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European Choral Association Newsletter

Dear choral lovers,
Here are the May news from the choir world.
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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  • on 31.05.2016
Vaison-la-Romaine, France | 3-11/8/2016choralies

Come and share your passion for singing in the south of France!   

More info >> here
  • on 15.06.2016
Le Capriccio Français Summer AcademyLe capriccio
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain | 18-24/7/2016

A program for singers, instrumentalists, and students in choir conducting, focusing on early music repertoire.

More info >> here

Don’t wait for the deadlines!
Check our calendar of choral activities all across Europe!

(Inter)national International Congress of choir directorsCongress for conductors

Paris, France | 9-11 September 2016

The place to be for choral conductors, the event is a unique opportunity to discover new techniques, repertoires and practices.

The website of the congress is now translated in English >> here

ECmagazine 1/2016ECMagazine 1/2016

Discover the world of singing around the Mediterranean in the ECMagazine 1/2016 here in PDF.

French and German translations will be available later (see page 3 of the magazine)

Estonian Children´s Choir in Bonn

ECA-EC is cooperating with the Bonner Schumannfest for a concert of the Estonian Children´s Children’s Choir in Bonn. The concert will be shared with the Schedrik-Chor Königswinter who will also host the Estonian children.Estonian Children´s Choir

Date: Sunday, June 12th 2016
Time: 16.00
Place: Trinitatiskirche Bonn, Brahmsstraße 14
Free entrance

More information on and on page 18 of the festival programme.

World Youth Choir concerts

The World Youth Choir is a genuine educational and socialWorld Youth Choir experience drawing from diverse vocal traditions, aiming for the highest artistic level. Through music education, a professional artistic approach and multicultural social interaction and exchange, the World Youth Choir will unite this year 42 young choral singers, age 19 to 27, from 26 different countries to perform a mixed sacred and secular repertoire, under the artistic direction of world-renowned conductor Filippo Maria Bressan.

The Summer Session 2016 of the World Youth Choir will WYCtake place from July 13th to August 2nd, first at the great venue of the castle Weikersheim, Germany, one of JMI´s World Meeting Centres, and then in a tour of concerts that will take the choir into an unforgettable experience through Germany and Belgium. The concerts will take place from 24th to 31st of July in Weikersheim, Mainz, Cochem, Brussels, Bonn and Wolfenbüttel and will also include an intercultural element, with Arab pieces being performed in selected concerts. If you are interested in attending one of the concerts make sure to follow our social media channels and website ( for the latest updates!

We are happy to inform you that in the last meeting Victoria Lidbergious ( Ung i Kor | ECA-EC) was elected President of the World Youth Choir Foundation.

6th European Forum on Music

 Thanks to the 6th Forum on MusicEMC travel grants for emerging professionals, our colleague Giulia Lodi joined the 6th European Forum on Music in Wroclaw.

"A great experience that gave me the opportunity to meet music lovers and professionals, to get to know several inspiring projects and to create new connections"                      

Credits: Slawek Przerwa

Europatag in BonnEuropatag

On May 7th 2016 the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat participated in the Eutopatag, a day where organisations active on the European scene can meet and introduce themselves to the visitors, the event was organised by the city of Bonn in the old town hall.

More information here in German.

News from the European / International Choral Network

International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM May Newsletter

Read the IFCM May News:
In English
In French - en français
In German - auf Deutsch
In Spanish - en español
In Italian - in italiano
ACJ Belgique

New president and Secretary General

Since April 25 2016, the Federation A Coeur Joie Belgium welcomes a new President and a new Secretary General.
Loti PIRIS NINO succeeds Séverine DELFORGE at the head of the association and Thérèse ELOY supports the General Secretariat after John Paul ADAM.

Good luck to both and all our warmest thanks to Séverine and Jean Paul, good luck in their projects.

Are choirs offering equal opportunities to migrants?

The Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ, founding member of ECA-EC) published a book presenting the results of an impressive research effort about the integration of people with migrant background  in choirs. A presentation of the research was made during our Conference in Helsinki, and triggered a lot of interest and debates. This work was also a basis for the new project we presented in the last Newsflash “Sing Me In”.

The full research (in German) can be ordered or downloaded from

NOTE: uploaded the cover to mailchimp already for illustration

News from other culture networks

European Music Council (EMC)

Election results EMC

In the frame of the Forum the Annual Meeting of EMC members took place and a new Board was elected.
The results of the Board elections are:
  • Ian Smith (UK), Chair | Scottish Music Centre, Creative Scotland
  • Stefano Kunz (CH), Vice Chair | Swiss Music Council
  • Willem van Moort (NL), Treasurer | European Music Schools Union and Director of Bplus C, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Gretchen Amussen (FR/US) | European Association of Conservatoires, Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMD)
  • Krzysztof Knittel (PL) | Polish Music Council, Composer, Professor at Fryderyk Chopin Music University
  • Victoria Liedbergius | European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, Ung I Kor (Norway)
  • Kostas Moschos |International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), Greek Institute for Research on Music & Acoustics
The Board is elected for a period of 2 years; the current mandate goes until 2018. More info >> here
European Music Council

Closing of EUYO

Wroclaw, 22 May 2016
After the first 2.5 years under the operation of the Creative Europe programme, the European Music Council (EMC) is concerned about the serious impact the changes in funding structures have had. The programme offers valuable support to the culture sector and has enabled important collaboration projects to happen. However, the abolishment of operational grants and the reduction of the number of European networks funded is a serious threat to the existence of culture networks and ambassadors. The impending closure of the EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra) is one of the latest prominent examples how these changes in the funding structure have affected the sector.

Therefore, the Annual Meeting of members of the EMC regrets the decision taken to close the EUYO. During the 6th European Forum on Music, EMC members and delegates discussed the critically important nature of music and musical expression – which encapsulates the very identity of our cultural understanding and dialogue in Europe; values that are so essential in European societies today.
Read the full Press Release >> here
Tran European Halles (TEH)

The Fika Project

Are you a cultural sector professional, supporter, practitioner, teacher or researcher?
Are you curious about leadership and how it relates to the work you do and the changes you want to make?
Partners in The Fika ProjectNätverkstan, ENCATC, Trans Europe Halles and Olivearte Cultural Agency– have been grappling with these and related issues over the past two years of an Erasmus+ funded investigative project and want to share the result with you!The Fika project
"Perspectives and Narratives on Cultural Leadership"
Book Launch – Presentations – Networking – Reception
Wednesday 22 June 2016 | 15:00 – 18:00 | Brussels
Free event. Seats are limited.
Register as soon as possible
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