Susanne Gläß   Susanne Gläß
Susanne Gläß 2009, Photo: Jörg Landsberg   Susanne Gläß 2003, Photo: Axel Schmidt

Director of Musical Activities at the University of Bremen, Dr. Susanne Gläß

Phone: 0049-421-218-60109
Office: GW 1, A 0035 (at “Universitätsallee”, opposite the “Universum”)
Postal address: University of Bremen, Universitaetsmusik, Postfach 330 440, 28334 Bremen, Germany


  • Organising concerts in the auditorium (“Theatersaal”) of the University of Bremen
  • Directing the University of Bremen orchestra and choir
  • Organising music seminars on topics relating to the joint projects of orchestra & choir. These are specifically geared towards students of the subject areas General studies and Professional Development/Key Skills Qualification as well as to students of Cultural Studies (module M8/9)
  • Coordinating music-related activities for students of all schools and departments
  • Providing guidance for staff of the university relating to the organisation of any musical event


  • Born in Bremen (1957)
  • As a scholarship holder of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”: Studies in Hamburg and Bristol in the subject areas: Theology (main area of study: Old Testament with Klaus Koch), Classical Languages (ancient Hebrew, Ugaritic, ancient Greek, Latin), Philosophy, Music (conducting: Klaus Vetter + Gisela Jahn) and Violin (Stanley Weiner)
  • 1984/85 1st State examination for the teaching profession in secondary schools, in music and in religious studies, and Diploma for teaching violin
  • Work as freelance musician, first in Northern Germany, then in Switzerland
  • 1991 Doctor of Philosophy in Music, topic: “The role of the Violin in Jazz” in Zürich (supervisor: Ernst Lichtenhahn, published 1992 by Peter Lang AG)
  • 1992-95 Portugal
  • 1996 Director of musical activities (“Universitätsmusikdirektorin”) at the University of Bremen

A list of all musical projects of Susanne Glaess can be found here.


Susanne Gläß
Carl Orff
Carmina Burana

Bärenreiter Werkeinführungen

160 pages with figures and musical examples; paperback (in German)
ISBN 978-3-7618-1732-2
€ 13,95

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana are some of the most frequently performed works today. In view of this consideration, it is surprising how little contemporary literature exists about them and to what extent that which exists is scattered, difficult to obtain or only a new edition of older texts.
For her introduction, Susanne Glaess has listened to this work a new, approaching it with the same questions in mind as all those who perform, listen to and do research on Carmina Burana today. At the same time she takes into account and melds the most recent trends in research surrounding literature and music.
The 25 numbers of Orff’s Carmina Burana are intelligibly analysed in a series of close readings geared towards the practise of performing. Broader themes such as the Middle Ages, Monteverdi, German dance, improvisation, world music, the Orff approach, Fascism and Sexuality are simultaneously addressed. It is in the field of tension created by these different aspects, that the exceptional rank, the phenomenal impact and the relevance of Carmina Burana today become evident.

Press material

The following photos, taken by Axel Schmidt are available for press work. Access the printer friendly version by clicking on the photo. Further (also colour) photos can be found under the section of the website: Images.