Jan Schumacher (*1980) is Music director of the Goethe-University in Frankfurt and teaches conducting at the Music Academy in Darmstadt. Until 2016 he was professor for choral conducting at the College of Church Music in Rottenburg.
Having received his degree in School Music and German from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Jan went on to study Conducting with Wolfgang Schäfer at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Even as a child and young adult (musical education with the Limburg Cathedral Boyschoir and the State Youth Choir of Rhineland-Palatinate), he was fascinated with the activity of group singing, which has remained the main motivation for his manifold activities to this day.
Next to the choirs and orchestras of Frankfurt University and Darmstadt Academy Jan is as well the conductor of Camerata Musica Limburg and the Choir of TU Darmstadt. With his ensembles, he builds extensive repertoires from Gregorian chants to world premieres, from symphonic orchestra to to Big Band, and vocal or electronic improvisation. Camerata Musica Limburg has won numerous 1st prizes in national and international choir competitions.
Jan teaches courses for choirs, orchestras and conductors across whole Germany and was jury member in the national choir competitons of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is editor of various choral collections with some of the most important choral publishing houses (Helbing, Carus, Bärenreiter, Peters). On international level he served for festivals like America Cantat (Panama 2019) or Choralies (2016, 2019), and giving workshops and lectures at the American Choral Directors Associtaion (National Conference 2013) or the IFCM World Symposium (Argentina 2011, Barcelona 2017, Auckland 2020). Jan was invited to teach conducting masterclasses in Bulgaria, Iceland, Turkey, USA, Venezuela, Argentina, China and Iran.
For many years Jan was vice president and chair of the music commission of the European Choral Association Europa Cantat.