Dear <<First Name>>,

“Where words fail, music speaks” (Hans Christian Andersen)
We stand in solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine, and support all calls for peace. 

We stand in solidarity with all the victims of this war from every perspective: the ones who lost their homes, those who lost relatives and friends, the many refugees, and also those who are standing up against war and in so doing are risking imprisonment or worse. We are also mindful of all those who are being discriminated against because of their origin or nationality. Wars cause division and enormous physical and mental harm to so many. The act of singing together is in stark contrast to war. As an international singing community, we emphasize singing’s ability to unify, demonstrate defiance and bring comfort. […]
Read the full statement!


Changes in the team of the association

Meet Hexin, Jozi and Beatrice!

She's our wonderful assistant for communication, among others supporting the Friends of the European Choral Association, as well as continuing the efforts of the #BenefitsOfSinging campaign across Europe! ❤️

''Hello everyone 🙂 I'm Hexin currently studying North American Studies at Uni Bonn. Melodies and harmonies have enriched my life since I learnt piano and solfeggio, and the memories of jamming music in Australia with other musicians is absolutely the highlight of my gap year. So I wish music can also bring you joy and love!''
After belonging to the core team organising the Europa Cantat festival against all odds in Ljubljana last summer, we're thrilled to be having her join the team as the assistant for regional development and data collection. 🧡

''Well, I come from Slovenia, a country where choral singing has a special place in the cultural tradition, which is why we are known as a nation of singers. I have been involved with music and choral singing since I can remember. It has become part of my life and it accompanies me both in my business and in personal life. I am confident that the European choral family will grow and connect even more with the IGNITE project and its strategies.''
Beatrice is joining the team as our Communications and Marketing Manager after contributing to cultural projects for different organisations operating in the European creative sector. ❤️

 ''Hi everybody, happy to be joining the team. I believe in the beneficial potential of culture for individual and collective well-being, and am eager to contribute to the association’s purposes by creating meaningful content and ensuring the visibility of its inspiring projects and activities.''
❤️ We say au revoir and thank you to both Alfred Jürgens and Estera Mihaila, who have been part of the team until now and wish them the utmost success on their professional paths (and beyond).

The Training Leading Voices Project

Introducing its wide range of activities and events

The project focuses on the professionalisation of vocal and choral leaders in Europe, as well as the internationalisation of their careers. The European Choral Association published a short newsletter, walking you through all the major events and activities included in this project. The cherry on top? Insights into a blooming love, but you'll have to read until the end for that.

The SHIFT Project

The SHIFT Handbook on Inclusion is out!

As one of the SHIFT partners, coordinated by the European Music Council and co-funded by the European Union Erasmus + programme, we are thrilled to share that The SHIFT Inclusion Handbook is out! The handbook was designed to support cultural networks and organisations of all kinds in navigating and engaging with the topic of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. It is the companion resource to the SHIFT Annotated Bibliography on Inclusion, which comprises a selection of 101 resources, including toolkits, checklists, tests, articles, reports and guides.
The handbook is conceived as a reference book rather than something to be read from start to finish – although there is nothing to stop you doing this! Nevertheless, many of the concepts laid out in chapter 1 are built upon in other sections, so it is worth beginning there. The handbook is divided into five sections.


(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.


Vilnius (LT) | 15 - 25 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association
Europa Cantat Junior, the festival for children and youth choirs, will take place in Vilnius on 15-24 July this year. The organizers just announced that they have already received applications from Estonia, Lithuania, Belgium, Italy, Germany, France and Spain; most countries are represented by several choirs, which will create a vibrant crowd in Vilnius this summer.

However, with the war in Ukraine still continuing, some choirs are understandably hesitant to be making their summer plans. The organizers are therefore extending their registration until 27 March. Please consider registering - the festival is offering a great selection of ateliers with very varied musical styles, and it will be taking place in the beautiful, UNESCO-recognized Vilnius Old Town. Lithuania, as part of NATO, is definitely safe to come to; for any war-related questions, please refer to the FAQ on the festival's page ( or write directly to the organizers:
Register here

Last chance to buy reduced price tickets for Leading Voices 2022!

Utrecht (NL) | 27 - 31 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association
In just a few months, Leading Voices will take place in Utrecht (NL). Please be aware that from April on registration fees will change. So don’t miss out on the reduced fees and make sure to register for the event!
Leading Voices presents a five-day programme for everyone interested in choral music! It’s a European platform to co-create, learn, get inspired and connect with peers. It offers over 80 sessions that explore the future of collective singing from a social and artistic perspective. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this unique event!
Register here:

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:

Choralies prepares incredible concerts

 Vaison la Romaine  | 3 - 11 August 2022

Activity organised in partnership with the European Choral Association
Music everywhere at all hours! We're looking forward to that! Choralies 2022 prepares a musical delight throughout the city, for all tastes!

Evening concerts

In the evening, enter the antique theatre for an exceptional experience. A open singing session, 4000 voices in harmony, followed by a concert under the stars. A programme of excellence, exploring all the registers of the voice.

Afternoon concerts

Preparing to listen to more than 100 choirs from all over France and abroad, yearning to share their passion for choral singing.

World Choral Expo 2022: Call for young managers

Lisbon, Portugal | 26 August - 9 September 2022

Activity of the International Federation for Choral Music 

Are you between 18 and 35? Do you want to be part of the organization team of the 2022 World Choral EXPO (WCE)? Then this offer is for YOU! IFCM is launching a call for its YOUNG - Youth International Cultural Managers Program. If you are interested in choral management, apply now to be part of the amazing team who will put together the entire World Choral EXPO event.

You will need to be available from 26 August to 9 September 2022. IFCM will cover your meals and accommodation during these 15 days. You will just need to cover your own return transportation to and from Lisbon. Depending on your responsiblities and your schedule during the event, you will be able to attend many WCE activities at no cost.

Apply by 1 April 2022.
More info on: YOUNG - Youth International Cultural Management Program.

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 March 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.


European Music Council

MusicAIRE: an innovative recovery for Europe


MusicAIRE offers small grants for music organisations for projects focusing on the green, digital or just and resilient recovery of the music sector. The music sector is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be one of the last sectors to come out of it. The crisis has highlighted and accelerated many challenges which the sector had already been facing. At the same time, it has also highlighted the importance of music for individuals and society as a whole, it has demonstrated its power to unite and to connect people through music.
Make sure to carefully read the call for proposals and FAQs before applying!
Apply by 28 March 2022.
More info on: MusicAire call for proposals.

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.

Read more!


We are deeply inspired by choirs singing songs of peace on the streets of Madrid on the 5th March 2022, in solidarity for the victims of the war in Ukraine. 
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