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"Gospel Gives Strength and Joy"

KIT employee Robert Schmitt will be singing at the International Gospel Church Day

Robert Schmitt works in the Facility Management service unit at KIT. And he loves singing - since 2006 he has been part of the choir Fetz Domino. In 1997 he started singing in the choir - first as a tenor, then he dropped down to bass. Fetz Domino sings classical and modern gospel. From the 21st to the 23rd of September the choir will take part in the International Gospel Church Day in Karlsruhe. Eoin Schnell talked with Robert Schmitt.

How did you get into singing?

Robert Schmitt: I've loved music since childhood. I sang in children's choirs, then I took a break. In 1979, when I moved out of my home, my interest in singing was rekindled. And since then I sing, it's fun and never gets old! Music is very important to me, it gives me a calm. Especially if you have a stressful day and then have a choir rehearsal in the evening - it's work, but in the end, you go home feeling elated!

What can choral music achieve what other forms of music can not?

Schmitt: For me, the special thing about gospel music is the clear message, the message that stands behind it and that's what we wish to convey. There is a strength to it. And a joy. You are encouraged and rejuvenated from the rehearsal.

Which styles of music do you enjoy listening to?

Schmitt: Mostly Rock, Pop, and Jazz. But I am also not averse to classical music which my parents listened too. Modern trends, on the other hand, are simply not my taste.

Which organizational tasks do you have in the choir?

Schmitt: I have been responsible for the technology board for five years, for example, the PA sound system. This includes being up-to-date, parts being rebuilt and repairs being made. I'm one of six singers organizing the events.

What challenges have you encountered in organizing the festival performance?

Schmitt: The choir has been around for 25 years, and always had its own technical team. The biggest challenge is to plan everything at a time that works for everyone. But if you plan properly, you can do it - of course only with a team. As a lone fighter, it would be impossible!