Blue Lake International Choral Ensemble

The Blue Lake International Choir, under the direction of Thomas Wirtz, is comprised of talented and inspired young vocalists and performs a full range of choral literature.

For the 2015 tour and in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Choir will also join with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform That Music Always Round Me by Niblock; Te Deum, by Bruckner; and Festival Mass by Arens in six European communities with regional choruses in each location.    That Music Always Round Me was composed for the 25th Anniversary of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Festival Mass was composed by the paternal grandfather of Blue Lake’s Founder and President, Fritz Stansell.

They will also open the 2015 Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival with a presentation of the Arens Festival Mass on Friday, June 19th and present an encore performance at Hill Auditorium on the campus of the University of Michigan on Tuesday, July 28th.

The 2015 International Choir Tour will conclude with a Homecoming Concert of a capella American choral literature at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on Friday, August 7th, and a final performance of the Arens Festival Mass with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, Staff Choir, and Alumni Choir on Saturday, August 8th.

2015 International Choral Ensemble
Thomas Wirtz, Musical Director

Respected German choral conductor Thomas Wirtz has been named as Director of the 2015 Blue Lake International Choir. As Director of the Tookula Concert Choir from Minden, Germany, Mr. Wirtz has worked actively with the Blue Lake International Exchange Program for the past 15 years as a host chairman and guest conductor, including European Blue Lake performances of the Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, and the Arens Mass.

A member of the conducting faculty at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University of Münster since 1992, he previously served as Director of the Schaumburg Youth Choir and served on the staff of the Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (Society of  Music for Young People). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Wirtz is the Director of Choral Music at the Christ Church of    Minden and has directed a number of choral tours throughout Europe and the United States.  This will be his first tour as Director of the Blue Lake International Choir.