Prof. Mag. Franz Farnberger
After completion of studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Franz Farnberger served as the conductor of the Vienna Boys’ Choir for seven years. In this function he conducted more than 800 concerts all over the globe.
Since 1983 he has been Artistic Director of the St. Florian Boys’ Choir, responsible for the musical formation of the boys, rehearsal of repertoire and concert conducting in Austria and abroad. Under his direction the choir has recorded numerous CDs and made television appearances.
Farnberger nearly always conducts the concerts from the piano. He is also active as a pianist (in recent years, primarily as an accompanist for Alois Mühlbacher) and teaches at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz.
He sees his most important goal as helping children engage with music on a high level, but with priority always being placed on taking joy in singing.
”„Singing is our musical mother tongue. If it is promoted during childhood, it remains a valuable asset for a person’s entire lifetime.“
Mag. Christa Steinkellner
Managing Director, Concert Management
Contact person for the following areas:
- | Inquiries on booking the Boys’ Choir for performances in Austria and other countries |
- | CD/DVD productions, radio and television appearances |
- | financial and legal concerns |
- | Sponsors |
- Stiftstraße 1
- 4490 St. Florian
- Telephone: +43 7224 47 99 11
- e-mail: email@example.com
After graduating from the commercial academy, I studied psychology in Salzburg and worked for five years, while attending a university, in a Salzburg concert agency which represented the St. Florian Boys’ Choir among others. Following my return to Upper Austria I took a job as an educator at St. Florian – intending it to be a “transition job” until I would find an interesting position in psychology. This was in 1993. Soon, I stopped looking for another job, because here at St. Florian I had everything which interested me and gave me pleasure – and the same is true today: children and music, interesting people, a great team, beautiful surroundings, but also numbers and organization. Only a few months after beginning the job I assumed the concert management of the choir, and in 2014 I was made Managing Director of the Sponsors’ Association.
”It is a challenging task for the entire team, including the Association Board, to manage all of these responsibilities “under one roof”: imparting musical and social competences to the boys for their future, creating an environment in which they feel protected, keeping the choir’s musical standards at the highest possible level, organizing interesting engagements and eventful tours, and financing all of it. But it is not only a challenging task. Above all, it is wonderfully enriching.
Mag. Wolfgang Gruber
Boarding School Administration, Public Relations Work
Contact partner for:
- | New intake/recruitment |
- | Parents |
- | Schools |
- | Media representatives |
- | Sponsors |
- | Affairs of association |
- Stiftstraße 1
- 4490 St. Florian
- Telephone: +43 7224 47 99 22
- Fax: +43 7224 47 99 34
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School Teacher certified in the subjects Athletics and Latin, residing in Reichersberg am Inn. Employed by the Institute since 1995, Boarding School Director since 1996, and also responsible since 1998 for the choir’s public relations work and administration of the association "Friends of the St. Florian Boys’ Choir".
“I see my role here, on the one hand, as providing for the children entrusted to us an environment in which they can develop all of their talents completely and in a manner appropriate for children; and on the other hand, I attempt to give the outstanding achievements of the Choir Boys the place in society which those achievements deserve. And every time our boys excite audiences with their beautiful voices, but also with their natural qualities, I am proud and happy to have the privilege of working on location with the St. Florian Boys’ Choir”.
From 1983-1987 I myself was a Choir Boy at St. Florian. The musical highlights in this period were certainly my appearances as “First Boy” in W.A. Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Vienna Volks- und Staatsoper, and my participation in a CD production with Jörg Demus. Following my active Choir Boy period, I studied at the Linz Bruckner Conservatory, first violin and later voice, song and oratorio. During my studies I was also employed as a supervisor with the Boys’ Choir. Since then, I have been employed as a voice trainer here on location. In addition to my artistic activity, I have also worked on the production of many concerts in the series featuring the Men’s Choir of former Choir Boys together with the current Boys’ Choir.
Markus Stumpner, BA BA
Assistant to the Artistic Director
I myself was a member of the St. Florian Boys’ Choir for 6 years, during which the path for my musical career was begun. My musical
highlights were certainly the performances as first and second boys in The Magic Flute at various opera houses, and the leading
role in the opera The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten at the Salzburg Landestheater.
Since 2010 I have studied voice with Kurt Azesberger, and since 2011 also Choir Direction with Georg Leopold at the Anton Bruckner Private University. After I joined the men’s choir unit of the Boys’ Choir in 2009, I was once again able to go on many of the tours, which I remember particularly fondly. Since early 2013 I have been a vocal trainer working with both the men’s and the boys’ choir units of the Boys’ Choir, which is especially fun for me.
Ursula Doughty, BEd
As the mother of two small children I am often moving, outdoors whenever possible. As a trained special needs pedagogue and kinesiologist I am involved a great deal professionally, but also with pleasure privately, with different types of learning.
Since the beginning of my professional life in 2002 I have worked in child day care centers and schools in Linz, Vienna, and Lower Austria, where most recently I directed a day care center. Love of music and the pleasure and enrichment I find in working with children and young people led me to apply to the St. Florian Boys’ Choir, and I am very happy to be part of this team.
Born in 1962 in Kiel, married, four children, residing in St. Florian. I began my career as a special supervisor with severely disabled persons in the Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen. While raising my children I was active as a substitute with kindergartens in the Wartberg area. I had the good fortune to assume and lead the development and management of the Neumarkt day care center. Since March 2014 I have been a member of the educator team for the St. Florian Boys’ Choir. It is very important to me to encourage and support the individuality of every single person, but also to nurture and support community life within the group. At the same time, it is my goal to strengthen the boys’ social competence with regard to good manners, consideration, tolerance and respect for one another. I am happy to have the privilege of being present with them during these important years in the choir school. Hobbies: Percussion Band SOSAMMA, actress at Theater Sellawie of Enns, artist, Culture Association CART, “wenches”, sailing license FB2, contemporary literature.
Residing in Stadlkirchen, married, 2 children r
Member of Boys’ Choir supervisory team since 1994
I supervise the youngest boys. The children need a great deal of support and attention, especially in the beginning. They have strong personalities, but are also very sensitive. It is very important to me – particularly in the adjustment phase – to take this into consideration and make it possible for them to get a good start. I see as a particular challenge, besides support with their schoolwork, encouraging them in their social and emotional development. Accompanying children on a pa rt of their path in life is a great responsibility, but also an enrichment.
Born 1976, residing in Schwertberg
After a long period in the intense, mostly negatively-charged field of social work, I wanted to dedicate myself again once more to the more pleasant side of being human. And where better to do that than with the Boys’ Choir, where the boys are challenged and supported according to their talents, and at the same time a great cultural value – namely music – is kept alive. Music has always played a great role in my life (in the school choir, making music at home ...). Therefore, I am that much more touched during those moments when the boys work their magic in our hearts with their voices. When I began my work, a choir boy said to me that it was their job to bring people joy with their voices. And every day they succeed in doing it once again. I place great value on respectful dealings with one another, listening, and especially the appreciation of their personalities.
I live in Linz and was born in 1980. Before I joined the staff of the Sängerknaben, I was a kindergarten teacher at the BAFEP Linz and an instructor at the BFI for kindergarten trainees. I try to guide the Sängerknapen with common sense, humour and my open hearted personality. My approach to education is to encourage individuality and mutual respect. I always have an open ear for the needs of minors and try to include nature into my work as much as I can. I think a balanced mix of male and female educators and role models is a benefit for the progression of the Sängerknaben. I am a father of three children, in my leisure time I enjoy participating in two traditional folk music ensembles and I am member of the Linzer Singakademie.
Thomas Storch, BEd
My name is Thomas Storch and I am 26 years old. After graduation from secondary school it was clear to me that I wanted to work with children in the future. This led me to decide to study for a degree in elementary education and teaching certification at the teachers’ college of the Linz Diocese. During this time I was confirmed in my direction, as I found that working and being with children gave me much pleasure. It is important to me that what we do is fun for the children, and that they are in a protected environment in which they feel comfortable. Here with the St. Florian Boys’ Choir as well, where I have been an educator since 2014, I try to pursue these goals to the greatest extent possible.
Gerard, who previously lived and worked in Switzerland and France, has been a member of the team since 2016. With his extensive experience in manual work and logistics, but above all because of his readiness to help at all times and his commitment, he has become a valued co-worker. Whether it is his repair and renovation work in the boarding school, his gardening work on the grounds, or his management of the swimming pool, Gerard takes care of it, just as he takes care of diverse transportation jobs and many other services.