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There it is, the big one, the one we've all been waiting for! 
EUROPA CANTAT 2021 - very different from the festivals before but nonetheless exciting! Read the latest from Ljubljana, and other news from the European choral sector and the world of singing in ECA's monthly newsflash!

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After EUROPA CANTAT, the ECA staff will take a break. The office will be closed for most of the month of August and there will be no August newletter either.
We'll be back in September! :o)



It's finally here!

Looking for a weekend getaway, or July holidays abroad? (COVID-19 permitting, of course)

Join us in Ljubljana, the lovely capital of Slovenia which just a week ago took over the presidency of the Council of the EU! The international choral family looks forward to finally kick-off this year's EUROPA CANTAT on 17 July!

Find the full schedule and ticketing here!


You won't make it to Lujbljana? Worry no more, we've got your back!
Follow all the action from Ljubljana, from 17 to 22 July, on EC-TV!

EC-TV will bring you a reading session and open singing, a discovery atelier and three pulse sessions each day, all free of charge! While many will not be able to be in Ljubljana physically this summer, this is not a reason to miss out on the great content we have curated for you!

Find the full EC-TV schedule here!


A must-have for every true EUROPA CANTATian!

Oh those sweet memories of the festivals you've been to, when looking at your bookshelf! One songbook for each festival, countless open singings and the good times spent with friends old and new.

Time to get your hands on this year's edition! We have teamed up with our friends at Éditions À Cœur Joie to bring you the official EUROPA CANTAT 2021 Songbook. Open Singing will be streamed daily at 10.15 AM on EC-TV (see above), and you surely want your own copy to sing from.
NB: Peeking in your neighbour's scores unfortunately not possible this year!
Get Your EC21 Songbook!

Interview with Urška & Mihela

Read from EUROPA CANTAT General Manager & Programme Manager Urška Bittner Pipan & Mihela Jagodic about organising one of Europe's biggest choral events and the very extraordinary year leading up to it

Our powerful ladies at the helm talk COVID-19 and the challenges it has brought with it, but also great team efforts, and the inspiration drawn from the positivity they have been receiving from the whole choral sector.

Let's  look ahead together to what will no doubt be a EUROPA CANTAT like no other before!
Read the full interview


ECA Online Campaign

19 May - 31 July 2021

We at the European Choral Association have a vision:
A world where everybody experiences the benefits of collective singing, and we channel our efforts to make this world come true.

It's the last few weeks of our online campaign on the #BenefitsOfSinging.


Explore the #BenefitsOfSinging campaign toolkit and use all its elements to support the campaign, while linking it to your existing events and activities. Use the contents, action proposals and graphic elements of this toolkit to join forces and take coordinated action for a coherent, impactful campaign.



Find more information:

Let's make some noise together and talk loudly about the #BenefitsOfSinging !

ECA Membership Weekend & General Assembly 2021

Lyon (FR) | 19 - 21 November 2021

It is our pleasure to invite ECA members and friends to our annual Membership Weekend and General Assembly to beautiful Lyon!

After an all-online meeting last November, we are very eager to go back to physical meetings and are preparing an exciting schedule for this year! The membership weekend will feature our General Assembly, the membership day with various workshops and sessions, the presentation of the EPIC data collection, and much more!

Official invitations will be in ECA members' inboxes later this month!

We would like to thank ECA founding members À Cœur Joie France for hosting this years Membership Weekend in Lyon, the City of Lights, capital of French cusinie, and home to ACJ's offices and many great choirs.

Leading Voices

European Days for Vocal  & Choral Leaders

27 - 31 July 2022

You’ll need your agendas for this! Leading Voices, the major event for conductors and vocal leaders just launched their new website.

Leading Voices presents a five-day programme for choral professionals with over 70 sessions that explore the future of collective singing from a social and artistic perspective, and includes all genres and skill levels. It offers a dynamic platform for conductors, vocal leaders, music teachers, managers, artistic leaders and composers from all over Europe.
Leading Voices inspires you to actively explore, experience, and discuss the expansion and future of choral music, and become one of the leading voices of tomorrow.

The event is organised by ZIMIHC podium voor amateurkunst and the European Choral Association, in the frame of the Training Leading Voices project, co-funded by the Creative Programme of the European Union. Further partners are À Cœur Joie France and JSKD - the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities.

Find more information here.

SHIFT Inclusion Bibliography

Out this Month!

We are proud to announce that the SHIFT project’s first resource on inclusion will be published in July! Taking the form of annotated bibliography, it outlines 101 resources that serve as useful references for cultural organisations looking to make their operations more inclusive.
It will be officially launched at the SHIFT conference taking place at the Europa Cantat festival. This resource was developed by the European Choral Association as leaders on the inclusion topic within the SHIFT project.


(under the label of the European Choral Association)

Upcoming Choral Activities

NB: The event details mentioned below may be subject to change. We kindly ask you to always check with the organiser of the respective event for more information and the latest updates.

International Congress for Choral Conductors

Puteaux (FR) | 10 - 12 September 2021

Activity in partnership with the European Choral Association

Conductors and vocal leaders, here's an opportunity for you to be spending a long weekend in September in Puteaux, France, to discover new ideas, techniques and repertoire, as well as to meet fellow conductors and widen your network!

Working language will be French.

This event is organised by A Cœur Joie France and is part of the Training Leading Voices project, cordinated by ZIMIHC and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

International Choral Conducting Summer School

Limerick (IE) | 8 - 14 August 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association

Sing Ireland presents its 41st International Choral Conducting Summer School for conductors, teachers, music students, choral singers and musicians.
The only one of its kind in Ireland, this seven-day intensive course under the artistic direction of Orla Flanagan offers excellent conducting tuition at a range of levels, tutor-led warm-up sessions and whole group singing, exposure to new repertoire, conducting in final-day concert (optional) and one-to-one lessons by private arrangement.

For information and how to apply please visit the Sing Ireland website.

Hannover (DE) | 23 - 26 September 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association
From 23 - 26 September 2021, the choral world will meet in Hannover, Germany once again. 2021’s exciting programme includes more than 200 workshops for choral directors, choral managers, and others, top-class concerts, a trade fair, and a platform for exchange between all types of professionals and amateurs in the choral world.

Working language will be German. For information, please visit the website.

Find more Activities in our Event Calendar

  • A vast list of events for singers, choirs & singing groups, conductors & vocal leaders, creators, composers, etc. from all over Europe and beyond.
  • All events listed are international and usually open to participants from all over the world.
  • Add your own events to the list and share them with our network!
ECA Calendar of Choral Events


International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM July Newsletter

The latest from the world of choral music!
Read this month' IFCM eNews in English and many other languages.

The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) unites choral lovers from all over the world. The European Choral Association is one IFCM's founding members and serves as its regional office for Europe.

International Federation for Choral Music

International Choral Bulletin

Official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, the International Choral Bulletin (ICB) is published quarterly in the four official languages of IFCM: English, French, German and Spanish. It is distributed in more than 80 countries on all five continents and is the official voice of choral music around the world.

ICB 2021/3 is out now. Read it online! This issue features ideas for an eco-friendlier choral world, sustainable music instruments, green news on the Wolrd Symposium on Choral Music 2023, and much more..!

Find out more about the ICB, browse through previous editions and get involved by proposing an article or offer your services as a translator.


Results: FOSCO CORTI Conducting Competition

Last moth's first edition of the Fosco Corti International Competition for Choral Conductors saw 18 candidates from all over the world competing with each other over the course of six stages.

The first prize went to Korean conductor Hyunju Kwon, who convinced with her solid preparation, rehearsal management and choral sound construction skills. She also convinced the audience who chose her special prize.

Second came Finland’s Elisa Huovinen who also won the ECA special prize, which includes an engagement in an international choral event.

The third place remained in Italy, going to Mateja Černic of Trieste, who also claimed the award for being the best Italian participant in the competition by score.

Fellow Italian Federico Viola won the 'Grazia Abbà' prize for the youngest conductor admitted to the final round.

Congratulations to all!
FOSCO CORTI International Competition for Choral Conductors was organised in the frame of the Training Leading Voices project by FENIARCO, the national federation of Italian choirs, the Conservatorio di Torino 'Giuseppe Verdi', and Association Cori Piemontesi, in partnership with the European Choral Association.


International Music Council

Music World News

The Music World News eBulletin presents world-wide music news collected for you by the International Music Council. It contains items in English, French and Spanish.

In issue 13/2021 (7 July 2021), read about:
  • Women in Egyptian Music
  • Universal Music, la pépite de Vivendi
  • Pourquoi apprendre la musique aide les enfants à devenir de bons lecteurs
  • A year since Blackout Tuesday, has equality in music improved?
  • Norwegian Firm Creating Doomsday Vault For Music Recordings
  • La neurociencia social de la música
  • ... and much more!
This newsletter comes every two weeks, bringing you the latest from the global music sector.
Sign up for free or read it online!

Do you appreciate Music World News? Consider a donation to support their work and develop the #FiveMusicRights across the globe!
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Creative Europe
Creative Europe Calls Published

The EU has allocated 60 mio. Euros to cooperation projects under the new Creative Europe programme. The focus is on European artistic cooperation and innovation on topics such as audience engagement, social cohesion, digitisation, contribution to the European Green Deal and sector-specific challenges in the book, music, architecture and culture heritage sectors.

Applicants can choose between small (3 partners from 3 eligible countries, up to 200.00 Euros, max. 80% co-funding), medium (5 partners from 5 eligible countries, up to 1 mio. Euros, max. 70% co-funding) or large scale projects (10 partners from 10 eligible countries, up to 2 mio. Euros, max. 60% co-funding) depending on the size of their consortium.

Deadline: 7 September 2021


Over the last months, we have been showcasing the shortlisted videos of ECA's European Video Award in this place.

This month:
"Why We Love to Sing in a Choir", Institute for Choral Music Polifonija, Croatia
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