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The new newsletter

Here you can find out everything about our current activities and projects, for example about theCooperation with the Swiss singer, composer and conductor Julia Schwartzas part of "Con Anima - newly composed!" or the newly created one"Mozart Group" for parents and childrenon the instrument

Current newsletter


Sunshine program for Ukrainian youth

The OCA was included in the funding of the sunshine hours program, which is an initiative of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, the Berliner Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Ministry for Art and Science in North Rhine-Westphalia, the State Chancellery and Ministry for Culture in Saxony-Anhalt and private donors.

What is the goal of “Hours of Sunshine”?

After fleeing the war, “Sonnenstunden” wants to create safe spaces for children and young people from Ukraine. In these, they should be able to take advantage of cultural offerings such as reading hours, concerts or theater performances in accommodation for refugees, visits to cultural institutions, city walks, workshops with artists or be able to do artistic and creative activities themselves. The application period has expired, please do not apply anymore.

"Hours of sunshine" is also intended to temporarily relieve the legal guardians of the children and young people and also give them a little freedom.

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You have just started blooming

and yet you were already full of colors.

Some buds have not yet opened

and only briefly saw the light of earth.

You can no longer unfold many things yourself.

And yet you have sown your seed

and will be in full bloom

at times when some will say

that you are no longer there.

It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to our dear, dedicated flute teacher Hannah Schütz. Hannah passed away on February 18 at the age of 27 after a short, serious illness. Hannah was a loving soul in Con Anima, who taught reliably and with selfless commitment, made music with passion and great joy and was always there, discreetly, patiently and calmly, where help was needed. She was our exchange partner on pedagogical questions and a source of inspiration for musical and pedagogical visions. Her continuous support and motivation during the lockdown in online lessons and during rehearsals, which were made more difficult for wind players in particular by the Corona regulations, was indispensable. Most recently, Hannah helped set up and take the very first steps of our new Mozart group. We would have loved to have continued this project with you, dear Hannah, and wished that you could still see the fruits of your labor. Without you, many rehearsals, recordings and our summer concerts 2021 would not have been possible.

Dear Hannah, you leave a big void here –

But you also leave us your spirit full of life: We remember your smile, your joy in making music and teaching, your courtesy, your loving and appreciative interaction with your fellow human beings. Your light remains and we will keep it in our hearts and carry it out into the world.

You shaped us, dear Hannah! We are deeply grateful for the (much too short) time with you!

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Hannah's family and loved ones.



We said goodbye on March 31, 2021Hannah Lessing, organizational management of con anima. Hannah was part of the orchestra from the very beginning and was actively involved in the organization team. With her planning and organizational talent, she has made a significant contribution to the realization of our projects. We have also come to appreciate her very much as a committed teacher for violin lessons. We thank her for her great support, time and energy that she put into the orchestra con anima and wish her all the best for the future!
Fabienne Blömeke is now taking on her responsibilities in the area of finance, while Kristin Scholz is responsible for the area of organisation.

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Behind a project there are many big and small helpers who often stay in the background - without whom such a project would be unthinkable:

On Saturday, October 31st we said goodbyeCatherine Scalafrom our team. Katharina has been active as a volunteer behind the scenes of Con Anima since 2019 and made a significant contribution to the development and publicization of our orchestra. With her wealth of ideas, she brought a breath of fresh air into the group and enriched our work. Dear Katharina, we thank you for your outstanding support - without your commitment we would not be where we are today!


It is with great regret that we say goodbye to our energetic, energetic cello teacher and inspirerMira Abu el Assal, who will now return to her home country after two years with us. Mira was part of the organizing team for some time and was involved in the orchestra in many ways. With great commitment, she ensured group activities and inspiring conversations around the rehearsals, campaigned for the advancement of women and provided psychological support. We will miss her very much with her confidence and positive energy!

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