Director / Conductor
Marion Kuchenbecker, born in Rostock, founded the Mixed Choir in 1990 and has been leading it ever since with a lot of positive energy and commitment.
She graduated from the Special School for Music Education in Wernigerode and was a member of the Radio Youth Choir and the Chamber Choir of Wernigerode. She studied musicology at the University of Halle until 1984 and after further studies in 1988 at the "Franz Liszt" College of Music in Weimar, where she received her diploma as a choir orchestral conductor. In 1987 she took part actively in a master class under the direction of Helmuth Rilling in collaboration with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
From 1984 to 1988, Ms. Kuchenbecker received an artistic assistant at the Pedagogical University Potsdam, where she trained students in choral conducting until 1989, as well as a student choir and the newly founded university orchestra. Due to political differences in the eventful period before the fall of the Berlin Wall, she had to leave the university and then began work at the Städtische Musikschule Potsdam.
In addition to the Mixed Choir, she is also in charge of two children's choirs and the String Orchestra Plus. Ms. Kuchenbecker is also a specialist teacher for early musical education and gives piano lessons.
They are responsible for organising and staging the annual concerts, which are the highlights of the choir's life in December and summer. CDs were also produced with the Mixed Choir.
The concerts take place in Potsdam, but also nationwide and beyond in European cities on stages and in churches. This is due to Mrs. Kuchenbecker's commitment to running and maintaining partnerships and networks.
Since 2008 Tobias Scheetz has supported the choir in developing the repertoire and accompanies rehearsals on the piano and on the organ.
Tobias Scheetz studied at the former Kirchenmusikschule Görlitz and completed postgraduate studies at the Ecumenical Institute for Church Music of the UdK Berlin while working as district cantor. In 1997 he graduated with the A-Diploma.
Tobias Scheetz often appeared as a soloist or accompanist on the Görlitz Sonnenorgel.
Since 2004 he has been a lecturer in organ and choir conducting courses at the EKBO. From 2004 to 2013 he worked as choir conductor and organist for the Protestant parish of Berlin-Friedrichshagen, where he founded the Ecumenical Cantata Choir.
For many years he worked as a freelance organist, choir director and conductor in Potsdam. Concert engagements have taken him to Sweden, Norway, Poland, Italy, France, Israel and Canada. Tobias Scheetz has worked as an organist with the Jeunesses Musicales Weltorchester, the New Chamber Orchestra Potsdam and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg.
Since 2004 he has been a regular guest organist at the Friedenskirche Potsdam Sanssouci, where he temporarily took over all church physical tasks and conducted the oratorio choir in 2013.
As the successor of KMD Prof. Friedrich Meinel, Tobias Scheetz has been organist at the Erlöserkirche in Potsdam since 2015.
For the 2015/2016 season he was appointed Artistic Director of the Oratorio Choir Potsdam and the International Organ Summer Potsdam.