The Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ) was founded in Hamburg on November 10th, 1947. It is a federal organization with several regional and county-offices. Since 1978, the federal bureau is located and registered in Wolfenbüttel near Braunschweig.
The major goal of the AMJ is the care of youth-activities beyond the scope of schools. The membership is available for singles, families, choirs, orchestras, music-schools, for schools and institutions in general.
The AMJ is a choral organization mainly for children’s- and youth-choirs, school- and high-school-choirs as well as for all adult-choirs, whose work is efficient and who are interested in furthering their education and also support the international profile of the AMJ. The AMJ gives practical aid to its members in cases where problems arise (society laws, GEMA, insurances etc.), helps with the applications for monetary funds from communal, county, federal or European institutions, fosters and promotes national and international choral-cooperations and has at its disposal a music library with more than 2.500 works and scores which can be borrowed by members without fee.
The AMJ is also organizing over 120 courses yearly. Here children, youths, adults and families can further their musical abilities and receive new impulses in work-weeks and weekend-courses. Conductors, teachers and other participants have the possibility for improvement and exchange of information.
The AMJ cultivates particularly its international work, above all the big meeting events, singing weeks and festivals, i.e. the EUROTREFF in Wolfenbüttel (Lower Saxony, every 2 years in fall) and the International Youth Chamber-Choir-Meeting Usedom (every 2 years in summer). With several countries there are also exchange programs for conductors. The AMJ is one of the organizations which cooperate with the German-French and German-Polish Youth-Organization. The AMJ is one of the founding members of EUROPA CANTAT (European Federation of Young Choirs) and the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music); it supports the work of the WORLD YOUTH-CHOIR.
For many years the AMJ in cooperation with the German Center for Choral Music in Limburg (DCfC) has been offering the CONDUCTOR-FORUM. It has been open for all conductors. The main goal of this Forum is to give information to conductors, to help with their problems and with the planning of projects. This forum is also the representative of the conductors’ interests. Every year in January there is a big meeting with contemporary composers to learn more about new pieces for choirs.
The publications of the AMJ are the annual course-schedule (JAHRESPLAN) and the associations publication INTERVALLE.
For more information please contact:
Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ)
Grüner Platz 30 D-38302 Wolfenbüttel
Tel. (+49) 5331 - 900 95 90
Fax (+49) 5331 - 900 95 99