Prof. Dr. Birgit Jank

Birgit Jank studied music and German at Humboldt University in Berlin and voice at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. After receiving her doctorate, she held professorships for music education, social work, and media studies at various universities (Humboldt University Berlin, Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin, University of Hamburg, Berlin University of the Arts, University of Potsdam) and founded the private Clara Hoffbauer University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Politically, she is active as a member of the Federal Expert Committee on Education of the German Music Council and the German Cultural Council, as Chair of the Federal Expert Group on Music Education, and as co-founder of the Conference on Music Education at Scientific Universities. She also founded various projects for the professionalization of music teachers, such as the "Musicteach" program, and for singing in elementary schools ("Belcantare Brandenburg"). She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the German Music Council, Vice President of the Brandenburg State Music Council, a member of the Federal Network for Culture and Inclusion, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Finland Institute.

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Musicians can sing or play in the ensembles of the German Music Council, the Federal Youth Orchestra, the Federal Jazz Orchestra and the Federal Youth Choir, and take part in competitions. With four other projects in the area of promotion, the German Music Council supports young, highly talented musicians, conductors, composers and interpreters of contemporary music as well as pop musicians on their way to a professional musical life and builds a bridge between musicians, organizers and the public. In addition, the German Music Information Center (miz) offers a central information point on all topics of musical life.



The German Music Council is the sponsor of the competitions for children and young people: Jugend musiziert and Jugend jazzt, the competitions for professional musicians: the German Music Competition, the German Conducting Award (formerly the German Conducting Prize) and the German Choral Conducting Award, as well as the competitions for amateur musicians: theGerman Choir Competition and the German Orchestra Competition.

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Promoting young musicians in the ensemblesof the German Music Council also includes performing on stage in front of an audience. The project leaders are happy to accept requests for engagements. The German Music Competition concert promotion program arranges approximately 200 concerts a year for concert organizers and concert series.

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