Vice Rector (Study & Teaching)

Wolfgang Tiemann was born in 1961 and studied school music, choral and ensemble directing, voice instruction and opera at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover. While still a student there he was appointed to a lectureship in song and vocal training. His studies were then followed by a five-year tenure as artistic associate. Since 1995 he has been on the teaching staff of HfM Detmold, with special responsibility for the teaching of singing. For over 30 years he has performed as an oratorio singer in particular, and during his international career he has shared a concert platform with Dorothea Röschmann, Monika Frimmer, Ingeborg Danz, Birgit Remmert, Thomas Quasthoff and Klaus Mertens.

Since 2012 he has been increasingly focussed on choral work and has performed numerous oratorios, as well as programmes planned and put together by himself, with various choirs and orchestras, including the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, L'Arco Hannover, the Telemann Collegium Herford and the Münster Barock Ensemble. He has been a speaker at in-service teacher training events, choral weeks and specialist congresses. He has published articles on voice training, together with reviews in journals such as the Neue Musikzeitung, Musik & Bildung and Vox Humana. He is joint editor of Singen in der Grundschule, a practical manual on singing in primary schools, and has written specialist articles for the Lexikon der Rhythmik  and the Lexikon der Gesangstimme.

During his long involvement with HfM Detmold, Tiemann has taught students from 12 different study courses, with subjects such as literary studies for singers, choral voice training and ensemble directing in the fields of elementary music pedagogy and the methodology of teaching singing. Together with his students, he regularly gives concerts in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe area. He was a member of the steering group for the first evaluation of music colleges, together with the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik and the Bertelsmann Stiftung Centre for Higher Education, has developed a strategy for singing classes in grammar schools, was on the staff of the steering team of Singen macht Sinn, a project to encourage singing, and is a member of the Board of the Centre for the Lifelong Learning of Music (L³ Music). Since 01.10.2020 he has been Vice-Rector for Study and Teaching.


Wolfgang Tiemann 
Administration building
Willi-Hofmann-Straße 5, OG 02
32756 Detmold

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