Mission Statement of the Thomaskantor

Daily rehearsals directed by the Thomaskantor form the centerpiece of life of the choir. Gotthold Schwarz, the 17th successor of Johann Sebastian Bach, sees the choir’s main purpose in “Soli Deo Gloria”, singing “to God alone be glory”. Thus he consciously continues today, in the 21st century, the tradition of the choir’s most famous Thomaskantor. Bach marked most of his works, as was customary at the time, with the abbreviation S.D.G. in place of his own name. In this way, he made it clear that he saw his work as praise to God and that he had composed his music to honor God.