Berkshire Choral International

Thomas Böttcher

Bass

Thomas Böttcher has been associated with Berkshire Choral International since the beginning of the Mondsee/Salzburg days, playing a variety of roles from section leader to conductor to lecturer. He holds a Master of Arts in Music Education and studied composition and conducting in Vienna for several years.

He has served as choral conductor of the Youth Vocal Festival in Lower Austria and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Amstetten. He has accompanied the vocal classes of Vienna’s Academy of Music and Performing Arts as well as the New Opera Vienna and the Vienna Summer Opera. Recent conducting engagements for this institution included performances of the operas L´Italiana in Algeri, The Bartered Bride, The Magic Flute, Les contes d´Hoffmann and others.

Thomas has been conductor and pianist for the Vienna Boys Choir since 1991 in more than 500 performances worldwide. Since 1997 he has taught in the voice department of the University of Music in Vienna.  He has been invited several times to teach choral singing and choral conducting in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide) and in the United States (Boston).

In 1999 Thomas started working as a Chorus Master and conductor of the stage orchestra in the Vienna Volksoper. In February 2012 he was appointed to be the First Chorus Director of this opera house.