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HSKD orchestras

Through its many orchestras, the Heinrich-Schütz-Konservatorium Dresden gives students the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills in a large ensemble.

Akkordeonata Elbflorenz

With verve and passion, the HSKD’s Akkordeonata Elbflorenz accordion orchestra shows just what an accordion can do, led by the equally passionate Bärbel Claus. Founded in 2000, the orchestra today sees 25 members aged 18 to 65 make music together. Akkordeonata Elbflorenz is predominantly a concert orchestra, whose repertoire ranges from baroque pieces, to contemporary music, to folklore and easy listening.

Akkordeonata Elbflorenz has successfully participated in international competitions, and has conducted concert tours to countries such as the Czech Republic, Finland and the Netherlands.

New members are more than welcome!

Conductor: Bärbel Claus
Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45
Rehearsals: Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm


When the Benjaminorchester takes to the stage, they melt audiences’ hearts. This string orchestra for children teaches the basics of rhythm and dynamics, good intonation, and, in particular, how to enjoy making music together. Multi-voice canons, dances, and pieces of varying lengths from different countries and eras are all studied and rehearsed. The ‘Benjamine’ is conducted with heart and soul by Beate Augsburg.

Are you aged between 9 and 12 and want to be a ‘Benjamin’?

Conductor: Beate Augsburg
Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45
Rehearsals: Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 5pm to 6pm


The rhythms touch your soul – and positively explode. The musicians in the Bigbandexplosion are advanced students of popular music, aged 14 to 25. From classic big-band sound à la Duke Ellington or Glen Miller, to blues, rock, shuffle, Latin, salsa or reggae, to funk, everything is performed. Big-band conductor Andreas Reuter is equally ablaze with enthusiasm. Collective grooving, good intonation, perfect execution, and improvisation are all on the agenda here.

Feel free to drop in! We’re currently particularly keen for trombone or trumpet players.

Bigband conductor: Andreas Reuter
Contact (Student Affairs Office): 0351 82826-45
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6.15pm to 7.45pm at the Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden


The Bogenschützen are a string orchestra of currently 70 youths aged 11 to 15. They meet with percussionists once a week, and work on a new repertoire every semester. Rehearsal weekends and camps encourage cohesion in the ensemble’s playing. Its repertoire ranges from festive Christmas concerts to film scores, rock music and dance. The orchestra is conducted by Sylke Hebenstreit.

Want to be a Bogenschütze?

Conductor: Sylke Hebenstreit
Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4.30pm to 6pm (‘An der Loge’ site, Bautzener Str. 19, 01099 Dresden)

Bundinstrumentenorchester (B.I.O.)

The Bundinstrumentenorchester (B.I.O.) led by Birgit Pfarr enables young musicians to gain musical experience with their rare instruments in an orchestra context. As such, the BIO continues to interpret sophisticated and varied concert repertoires, and very successfully participates in orchestra competitions. Its members are currently aged 12 to approx. 80, and make music using the classical instrumentation of: Mandolins 1 and 2 (supported by octave guitars), mandolas, guitars, and bass.

Want to be part of the BIO?

Conductor: Birgit Pfarr
Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45

b.i.o. juniors


In the ‘Saitenweise’ orchestra, adults play pieces from the Renaissance to the modern day. We rehearse every Monday from 6.30pm to 7.45pm, making music using the classical instrumentation of mandolins 1 and 2 (supported by octave guitars), mandolas, and guitars (sometimes also with bass).

Our members include career-changers, guitarists and/or mandolinists who were taught as children and adolescents but had to give up their passion due to family or professional reasons, as well as music enthusiasts who started learning an instrument later in life. In any case, all of the musicians have (re)discovered their love of music, which is given the opportunity to flourish in the ‘Saitenweise’ orchestra.

Want to be part of it?

Conductor: Henry K. Kowallik
Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45

Dresdner Jugendsinfonieorchester (DJSO)

Foto: Frank Höhler
Foto: Frank Höhler

The Dresden Youth Symphony Orchestra (DJSO) gives students aged 13 to 21 the opportunity to enjoy and learn symphonic repertoires without performance pressure or a focus on a musical career. In addition to technical playing skills, their co-ordination and social skills are also developed. The DJSO is conducted by Prof. Milko Kersten, who also lectures at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music.

Particularly dedicated and gifted members of the orchestra are regularly given the chance to give public solo performances. The orchestra also enables pupils to meet with the HSKD’s eminent registered teachers, musicians from the ‘mentor orchestra’ a.k.a. the Dresden Philharmonic, and renowned artists from all genres.

The ensemble currently has 64 members, who generally work on two to three repertoires a year together at weekly rehearsals and rehearsal camps.
The Dresden Philharmonic has been mentoring the youth orchestra since January 2006, with the joint family concerts being the highlight of this partnership.

Conductor: Prof. Milko Kersten
Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45

Dresdner Nachwuchsorchester (DNO)

The musicians from the Dresden Junior Orchestra (Dresden DNO) are gaining initial experience in orchestral playing. The children and adolescents are aged 10 to 16, and the focus is not on musical perfection, but rather on enjoying music and learning how to play together. In recent years, applicant numbers in some registers were much higher than the capacity available, which is why recital auditions are held every summer. Motivation, more so than ability, is the pre-requisite for membership.

The orchestra operates under the artistic direction of Prof. Milko Kersten. After one or more ‘years of study’, the best members have the opportunity to move up to join the ‘big people’ in the DJSO, which they often do.

Conductor: Prof. Milko Kersten
Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45

Jugendstreichensemble (JSE)

The youth string ensemble (Jugendstreichensemble) at the Heinrich Schütz Konservatorium Dresden exists as a smaller, alternative string orchestra to the Dresden Junior Orchestra (Dresdner Nachwuchsorchester, DNO). It currently has approx. 25 members aged 12 to 17, and is conducted by Luise Börner.

The repertoire could not be more varied, ranging from baroque, to romantic, to groovy modern pieces. Rehearsals are held once a week, plus there is one full-day rehearsal per semester and a rehearsal camp in Dresden’s surrounds, where members can practise more intensively and get to know one another.

Concerts, especially smaller ones, are put on regularly.

The orchestra always welcomes new members!

Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 5.30pm - 6.45pm (‘An der Loge’ site, Room 202, Bautzner Str. 19, 01099 Dresden)

Sinfonisches Blasorchester (Brass Symphony Orchestra, SBO)

The Brass Symphony Orchestra (Sinfonisches Blasorchester) run by the Heinrich-Schütz-Konservatorium Dresden currently has some 60 young members, most of whom are aged between 16 and 20. We also welcome young musicians from different musical backgrounds, who have come to Dresden to work or study. Harmonious interactions and coexistence are a priority for us, and not just in our music. The orchestra’s regular calendar includes the large annual concert, a rehearsal weekend, a summer concert, and a Christmas concert. Its diverse repertoire features symphonic and original pieces, as well as film scores, swing and beats with a big-band sound, as well as classic brass music.

Conductor: Thomas Köckritz
Contact: koeckritz.thomas@hskd.de or (0351) 8 28 26-45 (Student Affairs Office)
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 5pm – 7.15pm (HSKD, auditorium, Glacisstrasse 30/32, 01099 Dresden)

Nachwuchsblasorchester (Junior Brass Orchestra, NBO)

Once a week, some 60 young brass musicians and percussionists meet for rehearsals in the HSKD’s auditorium. In addition to classes in their major subject, they are also given the opportunity to play together. The aim is to foster their love of music and instrument-playing, and motivate the students to practise daily. The musical achievements are proudly presented at public concerts, where original pieces, as well as classical music, big-band arrangements, and film scores are performed.

Conductor: André Stemmler
Contact (Student Affairs Office): (0351) 8 28 26-45
Rehearsals: Thursdays 4pm – 5.45pm (HSKD, auditorium, Glacisstrasse 30/32, 01099 Dresden)

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