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European Choral Association Newsletter

Dear choral lovers,
Here are the July news from the choir world.

In view of the recent acts of violence happening throughout Europe and the World, we are happy to report that the World Youth Choir is currently touring Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. The Singers, acting as ambassadors of intercultural dialogue and understanding, are fearlessly broadcasting the message of peace, giving hope to all of us, especially to those friends and members of ours who are suffering.

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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Our office will remain closed packingfrom July 30th until at least August 15th or August 21st 2016. However, we are taking turns in taking holidays and there will always be at least one staff member irregularly reading mails "on the road" and answering urgent messages.

Choral activities in 2017Brochure 2017

Our programme 2017 is out!

Discover the activities for vocal groups, choirs, singers, conductors, composers and choral managers that will take place all over Europe and surroundings: from Spain to Georgia, from Norway to Lebanon.

Always international and educational, our activities are a great opportunity for meeting people from other culture and learning from each other.

World Youth Choir on Concert Tour until July 31st

After an intensive rehearsal period in WYCWeikersheim (DE), the World Youth Choir is currently touring Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. The 39 singers from 29 countries are carrying a message of peace and tolerance to their concert audiences in times in which the news report about new acts of violence for different reasons and in different parts of the World each day.
Read the Press Release with quotes from the singers and conductor Filippo Maria Bressan (Italy) >> here

You still have the opportunity to listen to the choir in Brussels, Bonn and Wolfenbüttel:
  • 28/7/16, 18:30:World Youth Choir Notre Dame du Sacré Choeur, Etterbeek, Brussels
  • 29/7/16, 17:00: in front of Schumannhaus, Bonn
  • 29/7/16, 20:00: Trinitatiskirche Bonn
  • 31/7/16, 16:30: Trinitatiskirche Wolfenbüttel
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(Inter)national Congress for Choir Conductors(Inter)national congress for conductors

Paris, France | 9-11 September 2016

A long parisienne weekend, organised by À Coeur Joie, where to discover new trends in pedagogy, repertoire and performance practices, intended for amateur and professionals as well as students and teachers, it is a unique opportunity to meet specialists.

Deadline: 05/9/2016
More info >> here

Conference "Cross the line" and ECA-EC General Assembly

Utrecht, The Netherlands | 11-13/11/2016

It is open to anybody Utrechtinterested on different examples of how conductors, choirs and organisations can cross a line – between different (singing) cultures, between the amateur world and the professional world, between the choral sector and other sectors, or between performers and the audience.

There will be project presentations, panel Membership Daydiscussions, practical singing workshops, partly in parallel sessions, as well as musical surprises and concerts, and we shall present our new project “Sing Me In - Collective Singing in the Integration Process of Young Migrants”.

Don´t forget to register >> here
Deadline for application on the 30th September 2016.
Invitation in English, French and German.

A choral journey around the Mediterranean Sea

The new edition of the EC Magazine is now available in French and German.
Travel with us around the Mediterranean: from the liturgical songs in Tunisia to the choral scene in Turkey.
Discover the history of the Arabic chants and Ladino, the diaspora´s language.
Learn more about the Fayha Choir project intended to discourage young children and youth from social deviation and the MARS project focused on supporting and caring asylum seekers through psycho-social music interventions.

Sing Me In: integration through singing

The European Choral Association - EuropaErasmus+ Cantat is the coordinator of the project "Sing Me In - Collective Singing in the Integration Process of Young Migrants" which has been granted support from the EU Erasmus+ Youth Programme as a Strategic Partnership. The project is organised in cooperation with 10 further partners in 9 countries.

Sing Me In aims at providing children andSing Me In project youth choir, conductors and music teachers all over Europe with pedagogical approaches and tools that allow collective singing activities to play a positive role in the integration process of young people in risk of exclusion.

For a more detailed project description and a full list of partners see

Who is collaborating with us?

Our Board has updated the list of advisors and consultants who regularly sent proposals, especially for the programme of the EUROPA CANTAT Festival, as well as for song collections and other musical projects, for the years 2016 to 2018.
You will find the updated list here

News from the European / International Choral Network

International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM July Newsletter

Read the IFCM July News:
In English
In French - en français
In German - auf Deutsch
In Spanish - en español
In Italian - in italiano
International Federation for Choral Music

International Choral Bulletin

Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ)

11th International Youth Chamber Choir Meeting

Usedom island, Germany | 12-21 August 2016

Over Usedom Island200 singers from various national and international choirs visit the island Usedom under the instruction of the three choir directors Dominique Tille, Basilio Astulez and Stan Engebretson.
Join us, singing together at several concerts and discovering the island.

More info on
Association of British Choral DirectorsABCD 31st annual convention

31st Annual Convention

Winchester, UK | 26-28 August 2016

The convention offers a broad range of wonderful choices for choral leaders of all kinds, with presenters and choirs from the UK, USA, Canada and Latvia. Besides the usual sessions on technique, repertoire, and the voice, two key threads run through a total of 30 options: our interaction with the broader choral 'world' and women as choral leaders.

Do you want to know more? Check the website
The Association for education and promotion of culture and art music

A concert friendship

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina | 24 October 2016
In 2015 three choirs performed at this successful joint concert, namely “D’KOR” from Oslo, Norway, the Maglaj City Choir (BiH) and the Youth Mixed Choir “Cantabile” (BiH). Applications are open for all interested choirs wishing to participate at this concert in 2016.

The Association “Music” will provide the concert hall,Sarajevo concert advertising material, help with press matters and assist in organising an additional independent/soloist concert of the choir (optional). The program should contain more then one style (classical, popular ...). The interested choirs will independently cover the costs of transportation and accommodation. The Association “Music” will help in organising and choosing the adequate accommodation.

Requests for information and applications should be sent to:

News from other culture networks

European Music Council

The EU to develop a possible funding scheme for the music sector

The Directorate General for EMCEducation and Culture of the European Commission launched a consultation process with stakeholders of the European music sector in the fall 2015 to identify key issues and challenges. Under the title AB Music Working Groups, the commission hosted meetings focusing on the following topics: i) Music and Data, ii) Empowering creators and nurturing creation: education, training, and professionalization, iii) Cultural diversity: mobility of artists and circulation of European repertoire, iv) Innovation & Creativity: how to best support music start-ups in a fast evolving context?

The EMC was invited to take part in these consultations, where it promoted the importance of cultural diversity and the values expressed in the five music rights. A report on the results of these working groups has been produced and can be accessed online. The European Commission also organised a conference at MIDEM (June 3rd to 6th) entitled Music Moves Europe to present the process and its outcomes. The EMC expects the Commission to soon present their proposals for a pilot project in support of the European music sector.

International Musica session

Strasbourg | 31/10 to 5/11/2016Strasbourg

The International Musica session will take place in Strasbourg, from Monday October 31, 2:00 pm, to Saturday November 5, noon (5 nights at the European Doctoral College, if needed).
See all details on the website (in English)

To participate send an email to specifying day and hour of arrival if you need a studio (the reservation of the studios can be done for up to 7 days for the same price (weekly rate), if you wish to stay longer in Strasbourg).
As the reservation option on the studios can only be kept for a small time, because very requested, we thank you to register or to confirm your registration very quickly.
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