Franziska Welti is a singer, choir director and artist who teaches singing and improvisation at the Conservatory of Winterthur, Switzerland. She leads the two choirs Singfrauen Winterthur, and Singfrauen Berlin as well as the vocal ensemble vox feminae. She regularly organizes singing workshops both within and outside Switzerland, including courses for young people in conflict regions , e.g. in the South Caucasus. She has been awarded various prizes, including the Culture Award of the City of Winterthur in 2009 and the Music Recognition Award of the Canton of Zurich in 2018. In 2020, she completed the Certificate of Advanced Studies «Arts and International Cooperation» at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Lea Hagmann is a lecturer and postdoc researcher in ethnomusicology and the Director of Studies in the World Arts and Music course at the University of Bern. One of her major areas of interest is in the intermediate area of music and language, especially in relation to the different vocal qualities and chants with wordless syllables (vocables) of different music cultures. Lea has regularly attended voice workshops with the renowned voice coach Kristin Linklater from 2015 and has received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in voice production/speaking from Zurich University of the Arts.
Katja Joho is a linguist and works as the managing director of Iras Cotis, an organisation which fosters intercultural and interreligious collaboration. Intrigued by the mutual exchange across borders, she supports the project ChorOnline, where dedicated musicians are willing to share their cultural and musical knowledge and thereby connect people over long distances by the means of singing. Katja enjoys taking part in these virtual singing workshops whenever time permits.
Fiona Fröhlich is a retired general practitioner and passionate choir singer. Thanks to the Singfrauen Winterthur (conductor Franziska Welti) she is in touch with (folk) songs of different musical cultures. As traveller and host, she met various singers of different countries, e.g. the Armenian Duo Tiezerk, who lived at her place in Winterthur during their Swiss trip 2019, or members of Andhira in 2020.
The project ChorOnline offers the possibility for Fiona to catch up again with these talented singers and to listen and sing along with them and other musicians of various cultures, continually learning new songs.