New spiritual songs are created even today. Only a few of them have already found their way into the "Gotteslob" hymnal. Since May 2007 Cantio Nova has been feeding this rich treasure of new spiritual songs into the musical life at St. Michael's. About 40 singers form a polyphonic ensemble that, together with an instrumental group, frames one service each month - usually the Late Mass (21:00) on the fourth Sunday of the month, sometimes also the Evening Mass on Saturdays (18:00). The congregation is always handed song sheets, because our goal is to sing in a way that invites as many people as possible to sing along.
Since 2013 Cantio Nova is conducted by Robert Schlee. New singers are always welcome.
We usually rehearse on Fridays, 18:00 - 19:30, at the choir hall (first floor above the sacristy - access through the inner courtyard, Maxburgstraße 5).
The choir and orchestra of St. Michael's have by far the longest and richest tradition of all the musical ensembles connected to our church. They can look back at a history that spans more than 400 years, starting with the consecration of the altars in 1592, which was accompanied by then maestro di capella Orlando di Lasso. Today the choir and orchestra are essential elements in the great concert of all musical ensembles at St. Michael's.
The Chamber Choir of St. Michael's was founded in 2006 to provide music for the festive arrangement of services during Holy Week. According to ancient traditions, all instrument fall and remain silent in the liturgy between Holy Thursday and the Easter night; the only music left is vocal music. The choir continues this tradition by dedicating itself mainly to a capella literature from the 16th to 21st century.