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European Choral Association Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>
Here is the September news from the choir world.
Please forward this newsletter to your singing, conducting and managing friends, members of your association, or translate the news which you find essential into your own language.

Sonja Greiner, Secretary General 
on behalf of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

La traduction française >> ici
Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier



What´s new in ECA-EC

Ready for the conference and General Assembly 2017

"sing outside the box" | 6 to 8 October 2017 | Tallinn, Estonia

Over 100 participants are expected for the 2017 ECA-EC annual event “sing outside the box”, hosted by the Estonian Choral Association with the support of the Cultural Commission of Estonian Parliament.

During three days, we will  interact, learn, sing and meet with other choral enthusiasts around the themes of the event, and contribute to the development of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat.
Full programme available here

Read the brochure online.

Part of the conference will be broadcasted live! Check on the website!

Follow us on facebook and on twitter using the hashtag #singoutsidethebox
Head aega!

Welcome to Sylvia: our new Office Manager!

Sylvia Kerutt started working in our office in Bonn in September as Office Manager, she is responsible for finances, bookkeeping and secretariat issues.
Responsibilities in our office have been reshuffled, and Giulia Lodi is now our communication manager.
Let's take this opportunity to update you on the main ECA-EC email contacts:

General contact:

Sonja Greiner:

Côme Ferrand Cooper:

Giulia Lodi:

Sylvia Kerutt:

European Award for Choral Composers 2017/18 - Results

Jury selects three winners from choral compositions submitted from all over Europe

On September 20th 2017 the Jury of the European Award for Choral Composers, chaired by Jonathan Rathbone (UK) chose the winning compositions of the 2017/8 edition.

51 compositions from 41 composers were submitted to the competition by 17 member organisations in 16 European countries and the jury chose three winning pieces:
A cappella: “Cantate Domino” by Balatoni Sándor (HU *1983) and “Mesedoboz” by Peter Tóth (HU * 1965)
With instruments:“Jubilate Deo” by Gyöngyösi Levente (HU * 1975)

All three compositions were submitted by the Hungarian Association for Choirs and Orchestras (KÓTA), the jury received anonymous scores and was not aware of the nationalities of the scores with Latin text.
The winning composition were awarded 300 EUR each and will be performed at the festival EUROPA CANTAT XX in Tallinn, Estonia in 2018.

in the frame of the STAMP project

Online webinars for music professionals

The European Music Council and its project partners offer an on-line series of 12 live webinars constitute an innovation in the field of professional and lifelong learning for music professionals and music organizations training and aim to improve the quality, relevance, creativity and innovation of the music profession effectiveness, financial and artistic survival, sustainability and thriving. Below the first 5 webinars and the last one presented by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat.
#1 Leadership in Music > 4 October 2017 | 15:00-16:30
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#2 Entrepreneurship in Music > 10 October 2017 | 15:00-16:30
more info on

#3 Capacity building > 18 October 2017 | 15:00-16:30
more info on:

#4 Social entrepreneurship in music > 24 October 2017 | 15:00-16:30
more info on

#5 Social inclusion in and through music > 2 November 2017 | 15:00-16:30
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[check the full list of webinars]

Save the date - Webinar of ECA-EC in the frame of STAMP !

#12 Networking and Cooperating within Europe and beyond > 13 Dec 2017 | 15:00 - 16:30
presented by Côme Ferrand Cooper and Sonja Greiner

During this interactive webinar, we will share and exchange on concrete methods, tips and tricks to successfully network and cooperate at international level, we’ll explain how to tackle challenges such as working in an intercultural context, working from a distance or financing your international projects. Based on a 50+ years’ experience in the field, we’ll share our best tips and our little secret tricks to go international – and we certainly hope to learn from you too!

more info on


Introducing... the faces of ECA-EC: Ruben

In this section, we will present every month one of the many people volunteering and dedicating energy and passion to make our network the Voice of collective singing in Europe.

Ruben Smits (Netherlands)

Member of the ECA-EC Youth Committee.

When / where did you first come in contact with choral music?

"When I was 11 years old, I first participated in a regional Night of the Proms, where I also sang my first solo. That was very exciting for me! Afterwards I joined a youth choir in the city where I lived, and things progressed from there."

Read the full interview >> here
Don´t miss the next ones, follow us on facebook!

Choral activities

(under ECA-EC label)
Activity of ECA-EC | special price for members

EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX 2018

Tallinn, Estonia | 27/7 - 5/8/2018

Registration is about to open - check for details
Cheap accommodation is already being booked by many choirs - make sure to book your favourite place as soon as possible!

Excerpt from the Programme:

EUROPA CANTAT welcomes adult AND young singers, check out this selection of ateliers for younger singers.
Age 8-12:
A1 Children’s Songs Around the World (Josep Vila i Jover and József Nemes) | 8 days
B1 From Shrek to Oceania (Luigi Leo) | 5 days

Age 10-16:
B2 Original Aboriginal (Lyn Williams) | 6 days
B3 Joyful Journey Into Early Music (Kadri Hunt) | 4 days
C1 Baltic Sea Flavours (Aira Birzina) | 6 days

Age 14-20:
A2 Girls Just Wan to Have Fun (Christian Ronsfeld) | 5 days
B4 Can You Hear Me? (Bob Chilcott) | 6 days 
C2 Nordic (High)Lights (Vivianne Sydney) | 7+1 days

Age 16-27:
B7 Musicals - The Triple Challenge (Panda van Proosdij and Hans Cassa) | 8 days
C5 Baltic Music of Today (Jānis Ozols and Valter Soosalu) | 4 days

Age 18-27:
A5 Young Pop (Line Groth) | 4 days
A6 African Voices (Lhente-Mari Pitout and Gert Pottas) | 6 days

Check the ateliers´ programme >>

A > ateliers for everybody
B > ateliers for good sight readers and singers who come prepared
C > ateliers for choir and singers who audition and come prepared (need to upload a recording of the choir or the singer during registration)

EC Festival XX Tallinn
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Noël Minet Fund offers grants for young choral enthusiasts

Thanks to the Noël Minet Fund Sponsorship Kuo-Jen had the chance to attend the Lithuanian Choral Music Study Tour in Moletai, Vilnius and Kaunas, an event for choral conductors and composers.
"The tradition of multipart singing from Lithuania has opened my eyes to how singing can bring people together. In the workshop, every body made a circle and sang an easy melody in canon. Though I didn’t understand the text, in this moment I felt we all are the same, we are family. This great feeling lead me to want to learn more about this kind of songs."

>> Kuo-Jen at the Lithuanian Study Tour
What is the Noël Minet Fund?
The fund offers grants for conductors and composers under 30 with limited economic resources applying for a training activity for young conductors or composers under the label of ECA-EC and for applicants to the EuroChoir.

More info on >>

World Youth Choir session 2018 – Inner Mongolia, China

We are happy to announce that the World Youth Choir session 2018 will take place in Inner Mongolia in China. The session, supported by the Inner Mongolia Bureau of National Art Troupes, will take place between the 4th and 25th of July, with a rehearsal session in Hohhot, and a concert tour in Inner Mongolia, Beijing and the Guizhou province. The tour will end with the choir singing at the opening ceremony of China’s 14th International Choral Festival in Beijing.
The World Youth Choir is a project for talented young singers, between 17 and 26, from the entire world. Are you interested in joining the project? Or would you like to be a recruiter?
Audition material and further information will be published and sent out to recruiters in the end of October. For more information about the choir, as well as pictures from the 2017 session, see
Activity in partnership with ECA-EC | special price for members

RelaxSing Mallorca deadline November 1st!

Mallorca, Spain | 8-12/3/2017

RelaxSing Mallorca is a modular, flexible festival that allows each participant to make a personal choice of musical and tourist programmes as well as free time.

  • The 3 days atelier > Joan Cererols and other baroque pearls with Josep Cabré (FR) | 3 discover-singers short morning sessions - Discover ateliers with Josep Vila i Casañas (ES - Catalonia)
  • D1 - Chopin in Valldemosa > Newly commissioned choral arrangement of one of the most famous works of Chopin
  • D2 - Sibil·la Song in Palma´s Cathedral > Sibil·la song, masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO) and one work from the Cathedral archive.
  • D3 -  Folk Songs > Two choral versions of the most wonderful folk songs of the island
Extended deadline for registrations: 1 November 2017
Check the programme >>
RelaxSing Mallorca
Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain
from the ECA-EC network

Festival Tour Cork&Neerpelt

Many voices, two countries, two festivals, one vision

For over 60 years the Cork International Choral Festival (Ireland), and European Music Festival for Young People Neerpelt (Belgium) have presented festivals of the highest standing both welcoming choirs from all over the world.
Both are joined in their common goal of choir singing as a positive musical and artistic activity open to all singers up to the age of 28. All visiting choirs are offered a variety of performing opportunities in a range of qualitative venues and attended by international audiences.

In 2018 both festivals occur over two successive weekends, which means choirs will be able to attend both. They’ll even be able to further enhance their participation and visit various European cities. 

Cork, Ireland | 18-22/4/2018

Closing date for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition: 31st October 2017
Closing date for Non-Competitive entries: 30th November 2017

Further info >>

Neerpelt, Beligium | 27/4-1/5/2018

Closing date for this European Music Festival for Young People’s entries: 30th October 2017.

Further info >>
from the ECA-EC network

Let the Peoples Sing (LTPS)

EBU choral competition's finals will be relayed live on 15 October 2017 by Euroradio and streamed on the Web.

Info at:

Let the Peoples Sing - 2017 Trailer

News from the European and International
Choral Network

International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM September Newsletter

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In German - auf Deutsch
In Spanish - en español
In Italian- in italiano

New President: Kevin Breitbach

In the frame of the in Dortmund on September 16th it took place the ICV General Assembly. After 10 years Matthias Merzhauser left the direction of the association and the Kevin Breitbach was elected unanimously as chairman. The new Board is composed by Elwira Steinwachs, Wolfgang Bitter, Wolfgang Dahms (CEO), Kevin Breitbach (Chairman), Matthias Merzhäuser (2nd chairman), Werner Jung and Tristan Meister.

More info >> (in German)
news from our members:
Deutsche Chorjugend e.V.

New President: Dr. Kai Habermehl

The Deutsche Chorjugend e. V. (DCJ) has a new board. On May the 6th and 7th, the approximately 30 delegates elected five representatives for the approximately 160,000 children and young people in more than 4,500 choirs of the German Choir Association e. V. (DCV). The new chairman for the next three years is Dr. Kai Habermehl from the Hessian Choir Youth, who replaces Flannery Ryan. Maximilian Stössel (formerly responsible for special tasks, now for chormusical tasks) and Nina Ruckhaber (so far responsible for chormusical tasks, now for special tasks) were confirmed in office. New members of the board are Tobias Borho from the Badischer Chorverband and Ludger Eickhoff from the singing youth in the Choir Association NRW (Finance).

News from other Cultural Networks

Call for Cooperation Projects related to European Year of Cultural Heritage

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), responsible for the management of the Creative Europe programm, has published a call for cooperation projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH2018). This funding opportunity supports transnational projects with at least 3 partners that reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space and promote cultural heritage as a source of inspiration for artistic contemporary.
Deadline for this call is November 22nd, 2017.

The calls are published on the EACEA website.
For more information, contact your national Creative Europe Desk

Communications Manager

Brussels, Belgium

JMI is the largest youth music NGO in the world, created in Brussels, Belgium, in 1945 with the mission to "enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries". With a vast array of activities, JMI has established four priority activity fields: Young Musicians, Young Audiences, Youth Empowerment and Youth Orchestras & Ensembles.
More info >>
Deadline on 1/10/2017
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