The German conductor, Gerald A. Manig, studied at the Conservatoire for Sacred Music in Berlin and at the State Academy of Music in Freiburg/Breisgau. He was particularly influenced by his teacher and Professor for choir conducting, the renowed Helmuth Rilling. He also studied with Martin Behrmann and participated in master-classes with Laszlo Heltay, Aldo Ceccato, Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg und Heinz Hennig.
In 1975 Gerald A. Manig founded the Vokalensemble Stadthagen. Since 1974 he has not only worked in Stadthagen as a church musician, holding the post of organist and choirmaster, but is a leading light providing the energy and enthusiasm resulting in the performances of nearly all the known classical oratorio repertoire.
In the mid 2000's he gave up his post in Stadthagen (he was succeeded by Christian Richter) and now lives in Kiel; he is associated with his close friend Rainer Michael Munz, Kirchenmusikdirektor at St. Nikolai in Kiel. The Vokalensemble Stadthagen and the Choir of St. Nikolai Kiel have often staged joint performances of oratorios that require a larger numbers of singers, like Verdi's Requiem, Johannes Brahms' Deutsches Requiem etc.
In addition, Gerald A. Manig regularly heads various music workshops, as well as being an active member of choir music juries, both in Germany and abroad.