Gerald Wirth (Austria) received his first musical training as a member of the Vienna Boys Choir and at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria, where he studied voice, oboe and piano. He also composes and has written three children’s operas, several large oratorios, masses, motets, and songs. Gerald has been connected to the Vienna Boys Choir as artistic director and later president since 2001.
Over the years he developed his own method of music pedagogy. In 2003 he founded the wirth music academy in order to educate music teachers and choir directors according to the wirth method which combines classical music theory, consciousness for sound, training in listening, rhythm training and singing within a holistic approach. Gerald trains teachers in schools with little or no access to music, and supports a number of organizations offering workshops for refugees – children and adults – in Jordan, Greece and others. “Music is a gateway to learning, and this is particularly important for children who have never been to a school.”
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