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LaCappella Family

The six young ladies of Ensemble LaCappella laid the foundation for the LaCappella family, a term which the pianist Lars Keitel likes to use for this accumulation of ensembles that might, at first sight, seem confusing. The term aptly captures the family-like community of musicians at the catholic parish church of the small village of Burgholzhausen. Here, the first concert took place in a living room on 29 December 2004.

By chance, the talented young ladies with a great passion for singing thus set in motion a process which, today, brings together over one hundred singers under the direction of Veronika Bauer, performing under the label LaCappella. In 2010, Ensemble LaCappella decided to stand on its own feet as its members continued to sing together during their studies. The singers participated successfully at the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb and have worked with other ensembles, including Ensemble Vocapella Limburg and Singer Pur. They celebrated their CD debut with shimmering (ROP6094) in 2014.

Two years later, four sisters also wanted to sing together in a small ensemble. Since then, ten of thirteen young women have been singing together as Ensemble LaCappella 2.0. Under the direction of Veronika Bauer, they formed a fixed ensemble that also continued to perform together despite being dispersed across Germany – and they too were successful at competitions.

The parish offers the LaCappella family a home for its rehearsals, and the ensemble return the favour by providing the music for services, performing concerts, and leading the ever-popular Christmwas singing. Time and again, a few singers have come together in small ensembles to participate in the Jugend musiziert competition. The steadily growing number of members led to the development of a fixed ensemble structure. The song school now houses ensembles for older and younger girls (LaCappella nuova and LaCappella dolce), who practice apart from their male contemporaries (LaCappella DieJungs and LaCappella DieMänner). All ensembles perform their own programmes, but they also come together in various combinations to form mixed ensembles and a children’s choir.

Veronika Bauer studied education for primary schools. She trained as a choir director with Volker Hempfling and at the Mainz diocese. She is also a long-standing member of the KammerChor Saarbrücken.