Obituary - Dolf Rabus

By on the 19 Dec 2013

On December 18th we received the sad news that Dolf Rabus passed away after a long fight against his illness.

Dolf Rabus was a grand figure in the choral world, not only physically. He was Secretary General of Europa Cantat from 1995 to 1999 and served among others as member of the Music Commission of Europa Cantat, Board Member and President of Musica International, Board Member and Treasurer of the International Federation for Choral Music - IFCM and member of the music commissions of various World Symposia on Choral Music in his long and intensive career in the international choral world. Furthermore, Dolf had multiple functions in Germany with the German Music Council and the Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend as well as with the umbrella organisation Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Chorverbände - BDC.

Most of all he was the founder and director and even partly architect of the Bavarian Music Academy in Marktoberdorf and the founder of the International Chamber-Choir Competition Marktoberdorf and the festival Musica Sacra International as well as of the Choral Festival Network - CFN. Most recently he helped shape the programme of the Mediterranean Voices Conference in Girona as member of its Artistic Committee and he participated in the conference with his wife Hildegard, sharing his experience and material from many Musica Sacra festivals.

The choral world shall greatly miss Dolf Rabus, a grand visionary who made changes, a fighter, and somebody who truly believed in the peace-making power of (choral) music.

We do not know about the funeral arrangements yet, but letters of condolence can be sent to Dolf's wife Hildegard at the following address:
Hildegard Rabus
Im Mitteresch 52
87700 Memmingen

Our thoughts are with Hildegard, with the rest of Dolf's family and with all his friends across the world who will be suffering from this loss.

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