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EUROPEAN CHORAL ASSOCIATION - News flash

Dear <<First Name>>,


Here comes our monthly newsflash!

Given world events at present, we are mindful of the difficult circumstances many may be in.

We relay the news from the European Choral Association, with these people in mind and knowing they are in the thoughts of so many. 

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WHAT´S NEW IN THE EUROPEAN CHORAL ASSOCIATION?

Friends of the European Choral Association

Join our community of individuals, choirs and other legal bodies! 

The Friends of the European Choral Association are a community of individuals, choirs, and other legal bodies who wish to support our work through their membership and through fundraising activities.

 After the recent change of our membership structure into an umbrella organisation for associations only, we want to keep the connection open with individuals and choirs that are personally close to us and/or would like to support our work. 

That's why individuals and choirs are now invited to become Friends of the European Choral Association! 

Learn more and become a friend

Noël Minet Fund Scholarship 

Applications open until the end of the month!

The scholarship, administered by the Friends of the European Choral Association, covers support for participation in some training activities for young singers, conductors or composers with limited economic resources.

In 2022 the Noël Minet Fund will offer scholarships up to 500€ each, depending on the participation costs.

Applications should be sent by 30/04/2022.  
Read more on our website and apply!

Call for Connectors of the European Choral Association

Have you planned to travel to one of our target countries? Help us to connect & obtain a refund for your trip!

One of the objectives of the European Choral Association new regional development strategy is to reach out to target countries in Central-Eastern Europe and South-Eastern Europe through the so-called short-term Choral Connectors of the European Choral Association.
 

If you have plans to travel to one or several of the target countries in 2022-2024 to visit or work with organisations, choirs, etc., we invite you to apply for funding to cover (parts of) the costs of your trip.

Find the list of target countries and learn more about the offer in the full invitation here and on this page!

Activities Wrap-up

Mark your calendar for the exciting upcoming activities and have a look back at the past ones!

BROCHURE OF ACTIVITIES 2022

Enjoy reading our big plans for this year, which we are very much looking forward to! It is refreshing to have our agenda filled again with wonderful international activities.

In this brochure, you will find a careful selection of the international activities organised, co-organised or promoted by the European Choral Association.

All these activities are open to choirs and singers, and/or vocal leaders/conductors, creator/composers, educators/teachers and other choral lovers from Europe and beyond. 

Download the brochure here

We hope to meet you at one of these events!
ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Looking back at 2020, we're so happy to be looking forward to proper events taking place this summer! 

2020 will be remembered as the year in which almost all activities across Europe and the world had to stop for a while and collective singing was especially hit. Nevertheless, we feel that 2020 will be a year to remember, and this report could become a historical document we later look back at in amazement and to refresh our own memories of these pandemic times.

In this annual report, we thus look back at everything which happened – often online –
within our EU-funded network in Europe.

Check it out here

The EPIC Project 

Did you read the Data Analysis?

The EPIC project, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU, provided emerging musicians with skills and professional experience to complement their formal training and help them boost their career at the international level. 

A core part of the EPIC project was a data collection intended to map the career paths of former members of auditioned youth music ensembles, both choirs and orchestras, on an international and national/regional level. 

Download the EPIC Data Analysis here and learn more about it!

The SHIFT Project

The Eco-Guidelines for Networks are out!

We are proud to share the release of The SHIFT Eco-Guidelines for Networks as a result of a collaborative process with the other SHIFT partners, Green Leisure Group and Creative Carbon Scotland.

The guidelines serve as a reference document for network organisations that aim to minimise their footprint, optimise environmentally sustainable practices, and act as an example of good practice for their members and other networks.  SHIFT is an Erasmus+ co-funded project, coordinated by the European Music Council, which brings together nine cultural networks with the ambition to contribute to a better and more sustainable future.

CHORAL ACTIVITIES

(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.

Register for Leading Voices before 1 May

Utrecht (NL) | 27 - 31 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association
Registration for Leading Voices needs to be done before 1 May 2022 in order to guarantee you access to the full event. Registration for the full event after 1 May 2022 cannot be guaranteed. If you want to register with a group of 8 or more, you can still have a discount of 20% on the registration fee till 1 May 2022. Conditions for individual and group registrations can be found on the website.

Register here: https://leadingvoices.nl/registration/


Leading Voices - European Days for Vocal and Choral Leaders - is a European platform focused on (the future of) choral music. You can meet peers, learn from colleagues and get inspired by artistic concepts and choirs. More info here

Photo credit: Gerrit Schreurs

Europa Cantat Junior Festival 2022 - Join the Study Tour

Vilnius (LT) | 15 - 24 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association
With choir registration successfully closed, conductors are still welcome to experience the festival's Study Tour, a special format for choir conductors. 

What are the main techniques used by each Atelier conductor? What are the best choral singing practices in various countries? These and other topics will be discussed every day in the Study Tour, led by Marleen Annemans from Belgium and Jan Schumacher from Germany.

Register for the Study Tour here !

Choralies offers a special deal for young people and youth choirs

Vaison-la-Romaine (FR) | 3 - 11 August 2022

Activity organised in partnership with the European Choral Association
From August 4 to 11, youth choirs (under 26 years old) will work each morning, under the direction of renowned conductors,  on a repertoire specially chosen for young singers. A truly unforgettable experience and an incredible opportunity to meet other singers, enjoy concerts and sing together in the ancient theatre every night!

Discover the special offer for youth choirs here and register as soon as possible, ateliers are filling up fast!

European Seminar for Composers -  Apply in April!

Aosta (IT) | 17 - 24 July 2022

Activity organised in partnership with the European Choral Association
The 12th edition of the European Seminar for Composers is a professional masterclass on composition and arrangement for choir addressed to composers and choir conductors with experience in writing and composition.

The composing workshops are:
➤ Workshop on original composition for choirs - Lecturer: Ēriks Ešenvalds (Latvia)
➤ Workshop on arranging pop for choirs - Lecturer: Lorenzo Fattambrini (Italy)
➤ Workshop on composing for children’s, youth and female choirs - Lecturer: Ivo Antognini (Switzerland)


The Seminar is organised by Feniarco in partnership with the European Choral Association and in collaboration with Arcova (Regional Association of Aosta Valley Choirs).

 
Learn more here and apply in April! 

Fosco Corti International Competition for Choral Conductors 

Turin (IT) | 21 - 23 October 2022

Activity organised in partnership with the European Choral Association
The 2nd edition of the Fosco Corti International Competition for conductors is addressed to choir conductors from all over the world and it is a project by Conservatorio G. Verdi of Turin, Feniarco and Associazione Cori Piemontesi in partnership with the European Choral Association.

The international jury is composed of: Frieder Bernius (Germany), Josep Vila i Casañas (Spain), Maria Goundorina (Sweden/Russia), Filippo Maria Bressan (Italy) and Carlo Pavese (Italy).

For more information visit the following link and apply by 31 May 2022! 

Euro Choir 2022 welcomes 50 singers from 30 different countries

Switzerland | 7 – 18 July 2022

Activity of the European Choral Association
The call for applications for the EuroChoir 2022 in Switzerland ended on March 1 2022.

Out of the 93 applications received, the selection committee has now selected 50 singers from 30 nationalities.

In addition, there is a waiting list in case some singers have to change their plans for the summer.

We are looking forward to a week full of musical and cultural exchange and growth!

Registrations for Singing Bridges Festival closing soon!

Novi Sad (RS) | 19 – 23 July 2022 

Activity promoted by the European Choral Association

The SINGING BRIDGES Festival offers a wide range of professional programs for those who love choral singing!

The 23 ateliers, workshops, lectures and round-table discussions are welcoming everybody, from absolute beginners to those with choir experience and music education, as well as conductors!

Read more about the festival here and register online soon, the deadline is approaching! 

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

FROM THE EUROPEAN & INTERNATIONAL CHORAL SECTOR

Musica International Choral Database

Using choral resources to respond to the war in Ukraine

In the current awful climate of war, many of us are feeling the need to use music as a means of showing solidarity and support for Ukraine. There are many ways of doing this through choral music. With its 200 000 data items, the Musica International database has information about more suitable scores than can possibly be listed here.  
Read the full article here

If you haven't already done so, create your account on the Musica website here. 
Did you know that the Members of the European Choral Association can profit from privileged full access to the Musica Database?  Visit this page to find out more! 

International Federation for Choral Music

5TH IFCM INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2022

In 2021 IFCM launched its Fifth International Choral Composition Competition to promote new works in choral music and encourage innovation in choral writing that fits the needs of a 21st-century choir.

Out of the 93 applications received, here are the winners! Learn more here.

International Federation for Choral Music

SPECIAL WORLD CHORAL DAY 2022 

IFCM calls upon the global choral community to raise their voices to Sing for Peace.  Join this special edition of World Choral Day, now and until December, to uphold and defend the values of unity, peace, and understanding! 
The World Choral Day has now its official anthem for the next two years (2022-2023): On the Road of Life by Chris Artley, New Zealand. Download the score here.
 

International Federation for Choral Music

CREATING FUTURES IN CHORAL MUSIC

Let IFCM help you help the future of choral music! On the occasion of its 40th anniversary in 2022, IFCM is launching a special sponsorship campaign to support the young generation to join the IFCM global family.  

Read more here and fill out this online form to sponsor young IFCM members. 
If you are a young choral musician who would like to benefit from this program, you can apply here

International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM April 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.

FROM ACROSS THE CULTURAL SECTOR

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.
 

The MusicAIRE project extended the deadline for submissions of both Open Call for Proposals and Call for Jury until 25 April 2022 by 13:00 CEST.

Read more here!

If you want to stay up-to-date on MusicAIRE please subscribe to the EMC newsletter.

MusicAIRE (An Innovative Recovery for Europe) is an EU-funded project (Music Moves Europe) that aims to provide tailored instruments for the sector and contribute to a green, digital, just and resilient recovery of the music ecosystem.

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!
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