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European Choral Association Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>
Here is the November 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.

La traduction française >> ici
Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier




Preparing the ECA-EC conference 2018

The next General Assembly and conference of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat will take place in Uçhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey 15 to 18 November 2018. We visited the locations with our local co-organisers Choral Culture Association/Koro Kültürü Dernegi.

The event will bring together leading names of the European choral scene, delegations of national federations and choral music experts for 3 days.
Çağlar, Burak and Côme
Üchisar, Turkey

Workshop on Digital Communication

with a focus on Social Media

26 - 27 April 2018 | Bonn, Germany

For managers and staff of organisations
A full package (accomodation, subsistence and workshop) to upgrade your skills!
  • What is Communication
  • Tell The Story - Branding Online
  • The Need For Strategy: Building a Communications Plan
  • Event communication
  • Introduction to Social Media Platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)
  • Focus on how to maximise them
  • Internal communication
  • Session about videos


Alan Kelly

Board member at AOIC [Association of Irish Choirs]

With over 20 years experience in the choral sphere, Alan holds a senior management position with a national sporting organisation. His expertise lies in the area of communications, media management and social media. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama and the Irish Academy of Public Relations. In 2015 he made his debut as a radio producer and presenter on Dublin City FM hosting Choralscape, a dedicated choral music show. He is currently musical director of Millicent Singers (Clane) and Carlow Voices.

Stefano Zucchiatti

Communication Manager at Jazz Europe Network

He has a substantial experience in communication at the international level for non-profit organizations and networks. His main areas of expertise are brand management, digital communications and social media, events management and press relations.

He studied Communication Sciences at the Padova University and has a Master in Communication for International Relations.

Participation fee (covering 3 nights in a twin room and meals)
300€ for non-members | 30€ to 50€ for members
Deadline for applications: 15 December 2017
STAMP project
in the frame of the STAMP project

Free online webinars for music professionals

The European Music Council and its project partners offer an on-line series of 12 live webinars which 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.
#11 Branding and professional career in music - examples of career journeys
> 6 Dec 2017 | 15:00 - 16:30
more info on

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

Welcome to our new members!

In the October Newsletter we added the wrong link for the Serbian Choral Association, below you find the correct one.

Serbian Choral Association

Founded in Sombor, town in the North-West of Serbia, its main aims are: to strengthen the national and international cooperation among choirs, organize festivals and seminars for conductors, publish scores and books on choral music and conducting, attract more young people to join choirs and therefore contribute to their local communities and society in general, be involved in the music education in public schools.

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

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.

Sascha Sopper (Austria)

Member of the ECA-EC Youth Committee

Can you remember a mistake - singing a wrong word or hearing a wrong word - in a choral concert that made you laugh?

There hardly is a rehearsal without intense laughing! But I precisely remember this one concert of the Chorus Viennensis where I and another first tenor colleague of mine couldn’t stop laughing for the next 10 minutes due to some pronunciation mistakes that involuntarily happened to the two of us in a row. The problem was that we were only 3 first tenors in the choir...

Read the full interview >> here
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ROMANTIK a cappella

ROMANTIK a cappella

European choral music of the 19th century,

Volume 1: Secular part songs for mixed voices

This new standard work edited by Michael Aschauer and Jan Schumacher is the first representative selection of secular choral music from the so-called “long nineteenth century” from 1789 to 1914 from all parts of Europe. An indispensable companion for chamber and concert choirs and for dedicated amateur choirs, with a rich and extensive repertoire of over 125 choral pieces from more than 30 countries by over 100 composers (a mixture of well-known “highlights” and numerous gems awaiting discovery), with additional singable English lyrics for all part songs and singable German lyrics or translations.

Further Information, audio samples and sample pages on


(under ECA-EC label)

Upcoming deadlines

November 2017
30 Nov > Int. Choral Festival "Petko Staynov" in Sofia (BG)
30 Nov > Festival Tour Cork (IE) & Neerpelt (BE) 2018

December 2017:
15 Dec > Workshop on Digital Communication, Bonn (DE)
31 Dec > EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX, Tallinn (EE)

January 2018:
15 Jan > Festival di Primavera 2018, Montecatini Terme, Tuscany (IT)
15 Jan > International Choral Festival, Barcelona, Catalunya (ES)
31 Jan > YEMP programme at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival, Tallinn (EE)
31 Jan > 11th European Youth Choir Festival, Basel (CH)
EC Festival XX in Tallinn (EE)
Activity of ECA-EC | special price for members

One month left to register for the EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX

27/7 - 5/8/2018 | Tallinn, Estonia

This unique festival brings together more than 3000 singers, conductors, composers and choral managers from Europe and beyond for 10 days of singing delight! 

Check the ateliers´ programme and register!

Cheap accommodation is already being booked by many choirs - make sure to book your favourite place as soon as possible!

Deadline for registrations: 31 December 2017

Offers for Singing Boys and Men in Tallinn

Children’s choirs:
A1 | Children’s Songs Around the World | József Nemes (Hungary) and Josep Vila i Jover (Spain-Catalonia)
B1 | From Shrek to Oceania | Luigi Leo (Italy)
B2 | Original Aboriginal | Lyn Williams (Australia)
B3 | Joyful Journey into Early Music | Kadri Hunt (Estonia)
C1 | Baltic Sea Flavours | Aira Birzina (Latvia)

Girls’ choirs:
A2 | Girls Just Want to Have Fun | Christian Ronsfeld (Germany/Denmark)
B4 | Can You Hear Me? | Bob Chilcott (UK)
C2 | Nordic (High)Lights | Vivianne Sydnes (Norway)

Boys’ choirs:
C3 | Bernstein: Chichester Psalms | Vytautas Miškinis (Lithuania)

Male choirs:
A17 | Waves of Sound - The Glorious Power of Male Choir | Jerica Gregorec-Bukovec (Slovenia/Sweden)

Apply for the Young Event Management Programme at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival 2018

YEMP is a two-week training course including lectures and training on the job.
After a selection process, 25 young people aged 18 to 30 from different countries will be invited to participate in the programme.
The young YEMPers, fully included in the organising team, will be testing themselves with roles of responsibility in the various offices of the festival, under the guidance of two coaches, one Estonian, and one international.

Further information, programme and application form >> here

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2018

World Youth Choir 2018 auditions are OPEN!

for singers and soloists between 17 and 26 years old

The summer session 2018 will be held in China (Inner-Mongolia) and followed by a tour with concerts in Inner Mongolia, Beijing, and Guizhou province. The World Youth Choir will have the chance to perform both Nordic and European choir music from the 20th century and Asian folk and popular music repertoires, led by conductors Helene Stureborg (Sweden) and Jonathan Velasco (Philippines), respectively.

If you are not recruiting for the WYC, yet, but are interested to know what it means to be a recruiter, please contact the ECA-EC General Secretariat or the manager of the World Youth Choir. If you think you are a recruiter but have not received the recruitment material, please also contact the session manager under

Deadline: 15 February 2018
More info >>
Activity in partnership with ECA-EC | special price for members

16th Festival di Primavera

April 2018 | Montecatini Terme, Tuscany (IT)

International Festival for school, children´s and youth choirs

12 - 14 April 2018 > children aged 6-13
18 - 21 April 2018 > young people aged 14 -19

The Festival di Primavera (literally “spring festival”) is a flagship initiative of Feniarco, the Italian federation of choirs, and by now the most important Italian Festival dedicated to the school youth choirs. 
It takes place in Montecatini Terme, a nice city strategically located halfway between the charming Lucca and the beautiful Florence, close to the coastal town of Viareggio. 

The days in the festival will pass attending atelier with Italian and foreign choirs and participants, enjoying relaxing moments, concerts and having a lot of fun! Renown Italian and foreign lecturers will guarantee a high quality offer for the young participants and for their conductors.
The themes of the atelier will cover a variety of musical genres, from classical to traditional, with exciting performances and a big involvement of singers and audience during the concerts.
There will be 13 atelier for young singers plus one dedicated to adults, parents and accompanying persons (during the first week).

Deadline for registrations: 15 January 2018
More info on
2017 edition | Atelier Sing&Shine | Sanna Valvanne


International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM November Newsletter

In English
In French - en français
In German - auf Deutsch
In Spanish - en español
In Italian- in italiano
World Choral Day 2018


An international choral event to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding! 

Thousands of choirs have joined in the celebration of World Choral Day on or around the 2nd Sunday in December in the past twenty years.
Millions of singers across the globe have been involved in World Choral Day concerts, festivals, sing-alongs, choral seminars, Days of Friendship and other events. 

More info on


Have your say in the European Agenda for Music consultation!

What do we want the Music sector in Europe to look like in 10 – 15 years from now?
The European Music Council is bringing together the diverse voices of the European music sector to determine a common vision and strategy for the future and produce the European Agenda for Music, a document that details what directions to pursue in order to ensure a music sector that remains strong, fair, innovative and diverse in a rapidly changing world.

>> Online Open Consulation

More info >> here

Reactions to the European Commission Communication on Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture

On Friday the 17th November, European leaders met in Gothenburg to discuss the future role of education and culture in strengthening a shared European identity. The European Commission contributed to the meeting with the communication “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture”.

"Education and culture are the key to the future – both for the individual as well as for our Union as a whole. It is how we turn circumstance into opportunity, how we turn mirrors into windows and how we give roots to what it means to be 'European', in all its diversity. When Europe's leaders meet in Gothenburg this week, we must seize the opportunity and make sure education and culture are the drivers for job creation, economic growth, social fairness and ultimately unity."

Jean-Claude Junker | President of the European Commission

In reaction to this communication, the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts published a statement on November 17th 2017, also supported by ECA-EC, and the European culture network "Culture Action Europe", of which ECA-EC is a member, followed up with a more detailed position paper.

European Alliance for Culture and the Arts:

Whereas we recognise that the Commission highlights the role of culture in preserving and nurturing common values, and promoting a shared European identity, better understanding across borders and active citizenship, this is not fully reflected in the proposals for concrete future initiatives in the field of culture which are to be discussed with European Member States.
The Alliance calls on the Council to take an ambitious approach in the area of culture ahead of the European Council on 14-15 December 2017.
>> Read the full statement

Culture Action Europe:

"Following first analysis of the texts, we are dubitative due to a clear imbalance towards the for-profit-sector, also via the Guarantee facility. It would be a pity to miss an incredible chance for culture and the arts as a whole to impact our societies. Policies must call for widespread access to high-quality arts and culture as a foundation and driver for Europe.
>> Read the full statement

New Board of Directors

ENCATC members elected Ana Gaio (UK), Francesca Imperiale (IT), Tanja Johansson (FI), Gabrielle Kuiper (NL), Michal Láznovský (CZ), Richard Maloney (USA) and Dea Vidovic (HR).

More info on

European Culture Forum 2017

8 December 2017 | Rome, Italy
A biennial flagship event organised by the European Commission to raise the profile of European cultural cooperation, to bring together cultural sectors' key players and to debate on EU culture policy and initiatives. Its 2017 edition will also mark the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the thematic EU year devoted to our common cultural assets and all their aspects.  

More information on www./


"Salt and pepper" senior choir
a project of 4ecluses [concert venue]
Friends of Choral Music In Europe
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