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Dear <<First Name>>,

April is in our faces like it is in the face of Thomas Morley's Mistress!

And once you're back from youtube listening to beautful English Renaissance music, read below what's been happening in the European choral sector and the world of singing: You've got it all in one place, it's ECA-EC's monthly newsflash!

Have a read through our previous newsletters and share with others!
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The Latest from Ljubljana

Choral Photo Promenade
Have your photos showcased in the heart of Ljubljana, throughout the whole month of July!

In the frame of the EUROPA CANTAT festival, this photo contest will display the best pictures from the following categories for an entire month in Ljubljana's scenic Tivoli Park.

  • Past / Retro / Vintage
  • On the Stage
  • Backstage
  • Promo
The photo contest is international and open to anyone with an existing photo they would like to show to the world.

Deadline: 19 April 2020.
More info on the festival website.
... and while we're speaking of EUROPA CANTAT,
it's less than 100 days to go until the festival!

Watch this video of the festival staff hard at work, and follow them through just a normal day at the office!
NB: Please note this video was shot before lockdown rules were imposed in Slovenia.

The Benefits of Collective Singing

ECA-EC Online Campaign 2021

A world where everybody experiences the benefits of collective singing.

That's ECA-EC's vision! It's the world we dream of and work towards. We are therefore in the last stages of launching an online campaign on the benefits of collective singing, to raise awareness for the physical, psychological, social, and educational impacts singing together has on ourselves and society around us.

We are currently developing a campaign toolkit that we want to share with all of you:

  • Curated research to point out to
  • A complete social media plan
  • A guide on conducting interviews & inspirational questions
  • A guide on advocacy and sample statements
Click here to watch a recorded presentation of the campaign toolkit.
How to get involved?
  • Carry out the campaign. Use the toolkit and adapt it to your needs!
  • Help us with translations!
  • Spread the word!
  • Take part in the #BenefitsOfSinging social media days!
  • Engage and interact with ECA-EC's posts!
We'll be sure to let you know about this again in early May. But you can already announce your contribution to this by reaching out to and letting her know you're in!

Save the Date: Upcoming Online Events

ECA zoom café #3: Online tools for choral rehearsals
End of April, tbc.
Together with experts in the field, we will be looking into different tools to facilitate online rehearsals. Keep a close eye on our channels, more details following soon.

EPIC project webinar: Singing in professional choirs
End of May, tbc.
The third in our series of webinars in the frame of the EPIC project is brought to you in collaboration with EPIC associate partner TENSO, on the theme of singing in professional choirs. If you are curious as to what conductors want from your audition, how to approach a choir that has no auditions announced, how to find the best choir to apply to or how to find where you fit in as a professional singer, then look no further! Led by TENSO coordinator, Laura Lopes, this webinar will take place in late May (exact date to be confirmed). Stay tuned!
Online workshop: Advocacy through storytelling
11 June, 3 pm - 6 pm CEST
A sequel of our previous storytelling workshop that we held during the 2019 Ljubljana General Assembly, we will be talking about how organisations can use storytelling as a powerful tool to support their advocacy work. We are happy to announce the wonderful Julie Ward as facilitator of this workshop.

The SHIFT Inclusion Interview Series

In the context of the SHIFT project, we are delighted to announce an upcoming series of video interviews, talking with experts on different aspects of what it means to be inclusive as an organisation. Our project manager, Sophie Dowden, held the first interview with Maria Vlachou of Acesso Cultura on inclusive recruitment, boards, membership, and events. It will be available for you to watch in late April on the SHIFT website, so keep an eye on our social media for updates!

SHIFT – Sharing Initiatives for Training is an Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership project, bringing together several cultural networks with the ambition to contribute to a better and more sustainable future as recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. SHIFT aims to develop training for cultural leaders on the topics of environmental sustainability, gender and power relations, inclusion, and cultural leadership.

ECA-EC is proud to be a partner in this important project. Check out the SHIFT website for more information.

ECA-EC Spring Board Meeting

Busy bees in spring time, that's what we are!
Last weekend, our association's board, youth committee and staff met for their spring meeting, joined also by our support organisation, the Friends of Choral Music in Europe. While last year's spring meeting was moved online last minute, after travel restrictions were imposed all over Europe just days before, we're now online experts and have found ways and tools to effectively work together from our living rooms.

We spent some intense, but fruitful and positive days together online. You will hear about the results in the near future, as usual through our communication channels!

In the meantime, challenge yourself if you can name all people in the screenshot below.
You identified...
25/25 - you're an ECA top fan!
20/25 - not bad, not bad..!
15/25 - check out the people of ECA on our website!
10/25 - we need to meet!!!


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Upcoming Deadlines

NB: The deadlines mentioned below may be subject to change. We kindly ask you to always check with the organiser of the respective event.

19/4 > EC Festival Choral Photo Promenade, Ljubljana (SI)
23/4 > International Choral Conducting Masterclass, Malmö (SE)
17/5 > Eric Ericson Award for Young Choral Conductors
31/5 > 11th European Academy for Choral Conductors, Fano (IT)

International Choral Conducting Masterclass

Malmö (SE) | 9 - 15 August 2021

Activity in partnership with the Eurpean Choral Association - Europa Cantat
Don't miss the chance to work on an advanced repertoire, together with renowned conductor Josep Vila i Casañas. Develop and increase your level of conducting and your reperotoire knowledge.

During the masterclass, you will be working with the Palaestra Vocal Ensemble on the grounds of the Malmö Academy of Music.

Josep Vila i Casañas is a conductor, composer and pedagogue with a speciality in a cappella repertoire. He concucts the Lieder Camera Chamber Choir and has served as the resident conductor of the Orfeo Catala Choral Society, the Cor de Cambra of the Palau de la Musica Catalana, the Radiotelevision Espanola Choir and the World Youth Choir.

Teaching language will be English and the maximum number of students will be 8, so you can expect an intense course with quite a lot time for practice.

Deadline: 23 April 2021.
More information on the website

11th European Academy for Choral Conductors

Fano (IT) | 29 August - 5 September 2021

Activity in partnership with the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat
The academy is a biannual professional masterclass, open to participants from all over Europe. A maximum of ten conductors will work during the first three days of the academy. The lecturer Frieder Bernius will then select five advanced students to prepare the final concert, the other conductors will participate as auditors.
Participants will work with a high-level pilot-choir during the academy.
This event is organised by FENIARCO as part of the Training Leading Voices project.

Deadline: 31 May 2021.
For information about the academy and how to apply visit the Feniarco website.

Eric Ericson Award for Young Choral Conductors

Stockholm (SE) | 21 - 24 October 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

If you are under 35 years of age and believe you've got what it takes to lead some of Europe's top professional choirs, this one is for you!

The purpose of the Eric Ericson Award is to identify, encourage and support young and gifted choral conductors in the spirit of Eric Ericson's, and it offers a new generation of choral conductors the gateway to their own international carreers.

The winner will have the opportunity to conduct BBC Singers, Chœur de Radio France, RIAS Kammerchor, Swedish Radio Choir and other top-class ensembles!

Deadline: 17 May 2021.
For information, please visit the website.

Get the ECA-EC Label for Your Event!

Call for Choral Events 2022 and Beyond

As this year's choral calendar is still very much affected by the pandemic, we are already looking forward to major events in 2022, including three of our own activities: EUROPA CANTAT junior in Vilnius (LT), Leading Voices in Utrecht (NL), and the EuroChoir session in Switzerland.

Now, this newsletter section is called Choral Activities (under the ECA-EC label) and you can register your activities under the ECA-EC label, too! You can either organise your event in partnership with the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat or have it promoted by us in our network and through our channels of communication. More information on our activity labels and how to obtain them on our website.

Deadline: 18 April 2021.

Team up with us to see your event featured here, and to fill our 2022 brochure of activites!

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 April Newsletter

The latest from the world of choral music!
Read this month' 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 serves as its regional office for Europe.

International Federation for Choral Music

International Choral Bulletin Survey

The editing team of the International Choral Bulletin need your help! Please take a couple of minutes of your time to fill in this survey, and help the ICB becoming even better!
To the survey
The International Choral Bulletin (ICB), official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, is published quarterly in the four official languages of the federation: English, French, German and Spanish. Being distributed in more than 80 countries on all five continents, it is the official voice of choral music around the world.
Read the latest ICB issue here!
Find inspirational articles on Singing and Health, written by a variety of authors from all around the world. Find out more about the ICB, browse through previous editions and get involved by proposing an article or offer your services as translator.


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 07/2021 (14 April 2021), read about:
  • A beginner's guide to identifying a Stradivarius
  • The music streaming debate: what the artists, songwriters and industry insiders say
  • La musique, rend-elle plus intélligent ?
  • En Hongrie, la musique pop est une affaire politique
  • Cómo Santiago de Chile se convirtió enla "captidal mundial del reggeatón", según Spotify
  • Scientists created the quietist place on earth
  • ... 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!

Culture Action Europe
Secure a Future for Cultural Life in Europe

Following the open letter published by 110 pan-European networks on 30 October 2020 “Make culture central in the EU recovery”, the group comes together again to reiterate their call to the national governments and the European Commission. In the second open letter published today by the group, coordinated by Culture Action Europe, the European cultural community call on the Member States and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe.

Culture must be included in each and every National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) that EU countries should present to the European Commission before the 30 April deadline. The representatives of the European cultural ecosystem urge governments to dedicate at least 2% of the Recovery Fund to culture and put culture as a priority sector when using funds from Next Generation EU. In addition, 110 cultural networks call on the Member States to engage with the representatives of their cultural communities and civil society organisations in the design and implementation of the NRRPs. “Long-term structural support to rebuild the European cultural ecosystem needs to be co-developed, involving all relevant stakeholders, both public and private”, - reads the letter.

Ensuring that culture is explicitly included in the NRRPs will help secure both the future of the sector and its important contribution to Europe’s future. Reinvigorating the cultural ecosystem not only offers hope to millions of workers who saw their jobs endangered by the pandemic, it can also create new meaning and purpose to all Europeans and the European project.

Read the letter in full

Trans Europe Halles
Job Alert! New Managing Director Wanted

Trans Europe Halles, the European network of grassroots cultural centres, are currently looking for a driven and experienced leader who is willing to help the network grow, develop and become even stronger.

You will work with a great team and join the most welcoming and inspiring community of members from all four corners of Europe, from Portugal to Georgia. If you feel you are up to the job, give it a shot an apply!

Deadline: 17 April 2021.
Find the full job offer here.


Over the next couple of months, we will be showcasing the shortlisted videos of ECA-EC's European Video Award in this place.

This month:
MAGMA & Boğaziçi Caz Korosu: "A Miracle, Singing Together - Even at Home"
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