European Medical Students'
Orchestra and Choir

~ or EMSOC for short! ~

Next event: 27th July - 6th August 2017, Switzerland

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is an independent project organized by medical students for medical students.

EMSOC began in 2009 when European medical students’ orchestra (EMSO) and European medical students’ choir (EMSC) joined forces to produce a spectacular series of concerts in Ljubljana and Piran, Slovenia under the direction of two highly skilled and dedicated conductors – Martina Batič and Marjan Grdadolnik. The union of the orchestra and the choir was so successful that the cooperation of EMSO and EMSC continued under a new name European medical students’ orchestra and choir (EMSOC) from then on.

1993-2009: European Medical Students’ Orchestra (EMSO)

was founded in Wurzburg, Germany in 1993. The orchestra consists of medical students and young doctors from all over Europe, all of whom have talent and passion for playing music. Each year, the orchestra meets in a different European city for around 10 days of intensive rehearsals and social activities, culminating in several fantastic concerts. Each course is organised by medical students and junior doctors in the particular host country.
Since its origins as a chamber orchestra in 1993, EMSO has grown in size and popularity to a full symphony orchestra of about 60 musicians from more than 20 European countries. Over the years, EMSO has had a great deal of scope owing to the excellent standard of its performances. In Ljubljana, 1996, the orchestra’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto was sold out, and the concert was broadcasted on Slovenian national radio. In Budapest in 2002, a Hungarian journalist wrote that the orchestra’s performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto was “thrilling from beginning to the end”. In Poznan, 2004, the concert was attended by more than a thousand listeners in addition to being broadcasted by Polish national radio. In a similar way, EMSO has been greeted within various European cities by several notable figures. In Aberdeen, 1999, the orchestra was invited to dine with the Lord Mayor of Aberdeen, and in Porto, 2001, it was welcomed by the Portuguese Culture Secretary.
Since 2009, Europan medical students’ orchestra joined forces with European medical students’ choir to form European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir (EMSOC).

1996-2009: European Medical Students’ Choir (EMSC)

was founded in London, England, in 1996, by Vasuki Sivagnavel. The choir consists of medical students and young doctors from all over Europe, all of whom have a talent and a passion for singing. Each year, the choir meets in a different European city for around 10 days of intensive rehearsals and social activities, culminating in several fantastic concerts. Each course is organised by medical students and junior doctors in the particular host country.
Since its beginnings in 1996, EMSC events took place up to twice a year until 2006, when EMSC took a three-year break. In 2009, EMSC returned better than ever – it combined forces with EMSO forming European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir (EMSOC).


If you have any questions considering participation in EMSOC Swizerland 2017 please

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The medical faculty of the university of Basel recognizes not only medical education but also the means to get there. EMSOC (European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir) is a group of passionate medical students aspiring to not only become young doctors but also come together and work as a team to provide yearly concerts. Transcending borders, these medical students connect all over Europe to not only perform music but also exchange information about studies, further cultural diversity and mobility.

Medical Faculty of Basel

Basel, Switzerland
Playing music together creates a community that has a common goal and in which one listens to each other. Music brings about change, not only for the individual, but also for society as a whole. This is a goal that we as medical students should adhere to, also in our future life as physicians.


Swiss Medical Students' Association

Conductors and Soloists of EMSOC 2017

Who we are thankful for.

Thierry Daenzer


Benjamin Rapp

Choir Master

Selini Sideris

Choir Master

Iris Eggler

Open position

Open position

Our Team, Switzerland 2017

We work very hard to give you the best EMSOC experience in Switzerland, 2017.

Chloé Schlaeppi

Main Organizer, Basel

Etienne Pittet

Main Organizer, Geneva

Fabian Vogt

Main Organizer, Basel

Felix Widmer

Main Organizer, Basel,
Website Admin

EMSOC International Council (IC)

People who drive our projects year after year and without whom EMSOC would not be possible.

Polona Savič

Senior Member Emsoc International,
Website Admin

Tin Nadarević

Senior Member Emsoc International


Map of previous Concerts

Multimedia Archives

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Music is the medicine of the mind. (John A. Logan)

EMSOC 2012 Rijeka, Croatia

1. L. Sorkočević: SYMPHONY No. 3 in D major
2. W. A. Mozart: SYMPHONY No. 35 in D major, K. 385 "Haffner"
Allegro con spirito
4. G. F. Händel: HALLELUJAH from the Oratorio Messiah


EMSOC 2011 Giessen, Germany

1. Gustav Mahler: SYMPHONY NO.10 Adagio
2. Johannes Brahms: „DEUTSCHE REQUIEM“
I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
II. Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras
III. Herr, lehre doch mich
IV. Wie lieblich sind Deine Wohnungen
V. Ihr habt nur Traurigkeit
VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
VII. Selig sind die Toten, die indem Herren sterben


EMSOC 2009 Ljubljana, Slovenia

4. Franz Schubert: : SYMPHONY NO.3 in D-major, D 200
Adagio Maestoso - Allegro con brio
Menuetto – Vivace
Presto Vivace
5. Joseph Haydn: MISSA SANCTI NICOLAI in G-major, H.XXII:6
Agnus dei
6. Michele Josia: DE PROFUNDIS
7. Marjan Grdadolnik : LAUDATE DOMINUM


F. Chopin - Rondo à la Krakowiak (solo Bartosz Zwolan)

S. Moniuszko - Bajka part 1part 2another recording

S. Moniuszko - Mazur from Straszny Dwór

R. Baszun - Tota Pulchra


Requiem (Fauré) I, II, III  III, IV, V, VI, VII

Pavane (Fauré)

Psalm 42 (Mendelssohn) I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIIvideo 2, video 3


EMSOC Szeged 2013 public chamber music in the water tower


Szeged concert : Carl Orff: CARMINA BURANA - part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5

Szeged concert: Kodály - Dances from Galánta

Budapest concert: Kodály - Dances from Galánta - part 1part 2

Budapest concert: Carl Orff: CARMINA BURANA - part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5, part 6,

Budapest concert: bis Carmina plus Eszti dal



Remember that violin player, second stand……..maybe this will help.

Visit our photo archives on Dropbox

More information for applicants

Last year's applicants' booklet (2016)

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To be updated soon to the version of 2017!

Czech republic is a country in a heart of Europe bordered by mountains to Germany to the west, Poland to the north, Slovakia to the east and Austria to the south.

Prague is the capital of the Czech republic with population with of over 1,2 mil. inhabitants. Prague is a magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church spires, whose image has been mirrored in the surface of the Vltava River for more than a millennium. Prague cherishes the reputation of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 

Prague Castle is a castle complex dating from the 9th century and the official residence of the president of the Czech republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept within a hidden room inside it.

Charles Bridge connects two historical centres – Malá Strana (Lesser Town) and The Old Town – and in the daytime it is full of tourists taking the best pictures of the surrounding skyline. If you go  walking on Charles Bridge early in the morning, you will be rewarded with a magnificent sunrise. In the afternoon, the bridge comes alive with street artists and in the evening, it becomes a romantic setting for your stroll to a restaurant or a bar.

The Old Town is at the heart of Prague´s historical heritage and we can find many historically  and architectonically significant monuments. For centuries the locals used to meet at Old Town Square where much of the social and public life occurred.

Today, it is a centre point for most visitors admiring the Prague Astronomical Clock. It is set in motion every hour and a curious observer can watch all the twelve apostles presenting themselves at the doorways.

More about Prague:

Location of the concerts:

Friday, 29th July in Prague (St. Salvator´s Church) at 19:00

Sathurday, 30th July in Brno (Besední dům) at 19:00

Concert program for EMSOC 2016 will be:

1. Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 5, Op.76

2. Antonín Dvořák: Mass in D major, Op.86




We reserve the right to change the concert program.

Lukáš Prchal /conductor

Lukáš Prchal (1980) has graduated in conducting in the class of Hynek Farkač at the Jaroslav Ježek´s conservatory in Prague. He has been the choirmaster of „Mikrochor“ since 2002 and has also led other choirs including childrens´ choir „Chorus Angelus“. Prchal regularly creates original projects encompassing orchestral and vocal music, including concert of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, annual huge concerts of Czech Christmas Mass on main railway station in Prague, premieres of new compositions and many other choral projects in genres like jazz and pop. As a producer he's been working with a world-class a cappella group SKETY since 2011. He has also attended the choir master masterclasses at Wolfgang Schäfer in Germany.

Anna Katharina Kalmbach /choir master

Anna-Katharina Kalmbach is a German choirmaster who studied musical education at the University of Music in Karlsruhe / Germany majoring in violin performance and choral conducting. During her education at the University she has taken part in many choir and orchestra projects, both as a member of the ensembles and as a conductor. She continued her studies at the University of Music in Trossingen and Lucerne/Switzerland as a master student of choir conducting and vocal education. She is currently teaching choir conducting in a tutor program and is the artistic director of the girls’ choir at “Luzerner Kantorei” since August 2012. She has been the choirmaster of the “European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir” project since Giessen, Germany 2011.


Iris Eggler /soprano soloist

Iris Eggler was invited to sing Exsultate Jubilate (Mozart) and the Role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart) at the age of twenty. The swiss Soprano got her  Vocal training with Ingrid Frauchiger (Bern), Tiny Westendorp Fribourg and Richard Levitt (Basel). Ever since her debut, she sang in more than 100 Oratorios the lead soprano part, and incarnated roles in 15 Operaproductions in Europe. In Andreas Scholl´s Documentary Film "The animal in you" about his / her Teacher and Mentor Richard Levitt, Iris Eggler appears in the masterclass. To sing for chosen beneficial concerts is dear to Iris.

Maria Kalmbach /alto soloist

Maria Kalmbach (1989) studied school music with major subject piano at Ulrike Meyer at the Music college in Karlsruhe. In addition, since winter semester 2014/2015 she has been studying bachelor studies in singing at prof. Holger Speck. She was always enthusiastic about music. Her first music lesson on violin and piano began at the age of 6 in Nagold. She discovered her passion for ensemble singing in Otto-Hahn-Highschool in Nagold. With her ensemble she was a laureate in a „Jugend musiziert“ competition. The 1st price at a Swabian singer association competition as the best youth a cappella ensemble followed. Master courses by Anne le Bozen, Helmut Aachenmann, Dieter Kurz, Ralf Gothóni and Thomas Pfeiffer completed her music education.Through numerous projects in various ensembles, e.g. Vocalensemble Rastatt (Holger Speck), Württemberg chamber choir (Stuttgart, Dieter Kurz), studio vocale (Karlsruhe, Werner Pfaff) and Franziskaner Collegium Vocale (Luzern, Ulrike Grouch), she gathers permanently new experiences, through those her repertoire constantly expands. She is also a soloist, e.g. by Vocalensemble Raststatt. July 2015 she performed as a soloist the Beethoven´s Chorfantasie with Bern symphonic orchestra under Mario Venzago in Bern. She also contributes by recording for Deutsche GrammophonSWR and Deutschlandradio.

Ondřej Socha /tenor soloist

Ondřej Socha was born in Prague in 1981. He has been strongly attracted to music since his childhood. In year 2009 he graduated The Prague Conservatoire in the class of prof. Jiří Kotouč. Afterwards he was broadening his vocal abilities with Alessandro Svab on Accademia Lirica Santa Croce in Trieste. Already during his early studies he has started to appear onstage regularly. Nowadays he is a regular guest of The State Opera Prague, Czech Chamber Opera and opera houses of Pilsen, Usti nad Labem and Liberec. He has sung Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi,  Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Kotchkayrov in Martinu’s The Marriage, Pong in Turandot, L´Abate di Chazeuil in Adriana Lecouvreur, Peppe in I Pagliacci, Vasek in Smetana’s Bartered Bride, Danielli in Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, The Hotel Porter in Britten’s The Death in Venice, and many others. He made his international debut on Wexford Opera Festival as Torquemada in Ravell’s opera L’Heure espagnole. Some of his further engagements brought him to Mozart Festival La Coruña or Festival del Mare in Trieste. Being a frequent guest of music festivals home and abroad, he engages himself widely in concert venues – a.o. Dvorak’s Requiem in Paris, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in Cairo, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung on Septembre Musical de L´Orne festival in Alençon. He is regularly invited to a Rassegna Internazionale Capolavori di Musica Religiosa festival in Bergamo. Ondrej Socha has premiered various contemporary music pieces as well as recorded contemporary music for Czech Radio. His other recordings include 3 CDs - Rossetti’s Requiem for German label Ars Production and Gluck’s Ezio and Suk’s Krecovicka mass for Czech label Arco Diva. He performed with such ensembles as Prague Philharmonia, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir or Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno under the baton of conductors as Enrico Dovico, Oliver Dohnányi, Caspar Zehnder, Philip Auguin or Marco Zambelli in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, UK, Slovakia, Hungary, Ireland and Egypt.

David Nykl /bass soloist

In 2007, David Nykl graduated from the Prague Conservatoire in a class led by Luděk Löbl. He then successfully pursued singing courses with Renato Bruson in Siena, Italy. Since 2012 he has been taking voice lessons with the Czech mezzo-soprano Eva Randova. During his studies at the Conservatoire, he made his debut as Simon in Joplin’s Treemonisha which was featured at the State Opera as a part of the Prague Spring Festival. David Nykl successfully participated in several international singing competitions, he is the prize-winner of the Antonín Dvořák´s International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary. From 2006 to 2008, he starred as Masetto, from 2015 also as Leporello, in Don Giovanni performed as a part of Opera Mozart at the Estates Theater in Prague. Since 2008, he has been a house soloist of the National Theater in Brno, appearing e.g. as Angelotti (Puccini - Tosca), Dottor Grenvil (Verdi - La traviata), Man in the Window (Martinů – Juliette), Figaro (Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro), Don Basilio (Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia) or Alidoro (La enerentola). Since 2009, he has been a guest singer at the National Theater in Prague (Martinů – The Miracles of Mary; Händel – Rinaldo; Stravinsky – Solovey; Britten – Gloriana; Mozart – Don Giovanni; Fibich - The Fall of Arkun) and since 2013 also at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, where he starred in the role of Mefisto (Gounod - Faust) and Kaspar (Weber – Freischütz). David Nykl has given performances with various conductors, including J. Bělohlávek, J. Fiore, T. Netopil, V. Jurowski, C. Richter, L. Svárovský, V. Luks or J. Kyzlink. He appeared at many prestigious international musical festivals, such as Janáček Brno, the Prague Spring Festival, Smetana´s Litomyšl International Opera Festival or the Wexford Festival Opera.

EMSOC 2016 will take place in Prague, Czech republic from Thursday 21.07.2016 to Sunday 31.07.2016

If you wish to apply to EMSOC 2016 you must fill out the application form:
ORCHESTRA/ CHOIR (Czech students/doctors see below)

All Czech students and doctors interested in participating in this event MUST send us an e-mail to and receive a reply from us before the application procedure.



The participation fee of this year´s event is  295€ for students and  345€ for doctors.
The participation fee includes:
- accommodation
- meals
- day trip
- EMSOC 2016 T-shirt
- audio recording of the concert
- unforgettable experience



  • We ask to fill out the application form for the participation in the orchestra OR choir. Do not fill out both applications. You will receive an e-mail from us confirming your application.

  • The application deadline is March 31st 2016.In case of more people applying for certain sections than there are available places (especially winds, brass) there will be a selection process, which will be completed within 2 weeks after the application deadline. After your application has been approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail of being accepted to play in the orchestra/sing in the choir. All applicants must pay the entire participation fee in advance. We will send you the bank account with the confirmation e-mail.

  • All accepted applicants will be asked to make the deposit until April 30th 2016. Applicants who do not pay the participation fee before the deadline in the end of April will not be considered as participants and therefore will not be allowed to participate in any of EMSOC 2016 activities. Deadline extension however, is possible.

  • In case of cancellation after the deposit, you will get a refund of 70% of the participation fee. Let us know by e-mail.

Do not reserve any flights until you have received a confirmation that you have been selected to play in the orchestra/sing in the choir.

If you require any additional information regarding the event or have questions regarding participation or any other problems that consern your involvement in this project, please, don't hesitate to contact us:

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Disclaimer and Notes

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EMSOC team of 2017, Switzerland ("EMSOC SWITZERLAND 2017") has formed an official association in Switzerland. The rules and regulations of this association can be found here (as of now only in German).