Children Choir Sainte Philomène de Haguenau is composed of circa 50 children aged seven to twelve years. Founded in September 2007, the choir’s main aim is to help children to grow up and to blossom through the choral art and its singing.
Nicolas Wittner, its Director, was born in 1980, and at the age of 8 attends the Boys Children Choir of Colmar directed at the time by Arlette Steyer. At the same time, he starts piano studies at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Colmar, in the classes of Hervé Loing, and later on those of Dominique Gerrer. He achieves medal performances in chamber music and in solfeggio.
He next studied musicology at the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, with great success as he reaches the Master’s degree in it with high honors and the CAPES in music. As a part of the National Conservatory of Strasbourg Region, he furthers his studies there and learns from the best : the piano classes of Amy Lin, composition classes of Guy Struber, courses for choral directors of Catherine Bolzinger. In 2004, he was awarded with the National Conservatory of the Region prize.
Until 2005, Nicolas Wittner was teaching piano at the Children Choirs School of Colmar and was the assistant of the Choir Director of the « Petits Chanteurs » of Strasbourg, directed by Philippe Utard. He also was a teacher in various internships of the Fédération Française de Petits Chanteurs. Since 2007, Nicolas Wittner instructs musical education at the l’Institution Sainte Philomène.