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The members of the Youth Committee 2019 - 2021 are...

Anna Bobrikova (RU/DE)
Zeynep Eren Kovankaya (TR)
Maša Medved (SI) [Link to the festival EUROPA CANTAT 2021 in Ljubljana]
Alberto Palacin Fernandez (ES)
Silvija Prockyte (LT)
Mathilde Sanchez (FR)
Ruben Timmer (NL)

The Youth Committee supports the ECA-EC Board, giving the organisation a youth perspective whilst also providing a platform to learn.

We thank all the 24 applicants from 16 countries who answered to our call, hoping to involve them in further occasions and meet in some of the choral events around Europe.

How to involve Youth during your event?

What about organising a training?

YEMP [Young Event Management Programme] is a training programme for young, active and skillful event organisers, a win-win situation for your volunteers and your festival.

In the frame of the STAMP project, we worked with other 9 European partners for 2 years to develop training in different fields of music.

European Music Council | JM Hungary | Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music | Live DMA | Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre | European Chamber Music Teachers' Association - ECMTA | European Union of Music Competitions for Youth  | Latvian National Music Council / Latvijas Nacionālā mūzikas padome | Unison

The STAMP project aims to answer a need voiced by professionals in the music sector for greater VET (vocation, education and training) and the related process of lifelong learning.coordinated by the European Music Council in cooperation with 9 other organisations with the support of the EU Erasmus Plus - Youth Programme.


(under the ECA-EC label)

Upcoming deadlines

February 2019
1 Feb > America Cantat 9, Mid prices
28 Feb > EuroChoir 2019 in Vaison-la-Romaine, France
28 Feb > World Youth Choir 2019 in France & Portugal

March 2019
1 March > RelaxSing Mallorca 2020 [Early bird] in Mallorca, Spain
15 March > Singing Week Flanders in Ghent, Belgium
15 March > Course for Young Choral Conductors in Ghent, Belgium
31 March > XVII Nordklang in Helsingborg, Sweden

EuroChoir 2019 in France:
1 month left to apply!

Vaison-la-Romaine, France | 1-9 August 2019

EuroChoir: a yearly international choir project for singers 18-30 years old.
In 2019 a “special” session is organised during Choralies Festival under the direction of Yuval Weinberg.

The program will be demanding for singers who liked to be challenged, but adapted to the shorter rehearsal time. With more free time, the singers will have a chance to enjoy the festival, the French “art de vivre”, get to know each other.

Deadline: 28 February 2019
EuroChoir 2019

World Youth Choir 2019: participate in the auditions!

France & Portugal | 14 July - 4 August 2019

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World Youth Choir, France will host the 2019 Summer Session in the southern region of Occitanie.
It will be a unique experience for the 60 young singers from around the world and for the audiences who will attend their high-quality concerts under the directions of Josep Vila i Casañas.

For passionate choral singers between 17 and 26 years old on July 1st, 2019, from a background of basic or semi professional music education, able to speak English at an intermediate level.

Deadline: 28 February 2019
Activity in partnership with ECA-EC | special price for ECA-EC members


Vaison-la-Romaine, France | 1-9 August 2019

Have a wonderful year in 2019 by participating in the Choralies of Vaison-la-Romaine!
Do not forget to register before May 31st for the mid prices.

Here is a sample of the ateliers… more on
ATELIER L16 - Belgian songs

August 1st to 9th 2019 | Conductor: Florence Huby

 SSA - easy - 140 singers - French

The Belgian repertoire has a great deal to offer.
Florence suggest you discover it through original and poetic arrangements of songs by Maurane, Philippe Lafontaine, Salvatore Adamo, Jacques Brel, Loïc Nottet, Alice on the Roof, Puggy, Hooverphonic… Vintage and modern music for all!

ATELIER L04 - Missa Brevis in D Minor- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

August 1st to 9th 2019 | Conductor: Leslie PEETERS

SATB - medium - 100 singers - French/English

The Missa Brevis in D Minor for four mixed voices was written by a 13 year-old in Salzburg in 1769. This piece for string orchestra and four soloists was the only one of Mozart’s masses written in minor key. Its tormented character foreshadows the Requiem and speaks volumes about the genius of its young composer.

ATELIER L10 - Northern lights

August 1st to 9th 2019 | Conductor: Cecilia Martin-Löf

 SATB - easy - 80 singers - English

Come and discover some pearls from the North! In this atelier you will meet Swedish choral poetry as well as folklore from Scandinavia. Let your soul be inspired by the old tuned psalms, dances and melodies from this northern part of Europe!

ATELIER L18 - Gospel

August 1st to 9th 2019 | Conductor: Bassey Ebong

SATB - easy - 70 singers - English/French

Through a selection of iconic African American songs, the choral conductor and singer songwriter Bassey Ebong will teach you gospel repertoire.
His teaching method centers around communicating musicality and finding the balance between emotion and interpretation.

Activity in partnership with ECA-EC | special price for ECA-EC members

Singing Weeks Flanders

Ghent, Belgium | 8-15 July 2019

Join the International Singing Week Flanders in the heart of the beautiful historical city of Ghent with dynamic ateliers to suit different tastes, with open singing, a musical program for children, choir-to-choir concerts. For adult singers, youth choirs, families and young conductors.
  • BEAUTIFUL HARMONY: from Romantic choral music to Pop, for young voices, Dir. Benoît Giaux (BE). For SA, 11-18 years old
  • KALEIDO: a magical box of colours and sounds, Dir. Basilio Astulez (ES). For SATB, 16-27 years old
  • PASSIONATE WOMEN: music by and for women with a passion for singing, Dir. Virginia Bono (ARG). For SSA, women >18 years old
  • TEMPO GIUSTO: sing your music and live your life in the right tempo, Dir. Carlo Pavese (IT). For SATB, adults > 27 years old
  • ELEMENTARY SEASONS. 'Outside the box' joint atelier with commissioned work by Flemish composers - by the atelier leaders and Dir. Jeroen Beckers (BE)
Daily Open Singing, Dir. Marleen De Boo (BE), involving the atelier conductors and all participating choirs and singers. Fun, easy to join repertoire from all over the world.

Deadline: 15 March 2019
More info >> here
Activity in partnership with ECA-EC | special price for ECA-EC members

Course of Young Choral Conductors

Ghent, Belgium | 8-15 July 2019

Conductor: Dieter Staelens (BE) | Vocal coach: Annick Desair (BE)

Are you dreaming of becoming a choral conductor?
Here is your chance to have a go and feel what it is like to sculpture the sound of a choir.
This course is meant for 'absolute beginners'. You will learn about the basics of choral conducting and vocal training and have a go yourself at conducting in practical sessions.

For: young people, 16-33 years old, who want to discover the basics of choral conducting; starting conductors, teachers, singers.

Deadline: 15 March 2019
More info >> here

Choral Festival Nordklang 2019

Helsingborg, Sweden | 26-29 June 2019

Taking place every three years, the festival usually gathers 1.000 participants, several internationally renowned conductors and workshop leaders as well as choirs and vocal ensembles from all over the Nordic region.

The participants can experience a variety of genres, ranging from classical music to pop and rock and they will bring lots of new knowledge and inspiration back home.

Beautiful Helsingborg offers the perfect setting for this festival.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet choral singers, attend high-class workshops and hear world-class choir singing!

Deadline: 31 March 2019


International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM January Newsletter

In English
In French - en français
In German - auf Deutsch
In Spanish - en español
In Italian - in italiano


International Choral Bulletin

In English

IFCM World Choral Expo

Lisbon, Portugal | 27 July - 1 August 2019

An event realizing the choral needs of the international choral community that aims to provide an opportunity for choral singers, choral professionals, conductors, composers and music educators to interact and learn from world-renowned choirs and their conductors.
The IFCM World Choral EXPO comprises of three major elements:
  • Choral education
  • Choir performances
  • An exhibition
The opportunity to work with such knowledgeable and high-profile choral personalities, to mix with like-minded choral musicians from around the world, and to share and hear some of the finest choral singing on the planet is a rare and powerful event for the worldwide choral community.


4th International Competition for Choral Composition

from 1 April to 30 September 2019

The Competition is dedicated to choral compositions a cappella (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) with a maximum duration of 5 minutes, specifically for medium to advanced choirs.

The winning works will receive:
  • First Prize: 1,000 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
  • Second Prize: 500 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque
  • Third Prize: 300 USD, IFCM Awards Certificate and plaque

>> Download the rules
>> Application form

12th World Choral Symposium: pre-register now!

Aukland, New Zealand | 11-18 July 2020

The World Symposium on Choral Music is the peak global event of the International Federation for Choral Music – its own “Olympics” and world congress rolled into one.
Drawing together the leading choirs, conductors, composers and administrators from all over the planet for a superlative experience of concerts, seminars and workshops, the Symposium has also come to be a public showcase for the best the choral world has to offer.

Sign up for information updates to be sent directly to you!

The musical collection of Maksym Berezovsky was printed

Maksym Berezovsky is a unique composer for Ukrainian and Russian musical culture in the 18th century.The proposed edition includes 9 concerts of four voices.The book collection is bilingual: Ukrainian-English. All pieces in the collection have an English translation with notes where reference material of the origin of the notes is presented.
On December 2nd 2019 a concert presentation of Maksym Berezovsky pieces in Kyiv at the St. Michael's Cathedral (notes and CD) took place.

Order the scores:
View the concert-presentation:
Listen to 9 choir concerts:


No Europe without culture: new campaign launched

European Parliamentary elections will take place on 23-26 May 2019.
Cultural and creative sectors advocate for the culture and Europe that is democratic, diverse, fair, free, human, inclusive and vital.

Culture Action Europe campaign calls on political parties to take on board the following recommendations in their programs:
  • Culture is fundamental for the progress of the European Union
  • European values
  • Culturally aware candidates
  • Mainstreaming culture in the post 2020 budget
  • Valorise creation and artistic research
  • New models of governance
  • Fair employment rights
  • Cultural mobility
  • Ethical digitisation of culture

>> Read the full text

Become the second winner of the Amateo Award!

Amateo is the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities that serves and promotes people’s participation in the voluntary and amateur arts.
WHAT? Amateo wants to award an outstanding participatory arts project with added value for their community.

WHO? All European projects can register. Apply now or convince the projects from your country to take part! 

WHEN? The award will be presented in Novi Sad, Serbia on June 6th.

PRIZE? The Winner will win € 1000,- and become the Amateo Ambassador for European Amateur Arts. Finalists will be invited to the prize-winners ceremony in Novi Sad.

Are you from the Danube region?

The Danube Culture Platform follows a cultural – touristic approach with the aim of supporting and expanding cultural routes.

This project is on the way to discover hidden heritage and to convey historic places and events by means of contemporary arts and new technologies to an international audience.
The aim is to collect knowledge on the need for a potential funding scheme for artists and culture institutions in the Danube Region.

Please help and pick the respective survey for your background: Deadline: 15 Feb 2019

European Agenda for Music

Warsaw, Poland | 12-13 June 2019

Join us in Poland and learn more about activities inspired by the European Agenda for Music [EAM], receive guidance on how to use it for your causes and connect with other people from the music sector!
The EAM is not only relevant for EU matters but maybe even more so for policies and other activities on national and regional level.
For this purpose, it is helpful to have translations in different languages.
European Agenda for Music in French | Polski | Dutch

Job alert:

Communication Manager

in Brussels, Belgium

European Dancehouse Network (EDN) is an international network for contemporary dance, formed in 2004, a growing association of 40 members connecting across Europe and beyond, with shared ambitions: strengthening professional practice, developing audiences and public engagement as well as expanding the network.

Deadline: 14 Feb 2019

Capacity Development Facilitator

in Lund, Sweden

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a Europe-based network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists. TEH has been at the forefront of re-purposing Europe’s industrial buildings for arts, culture and activism since 1983. As of 2018, TEH  has brought together 109 multidisciplinary cultural centres and other cultural organisations from across Europe.

Deadline: 24 Feb 2019


Memories of a singing, warm and sunny Tallinn this summer during the EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX
Are you ready for the EUROPA CANTAT Festival in 2021?

"Sing Outside the Box" and “Upgrade – Connect – Reach out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe”  are co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

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