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The Concert Choir of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology



In 1978 the choir was founded by Werner Pfaff as the Karlsruhe University Choir. Since 1988 the choir has been conducted by Nikolaus Indlekofer. In 2006 the University of Karlsruhe and the Federal Research Center Karlsruhe associated to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). One year later the choir changed its name into Concert Choir of KIT and Nikolaus Indlekofer was appointed Musical Director of the KIT in 2008.

In 1978 the choir started with only 20 members and has continuously grown to approximately 140 members. Most of them are students or staff members of the KIT. Besides growing in number, the choir has developed its musical quality and become a distinguished member within the cultural scene of the city and the region of Karlsruhe. The choir is inherent part of the ‘Bad Frauenalb Monastery Festival’. At the popular ‘Karlsruhe Fest’ it performed Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ in front of an audience counting 30.000 people. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of friendship between France and Germany in 2012 the choir was invited to France and performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the cathedral of Reims, the coronation cathedral of the French kings. In 2013 the choir participated in Verdi’s Nabucco in front of the impressive silhouette of the Karlsruhe Palace.


The choir has already been awarded the title of ‘A Baden Master Choir’ twice in the highest category of a coral competition held by the Baden Choral Association. On concert tours the choir sang in Spain, France, the US, Israel, Switzerland and very often in Hungary. A deep and close partnership that goes back to 1985 before the fall of the Iron Curtain connects the choir with the Budapest University Choir.

The repertoire reaches from old to contemporary music, from folksongs to great oratories, among the latter ‘The Messiah’ by Handel, ‘St. John’s Passion’ by Bach, ‘Elias’ and ‘Paulus’ by Mendelssohn, ’A German Requiem’ by Brahms, ‘Requiem’ by Verdi. Recently the choir had a great success with the performance of ‘The Sea Symphony’ of the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.