below you will find the December Newsletter of the European Choral Association - Europa 
Cantat with which we want to give you some information on the festival Youth Choirs in Movement and the connected Composition Competition, and give you some further updates and reminders.  In addition you will find the latest news from our VOICE project and further useful information, also from organisations in which we are members and from our membership.
On proposal of one of our readers we have decided to separate the French and German translations of the newsletter which will now be found in separate documents.

Wishing our readership Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sonja Greiner
Secretary General
on behalf of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

Traduction française >> ici
Deutsche Übersetzung >> HIER

01 Youth Choirs in Movement 2013
02 Composition Competition
03 Workshops in Toulouse
04 Youth Committee – Reminder
05 Latest news on VOICE
06 Pictures of events
07 News from Culture Action Europe
08 Office closed for Christmas holidays

Youth Choirs in Movement 2013

We have completed the list of atelier conductors for the festival „Youth Choirs in Movement 3“ in Bonn, July 10th to 14th 2012. We are especially happy to announce that Kari Ala-Pöllännen has agreed to conduct the Atelier “Songs Around the World”. Choirs from abroad can be hosted by local choirs in as far as there are enough places available. The flyer with further information can be downloaded >> here, the application form is available >> here. You can also follow us on Facebook and find out who else is planning to attend the event >> here. Deadline for applications is February 28th 2013.

Composition Competition

The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat is announcing a composition competition in connection with the festival „Youth Choirs in Movement“. We are looking for a choral song which uses the theme of “Singing and movement” for children and young people.  Deadline for applications is February 28th 2012. You will find the full description and guidelines >> here

Workshops in Toulouse

We have now uploaded on our website a number of documents from the workshops, debates and round tables in the frame of the General Assembly in Toulouse in November. You will find Powerpoint presentations, summaries of debates and background documents >> here.

We have also uploaded some pictures which you can find in the Picasa album >> here.
Members will find all documents distributed at the General Assembly, a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation of the Assembly as well as links to the two films shown in the password-protected section for members >> here

Youth Committee – Reminder

We remind you that we are recruiting candidates for the new Youth Committee.
Further information can be found in the recruitment flyer >> here.

Interested young people can now apply by filling in the online application form and sending  a CV with a photo (and optionally a support letter from their choral association) to youthcommittee@eca-ec.org before 31st of December 2012.


Latest news on VOICE

It's time to apply for Eurochoir 2013
EuroChoir2013 in Pécs – Hungary
10 – 17 August 2013

In the frame of the VOICE project, EuroChoir offers the opportunity to 60 young singers to get together for 8 days to rehearse a challenging program with two renowned conductors, improve their vocal skills with a vocal trainer and present the results of their work in public concerts. This special choir project aims to promote European choral music among young singers and to encourage cultural exchange within Europe.
The 2013 Eurochoir will take place in the beautiful city of Pécs in the South of Hungary. The singers will be conducted by Tamás Lakner (HU) focusing on Hungarian and Balkan choral music and Alessandro Cadario (IT) conducting an international repertoire.
EuroChoir is aimed at motivated, open choral singers, aged 18 to 30 who are good sight readers or will prepare the scores in advance, and who can communicate well in English. Singers should as far as possible be pre-selected and and their applications forwarded by member organizations of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, ideally in SATB quartets, or at least apply with a recommendation from a member association.
All information on the website:
Contact: Réka Balog

Pictures of events

We have uploaded pictures of the two concerts that took place in Bonn on October 26th and November 3rd to our Picasa album. You can have a look at the pictures of the workshop with Tim Brown and the concert of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie >>here and pictures of the concert of La Choraline and the youth choir of the Bonn Opera >>here.


News from Culture Action Europe

At the General Assembly in November 2012 the membership of Culture Action Europe elected a new Board. Mercedes Giovinazzo and Emina Visnic were re-elected as President and Vice-President respectively,  Simone Dudt (Secretary General of the European Music Council) became new Vice-President. Clymene Christoforou was re-elected to the Board and became the new treasurer, and Chris Torch, Alex Meszmer and Julek Jurowicz were elected as new Board members. Further Board members who are in the middle of their mandates are Isabelle Battioni, Paul Collard, Philippe Fanjas, Katherine Heid, Julek Jurowicz, Ferdinand Richard, Lawrence Okeyugwu and Henrik Zipsane. For further details on Board members see >> here

The General Assembly was connected to a conference under the title “Act for culture, act for Europe’ – more about this soon on www.cultureactioneuropeconference.eu

Office closed for Christmas holidays

Please note already that our office will remain closed for Christmas holidays from December 21st 2012 until January 7th 2013.

The European Choral Association is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, by the German Ministry of Youth (BMFSFJ) and the City of Bonn
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