The rough success for the realization of the chorakademie in weibenohe was the city and building architect and realization competition. Without the community of weibenohe this would not have been possible. This was gratefully emphasized by eduard noth, chairman of the forderverein, at the annual general meeting in the lillachtalhalle in weibenohe.
"We as the forderverein are incredibly grateful to the municipality of weibenohe and mayor rudolf braun for all pulling in the same direction. All decisions were made unanimously in the parish council, although this also places financial demands on the parish", praised noth. Since the realization of the choral academy is being carried out through the city’s building permit, the municipality is also involved with a considerable financial share.
The successful conclusion of the architects’ competition has brought the implementation of the project, which is unique in germany, a rough step closer. In may of this year, the jury chose the architects and urban planners hirner and riehl from munich as the first prize winners. The result of the competition was presented at an "open monastery day" government president heidrun piwernetz and presented to the public. In the meantime, the architects and specialist planners are in the process of preparing a qualified cost estimate within the framework of the first service phases, which should be available by march 2018. "Only then can the financing of the project be discussed with the government of upper franconia", said noth.
The county singers’ meeting showed how much the idea is appreciated by the choirs of the counties. Since 31 resp. 36 years the choruses of the counties meet annually to give a concert together. The proceeds of the two county singings will be donated to the forderverein of the chorakademie weibenohe. This year, a check for 1400 euros was presented to the choral academy.
"We are not building the project for the 70 or 80 year olds, but for the choir youth", underlined noth. Gerald fink, federal choral director and artistic director of the choral academy, also pointed to changes in choral singing. "Weibenohe becomes the center of choral singing. This should be seen as an opportunity", said fink. Contacts have already been made throughout germany. The topic of inclusion should also be implemented here. "Because you just stuck with it out of enthusiasm, even though you didn’t know how it would turn out. But you know it’s good for you", fink said.
The goal for 2018: "we want to attract more members and achieve the contribution to cover the current operating costs of 25 000 euros per year, as planned in the economic calculation", said noth. It is gratifying that, in addition to the counties of erlangen-hochstadt and forchheim, the city of erlangen and 24 of the 29 municipalities in the county of forchheim are also members of the forderverein and that the cultural project "franken choral center of the frankischer sangerbund in the former benedictine monastery of weibenohe" is being supported consider as a county-wide common goal". "This deserves the highest recognition", praised noth.
He hoped that the five remaining communities would also join. This year, the communities of ebermannstadt, eggolsheim, hallerndorf, wiesenttal, hetzles and unterleinleiter joined the forderverein. 275 members now pay the association and can thus aueisen a contribution volume of 21 865 euro.