freiburg) is a studied school musician and choir director (MH Freiburg, RAMA Vocal Center Aarhus/Aalborg). As a beatboxer, singer, choir director and arranger he is active in the German vocal scene and internationally active as a lecturer. With his multiple award-winning bands UNDUZO and Acoustic Instinct he has been touring the German-speaking countries since 2005. Based on his many years of experience with his bands and in the Jazzchor Freiburg, he published the instruction book "Beatbox Your Choir - Chöre und Vocal Groups perfekt begleiten" (Schott) in 2015. Julian Knörzer teaches beatboxing, ensemble directing and jazz/pop choir directing at the MH-Freiburg and the HKM Tübingen. www.julianknoerzer.de
Richard Leisegang | Organizational & Artistic management team since 2019.
Richard Leisegang is a musician, founder and team player. Raised and socialized in the state of Brandenburg, he first studied music and German in Freiburg i. Breisgau to become a teacher for high schools, to follow his passions to study classical singing. Since 2009 he sings in the vocal band UNDUZO. He writes songs and takes care of the organizational side of the band in the most creative way possible. The vocal work runs like a thread through his life. Together with Diana Labrenz he founded the Jugend Pop-/Jazzchor Leipzig in 2020 and leads the ensemble with her as a team.