Laudate Dominum was founded as the Archdiocesan Church Music Week of Vienna. The founding fathers were Peter Planyavsky, Hubert Dopf, and Erwin Ortner. In 2005, our conference moved to St. Pölten where we found the ideal education center in the “Hiphaus.” Together with the Vienna University of Music, it functions as the main organizing institution behind the conference. The tradition of a Diocesan Church Music Week ended in 2013. After this, the number of participants kept increasing, reaching 130 musicians coming to Laudate Dominum. Meanwhile, a full quarter of the participants come from outside of Austria. This is why we have started to offer individual voice coaching and private lessons (organ, improvisation) also in other languages (English, French, Swedish); certain elements of the choir sessions and the liturgies are being offered in English.
Apart from the full choir, various workshops in choral conducting (basic and advanced), a cantoring seminar, an organ seminar, chamber choirs, coaching sessions (rehearsal techniques, etc.) and individual lessons in voice and organ form the core of the program. Together with our widely-known clinicians, these seminars are the main attraction of Laudate Dominum. Only here you can experience the enriching interaction of professionals and music lovers in the field of sacred music. Also, the cooperation of the University of Music and the Conservatory with Laudate Dominum has a long-lasting effect on the success story.
Finally, our conference also functions as a perfect opportunity for (badly needed) musical exchange as most church musicians usually work at the same time and thus they rarely get a chance to discuss music. They also see it as a major source of inspiration – this is why we extend a cordial invitation to you to join us at next year’s conference in Austria!