The Dresdner Kreuzchor is the boys' choir of the Kreuzkirche in Dresden. It has a seven century history. Today the choir has about 150 members from the age of 9-19 from Dresden and the surrounding region. The boys attend the Kreuzschule. They are also called "Kruzianer". The present director of the choir is Roderich Kreile, the 28th Kreuzkantor since the Reformation. From 1971 until 1991 Martin Flämig was the Cantor.
The repertoire of the choir includes compositions from the early Baroque (Heinrich Schütz, Johann Sebastian Bach), the early 19th century and modern work. Several recordings are available from Berlin Classics, Deutsche Grammophon and Capriccio. The choir often performs with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.
The choir sings Vespers almost every Saturday at 5 pm and on Sunday at 9:30 am in the Church Service. Every year they go on several concert tours in Germany, but also in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Canada, Latin America and the United States. Altogether the choir performs about 100 times every year, 50 Church Services and Vespers, 10 concerts at their church (including always Bach's Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew Passion and A German Requiem of Brahms) and 40 concert on tours. All in all 150.000 people are visiting the performances of the choir every year.
The Dresdner Kreuzchor has performed at the Rheingau Musik Festival several times, notably in the first season in 1988 - the Inner German border still in effect - a concert in the Marktkirche Wiesbaden. They concluded a program of motets from the Renaissance to Bach, Brahms and Bruckner with words about peace, O Herr, mache mich zum Werkzeug deines Friedens (Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace), in the presence of the composer Kurt Hessenberg.
Renowned opera house like the Semperoper in Dresden, the Komische Oper Berlin or the Deutsche Oper Berlin engaged members of the Dresdner Kreuzchor as soloists for example as the three boys in The Magic Flute or as the shepherd-boy in Tosca.
Former members of the choir
- Theo Adam, opera singer (bass-baritone)
- Olaf Bär, opera singer (baritone)
- Matthias Eisenberg, organist
- Hartmut Haenchen, conductor
- René Pape, opera singer (bass)
- Martin Petzoldt, theologian, minister, editor
- Eckart Preu, conductor of the Stamford Symphony and the Spokane Symphony
- Karl Richter, conductor, organist, harpsichordist
- Peter Schreier, opera singer (tenor)
- Jens Sembdner, Die Prinzen
- Eckehard Stier, Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
- Hans Thammm Founder of the Windsbacher Knabenchor
- Udo Zimmermann, composer, conductor
- Karlheinz Blaschke: Dresden, Kreuzkirche, Kreuzschule, Kreuzchor, Kruzianer - musikalische und humanistische Tradition in 775 Jahren. Gütersloh/München 1991, ISBN 3-570-06664-9
- Dieter Härtwig, Matthias Herrmann: Der Dresdner Kreuzchor – Geschichte und Gegenwart, Wirkungsstätten und Schule. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 2006, ISBN 3-374-02402-5
- Jürgen Helfricht: Dresdner Kreuzchor und Kreuzkirche. Eine Chronik von 1206 bis heute. Husum 2004, ISBN 3-89876-180-0
- Hans John: Der Dresdner Kreuzchor und seine Kantoren. Berlin 1987, ISBN 3-374-00177-7