Grew up in Austria, Birgit Reithofer is a musician and music pedagogue with extensive musical and educational experience.
Reithofer began her tertiary education at the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University where she studied the flute (Music education – voice and instruments) with Professor MeinhardNiedermayr (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). Apart from the flute, she also focused her studies on early childhood music pedagogy. In 2007, she graduated from the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University with Distinction, major in Elementary Music Education. She received the academic degree Master of Arts from Anton Bruckner University for Music, Drama and Dance in 2014 after having successfully completed the university course “Communicating and Contextualizing Music for Different Audiences”.
Her expertise in the field is demonstrated by the fact that she became a music pedagogue at the Chorus School for the Vienna Boys Choir and the Music Workshop (Spielwerkstatt Musik) before graduation. Right after she graduated from the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University, she joined the Vienna Boys Choir Music Kindergarten, where she works as Music Pedagogue.
Apart from working closely with young children at the Vienna Boys Choir Music Kindergarten, Reithofer also worked in various music education and music mediation projects and concerts for different audiences (planning and implementation – on and behind the stage), including programmes at the MuTh, the official concert hall of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz – Museum of Modern Art. She also led Music Exploration Camps in Hong Kong in 2010, 2011 and 2015 respectively, which were greatly complimented by parents and children.
Agnes Quilicot attended the University of Philippines College of Music, where she obtained her degree in Choral Conducting with concentration in Voice. After that she finished her Liturgical Music Composition Studies at the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Philippines.
Quilicot was trained as a conductor and chorist with the three-time World Grand Prix Champion choir, the Philippine Madrigal Singers under the late Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion and MarkCarpio. As an opera singer, Quilicot has done various opera productions in the Philippines, Hong Kong and China. Examples are The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Carmen, La Traviata etc. Extensive experiences round up her portfolio as an all-round musician: a vocalist, a conductor, an instrumentalist and a composer.
Quilicot is experienced in directing choirs of all ages, including international school choirs and company choirs. Under her baton, the choirs have won awards from international competitions such as the the International Vocal Union, the Asian Choir Association, the China Music Association (Hong Kong), the Choir Union of Guangdong Musician Union, and the International Federation of Choral Music. She was featured recently at the Third Asian International Choir Festival when she conducted a choir along with the Italian conductor and choral music expert, Dr. Andrea Angelini.
Quilicot became a Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue in 2015, after studying with Birgit Reithofer – Programme Coordinator and Principal Pedagogue of Vienna Boys Choir Elementary Music Programme and Gerald Wirth – Artistic Director and President of Vienna Boys Choir.
Eunice Suen attended the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Trinity College of Music), where she obtained her Master of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Prior to her master studies, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Opera and Vocal Studies in the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. There she was awarded a scholarship to take up music training in Berlin, Germany.
As a Certified Music Pedagogue in the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy, Suen teaches choirs and classes on a daily basis. She also works as a professional music teacher of the voice, piano, music theory and aural training, not only in Hong Kong but also in London and Vienna. Her students encompass different levels from elementary to advance, covering a wide range of ages. Her reputation as an experienced teacher and performer is recognized when various music competitions invited her to be a member of the jury.
As a talented performer, Suen is competent in performing an extensive range of musical work. Her operatic repertoire includes Carmen, Così fan tutte, King Arthur, L’incoronazione di Poppea andA Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. She has also been engaged in opera scenes from Aïda, Le nozze diFigaro, Idomeneo, Giulio Cesare, Eugene Onegin and a number of productions by Opera Hong Kong. In 2009, Suen performed The Magic Flute with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing National Grand Theatre. Besides theatrical works, she also gives regular departmental solo, ensemble and choir concerts. She was also an active member of the Philharmonia Chorus (London). Numerous performance opportunities led her to many world-renowned halls including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall (London), Chapel of King’s College (Cambridge), Palau de la Música (Spain) and so on.
In 2009 and 2012, Suen was invited by the Hong Kong Church Music Association to record church music for a series of CDs that were published and online sound tracks made available to public.