J-Cappella was founded by Martin Noack in 2007, building on a student choir that existed since 2004. Together with the J-Cappella pioneers and Angela Postweiler, J-Cappella’s first professional conductor, he created a space for joyful singing, musical development, and amicable interaction, which is open to all members of the Jacobs University community, i.e. to students, administration, faculty, staff, volunteers, and friends alike. Since Fall 2008, the musical leadership was taken over by Rucsandra Popescu.
J-Cappella regularly performs on campus of Jacobs University for events such as the Opening Ceremony or Graduation Ceremony. Each semester, the choir holds its own concert; in the Fall Semester the Christmas Concert, and in the Spring Semester the Spring Concert. In addition, J-Cappella performs off campus for numerous events; the highlight so far certainly was the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth together with the Philharmonia of Nations and the Brahms Choir of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences at the New Year’s Concert in the Concert Hall “Die Glocke” in 2010. Also noteworthy was the successful participation in the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music Prague 2012, crowned with 2 Silver diplomas. The repertoire includes international songs from all kinds of different styles.
The choir meets weekly on Monday evenings from 20:00-22:00 in the Interfaith House on campus of Jacobs University. Additionally, each section holds weekly sectionals for one hour, where the voices can individually practice their music. Every semester, the choir organises a rehearsal weekend in a Youth Hostel, where the singers can practice their songs, but also have enough time for social activities. The rehearsals are lead by J-Cappella’s professional conductor, Rucsandra Popescu.
The choir can be hired for performances for local community organisations and is open to support from business, through both sponsorship and advertising. If you are interested in hiring or supporting us, we would very much like to hear from you. Please contact us!