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2016 Choirs

Green Guys Graz - Austria

As a spin-off of the Singing-Academy Graz, the young boys group “Green Guys” sing entertaining male vocal repertoire. They have chosen the colour green because this is the national colour of their home-province Styria (the green heart of Austria!) and because a common saying in Austria means that very young people are “green” between their ears! The secret of their success is greasing their vocal chords with a Styrian speciality – pumpkin seed oil – of course in dark green colour.

Maria FuerntrattConductor Maria Fuerntratt

Maria Fuerntratt has been the Artistic Director of the Singing-Academy since
1995 and has taught choir pedagogy at the Music University as senior lecturer in Graz since 2007. As a convinced music- and singing-educationalist she won the national pedagogy award (Pädagogischer Panther), Styrian folk culture award, the Antoni Martorell Premio (Vatican), long-service gold medal for Austrian choir merits. The Japanese Television NHK, Chinese CCTV, British BBC, Austrian TV all produced portraits about Maria Fuerntratt and she has gained international and national concert- and jury-member-experiences.

Her focus is on the cultivation of the Austrian traditional singing technique. Her personal slogan is “singing as an adventure”.