Dear <<First Name>>,

That's (almost) it for 2021!
And what a year it has been...
But amongst all the challenges, there are also lots of encouraging signs for the future: A new ECA board elected, a job offer to join the ECA staff and an invitation for the 2022 Membership Weekend in Serbia.

Read about these and more things in our final newsflash of the year!

Find all our previous newsletters in our newsletter archvie.
Our office will be closed for the end-of-year holidays from 18 December to 2 January.
We wish all our members the very best for the new year!


We Proudly Present: Your New Board

General Assembly Elects Board of Directors 2021 - 2024


We proudly present the European Choral Association's board of directors for the coming three years!

Dermot O'Callaghan (IE - President)
Martine Spanjers (NL - 1st Vice President & Treasurer)
Burak Onur Erdem (TR - 2nd Artistic Vice President)
Raul Talmar (EE - 3rd Vice President)
Tamara Adamov Petijevic (RS)
Jeroen Beckers (BE)
Côme Ferrand-Cooper (FR)
Xavier Devillers (BE)
Marco Fornasier (IT)
Silvija Pročkytė (LT)
Josep Vila i Casañas (ES)
Daphne Wassink (NL - co-opted as representative of the Friends of Choral Music in Europe)
Read our press release

We're Hiring!

Join Our Staff as Regional Development Assistant!

We are looking for you!
You have strong language skills, an interest in choral music and are experienced in intercultural work, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe?

We are hiring an assistant for the regional development of our association; either in the General Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, or working remotely.

Are you up for the challenge? Read the full job offer below and apply by 5 January!

Read the full job offer

IGNITE: Our New Three-Year Project

Project Application Approved by Creative Europe

The European Choral Association launches the new project IGNITEIgniting an inclusive and sustainable future for collective singing throughout Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It will be focusing on the future of collective singing in post-pandemic Europe, will contribute to the European Grean Deal, and will increase diversity, inclusion, and equity in our association and the whole sector.

The project will run from December 2021 to November 2024.

Read our press release

Save the Date: Membership Weekend 2022

Novi Sad (SR) | 18 - 20 November 2022

We've only just got back from Lyon where À Cœur Joie France so excellently hosted our Membership Weekend & General Assembly - merci beaucoup ! - but we're already planning for next year. And so should you! 

Get out your agendas and mark 18 - 20 November! The Serbian Choral Association and our newly-elected board member Tamara invite us to have the our 2022 Membership Weekend & General Assembly in Novi Sad.
Second largest city of the Republic of Serbia and capital of Vojvodina province, Novi Sad will also be next year's European Capital of Culture. Lots to get excited about!

Stay tuned with ECA's newsletter and social media to be the first to find out about further details as they'll be released.

The EPIC Project

Final EPIC Webinar Online!

In this final webinar of the EPIC project (co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU), Gal Faganel addresses many of the non-musical skills required for a successful self-managed career in music, including developing your image, online presence and making connections.

You can see it now on YouTube!


(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.

6th Walter Strauss Choral Conducting Masterclass

Ankara (TR) | 23 - 29 January 2022

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association

The Walter Strauss Choral Conducting Masterclass offers a possibility to work with a full-time professional choir under the lead of a world-renowned conducting teacher for one week.

The masterclass has featured in the past names like Paulo Lourenço (PT), Lorenzo Donati (IT), Ragnar Rasmussen (NO) and Josep Vila i Casañas (ES). The guest teacher for the  2022 edition will be Maria Guinand (VE). It will take place in the brand new Ankara Symphony Hall with the participation of the Turkish State Choir, the 70-voice national professional ensemble of Turkey.

Aim group: Conductors

Organisers: Choral Culture Association / Turkish State Choir

For more info write to:

Jeunes Voix Mêlées

Thuir (FR) | 12 - 16 May 2022

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association

Thuir, located in the south of France, hosts the first edition of the JVM (Jeunes Voix Mêlées) festival. Participating choirs from around Europe will study together in ateliers and open singing, share their experiences and perform in different concerts throughout the city, in the theater, churches, in choir-to-choir concerts and a puzzle concert. Each atelier will consist of three morning rehearsals to prepare the singers for the final concert. The ateliers will be conducted by renowned conductors: Panda Van Proosdij (NL), Tom Johnson (BE), and Denis Thuillier (FR) &  Mathieu Le Nestour (FR) playing the piano.

Working langage : French and English

For more info visit their website.

European Festival of Youth Choirs

Basel (CH) | 17 - 21 May 2022

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association

The international platform for highest qualified children and youth choir in Europe, offering a colorful concert programme, workshops and leisure activities for the participants, as well as plenty of networking opportunities and educational projects for choral professionals.
Not to be missed!

Interested choirs should apply by 31st January 2022
More info on:

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:


Switzerland | 15 - 25 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association

A unique choral event organised every year in a different country that offers young singers the opportunity to get together for eight days to rehearse a challenging programme and improve their vocal skills under the guidance of  a vocal trainer, and to  present the results of their work in public concerts. This special choir aims to promote European choral music among young singers and to encourage cultural exchange within Europe.

The 2022 edition will take place in Switzerland, under the direction of Yuval Weinberg and Marco Amherd, with concerts planned in Basel, Bern, the Grisons (Graubünden), and Zurich.

Registrations will open mid-January.

More info on:


Vilnius (LT) | 15 - 25 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association

Leading Voices

Utrecht (NL) | 27 - 31 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association
Leading Voices - European Days for Vocal and Choral Leaders
Explore the future of collective singing!

Leading Voices brings the latest developments in collective singing together in one European platform, gives the floor to inspiring forerunners and established artists while providing a space for learning, co-creation and experimentation. In order to reach these goals the event emphasizes the following topics:
  • Develop your artistic skills!
  • Discover your inner leader!
  • Learn new management tricks!
  • Unleash your potential as a teacher!
  • Connect your work to society!
Registration fees for Leading Voices are now published on

Stay tuned and subscribe to the Leading Voices newsletter!

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 December 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.


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.

In issue 22/2021 (9 December 2021), read about:
  • The Arab Jewish Musical Revolution
  • Love it or hate it, TikTok is changing the music industry
  • Sevilla impulsa la música como terapia para niños con necesidades especiales
  • All members of Afghanistan National Institute of Music now evacuated from Kabul
  • Winamp revient à la vie et croit pouvoir redevenir votre lecteur de musique préféré
  • Best music books of 2021
  • ... and much more!
This newsletter comes every two weeks, bringing you the latest from the global music sector.
Sign up for free or read it online!

Do you appreciate Music World News? Consider a donation to support their work and develop the #FiveMusicRights across the globe!
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European Commission
CulturEU: A Comprehensive Guide for EU Funding

The European Commission has launched a very useful new interactive guide that maps all funding opportunities available at EU level for the cultural and creative sectors.

CulturEU gathers a total of 75 funding opportunities from 21 different EU programmes, from Creative Europe and Horizon Europe to structural funds and InvestEU. In just a few clicks, the interactive online tool can direct any European cultural entity to the most appropriate EU financial support available to it.

Find out more here


25 November:
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Watch this powerful video by Boğaziçi Caz Korosu (dir. Masis Aram Gözbek),
from Istanbul.
No need to understand the lyrics, the images and the power of music say it all.
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IGNITE is co-funded by the European Union

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat is supported by the German Ministry of Youth (BMFSFJ) and the City of Bonn.
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
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