9 to 5 ...
… might have been my daily routine if, after three semesters of traffic engineering, I had not thrown in the towel and studied composing and arranging. Today, various musical projects fill my working hours and I enjoy that no two days are the same.
Composing & Arranging
More than 20 years ago I started to write a cappella arrangements. What started with Backstreet Boys in headphones and a pencil in hand became my passion and finally my job. Today I have published more than 100 arrangements and compositions. The feedback I get tells me that I found something I’m really good at.
Producing & Teaching
With muSix and ONAIR , I have given well over 1000 concerts at home and abroad. Since I became a dad, however, I prefer to spend the weekends at home rather than on Germany’s highways. In my small FluegelMusic studio I work on my own songs, realize audio productions for other artists and give piano lessons. … and if I get the wanderlust again, you will find me as a ocean pianist on one of the seven seas.
Singing & Coaching
There is hardly anything that goes to my heart as much as singing together with others. I was able to experience this at home at the kitchen table and then as a member of great ensembles at an early age. Over the years I have learned that it is by no means magic when it sounds good. And after having been allowed to give regular workshops with ONAIR, I still enjoy working with ensembles – e.g. on pieces that I have previously arranged for them.
Do you ever feel f major?
The fact that music and I will probably have longer to do with each other, became clear to me for the first time in the dark turbulence of puberty. When all came over me, good and bad, it was often impossible to put thoughts and feelings into words. But this speechlessness had suddenly disappeared when a piano smiled at me. And if I “only” played what came to my finger’s mind again instead of practising Bach, it did not earn me any points in the next piano lesson though, but in the long run, I won an indispensable 88-key friend. Accompanying others on their way to the “music-is-my-friend” feeling has always been what drives me. Whether while arranging for choirs, singing with preschool children, being on stage or while teaching: I want to encourage people to understand and use music as a language to express emotions and get in touch with each other.
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What happened until now ...
Born in 1983 in Berlin
Of course, I do not remember it.
However, I remember my father’s harpsichord in our living room, which has always fascinated me.
Piano lessons from 1990<br>
When I was 4 years old, I became acquainted with the cello, but the desire for it quickly subsided – not least because the rabbit of the cello teacher always nibbled on my shoes.
The contact with the piano three years later showed a much more sustainable effect. We are still connected in close friendship.
I sang loud and high in the children’s choir of my parish and performed load tests on all Orff instruments before I went to Georg-Friedrich-Händel Gymnasium.
In 1995, as a member of the Rundfunk-Kinderchores Berlin, I did not dare to go on a four-week concert tour of Japan with 40 older girls – my life could have taken a completely different turn!
However, I later attended the concert tours as a member of the youth choir Die Primaner, with which I won 1st prizes in competitions in the USA and South Korea.
1997-2014 Founding member of the a cappella group muSix
In 1997, I founded the a-cappella sextet muSix. We considered singing without instruments to be quite a novelty, and owe the passion of the first months to this ignorance.
At about this time, I also started arranging pop songs for a cappella singing.
What was then curiosity (and the lack of suitable sheet music) soon became a passion and, consequently, later my profession.
2006-2010 Studying at the University of Music in Dresden, Germany
After graduating and a year of community service I studied composition and arrangement (jazz/rock/pop) at the Academy of Music “Carl Maria von Weber”“.
During this time my work began as a freelance arranger (now among others for JazzVocals, Sjaella, the Viaphoniker, MAYBEBOP, das CONtrust Jazz Orchester, Soundchexx, Sixpack, den Jazzchor Freiburg and many more).
Since 2010 church musician in Berlin-Neukölln
Immediately after graduation, I got the offer of a permanent position as a church musician at St. Dominicus in Berlin-Neukölln. Since then, I work there 2 days a week and enjoy the wonderful task of bringing children into contact with music.
„Fhainkost“ – a tribute to our beloved hometown Berlin – was the sixth album of muSix and the first CD with self-written songs. Both lyrics and composing as well as the subsequent examination of the songs on stage made this time very valuable and intense for me.
Since 2011 Arranger at Chorusonline.com<br>
In 2011 I became a member of the international choir music platform ChorusOnline and have released more than 40 songs there (click here to browse my arrangements).
Teaching Arranging at the HfM Dresden 2012-2014<br>
In 2012-2014 I returned to the University of Music in Dresden as a teacher for arranging.
2013-2018 Founding member of the a cappella group ONAIR
In 2013 I arranged and directed the songs for “The Voices of Winter”, a concert tour with Jocelyn B. Smith and muSix.
Also this year I co-founded the vocal band ONAIR, with which I was fortunate enough to win several 1st prizes and to give concerts worldwide (eg in Taipeh, Chicago, Los Angeles, Moscow, Miami, Tampere).
2012 and 2013 Soundtrack for short films<br>
In 2012 and 2013 I composed music for two short films: “Gestalten” and „Emma“.
2016 Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär'
I was particularly pleased that “The Primaner” won the Grand Prix at the International Choir Competition 2016 in Budapest – with this piece, among others.
Since 2017 Head of the a cappella team at ChorusOnline
Since 2017 I lead the international team of a-cappella-arrangers at ChorusOnline das internationale Team der A-Cappella-Arrangeure.
Also this year the television program “Goldene Henne” was opened with an arrangement of mine.
2018 - Less touring, more family
As the father of (meanwhile) two children, I decided not to go on tour with ONAIR anymore, but to work increasingly as a composer and arranger.
As big as that step was for me, I absolutely enjoy the freedom of working today as flexibly as family life requires.
2019 - new compositions and arrangements
In 2018 and 2019 I composed and published several choral works and children’s songs, including for RKW 2019. As part of a ZDF television service in April 2019, some of them premiered.
ONAIR - Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär'
Arr. Stefan Fluegel
muSix - Ich will mehr
T./M./Arr. Stefan Fluegel
ONAIR - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Arr. Stefan Fluegel
MAYBEBOP + ONAIRBe Still My Heart
Arr. Stefan Fluegel
Perpetuum Jazzile + ONAIR - Pretender (Live in Ljubliana)
Arr. Stefan Fluegel
Stefan Flügel - Missa Perpendicula
Latin mass for big band, choir, soloists and pendulum clock. Recorded on 15.6.2010 at HfmDD CONtrust jazz orchestra Projektchor der HfMDD Jennifer Kothe, Sopran André Bachmann, Tenor