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European Choral Association Newsletter

Dear choral lover,
Here are the August news from the choir world.
After the summer break we mostly want to point you to share some impressions on our summer activities with you.
Please forward this newsletter to your singing friends, if you work in a choral association, forward it to your members or translate the news which you find essential into your own language.

With best wishes

Sonja Greiner, Secretary General 
on behalf of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

La traduction française >> ici
Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier


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Don´t miss the deadlines!(Inter)national congress for conductors

  • on 5.09.2016
(Inter)national Congress for Conductors
Paris, France | 9 - 11/9/2016
Inspired by American conventions and organized over a long weekend, this event is a showcase of new trends in pedagogy, repertoire and performance practices. It is intended for amateur and professionals as well as students and teachers and is a unique opportunity to meet specialists.
More info >> here
  • on 30.09.2016Utrecht (NL)
Conference "Cross the line", ECA-EC General Assembly and Membership Day
Utrecht, The Netherlands | 11- 13/11/2016
More info below
Conference ECA-EC 2016

Conference "CROSS THE LINE" | General Assembly 2016

11 to 13 November 2016 | Utrecht | The Netherlands

"Cross the line is an encouragement. An encouragement to connect, to try new things and to look forward and next to you".
We invite the whole choral community (members and non-members), as well as other artists and cultural operators to gather in Utrecht for an exciting programme.

You can download the official invitation here.


Bookmark our dedicated webpage for updates on the programme

Friday, 11/11/2016

Membership Day in ZIMIHC theatre Zuilen
9.30 – 12.30: Membership Involvement to help shape the future of the association

17.30: Opening of the Conference “Cross the Line” - keynote speech in ZIMIHC theatre Zuilen

Saturday, 12/11/2016

09.30 – 12.30: General Assembly of ECA-EC (only for members of ECA-EC) in ZIMIHC theatre Zuilen
In parallel 10:30 – 12.30: “Introducing ECA-EC and Dutch Choral Strategy” (for Dutch non-members)

13.30 – 17.45: Conference “Cross the Line” – part 2 in ZIMIHC theatre Zuilen. Short plenary followed by parallel sessions, practical singing workshops / panel discussions / interviews / presentation of exemplary projects

20:00 Concert in Tivoli Vredenburg of the Netherlands Chamber Choir (NKK), conducted by Peter Dijkstra,together with the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet: World Premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “72 Angels”
Register for the Conference Now!

What happened during this choral summer?

Eurochoir 2016: My ten days at San Vito

EuroChoir offers the opportunity to 50 to 60 young singers to get together for 8 days to rehearse a challenging program with two renowned conductors, improve their vocal skills with a vocal trainer and present the results of their work in public concerts. This special choir project aims to promote European choral music among young singers and to encourage cultural exchange within Europe.
And it is a lot of fun!

Impressions by the singer Rahela Duric
" 34° C ... San Vito al TagliamentoEuroChoir 2016 (Italy)... The sun is burning and the stones are reflecting the heat in the »Piazza del Popolo«... The town is in Holiday-mode ... it’s siesta time, so you don't get to see a lot of locals outside. (...) There I am, standing in »Via Stazione«, asking some local Italian woman for directions to find the Hotel Patriarca, where I will be staying for the next ten days during the upcoming EuroChoir 2016.
(...) The rehearsals started the next day, when I found myself sitting in a room with 46 other young people, who pretty much wanted the same thing. We all sat in a half circle and pronounced funny written words in Finnish language, trying not to break our tongues by doing it (»syvälle sen kuva järven pintaan päilyy«- just to give you an example)."  read the whole text

Pictures and videos on Feniarco´s facebook page

World Youth Choir 2016

The World Youth Choir (WYC) gathers young singers between the ages of 17 and 26, from all over the world to rehearse and perform. It is a unique educational and social experience at the highest artistic level, that promotes peace and understanding.
The session 2016 took place in Germany, under the direction of Filippo Maria Bressan.

Here are some impressions by Karl Amando A. San Jose
Photos from WYC facebook page

"I will take this to mean that the “target beneficiary” of this project are the singers and the audience we share the music with. Personally, I learned so much from everyone around me about their music, their cultures, their lives, and their ideas. I left the WYC completely different. I now have a great connection to people from all over the world, a greater concern for the issues they face daily, and a deep sensitivity to each new person I now meet. I believe it’s the same for everybody else in the choir. And I believe, by the last concert, we were able to communicate this great “global consciousness” through our music. Specifically for the instances when we performed for Muslim refugees in Germany, seeing the joy and wonder painted on their faces after hearing kids from different cultures and countries sing their songs in Arabic was the most special part of our interactions with the audience. (...)WYC 2016

Grab all opportunities that will lead you to interact with other choirs, musicians, cultures, and music from different parts of the world. I never thought that it was such an important thing until I got there and saw and experienced many things together with different people of the world. It’s important because it break barriers that separate different races and social classes. It’s important because you then learn compassion and love for all kinds of people, not just the ones who are familiar with. It’s important because music, despite differences in cultures and races, bridge us all through deep emotional connections brought about by simply singing together. I found all throughout my years of experience with choirs, singing unites people’s hearts and minds; all hearts beat as one, all breaths taken together. Imagine a world with such unity of spirit as a choir has."

Photo by Shannon Romba

Composing in Aosta (Italy)

In July 29 composers from Italy, Austria, AostaIsrael, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Spain, participated to the European Seminar for Young Composers in Aosta, Italy. Two laboratory choirs supported the participants´ work: Coro Laboratorio Girogiro Canto directed by Luigina Stevenin and Arcova Vocal Ensemble directed by Davide Benetti.

Pictures on Arcova´s facebook page

Choralies sings the world

The edition 2016 of the Choralies took place in France in August.
The festival team worked hard to open up the festival to even more international guests, not only among the ateliers conductors, but also among the participants. This effort, as well as the accent on young singers, bore fruits and the festival was this year particularly colorful and  joyful.
Vaison la Romaine was full of new languages, and many songs and addresses were exchanged. Europe is not such a complicated thing: just connect people and let the magic of music do the rest!

A lot of European choral professionals gathered also, allowing for fruitful work meetings to discuss future European cooperation project, musical cooperation and share a drink under the shadow of a tree.

News from the European / International Choral Network

International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM August Newsletter

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