Stellenbosch University Chamber Choir (SUCC) is the new born baby of this prestigious University´s Music Department, which is already a perfect example of the diversity found at our University.
The SU Chamber Choir will complement existing structures at the Music Department and the University. It is aimed at experienced choral singers and wants to inspire the region with its performances by being locally relevant, yet internationally respected. The choir will make use of the amazing musical diversity which can be found at Stellenbosch University. The members will share their skills with those who have not had access to formal choral education through workshops, master classes and recordings.
After eleven years as Director of Music at the famous St. Kilan’s Cathedral in Würzburg and professor in choral conducting, Martin Berger left Germany to accept his appointment at SU. Since April 2013, he has been successful and busy restructuring the Music Department’s conducting programme and choirs.
Berger is known as one of the most versatile conductors in Germany and is sought after as guest conductor, lecturer, master class leader and adjudicator. Berger studied in Düsseldorf and Saarbrücken, and completed postgraduate studies in Church Music, Music Education, Musicology, German Literature and Conducting. Master classes and artistic collaborations introduced him to major Scandinavian choir directors such as Eric Ericson, Anders Eby and Gary Graden, who significantly influenced his approach to choral music. He has given concerts in nearly all European countries, Australia, South Africa and the United States.