Tanja Wawra was born in 1974 in Marktoberdorf, a small but musical town in Bavaria. She studied music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, first choice for any gifted aspiring musician in Bavaria. After receiving her degree she took master classes in choir conducting, with Professor Michael Gläser.
Tanja took part in many workshops, profiting from people like Vytautas Miškinis, Stan Engebretson, Kaspars Putninsh, Michael Procter or Robert Sund. She herself is a keen choir singer and has sung in various ensembles, including the Jugendchor Ostallgäu, the Carl Orff Chor Marktoberdorf, the Madrigalchor der Musikhochschule München and Capella vocale. Tanja has also had the opportunity to conduct accomplished orchestras, including the Münchner Symphoniker or the Süddeutsche Philharmonie.
Her “day job” is as a music teacher at a high school, work she thoroughly enjoys alongside her purely musical career. In 2006 she was offered a professorship for choir conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München. In this position she conducted the Madrigalchor of the University, and with this choir she premiered a recording of the choir works of Karl Höller.
Tanja also teaches at the Bayerischer Sängerbund, was guest conductor at the summer festival “in der Wies” and teaches master classes for choir singing at Schwäbischer Kunstsommer in Irsee. In 2008 Tanja returned to her job as a music teacher. Her first appearance at the forum for choir conductors (Chordirigierforum) in association with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks was a great success, and lead to productions for the cycles paradisi gloria and musica viva in 2008.
She took over the BelCanto Kammerchor München in 1998 and conducted it until 2010.