Dear <<First Name>>,

🎵 All our bags are packed, we're ready to go... 🎵
As you're reading this, the ECA staff is already in Lyon, preparing our Membership Weekend & General Assembly, together with the wonderful people of À Cœur Joie France who have offered to host this years' meeting. Oh how we're looking forward to meeting all of you again..!  :-)

And for your long train ride to Lyon, nothing better than having a read about what's been happening around choral Europe and in the world of singing:

Here comes our monthly newsflash!

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Membership Weekend & General Assembly 2021

Lyon (FR) | 19 - 21 November 2021

Only a few more days until our Membership Weekend 2021 in the beautiful city of Lyon!

The membership weekend will feature our General Assembly on Saturday,  including the election of the Board of the European Choral Association for the years 2021 - 2024, the membership day with various workshops and sessions,  the EPIC conference (see below), and much more!

Almost 100 participants have registered and we're looking forward to an in-person meeting, after we held last year's General Assembly online. For all of you who will not be able to make it to Lyon this weekend, keep an eye on our social media! We'll make sure to keep you posted about what's happing in Lyon.

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

The EPIC Project

Final Conference on Professionalisation and Internationalisation of Emerging Musicians' Careers

The EPIC project, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU, is coming to an end in December 2021. On Friday 19 November (16.00 to 17.30) at our Membership Weekend in Lyon, we will take some time to look back over the project and its activities to enhance the carrers of emerging musicians.
Notably, this will include the results of the EPIC data collection on career progression of alumni from national and international youth music ensembles which will support choirs and choral organisations in marketing and advocating for themselves.

We look forward seeing you there!

The SHIFT Project

Joint Letter of Intent on Climate Action

In the context of COP.26, the UN Climate Change Conference, the European Choral Association and eight other international and European cultural networks and platforms have come together to take climate action.

This joint ambition emerged from the SHIFT project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The letter of intent on climate action is an important step towards uniting forces to tackle the huge worldwide challenge of global warming. The aim is to develop and implement a framework consisting of environmental guidelines for cultural networks and a certifcation scheme.

The undersigned international and European cultural networks recognise the ecological footprint associated with operating a cultural network.

They are committed to minimising this footprint, optimising environmentally sustainable practices, and acting as an example of good practice for their members, stakeholders, and other organisations, while also recognising the different contexts in which they are evolving.
Read the full letter!
Special thanks to the Green Leisure Group and Creative Carbon Scotland for contributing their expertise to this process! More abount the SHIFT project on the project webite.

Invitation: SHIFT Final Event

Brussels (BE) | 1 December 2021
We are excited to invite you to the SHIFT Final Event, organised by the project coordinator European Music Council.

The partners in the SHIFT project have worked very hard and are proud to share the publications and results of this two-year
cooperation project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Register now!
The SHIFT Final Event will take place on 1 December, at Ateliers des Tanneurs in Brussels.
13:00 - 16:00 CET
  • 12:45 Registration opens
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Networking Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Presentation of SHIFT Results


(under the label of the European Choral Association)

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 Masterclass for Choral Conducting

Kaunas (LT) | 1 - 5 December 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association

For the first time, a masterclass for choral conducting is being organised in Lithuania, as part of the educational programme of this year's XXIX International Choir Festival of Sacred Music "Cantate Domino". Training courses will be offered with the renowned Swedish Conductor Gary Graden and a Lithuanian professional choir, the State Chamber Choir of Šiauliai "Polifonija".

The masterclass aims at young conductors (max. 35 years of age) in the final stages of their studies or in the early stages of their carreers.

More information on the festival webiste or on facebook.

The Training Leading Voices project (co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU) awarded a grant to support the internationalisation of this masterclass.

6th Walter Strauss Choral Conducting Masterclass

Ankara (TR) | 23 - 29 January 2022

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association

The Walter Strauss Choral Conducting Masterclass offers a possibility to work with a full-time professional choir under the lead of a world-renowned conducting teacher for one week.

The masterclass has featured in the past names like Paulo Lourenço (PT), Lorenzo Donati (IT), Ragnar Rasmussen (NO) and Josep Vila i Casañas (ES). The guest teacher for the  2022 edition will be Maria Guinand (VE). It will take place in the brand new Ankara Symphony Hall with the participation of the Turkish State Choir, the 70-voice national professional ensemble of Turkey.

Aim group: Conductors

Organisers: Choral Culture Association / Turkish State Choir

For more info write to:

Jeunes Voix Mêlées

Thuir (FR) | 12 - 16 May 2022

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association

Thuir, located in the south of France, hosts the first edition of the JVM (Jeunes Voix Mêlées) festival. Participating choirs from around Europe will study together in ateliers and open singing, share their experiences and perform in different concerts throughout the city, in the theater, churches, in choir-to-choir concerts and a puzzle concert. Each atelier will consist of three morning rehearsals to prepare the singers for the final concert. The ateliers will be conducted by renowned conductors: Panda Van Proosdij (NL), Tom Johnson (BE), and Denis Thuillier (FR) &  Mathieu Le Nestour (FR) playing the piano.

Working langage : French and English

For more info visit their website.

57th Barcelona International Choir Festival

Barcelona (ES) | 4 - 10 July 2022

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association

A singing week in the beautiful city of Barcelona! Choose from three workshops with renowned conductors, sing the closing concert in the modernist hall Palau de la Música, and individual choir concerts in the Gothic church Santa Maria del Pi. With free mornings to enjoy the city!

The Festival in 2022 will have three very different workshops for all singers to enjoy:

  • Verdi opera choir with conductor Conxita Garcia
  • Music for Youth and Children's Choirs with conductor Hirvo Surva, and
  • Songs from the Mediterranean countries with conductor Juan Pablo de Juan

More info on:


Switzerland | 15 - 25 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association

A unique choral event organised every year in a different country that offers young singers the opportunity to get together for eight days to rehearse a challenging programme and improve their vocal skills under the guidance of  a vocal trainer, and to  present the results of their work in public concerts. This special choir aims to promote European choral music among young singers and to encourage cultural exchange within Europe.

The 2022 edition will take place in Switzerland, under the direction of Yuval Weinberg and Marco Amherd, with concerts planned in Basel, Bern, the Grisons (Graubünden), and Zurich.

More info on:


Vilnius (LT) | 15 - 25 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association

Leading Voices

Utrecht (NL) | 27 - 31 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association
Leading Voices - European Days for Vocal and Choral Leaders
Explore the future of collective singing!

Leading Voices brings the latest developments in collective singing together in one European platform, gives the floor to inspiring forerunners and established artists while providing a space for learning, co-creation and experimentation. In order to reach these goals the event emphasizes the following topics:
  • Develop your artistic skills!
  • Discover your inner leader!
  • Learn new management tricks!
  • Unleash your potential as a teacher!
  • Connect your work to society!

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 November Newsletter

The latest from the world of choral music!
Read this month's 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 is proud to serve as its regional office for Europe.


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 20/2021 (11 November 2021), read about:
  • The Best Jazz Musicians Of All Time
  • Bob Dylan, David Crosby, David Bowie... Folles surenchères financières autour des « papys » du rock
  • The importance of music education post-Brexit
  • ¿Tiene Spotify un sesgo hacia cierta música?
  • Six of the most innovative digital musi platforms
  • Astrowold Festival disaster is the latest fatal concert crowd surge
  • ... 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!

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European Commission
2022 European Year of Youth

The European Commission makes 2022 the European Year of Youth.

"Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people to build a better future, that is greener, more inclusive and digital. With this proposal, Europe is striving to give young people more and better opportunities for the future", the statement reads.

The Commission is currently developing the programme of activities for the Year of Youth and they're looking for your input!

What are the expectations, interests, and ideas of youg people?  Answer the survey below!

Answer the survey!

Find out more about the European Year of Youth here.

Did you know? The European Commission has a dedicated Youth Portal with interesting resources for young people, ways to get involved, funding opportunities and projects. Check it out!


Watch the Austrian and Catalan National Youth Choirs and the Slovenia's Chamber Choir of the Music Academy and Chamber Choir of the Conservatoire of Music in concert during this year's EUROPA CANTAT festival.
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