Curriculum vitae


December 15th 1973

Born in Tübingen, Germany


Lessons in piano and cello,
participation at the school choir

June 1994

“Abitur” in Mössingen

October 1994 – June 1997

Studies in philosophy and physics at the University of Tübingen,
participation in the university orchestra and chamber music group, foundation of a male vocal group

February 1995

Accepted in the “Studienstiftung für das deutsche Volk”, a German foundation to support gifted students

April 1996 – July 1997

Additional studies in piano with Wei Tsin Fu at the “Hermann–Hesse–Haus” private piano academy in Tübingen

October 1997 – July 2002

Studies at the University of Music at Karlsruhe (Germany); choir conducting (with professor Martin Schmidt and Stephan Hoffmann), in orchestra conducting (with professor Wolf–Dieter Hauschild) and in music theory (with professor Peter–Michael Riehm)
teaching classes in music theory

October 1998 – July 2002

Conductor of the church choir St. Maria in Heidelsheim
Founder and conductor of a gospel choir (close harmony) and two children choir groups in the community

October 1999 – July 2002

Conductor of the parent–teacher–orchestra at the Rudolf–Steiner school in Karlsruhe

during studies

Singer in the “Chartres”-Choir (dir. Prof. Peter-Michael Riehm) and in the “Karlsruher Vokalensemble” (dir. Prof. Martin Schmidt, 16part semi-professional vocal ensemble)

Summer 2000

Active participant in a master class with professor Wolfgang Schäfer and Tobias Hiller (Staufen, Germany)

August 2002

Studies in the soloist class (highest level class; one student per year accepted) of choir conducting at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory in Copenhagen with professor Dan–Olof Stenlund,
regular sessions with professional and semi-professional choirs and vocal ensembles (i.a. vocal group “Ars Nova”) as well as with the conservatory orchestra

August 2002 – Sept. 2008

Singer in the Malmö Chamber Choir – a semi-professional chamber choir (36 singers) conducted by professor Dan–Olof Stenlund

August 2002

Grant by the “Dan Olof Stenlund Stipendiefond”

June 2003

Passive participant in the “Eric Ericson Masterclass” in Haarlem with professor Uwe Gronostay and professor Hartmut Haenchen

July 2003 – July 2008

Church singer at Vedbæk Church, Denmark (professional position)
in bigger services performing function of a cantor: rehearsing and conducting (while singing) with the extended nine person church choir (professional) at special occasions

December 2003

First prize at the “Friedrich Silcher” composition competition with the piece “Im Frühling” to a poem by Marie–Luise Kaschnitz

August 2004

Passive participant in the master class with Daniel Reuss and the RIAS Chamber Choir in Berlin

August 2004 – June 2009

Accepted to the orchestra conducting soloist class at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory with professor Giancarlo Andretta:
five sessions annually with professional orchestras (mostly with closing concerts) and regular sessions with the conservatory’s orchestra

August 2004 – June 2010

Conductor of “Holte Kammerkor” in Denmark (

June 2005

Final exam of the choir conducting studies, based on the results accepted to the debut year program

July 2005

Active participant in a master class in Varese, Italy with professor Kurt Suttner
served as teaching assistant for the professor

July 2005

Active participant in a masterclass in Boswil (Switzerland) with professor Georg Grün

October 2005

Winner of the 3rd Biannual of the “International Competition for Choir Conductors Mariele Ventre” in Bologna, Italy

June 2006 - August 2012

Conductor of the “Ballerup Chamber Choir” in Denmark (

July 2006

Active participant in a master class in Varese, Italy, with professor Frieder Bernius

October 2006

One of ten students worldwide chosen to be an active participant in the “International Eric Ericson Masterclass on Choir and Orchestra Conducting” at the “Lund Choral Festival” in Lund, Sweden:
work with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the vocal group “Ars Nova” and Lunds Vokalensemble under the guidance of professors Eric Ericson, Cecilia Rydinger-Alin and Andrew Parrott

February 4th, 2007

Debut concert concluding the debut year in the choir conducting studies with the Malmö Chamber Choir and orchestra:
program Vic Nees: “Magnificat”, Benjamin Britten: “Sacred and Profane op. 91” and Anton Bruckner: “Mass No. 3 e minor”

April 2007

Assistant conductor to maestro Giancarlo Andretta at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen for the production of “Lucia di Lammermoor”

August 2007

Assistant conductor to maestro Peter Feranec at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen for the production of “Don Giovanni”

March 2008

Director and conductor of a project with the Holte Chamber Choir, the Ballerup Chamber Choir and the Lyngby-Taarbæk Symphony Orchestra,
“Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms

July 2008

Choirmaster of “War Requiem” by Benjamin Britten, closing concert of the “World Symposium on Choral Music” broadcast live by the Danish Radio

Since August 2008

Choral conducting teacher in South Tirol, Italy for the summer seminar of the “Südtiroler Sängerbund”

Since September 2008

Conductor of Sjølund Chamber Choir in Denmark (

September 2008

Foundation of a semi-professional project chamber choir in Northern Germany
2 projects a year with demanding programs including premieres of my own compositions (

June 2009

Diploma exam in orchestra conducting with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, concluding the soloist class in orchestra conducting at the “Royal Danish Conservatory of Music”
Program: Richard Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll, Benjamin Britten: Phaedra, Franz Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 4 c-minor

September 2009

Choirmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Mahler: “Symphony No. 3” for maestro Sir Simon Rattle

November 2009

Choirmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Brahms: “Ein deutsches Requiem” for maestro Christian Zacharias

Since June 2010

Conductor of the “Copenhagen Bach Choir” ( that regularly performs with a professional barock ensemble

Since September 2010

Conductor of Symfuni, the university symphony orchestra at the University of Copenhagen (

August 2012

First own master class on choir conducting and ensemble singing in Husum

October 2012

Artistic leader and conductor of the autumn project of “Landesjugendchor Baden-Württemberg” (, program “Man and Heaven”

March 2013

Choir workshop at the Danish choir association Kor72: “German romantic choir music”

August 2013

Masterclass choir conducting and ensemble singing in Neustadt (Weinstraße)

October 2013

Renewed invitation for the artistic leadership of the autumn project of the des Landesjugendchores Baden-Württemberg, program “Play and earnest“

October 2013 – July 2015

Teaching “Choir and ensemble conducting“ at the Musikhochschule Hannover

January 2014

Weekend course choir conducting Copenhagen

since April 2014

several choir preparations as choirmaster at the Danish Radio

August 2014

Masterclass choir conducting and singing in Wernigerode

since October 2014

teacher in choir conducting at the Danish Amateur Music Association for advanced students

July 2015

Masterclass choir conducting and singing in Bonlanden

from August 2015

Artistic leader of the choir conducting seminar in Bozen (South Tyrol Choir association)

since August 2015

teacher in choir conducting at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen

detailed tabulated CV Jan Scheerer