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« Voici donc les longs jours, lumière, amour, délire ! » 
Spring is here in full now; and all over the continent there's light and love and the new green. It must be May! Lots is going on this spring in ECA-EC, in the European choral sector and the world of singing.
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EUROPA CANTAT Festival: Programme Changes

A Message from the Organising Team

After months of hard work and efforts to construct various scenarios, we have found ourselves at a point where there are no more options, and we are obliged to make radical changes to our programme due to various risk factors.

We held decisive meetings with the Music Commission, Steering Committee, and the festival’s core team and came to the following conclusions regarding the implementation of Europa Cantat 2021 in case Slovenia will be in the green zone by then:

Unfortunately, the very core of our festival, the ateliers of 4 days, 6 days and 8 days as well as the Study Tour will have to be cancelled completely. The Slovenian authorities do not wish to increase the risk of mass infections by gathering so many people from different countries in one place, singing together in large groups for several days.
We will be able, however, to bring you parts of the festival, some live in Ljubljana and some online, including concerts, a Day of Choirs, the PULSE programme, a Virtual Foyer for all registered participants, and an online festival TV programme with interviews, videos from Ljubljana, background information, a look behind the scenes, impressions from live concerts, etc.

Despite the change, you are still kindly invited to Ljubljana, the Green Capital of Europe. You can take the opportunity to explore Slovenia and its beautiful treasures and iconic landmarks, all the way from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, and enjoy great music at one of the Europa Cantat evening concerts. You can either make daily trips or embark on one of the guided tours of your choice.

Stay in touch, we’ll tell you more about the new programme soon!

Click here for the full article.


ECA-EC Online Campaign | 19 May - 31 July 2021

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

Today more than ever, we need to act together. ECA-EC and its member organisations, choirs and individuals, as represantatives from all over Europe and beyond, to unify our voices and bring choral music to the attention of our communites and the agendas of decision makers, both at national and international level.

Therefore, from 19 May to 31 July, we will carry out an online campagin on the benefits of collective singing.
More details on the campaign actions and ways to get involved will soon be in your inbox. Until then, mark the four #BenefitsOfSinging social media days in your agendas!
  • Day 1 - Social benefits of singing (Wednesday, 19 May)
  • Day 2 - Physical benefits of singing (Wednesday, 9 June)
  • Day 3 - Psychological benefits of singing (Wednesday, 30 June)
  • Day 4 - Educational benefits of singing (Wednesday, 14 July)
Let's make some noise together and remind everybody about the #BenefitsOfSinging !

European Video Award 2021

Special Jury Mentions & Public Award

Congratulations are in order!
We are so happy that even in these complicated times we received so many powerful videos entering the run for the European Video Award on the benefits of collective singing. After a long discussion, the jury decided this year to award two special mentions for two powerful videos of the competition, in addition to the public vote award, chosen by online viewers.
'A Miracle: Singing Together - Even at Home!' by MAGMA & Boğaziçi Jazz Choir Family, Turkey, is awarded the
🏆 SPECIAL JURY MENTION, and also the
'Why We Love to Sing in a Choir' by Institute for Choral Music Polifonija, Croatia, is awarded the

Congratulations to both ensembles, and a massive thank you to all participants for sharing their videos with us. You can continue to watch the shortlisted videos on the bottom of this newsletter.

Let's keep on singing!

A Miracle: Singing Together - Even at Home!
Special Jury Mention & Public Vote Award
Why We Love to Sing in a Choir
Special Jury Mention

Save the Date: Our Upcoming Online Events

All events offered are free of charge
Webinar: Digital rehearsal tools - Best practices for collective singing online
17 May, 5 pm CEST
In this webinar, you will hear about five different tools for online collective music making, presented by experts in the field. Jim Daus Hjernøe, Jurriaan Grootes and Jesper Holm will share their rich experience with Soundjack, Sonobus, JamKazam and Jamulus, and we will hear from the developers and first choral users of recently developed Digital Stage.
A highly relevant topic for all choirs in these times! Register here!
EPIC Webinar: Choose and be chosen - How to get into the world of professional choirs?
20 May, 11 am CEST
We are excited to welcome Laura Lopeds (coordinator of Tenso Network Europe - the European network for professional chamber choirs) to give you some insights into what pro choirs are looking for in an ensemble singer and to discuss the process of the podcast JRJR's Sound Thinking - ensemble singing in the spotlight. Don't miss out - register here now!
Online workshop: Advocacy through storytelling
11 June, 3 pm - 6 pm CEST
A sequel of our previous storytelling workshop that we held during the 2019 Ljubljana General Assembly, we will be talking about how organisations can use storytelling as a powerful tool to support their advocacy work. We are happy to announce the wonderful Julie Ward as facilitator of this workshop.

The SHIFT Inclusion Interview Series

The first interview in our SHIFT project inclusion series is out now!With our guest, Maria Vlachou (Executive Director of Acesso Cultura), we talk about inclusive recruitment, boards, membership and events. Check it out on our YouTube channel or the SHIFT website!

SHIFT – Sharing Initiatives for Training is an Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership project, coordinated by the European Music Council, bringing together several cultural networks with the ambition to contribute to a better and more sustainable future as recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
SHIFT aims to develop training for cultural leaders on the topics of environmental sustainability, gender and power relations, inclusion, and cultural leadership.

ECA-EC is proud to be a partner in this important project. Check out the SHIFT website for more information.

Presenting New Members: FDC

Our Choral Family Is Growing Ever Bigger!

We are happy to welcome Fachverband der Chorleiter in our ranks. FDC is the oldest and biggest German association for choral conductors. Founded in 1920, FDC represents today over 400 conductors not only in Germany, but also in other European countries.

We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation and to meeting our new members in person!


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Upcoming Deadlines

NB: The deadlines mentioned below may be subject to change. We kindly ask you to always check with the organiser of the respective event.

17 May > Eric Ericson Award for Young Choral Conductors, Stockholm (SE)
31 May > 11th European Academy for Choral Conductors, Fano (IT)

11th European Academy for Choral Conductors

Fano (IT) | 29 August - 5 September 2021

Activity in partnership with the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat
The academy is a biannual professional masterclass, open to participants from all over Europe. A maximum of ten conductors will work during the first three days of the academy. The lecturer Frieder Bernius will then select five advanced students to prepare the final concert, the other conductors will participate as auditors.
Participants will work with a high-level pilot-choir during the academy.
This event is organised by FENIARCO and is part of the Training Leading Voices project, cordinated by ZIMIHC and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union..

Deadline: 31 May 2021.
For information about the academy and how to apply visit the Feniarco website.

International Congress for Choral Conductors

Puteaux (FR) | 10 - 12 September 2021

Activity in partnership with the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

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.

Tampere Vocal Music Festival

online | 9 - 13 June 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

This year's Tampere Vocal Music Festival is coming to you directly as a free, online, streamed event, showcasing high-quality music documentations from Finland, Ireland, Denmark and the US.

Under the stewardship of artistic director Micheal McGlynn, the festival will feature a series of specially commissioned films from some of the finest vocal ensembles in the world, creating a diverse and globe-spanning programme that stretches across geographical and cultural boundaries.

The festival programme includes interactive programmes, a composers' Q&A with Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (FI), Eva Ugalde (ES), and Micheal McGlynn (IE) which deals with process, language and inspiration. Part of the educational programme will be presentations of how to record and film vocal ensembles in imaginative and innovative ways.

For more information visit the festival website.

Limerick Sings International Choral Festival

online | 11 - 13 June 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

The 2021 edition of the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival is going virtual!

Coming your way are three days of online workshops, a unique "In Conversation" piece, virtual concerts, choral trails and our exciting Outdoor Chorus!

All of this years' workshops and concerts are FREE, but must be pre-booked via the link below. Please note there is limited availability for each of our workshops.


More information and registration here.

International Choral Festival Barcelona

online | 5 - 9 July 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

The 56th International Choral Festival Barcelona will take place in 2021 as a hybrid format, bringing you:

  • An international video competition
  • Concerts at the Church of Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona
  • More festival concerts
  • Workshops & round tables on Zoom and Instagram
More information and the latest updates here.

International Choral Conducting Summer School

Limerick (IE) | 8 - 14 August 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

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.

Eric Ericson Award for Young Choral Conductors

Stockholm (SE) | 21 - 24 October 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

If you are under 35 years of age and believe you've got what it takes to lead some of Europe's top professional choirs, this one is for you!

The purpose of the Eric Ericson Award is to identify, encourage and support young and gifted choral conductors in the spirit of Eric Ericson's, and it offers a new generation of choral conductors the gateway to their own international carreers.

The winner will have the opportunity to conduct BBC Singers, Chœur de Radio France, RIAS Kammerchor, Swedish Radio Choir and other top-class ensembles!

Deadline: 17 May 2021.
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-EC Calendar of Choral Events


International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM April 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

5th International Competition for Choral Composition

IFCM announces its 5th International Competition for Choral Composition to promote new works in choral music and to encourage innovation in choral writing which fits the needs of a 21st-century choir. We are looking for compositions that combine originality, imagination, and creativity within the context of contemporary global themes.

The International Competition for Choral Composition has been organised by IFCM since 2010 to promote the creation and distribution of new, innovative, and accessible choral repertoire.

Deadline: 15 January 2022.
More information, rules and regulations here.

International Federation for Choral Music

World Symposium on Choral Music 2023: Changing Horizons

Doha (QA) | 30 December 2023 - 5 January 2024
Changing Horizons, the theme of the upcoming World Symposium on Choral Music, stands both for a new and broader understanding of choral music, including styles, regions and traditions of ensemble singing that have been previously excluded from the tradionional definition of choral singing, and for a (choral) world that has been dramatically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also stands for the horizon of desert and ocean that defines life in Qatar.
WSCM2023 will bring together the very best the choral world hast to offer. In this new era of changing horizons, there is opportunity for all of us to share and to learn. Read more about it here.

International Federation for Choral Music

International Choral Bulletin Survey

The editing team of the International Choral Bulletin need your help! Please take a couple of minutes of your time to fill in this survey, and help the ICB becoming even better!
To the survey
The International Choral Bulletin (ICB), official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, is published quarterly in the four official languages of the federation: English, French, German and Spanish. Being distributed in more than 80 countries on all five continents, it is the official voice of choral music around the world.
Read the latest ICB issue here! Find inspirational articles on Singing and Health, written by a variety of authors from all around the world.

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

Musica International Datatbase

Recent Changes at Musica

The brand-new French-language video tutorial on how Musica works can now be found here. Also the English-language tutorial has been revised and improved.

Musica has also continually been reviewing composers' biographies. Out of the 33.000 composers referenced in the database, over 17.000 are now reviewed and credited with additional links to biographical information. Check out the list of composers!
Musica have new scores available all the time! recent collaborations with Labatiaz (CH), Éditions A Cœur Joie (FR), Sulasol (FI), Helbling (AU), Schott (DE) and Eurprint (BE) saw the amoutn of choral scores available rising up to more than 196.000.

You can now manage your own choral holdings without needingt to input all the data yourself. Just sign upfor a 'private field' in Mucia, and take advantage of all the information already there, and and all the IT power, to build up your own catalogue!

Musica International is today a major resource for choirs and singing groups, conductors, vocal leaders and singers. The database is open to an international audience and available in French, German, English and Spanish.

Membership avantage: ECA-EC members have free access to the Musica International Database! Try it out today!


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 09/2021 (12 May 2021), read about:
  • What Makes Music Universal
  • Musicians Say Streaming Doesn't Pay. Can the Industry Change?
  • Quel est l'impact de la crise sur l'enseignement artistique ?
  • La pandemia y la música popular
  • Tech Tent: Is AI music the best medicine?
  • Can Listening to Music Ever Really Be Sustainable?
  • ... 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!

European Music Council

European Forum on Music

online | 2 - 5 June 2021

The European Forum on Music 2021 will offer a variety of sessions, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking sessions for the music sector to exchange and to discuss the role and place of music in society.

The music sector is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and at the same time it will be one of the sectors who can contribute significantly to the recovery, with its intrinsic power as an artform, its strength to be a tool for social and individual development and its economic force for jobs and growth. That is why we are "Claiming a front row seat - The place of music in society" with the 2021 online edition of the European Forum on Music

Click here for more details!

Information about the programme and opening of the registration coming soon!

Date and Resources for Cultural Organisations
Let us introduce you to Artsmetric!

Artsmetric contains a Knowledge Base for arts and cultural managers to use. By choosing from a selection of themes on Urban Regeneration, Cultural Leadership and Business Models, you can get access to a vibrant collection of projects and resources in Europe.
We’re excited to tell you that in the next months, the platform will expand its themes to Leadership, Gender and Power Relations and Environmental Sustainability. All of them from the perspective of the cultural sector. Stay tuned!

Artsmetric is an evolving platform and are always on the lookout for new resources that will enrich the database. If you’d like to contribute, just drop an email.

More information on the Artsmetric website.


Over the next couple of months, we will be showcasing the shortlisted videos of ECA-EC's European Video Award in this place.

This month:
"Friendship from Backa"
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