European Medical Students'
Orchestra and Choir


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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).


Map of this year's EMSOC


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

write us an email
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

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


Judith Lüpold


Christoph Meinen


Michael Kreis


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
Allegro, Andante, Presto

2. W. A. Mozart: SYMPHONY No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner”
Allegro , Andante, Menuetto, Presto

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

In-depth info for applicants

Applicants' booklet of EMSOC 2017 Switzerland

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About Switzerland and the EMSOC places

It is the first time to anounce an EMSOC not in one city but in an entire country. Why?

Switzerland is one of the smaller countries, but nevertheless has a manifold culture, four official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh), diversified mountain landscapes which split this small country to several parts, each one special for itself. For the organization team it was obvious: we need this EMSOC to be hold in entire Switzerland.

Switzerland is located in the heart of Europe between Germany and Italy, France and Austria respectively. Oh, and Liechtenstein of course. This even smaller country which is a principality has a very close relation to Switzerland.

Switzerland is geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2. While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately eight million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centres Zürich and Geneva.

Switzerland has existed as a state in its present form since the adoption of the Swiss Federal Constitution in 1848. The precursors of Switzerland established a protective alliance on 1st of August 1291 (National Holiday, you will see...). Switzerland is a neutral country and wasn't invaded during both world wars. This stable environment helped to develop a direct form of democracy and to become the seat of international institutions as the Red Cross (inversed swiss flag) or the United Nations.

Well, but where is EMSOC taking place exactly? first part of the Rehearsals will take place in St. Moritz (romansh/german speaking). The major village for the Upper Engadine is situated in the Canton Graubünden in the middle of the pituresque Swiss Alps at an elevation of 1800 meters above sea level (!). It is known as an alpine luxury resort as well as to be an excelent training center for wintersports. It hosted twice the olympic games (1928 and 1948) and has the oldes bobsled run. Besides common wintersports, there are some unlikely ones as golf, cricket or polo tournaments on the frozen lake. In summertime, the lake has also been the venue for many sailing, wind and kitesurfing world championships.

Here, we will have a cozy accomodation and a lot of time for rehearsals. But no worry, there is enought time for a hike on the mountains, a stroll through the village, easy evenings at the lakeside, cheese fondue, having a barbecue and some drinks for reasonable prices as EMSOC participants are used to.

Top Sights: Segantini Museum, glacier landscape, Piz Corvatsch (3300m altitude), lakeside, bars and hotels in the village, EMSOC International Dinner second part will be in the City of Basel on the river Rhine. Basel is located at the northwestern edge of Switzerland (german speaking), with boarders to Germany and France. The tri-national Basel metropolitan area has around 830,000 inhabitants and is the third-most-populous city in Switzerland. Basel has been an important cultural centre since the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. It is known for its cultural life. Basel has the highest density of concerts and museums in Switzerland and a lot of important cultural events like Basler Fasnacht (kind of carneval), Art Basel or Basel World exhibitions as well as the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460). Nowadays, it is well known as the headquarters of research in medicine and pharmaceuticals.

Here, we will have two other days of rehearsals, accompanied by a swim in the river, good evenings in town and the taste of chocolate. Finally, our first beneficiary concert will be hold in the university church (Peterskirche, 04.08.2017, 19:00).

Top Sights: Basel Münster, Tinguely art installations (Fasnacht Fountain), Beyeler Foundation (art museum) amongst other museums, architecture of Herzog and De Meuron, river Rhine, 1st EMSOC concert 2017

The third and final part of this years EMSOC takes place in Geneva, the city of international relations and NGO's. It is the second-most-populated city and located at the end of the Lake Geneva in the southwest of Switzerland (french speaking). The global city is known as a worldwide center for diplomacy and as an important financial centre. It is the city with he highest number of international organizations in the world. Founded 121 BC, it was originally a border town of the roman empire against the wild helvetic tribes. Geneva was deeply shaped by Calvinism, and Calvin was its spiritual leader until his death. During time, Geneva was independent and part of several alliances until the city was anexed by revolutionary France and finaly admitted to the Swiss Confederation in 1814.

Here, we will have the last two days of EMSOC. One is dominated by the second concert and sightseeing, with the other will begin the long periode of post EMSOC depression due to the departures and good bye's.

Top sights: Jet d'Eau, Palais des Nations, CERN institute, old town and riverside, museum of the Red Cross / Red Crescent, reformation museum and Patek Philippe museum, 2nd EMSOC concert 2017


Location of the concerts:

  • Friday, 4th August in Basel (Peters Church) at 19:00
  • Saturday, 5th August in Geneva (University) at 20:00

We reserve the right to change the concert programme.


Thierry Daenzer | conductor

Our conductor, Thierry Daenzer, studied conducting, trumpet and flute performance in the music academies of Lausanne and Geneva. He presently spends his time between his position of music teacher in Gymnase de Morges and Conservatoire du Nord Vaudois and his work as a musician and conductor.

Benjamin Rapp | choir master

Our choirmaster Benjamin Rapp grew up in Basel. After many years of piano lessons and singing in the youth choir, he studied choir conducting and school music at the Hochschule Luzern and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) in Hamburg. He recieved important impulses for his musical career at master classes of Simon Halsey and as the head of music in the choir molto cantabile in Lucerne. Today, Benjamin Rapp is conductor of the Kammerchor Luzern and the school choir at the Gymnasium am Münsterplatz Basel, where he is working as a music teacher.

Selini Sideris | co- choir master

Our co- choir master, Selini Sideris, studied Music in Education and gained her musical experience playing in orchestras, ensembles and by conducting several choirs. She is a substitute conductor for two choirs and currently works as a music teacher at Utrechts Centrum voor de Kunsten (UCK). She has taken part of EMSOC several times and will now form the rehearsals together with Benjamin Rapp.

Iris Eggler | soprano

Originating from Niederhelfen¬schwil (CH), Iris Eggler studied singing in Bern with Ingrid Frau¬chinger. She received a prize at the Migros Scholarship Competition and was awarded the first prize at the 35th Swiss Lyceum Club Com¬petition. She made her debut at the age of 20 in Chur as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Until today she has participated in more than 15 opera productions and over 100 oratorios. She also sang different solo parts in con¬certs all over Europe. In 2013 she performed in the Carmina Burana in Budapest and Szeged and in 2015 she sang the solo soprano in Verdi’s Requiem with “Cantores Corde” under the direction of Karl Paller. Iris Eggler had her most recent appearance in an opera as Pamina in Mozarts Magic Flute with the Open Air Da Vinci Orchestra, directed by Dieter Wagner. Further-more she toured around Europe as a soprano soloist singing cantatas by Bach within a project initiated by Andreas Scholl. In addition to her engagements in various operas and concerts, it is important to her to perform in charity concerts on a regular basis.

Judith Lüpold | alto

Judith Lüpold grew up in Interlaken. Currently she lives in Berne. After finishing her first education at the Lehrerseminar, she participated in musical and Tanztheater performances. She received her degree in vocal performance from the College for music and theatre in Berne and Biel after taking lessons with Ingrid Frauchiger and Jane Thorner Mengedoht. She is a member of the Pocket Opera Zürich and Senz’altro and has worked together with Stefan Huber, Andreas Zimmermann,Volker Vogel, Paul Suter, Jürg Henneberger, Howard Griffiths and Kelly Thomas and others. Her repertoire includes standard works by Bach and Händel, Verdi’s Requiem and contemporary music. She performs in all major concert halls in Switzerland and also at international festivals. On stage Judith Lüpold represented Ruth in “Pirates of Penzance”, Peronella in “Boccaccio”, Czipra in “Der Zigeunerbaron”, Marcellina in the new version of “Figaro” by Christian Hengking at the theatre of Biel-Solothurn and many others. In 2018 she will participate in three different productions: The stepmother in the fairy-tale opera “Schnee¬wittchen”, Prinz Orlofs¬ky in “Die Fledermaus” and in a Swiss produc¬tion of the Opera Box Zürich.

Christoph Meinen | tenor

Christoph Meinen was born in Berne. He discovered his passion for classical music, especially for opera, already during his childhood. Before starting his career as a pro¬fessional musician he studied graphic design and marketing. Although he was fascinated by singing, he initially played as a hornist in various orchestras. Starting 2001, he took singing lessons with Catherine Jüstrich in Berne. Later on, he con¬tinued vocal training with diffe¬rent teachers in Switzerland and abroad. He made his first appea¬rances as a tenor in operas and operettas while still being a student. In 2003, he participated in a performance of Mozarts Magic Flute at the Festival d’Opéra Avenches; in later years he took part in several other productions of this festival: Nabucco in 2005, La Traviata in 2007, and Lucia di Lammermoor in 2010. In Avenches he had the opportunity to be on stage with well-known artists like Leo Nucci, Renato Bruson, Elena Mosuc, Noemi Nadelmann and Roberto Sacca. Christoph Meinen regularly performs on stage as a soloist in masses and oratorios in Switzerland as well as abroad. He sang solo parts inter alia in Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Dvorak’s Requiem.

Michael Kreis | bass-baritone

Michael Kreis works as choir¬master and conductor. He is initiating many new musical projects. While completing his education as an elementary school teacher he studied singing at the College of Music in Berne with Jakob Stämpfli. After receiving his teaching diploma, he went to Leipzig in order to study with Hans-Joachim Beyer. Mean-while he received his concert diploma. Twice he won the Migros Scholarship Com¬peti¬tion. He took conducting lessons with Prof. Howard Arman and is currently fini¬shing his education as a conductor for orchestras with Florian Ziemen in Berne. As a soloist in Switzerland and abroad he has worked with various conductors including Simon Schouten, Marcus Creed, Ton Koopman, Howard Griffith, André Ducret, Hansruedi Kämpfen and Johannes Meister. In addition, he is a member of different professional vocal ensembles. In 2011, he was appointed as musical director of the “Collegium Vocale Bern” and of the “Divertimento vocale Freiburg”. In 2013 he became the director of the church choir of “Bruder Klaus” and in 2014 of “Cantemus Heiliggeist”, both located in Berne. He initiated the Bern-singt singing concerts and conducted the operetta “Im Weissen Rössl” by Ralph Benatzky in 2016.

EMSOC 2017 will take place in Switzerland from Thursday 27.07.2017 to Sunday 06.08.2017


If you wish to apply to EMSOC 2017 you must fill out the application form on the frontpage this site.

The participation fee of this year´s event is  295€ for students and  345€ for doctors.
The participation fee includes:
- accommodation
- transportation (begin in Zurich airport, end in Geneva)
- meals (except two dinners on your own)
- two halfday trips
- EMSOC 2017 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 in the following days to ensure we recieved your APPLICATION.

  • The application deadline is march 31st 2017. 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 participation has been approved (end of march), you will receive a CONFIRMATION e-mail of being accepted to play in the orchestra/sing in the choir. In this e-mail, you can find the the link leading to the payment page. You can choose between credit card or money transfer / deposit. But in ANY case, fill in the payment form after the second e-mail through the provided link!

  • All applicants must pay the entire participation fee within 2 weeks after receiving the link for payment. Applicants who do not pay the participation fee before the deadline will not be considered as participants. Deadline extension however is possible. Contact us.

  • 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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EMSOC 2017 Switzerland will start at Zurich Airport on 27.07.2017 at 19:00

From here, an organized transportation will bring us to St. Moritz where the rehearsals will take place. Please make sure you arrive in time to make it to the organized bus. Participants coming too late or at another day will not have an organized transportation. We might have opportunities for a prearranged pickup at another day or for late comers in the evening, but we cannot assure any transportation for late comers so far. Contact us (see below)!

  • Coming by plane: Please have in mind the disembarkment and the bagage claim need some time. We don't want to delay the bus, in case of doubts please feel free to contact us (see contact form on the bottom of the webpage).
  • Coming by bus: Depending on your Bus company you will arrive at the airport or in Zurich City at the train mainstation. The last possible connection to Zurich airport leaves at 18:39 (costs 6€). Consider arrival time before booking.
  • Coming by car (hitchhike/carsharing): we will inform you where exactly the bus will stop. You can only enter the bus at Zurich Airport.
  • Coming with your own car: You have two options:
    Leaving the car in Basel at an organized parking and go to Zurich Airport by train (37€). In the end you drive your car to geneva.
    Doing all movements with your car (CAVE: 2 early morning drives, don't drink and drive!) Arriving in St. Moritz Bad, follow the signs to the youth hostel. Our dorms (Hotel Stille) are located just next to it. It will be ready for you at 16:00. (all others arrive at 22:30 with the bus)

Participants from Switzerland with a GA might be asked to take public transportation due to limited capacity of the bus (Information follows early enough to plan...)


Further transportations, included in the participation fee:

St.Moritz - Basel: 02.08.2017, 07:00

Basel - Geneva: 05.08.2017, 07:00


Late Arrival

In case you want to participate, but can't manage the time for coming on 27.07.2017, feel free to contact us (see below). You can join us at the rehearsal place in St.Moritz. Due to budget reasons we cannot give you discount on the participation fee. Consider you might miss the International Dinner and other social activities :(

EMSOC 2017 Switzerland will end in Geneva on 06.08.2017 at 11:00


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Disclaimer and Notes

EMSOC is not responsible for the availability or content of the external Internet sites, nor does it endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other sites.

We want to protect your privacy. By sending your personal information to us, we will use it only for the benefit of the EMSOC project. The data will not be forwarded to third parties without your consent.

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).