University for Protestant Church Music Bayreuth

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University for Protestant Church Music Bayreuth
founding 1948
Sponsorship ecclesiastical
place Bayreuth
state BavariaBavaria Bavaria
country GermanyGermany Germany
Students 28 winter semester 2018/19
Employee 18th
including professors 6th
Wilhelminenstrasse 9

The University of Protestant Church Music of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria is a state-recognized church university in Bayreuth in Bavaria . The rector of the university has been Wolfgang Döberlein since October 1, 2019, and vice-rectors are Thomas Albus and Marko Zdralek


The church music school, founded in 1948, was initially temporarily housed in Erlangen and moved to Bayreuth in 1953. The predecessor institute was the "Private Organist School" founded in 1921 by Heinrich Schmidt in Bayreuth. In Bayreuth, the regional church erected a building specially designed for the purposes of the church music school in 1953, which was built specifically for the training of full-time church musicians and the associated spatial requirements. In 2009 a new extension was inaugurated.

The former church music school became a state-recognized specialist academy in 1973. In 2000 the state synod re-established the state-recognized college for church music as the successor institute of the specialist academy, and church music director Karl Rathgeber was appointed the founding rector . He was responsible for setting up the university and headed it as the re-elected rector until September 30, 2011.


Since the summer semester of 2013, all courses have been systematically switched to Bachelor and Master. The following courses are offered:


  • Bachelor of music, Protestant church music
  • Bachelor of music, piano pedagogy
  • Bachelor of music, organ
  • Bachelor of music, conducting (focus on choral conducting)


  • Master of music, Protestant Church Music
  • Master of music, instrumental / vocal pedagogy in the fields of study:
    • piano
    • organ
    • Voice training
  • Master of music, musical direction instrumental / vocal in the fields of study:
    • Choir direction
    • Children's and youth choir direction
    • Wind choir conducting
    • Ensemble management / popular music


  • Possibility to take the church music C examination.


  • Instruments: eight organs, 28 pianos and grand pianos, five harpsichords, a clavichord, Orff instruments, instruments for popular music, instruments on loan
    Goll organ
  • Accommodation: Student residence on the university campus, 19 single rooms with meals and kitchens for self-catering, garden and roof terrace
    Rohlf organ
  • Library, computer workstations, nine practice rooms with organs or piano, 14 classrooms, three lounges, two study rooms and a chapel.
    Verschueren organ


University profile

  • Practical studies with a special educational component.
  • Regular divine services under student supervision.
  • Own university children's choir (2009 IHK Bayreuth Culture Prize).
  • Regular study days and special seminars with external lecturers and professors.
  • Study of short distances and practice opportunities in the university and in three Bayreuth churches.
  • Concerts and concert tours with the university choir .


The university is financed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria , the Free State of Bavaria and the "Foundation for the University of Protestant Church Music".

Well-known graduates since 1950

(Abbreviations: B = B-examination or diploma, A = A-examination, DML = qualified music teacher, DM = qualified musician, FA = specialist academy, KMS = church music school)

  • KMD Thomas Albus (B 1988), composer, professor of music theory and ear training, since 2011 rector of the University of Protestant Church Music in Bayreuth
  • Frank Bettenhausen (B 1990), city cantor in Rudolstadt (Thuringia)
  • Martin Blaufelder (B 2008, A 2010), city cantor in Kitzingen
  • Bernd Dietrich (B 1969), long-time lecturer at the Meistersinger Conservatory in Nuremberg
  • KMD Helmut Duffe (B 1970), composer, long-time music teacher with the Windsbacher Boys Choir († 2016)
  • KMD Ruth Engelhard (B 1950), long-time editor of worship and church (G&K)
  • KMD Andrea Eißele (B 1989), city cantor in Schweinfurt
  • Friedrich Kalb (B 1950), church musician, theologian, 1965–1972 director of the KMS
  • Reiner Gaar (B 1981), author, lecturer for organ improvisation at the music academies in Bayreuth and Würzburg
  • Daniel Gárdonyi (B 2007), freelance musician
  • Christoph Georgii , (B 2002, DML 2004), representative of popular music in the Badische Landeskirche
  • KMD Volker Gloßner (B 1991), city cantor in Landshut
  • Matthias Grünert (B 1997), cantor at the Frauenkirche Dresden
  • Michael Haag (B 1985), City Cantor in Weißenburg / By.
  • Monika Hofmann (B 1991), professor for bass work at the Herford University of Church Music
  • Waldram Hollfelder (B 1950), composer († 2017)
  • Jens Korndörfer (B 2004), Director of Worship and the Arts and Organist of the First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta (USA), Artist Affiliate (Organ) and Georgia State University (USA)
  • Frank Hallmann (2000), managing director of the record label Rondeau
  • Peter Maus (B 1970), longtime soloist at the Bayreuth Festival and professor for singing at the Berlin University of the Arts
  • Arnold Mehl (B 1971), founder and director of the Bach Trumpet Ensemble in Munich
  • Michael Merkel (B 1999, DML 2001), cantor at Loccum Abbey
  • Carl-Friedrich Meyer (B 1995, A 1998), city cantor in Ansbach
  • Jasmin Neubauer (B 2006, A 2008), city and dean's cantor in Rothenburg odT
  • Matthias Querbach (B 1997, A 2000), cantor at the St. Johanniskirche (Würzburg)
  • Elisabeth Polster (B 2007), cantor St. Markus, Hamburg-Hohenluft
  • Alexander Ploß (B 2001, A 2003), cantor at the "Bergmannsdom" St. Wolfgang Church (Schneeberg)
  • Hans-Martin Rauch (B 1966), later regional church music director
  • Stefanie Richtscheid (B 2010, DM 2002), cantor at the Marienkirche (Großenhain)
  • Helmut Scheller (B 1950), 1973/74 director of the FA, later organ lecturer at the Meistersinger Conservatory in Nuremberg
  • Jürgen-Peter Schindler (B 1955), founder of the Ostheim / Rhö Organ Museum
  • KMD Andreas Schmidt (B 1995, A 2002), employee at the institute for worship in Nuremberg and cantor at the Augustana University in Neuendettelsau
  • Hans Schott (B 1980), current editor of G&K
  • KMD Georg Stanek (B 1996), city cantor in Hof / By.
  • KMD Peter Stenglein (B 1884), city cantor in Coburg and lecturer in liturgical organ playing at the University of Protestant Church Music
  • KMD Emanuel Vogt (B 1959), composer († 2007)
  • KMD Klaus Wedel (B 1977), President of the Association of Protestant Church Musicians in Bavaria

Honorary senators

  • Dieter Mronz , retired Lord Mayor D. of the city of Bayreuth
  • Friedrich Schmidt, notary a. D. (†), Honorary Chairman of the Working Group for Protestant Church Music (AEK)

Web links

Commons : University for Protestant Church Music Bayreuth  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Statistical Office: Students at universities. Winter semester 2018/2019 (= Fachserie 11, Reihe 4.1), October 18, 2019, p. 72.

Coordinates: 49 ° 56 ′ 22.6 "  N , 11 ° 34 ′ 21"  E