Cathedral Cantor Dr. Stefan Mahr
Cathedral Choirmaster Dr. Stefan Mahr began his musical training aged eight in the Bamberg Cathedral Choir. At the age of 13 he had his first organ lesson (with retired Cathedral Choirmaster Wolfgang Wünsch).
His studies at the Kirchenmusikschule in Rottenburg (organ with Prof. Bernhard Ader among others, choral conducting with Prof. Stefan Schuck) were followed by an apprenticeship at the Anglican Cathedral in Chichester in the UK that lasted several months, with a focus on choral accompaniment and boys’ choral work.
From 1998-2000 he worked in Munich as a church musician and continued to receive vocal training and organ lessons during this period. He also studied musicology at Ludwig Maximilian University. Stefan Mahr worked as a vocal trainer with the Munich choirboys and at the Munich Cathedral School of Singing.
Stefan Mahr has been Cathedral Choirmaster at the Great Cathedral in Hildesheim since April 2000. Within the context of music at Hildesheim Cathedral, he directs the Girls' Choir and the choral groups at the Elisabethschule school. Further responsibilities include assisting Cathedral Music Director Viezens, duties as the Cathedral’s organist, acting as expert on the organ and bells, and also serving as liturgical advisor for church music. He is head of the "Young Prizewinners" organ concert series, which is part of the Cathedral’s calendar of concert music and takes place in January.
In October 2003, he received his degree as an ‘A’ grade church musician at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (organ with Prof. Ulrich Bremsteller, choral conducting with Prof. Hildebrand Haake). In 2012, Stefan Mahr obtained his doctorate from the University of Hildesheim with his thesis on the Hildesheim-based Müller family, who constructed organs.
He is a member of the ‘Hannover Youth Vocal Ensemble’ directed by Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Etzold.