Biography

Dr. Axel Theimer is a native of Austria where he was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir and director of the Chorus Viennensis. He received much of his training in Vienna and completed his studies at the University of Minnesota with a M.F.A. in Choral Conducting and a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance.

He is an active recitalist and has presented master classes, workshops, and seminars for state, regional, and national music conventions and conferences, and has conducted all-state choirs, choral festivals, and honor choirs throughout the United States.

At St. John's and St. Ben's, Dr. Theimer directs the CSB/SJU Chamber Choir and the SJU Men's Chorus and teaches choral conducting, applied voice, vocal pedagogy, and other related courses.

In addition to his professional activities at St. John's and St. Ben's he is founder and music director of Kantorei, a Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) choral ensemble, of Amadeus Chamber Symphony, a chamber orchestra for central Minnesota musicians and audiences and is music director of the National Catholic Youth Choir. He is on the faculty, and is currently President as well as Executive Director of the VoiceCare Network. In November of 2001 the Minnesota American Choral Directors' Assocation awarded him Choir Director of the Year. In 2004 he was elected to the Minnesota Music Educators' Assocation MMEA Hall of Fame, and received in 2011 the ACDA-MN F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Theimer's graduate degrees are from the University of Minnesota (M.F.A. in Choral Conducting, D.M.A. in Vocal Performance). He has presented interest sessions at state, regional, and national ACDA and MENC conventions and for other state and regional music educator/choral conductor organizations. He frequently conducts choral and voice clinics throughout the United States and in Canada, including all-state and honor choirs in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.