Our People

The operation and development of Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy (VBCMA) is led by a joint team from Hong Kong and Vienna, which has combined the very best minds, skills and experience.

Gerald WIRTH
President and Artistic Director, Vienna Boys Choir

Gerald Wirth received his first musical training as a member of the Vienna Boys Choir and at the Anton Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz, Austria, where he studied voice, oboe and piano. As a teenager, Gerald Wirth already conducted a children choir and was the founder of a Youth Choir and a trio sonata ensemble. He was involved in countless premier performances of new works by a wide variety of contemporary European composers. He was one of the youngest ever choir directors of the Vienna Boys Choir and Chorus Director at the Salzburg Opera company “ Landestheather”. In 1991, Gerald Wirth moved to Calgary Canada to take on the position as Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys Choir Organisation. He also founded and directed a professional vocal ensemble, “Sangita”. He was the Music Director of the Calgary Civic Symphony as well as Associate Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted choirs and orchestras all over the world, and sings and plays himself in a number of ensembles. Gerald is regularly invited throughout the globe as a clinician to conduct workshops about music pedagogy and all aspects of choral music. He plays and sings himself in many different ensembles and he can get practically anyone and anything to sing.

In 2001, Gerald Wirth became the artistic director of the Vienna Boys Choir. While he is keenly aware of the choir’s rich tradition, Wirth also explores new ways to create and make music. He has instigated a number of projects involving world music, a cappella pop and film music. Wirth’s first love is the voice; as is evident from his own compositions: his works include three children’s operas, several oratorios, theatre projects, music especially written for festivals and countless arrangements for choirs. He finds much of his inspiration in myths and philosophical texts. His works are commissioned and performed internationally. Wirth is convinced that intensive engagement in music has a positive impact on every realm of the personality, and motivates his students to utilise their potential. Together with close friends Gerald founded the Organization “Superar”, a European movement supporting the integration of underprivileged children and people in difficult social situation through high quality music education. Over the years, he has developed a unique method to teach people of all age groups to express themselves in music, by training their voice, sense of rhythm, hearing and sight-reading skills.

Quote “A choir consists of many individuals whose aim it is to act as a single entity. A concert is only really powerful and exciting when each individual is able to convey his own personality. But if that happens, it’s magic.”

 

Birgit REITHOFER
Programme Coordinator, Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy
Principal Pedagogue
Vienna Boys Choir Elementary Music Programme

Grew up in Austria, Birgit Reithofer is a musician and music pedagogue with extensive musical and educational experience.

Reithofer began her tertiary education at the Konservatorium Wien - City of Vienna University where she studied the flute (Music education – voice and instruments) with Professor Meinhard Niedermayr (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). Apart from the flute, she also focused her studies on early childhood music pedagogy. In 2007, she graduated from the Konservatorium Wien - City of Vienna University with Distinction, major in Elementary Music Education. She received the academic degree Master of Arts from Anton Bruckner University for Music, Drama and Dance in 2014 after having successfully completed the university course "Communicating and Contextualizing Music for Different Audiences".

Her expertise in the field is demonstrated by the fact that she became a music pedagogue at the Chorus School for the Vienna Boys Choir and the Music Workshop (Spielwerkstatt Musik) before graduation. Right after she graduated from the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University, she joined the Vienna Boys Choir Music Kindergarten, where she works as Music Pedagogue. 

Apart from working closely with young children at the Vienna Boys Choir Music Kindergarten, Reithofer also worked in various music education and music mediation projects and concerts for different audiences (planning and implementation – on and behind the stage), including programmes at the MuTh, the official concert hall of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz – Museum of Modern Art. She also led Music Exploration Camps in Hong Kong in 2010, 2011 and 2015 respectively, which were greatly complimented by parents and children.

 

Eunice SUEN
Vienna Boys Choir Certified Pedagogue

Eunice Suen attended the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Trinity College of Music), where she obtained her Master of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Prior to her master studies, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Opera and Vocal Studies in the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. There she was awarded a scholarship to take up music training in Berlin, Germany.

As a Certified Music Pedagogue in the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy, Suen teaches choirs and classes on a daily basis. She also works as a professional music teacher of the voice, piano, music theory and aural training, not only in Hong Kong but also in London and Vienna. Her students encompass different levels from elementary to advance, covering a wide range of ages. Her reputation as an experienced teacher and performer is recognized when various music competitions invited her to be a member of the jury.

As a talented performer, Suen is competent in performing an extensive range of musical work. Her operatic repertoire includes Carmen, Così fan tutte, King Arthur, L’incoronazione di Poppea and A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. She has also been engaged in opera scenes from Aïda, Le nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Giulio Cesare, Eugene Onegin and a number of productions by Opera Hong Kong. In 2009, Suen performed The Magic Flute with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing National Grand Theatre. Besides theatrical works, she also gives regular departmental solo, ensemble and choir concerts. She was also an active member of the Philharmonia Chorus (London). Numerous performance opportunities led her to many world-renowned halls including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall (London), Chapel of King’s College (Cambridge), Palau de la Música (Spain) and so on.

In 2009 and 2012, Suen was invited by the Hong Kong Church Music Association to record church music for a series of CDs that were published and online sound tracks made available to public.

 

Agnes QUILICOT
Vienna Boys Choir Certified Pedagogue

Agnes Quilicot is an all-round musician. She is a vocalist, a conductor, an instrumentalist and a composer.

 

Apart from holding a degree in Choral Conducting with concentration on voice and Liturgical Music Composition Studies, Quilicot also holds a degree of Psychology and Theatre Arts.

 

Quilicot trained with the three-time World Grand Prix Champion Choir, the Philippine Madrigal Singers under the direction of the late Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion and Mark Carpio. She has also performed as an opera singer in various opera productions in the Philippines, Hong Kong and China.

 

Quilicot is experienced in both elementary music education and choral conducting. Under her baton, the choirs have won numerous awards including the “Champion in Kindergarten Music Activities” at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and international competitions by the International Vocal Union, the Asian Choir Association, the China Music Association (Hong Kong), the Choir Union of Guangdong Musician Union and the International Federation of Choral Music. She was recently featured at the Third Asian International Choir Festival where she conducted a choir with the Italian conductor and choral music expert, Dr. Andrea Angelini.

 

Quilicot became a Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue in 2015 after her intensive music training in the Vienna Boys Choir.

 

 

 

Joyce LAU
Vienna Boys Choir Certified Pedagogue

Joyce Lau is a music educator and organist who also specialises in voice, piano performance and ethnomusicology. 

Lau obtained her Master of Philosophy in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During her study, she was placed on the Faculty Dean's List and obtained scholastic awards from German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and Peter Curzon Oram Charitable Trust. Lau also holds the Licentiate Diploma in Organ Recital (Distinction) from Trinity College London.

Lau has presented research papers on Jewish music in international conferences and translated academic articles for publication. She has also worked in various music projects with local and overseas institutes, to study, document and promote historical musical instruments.

Lau is a music pedagogue with more than ten years of teaching experience. She has taught students of a wide age range at recognised music academies, children’s choirs and music theatres, in addition to international schools and local schools. Her excellence in education has led her to teaching engagements at local universities and overseas seminary, including early childhood music education. Lau's teaching style is rigorous but inspiring, authentic but fun. Under her tutelage, Lau's choirs, vocal students and piano students all enjoy music and have won awards from the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival as well as other inter-school music events. 

Lau is now working as a church organist and has performed on the Rieger organ at Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She is a Certified Vienna Boys Choir Pedagogue at the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy since 2016.

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