Tanja Wawra

Tanja Wawra - CANZONE 11

Tanja Wawra, born in 1974 in Marktoberdorf, is the founder and conductor of the Canzone 11 chamber choir. Ever since in her school years, she has developed an affinity for music, especially for choral music. As a singer in Jugendchor Ostallgäu as well as in Carl-Orff-Chor-Marktoberdorf under the baton of Arthur Groß, she gathered a rich choral singing experience and participated in various festivals and competitions. Through her study in Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, she shifted her musical activities to the city. Besides the school music major, she completed her Masters Degree in choir conducting under Professor Michael Gläser and built her singing activity in various vocal ensembles. She gained precious impulses for her own conducting works by this, which in 1998 took her to the conductor position of Munich's BelCanto-Kammerchor, with which she won, among others, the first prize at the Bayerischen Chorwettbewerb 2005 and where she conducted further until 2010.

After her successful participation in the Choir Conductor's Forum of the Bayerischen Rundfunkchor in 2003, she worked with this ensemble regularly until 2009, partly in the preparations and partly in studio recordings or concerts. 
 
Tanja Wawra visited various courses and workshops under famous international composers and conductors. Furthermore, she remains close in contact with publishers and is continuously in search of widely unknown choral literatures she could also perform. The platform she  offers for this is especially the masterclass for choir singing in the Schwäbische Kunstsommer Irsee, which she has led since 2006. She initiates regularly exciting projects in this framework - partly also artistically collaborated with dancers, writers, or painters. 
 
More source of inspiration she dug from conducting larger choral symphonic works with orchestras such as by the Münchner Symphoniker or by the new Süddeutschen Philharmonie. As a guest conductor she was invited to lead, among others, in the Festlichen Sommer in Wies, and  Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in the Singenden Stadt Kaufbeuren event. 
 
Besides in the artistic work, the focus and the major passion of Tanja Wawra's works lie also on the educational work. Between 2006-2008, she was the Professor for Choir Conducting and the conductor of the Madrigalchor in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. She is active as a lecturer and adjudicator in the Bayerischen Sängerverbund, as well as leads the advanced training at the Verband Bayerischer Schulmusiker.
 
The educational work with lay singers is generally her particular concern. As a music educator - currently in the Gymnasium in Markt Indersdorf -  besides her teaching activity, she also promotes professional singing projects with children and youths in various frameworks, among which through the profile of the choir class.
 
Tanja Wawra lives with her husband and 2 children in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm.