Anna-Maria Hefele / Obertongesang

Anna-Maria Hefele is an overtone singer and voice artist. She plays nyckelharpa, harp & other instruments.

In 2014 she graduated as Bachelor of Arts in Elemental Music & Dance Education with classical singing as her main subject from the Carl Orff Institute, Mozarteum University Salzburg

She started with overtone singing in 2005 and has written compositions for polyphonic solo voice since 2006. In 2006 she started building music instruments for her own use e.g. didgeridoo, wooden alpine flute (mit 6 holes), occarina, Bohemian folk harp.

Anna-Maria is a soloist as an overtone singer in different ensembles, such as “Supersonus – the European resonance ensemble” and “Orchester der Kulturen” in Stuttgart, conducted by Adrian Werum.

In 2013 she was a musician in Yvonne Pouget’s dance theatre “Die Füße und Ohren der Engel- Leben mit Ersatzteilen” and in 2014 she is also part of her ensemble in the current dance theatre production “La Cattedrale Nel Vento”.

From 2010 to 2012 she was a singer, composer and vocal artist at the Nationaltheater Mannheim for the contemporary ballet “the garden of other” by the Canadian choreographer Dominique Dumais.

She sings in different high quality choirs such as the Deutscher Jugendkammerchor (Robert Göstl), Europäischer Obertonchor (Wolgang Saus, Steffen Schreyer), Obertonchor München (Matthias Privler)

She’s also quite enthusiastic about old, traditional Bavarian folk-music and yodelling, and also plays traditional music for dancing with the Bavarian folk-music group “Garchinger Pfeiffer”. As she is also a teacher and gives workshops in overtone singing, yodelling and vocal improvisation.

Originally Anna-Maria Hefele was a maker of display models and studied at “Deutsches Museum München” from 2005-2009, where she graduated as the best of her year in Germany.

So she also likes working in a workshop even if she’s now more interested in building special music instruments for her own use. Her parents are both music instrument builders.