Gertrud Katja Loos

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Gertrud "Katja" Loos (born on January 20, 1916 in Hamburg as Ilse Ella Gertrud Reichel ; died on August 30, 2000 in Stuttgart ) was a German organist , sound engineer and music therapist .

Live and act

Gertrud Katja Loos grew up as the third child of a Hamburg merchant family with two brothers. The parents were Heinrich Reichel and Margarete Reichel, née Christiansen. After primary school she attended the Paulsenstift in Hamburg-Wandsbek . The fact that she was not allowed to graduate from high school like her brothers was one of the experiences that led to dealing with gender issues .

Her musical talent and her special musical ear became evident early on. The family stays on the North Sea island of Pellworm , which she described in autobiographical notes as Pellworm stories , were formative for her childhood . In 1936 she married the doctor Walter Loos, with whom she had three children.

After the war Loos first studied church music with Otto Brodde at the Hamburg University of Music . In 1954 and 1956 she published two books under the pseudonym Katharina Christiansen (hence the later name addition Katja), about which she later commented rather distantly. She worked with Erich Thienhaus in the joint recording studio in Hamburg-Blankenese for 20 years and then turned to music therapy, which she learned through self-study, through her own psychoanalysis and study trips to Vienna and London . From 1972 she worked as a music therapist at the Landesnervenklinik Berlin-Spandau , from 1978 at the Psychotherapeutic Clinic Sonnenberg in Stuttgart . In addition, she worked as a lecturer and speaker at the music therapy training courses in Hamburg, Munich and Zurich as well as at the Lindau Psychotherapy Weeks .

Sound engineer

As sound engineer, Gertrud Katja Loos oversaw numerous record productions at Deutsche Grammophon (DG) from 1952 to 1972 . Among other things, she managed the production of the children's and youth series of the DG and was the artistic director of the literary speech record series Mathias Wiemans kleine Diskothek . A well-known production was the radio play Wolfgang loved by God (1956).

Music therapist

Gertrud Katja Loos was described by Peter Michael Hamel as a "pioneer" and "trailblazer in music therapy", "whose name is inextricably linked to developments in German-speaking countries". Numerous music therapists attended their seminars and took part in their music therapy self-awareness groups. She shaped the direction of depth psychologically oriented music therapy, but expanded it with body-oriented work. One focus of her work was music therapy with anorexic young women and patients with premature disorders.

She was a co-founder of the German Music Therapy Society and for many years first chairwoman of the section of the professional association. In 1980 she and others initiated the specialist journal Musiktherapeutische Umschau , in which she was both an editor and published numerous articles. In her last article from 1997, she describes the work she had just begun with old and dying people.

Since 2001, the German Music Therapy Society has been awarding the Gertrud Katja Loos Medal every two years to people or institutions who, as outsiders, have made a special contribution to music therapy.


  • The girl touch-me-not-an, a story under the pseudonym Katharina Christiansen, Kreuz-Verlag, Stuttgart 1954
  • infinitely more love , Katharina Christiansen (ed.), Kreuz-Verlag, Stuttgart 1956
  • Play rooms. Music therapy for an anorexic and other premature patients. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart / New York 1986. (2nd edition 1994), download:
  • My soul hears in sight. Varieties of music therapy by and with Katja Loos. Video film. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1996.
  • Body awareness . In: Hans-Helmut Decker-Voigt, Eckhard Weymann: Lexicon Music Therapy. 2nd revised and expanded edition. Hogrefe, Göttingen 2009, pp. 241–243.
  • Leeway. In: Hans-Helmut Decker-Voigt, Eckhard Weymann: Lexicon Music Therapy. 2nd revised and expanded edition. Hogrefe, Göttingen 2009, pp. 469-470.

Individual evidence

  1. Gertrud Loos: Female motivations in therapeutic action. In: Musiktherapeutische Umschau 1982, pp. 245-254.
  2. ^ Gertrud Loos: Music therapy yesterday - this morning. In: Musiktherapeutische Umschau 1993, pp. 51-66.
  3. a b c d Marie-Luise Zimmer, Birgitte Loos-Frank, Volker Bernius: Music therapy with body and soul. Gertrud Katja Loos. Life - work - memories. Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden 2006.
  4. Peter Michael Hamel: A worthy monument set. In: Neue Musikzeitung , 9/2006.
  5. ^ Obituary by Volker Bernius et al. in Musiktherapeutische Umschau 21/4, 2000, pp. 394-394.
  6. ^ Gertrud Katja Loos: Farewell Music. In: Musiktherapeutische Umschau , 18, pp. 74–78.
  7. ^ Gertrud Katja Loos Medal