Below you will find the newsletter of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat September 2013 with a reminder for  our General Assembly and VOICE conference in Pécs,  information on our activities past and future, news from our Youth Committee, on the project VOICE and on the festival EUROPA CANTAT 2015 in Pécs as well as from our members, the International Federation for Choral Music, the European and International Music Council and Culture Action Europe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.

With best regards

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

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01 Pécs Assembly and Conference
02 Rich Choral Summer
03 ECjunior - wrong fees in brochure
04 Masterclass for conductors in Örebro
05 ECA-EC present at chor.com
06 World Youth Choir Auditions
07 Cathy Al-Ghabra chair of EMC YC
08 Symposium on Singing in Music Education - Call for Proposals
09 Singing Europe: 33% male singers?
11 News from our members: Estonia
12 News from our Partners - Carus
13 News from IFCM
14 EMC Publications - new Website
15 World Forum on Music - Programme
16 Culture Action Europe Conference

Pécs Assembly and Conference

REMINDER: Deadline for applications for General Assembly and Conference in Pécs is September 30th 2013, hotel rooms cannot be guaranteed afterwards!

You will find the official invitation to the General Assembly and VOICE conference (in English, French and German) with the schedule for the weekend, the agenda of the General Assembly and the participation fees >> here. The event is open to non-members who wish to participate in the conference dedicated to the subject of cooperation. The detailed schedule with the names of speakers etc. will be published in October 2013.
Please use the online application form >> here if possible 

Looking ahead: please also take notes of the dates for the General Assembly 2014 which will take place in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain from November 21 to 23 2014, hosted by the Moviment Coral Català and in the frame of the project VOICE – Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe.   

Rich Choral Summer

Rich choral summer - successful activities in Bonn, Pomáz, Pécs, Worcester, Vaison-la-Romaine, Vic, Girona, Lignano and Fano

Summer 2013 was an intense period in the choral activities of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat. After a musical project in Bonn and the festival Youth Choirs in Movement in Bonn, a number of activities were offered to choirs, singers, conductors and choral experts in Pomáz (10th Oratorio Choir Academy) and Pécs (Eurochoir) in Hungary, in Worcester (Worcester International Festival for Young Singers), United Kingdom, in Briançon (Choralp Singing Week) and Vaison-la-Romaine (Masterclass for conductors) in France, in Vic (Singing Week) and Girona (Mediterranean Voices Conference) in Catalonia – Spain, in Lignano (Alpe Adria Cantat Singing Week) and Fano (European Academy for Conductors) in Italy. 

Activity continued in autumn with two recommended events in the frame of VOICE, the first Urban Youth Choir Festival in Örebro, Sweden, and the Choral Crossroads in Limassol, Cyprus. Pictures and other information can be found in our news section or on the websites  of the individual activities.


ECjunior - wrong fees in brochure

In our brochure of activities 2014 we have published wrong fees for the festival EUROPA CANTAT junior in Bergen (Norway). The correct fees are lower than what is printed in the programme and can be found on the website of the event on http://www.ecjunior.com/ 

Masterclass for conductors in Örebro

Recommended by ECA-EC, in the frame of VOICE:
1st. International University Course in Choir and Orchestra Conducting
at University in Örebro, 26 - 31/10/21013 

Even though the official deadline is over, it is still possible to participate if you write directly to info@swicco.se. Further information about the course can be found here: http://www.oru.se/musik/voice/. A second edition of the Masterclass is planned for 18-24/10/2014.

ECA-EC present at chor.com

Shortly after the summer break the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) showed a strong presence in Dortmund at the chor.com, a German symposium for choral music with many international elements, organised by Deutscher Chorverband, biggest member of ECA-EC.
ECA-EC displayed information at the booth of the Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Chorverbände (BDC), also one of its members, and was present with a big team: President Gábor Móczár, Vice-President and Chair of the Music Commission Jan Schumacher, Board member Reijo Kekkonen, Youth Committee member Flannery Ryan and staff members Sonja Greiner and Anna Marić   distributed information about ECA-EC, VOICE and Singing Europe and had meetings with representatives of the German choral life as well as several publishers and other potential partners among the 70 exhibitors present. The chor.com attracted over 1.600 choral experts and the programme included an impressive number of workshops in which Jan Schumacher was also strongly represented, with a conducting class and several other presentations, including those on Open Singing with Michael Gohl. 
The next chor.com will take place October 1st to 4th 2015 .
Picture: Gábor Móczár, Sonja Greiner and Anna Marić at the booth with Francesco Leonardo (IFCM) and Simon Pickel and Dorothee Loose from BDC - (c) Betram Maria Keller

World Youth Choir Auditions

World Youth Choir is calling for young singers, age 17 to 26, to join the 25th session in Croatia in July 2014

As one of the most original and important choirs existing nowadays, the World Youth Choir is heading to its 25th Anniversary summer session in Croatia and South East Europe under the motto ''Singing the World''.  To be performed: 'Classical'' world's choral repertoire,  under the direction of Ko Matsushita, Japan and ''ethno'' inspired choral music of South East Europe, under the direction of Vlado Sunko, Croatia.  

Join the World Youth Choir 2014

Auditions open from September to December 31st, 2013! 

Visit: http://bit.ly/WYCaud2013
Important: No session participation fee! Selected singers only have to cover their travel expenses to Croatia and back.
The World Youth Choir is calling for new recruitment partners
If you are a conductor, vocal or music teacher, former World Youth Choir member, or working for any national music, choral, instrumental or conductors association, YOU individually or the institution YOU work for can contribute as well! Become one of our recruiters, especially in the countries where no national audition is organized. It doesn't cost anything, it is simple. YOU will help us find the best young singers from your country who deserve a chance. Help them grab it by auditioning! Contact us if interested. 
For more info:  www.worldyouthchoir.org / info@worldyouthchoir.orghttp://www.worldyouthchoir.org/Audition2014/GENERALINFO.aspx 

Cathy Al-Ghabra chair of EMC YC

Cathy Al-Ghabra recently elected chair of the European Music Council Youth Committee

We are proud to announce that Cathy Al-Ghabra, member of the Youth Committee of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, who joined the European Music Council Youth Committee in April 2013, was voted its chair at the first meeting of the new committee in Bonn in September 2013. 

The other members of the EMC Youth Committee are Christopher Glasgow (Scottish Music Centre) - who was elected vice-chair, Manon Fenard (CHROMA/Zebrock), Maiju Kopra (Finnish Music Council), Jaroslava Lojdová (European Association for Music in Schools), Jamie Munn (Live Music Now Scotland) and Klára Nováková (Jeunesses Musicales International).

Symposium on Singing in Music Education - Call for Proposals

CALL FOR PROPOSALS - International Symposium on Singing in Music Education 
"How can singing belong to everyone?"
23 - 27/4/2014 Budapest (HU)

The International Symposium on Singing in Music Education, which will take place in the frame of the VOICE project in April 2014, has launched an open call for submissions of proposals (lectures, presentations, workshops, demonstrations, demonstrating ensembles) for the following themes which will be presented and discussed at the symposium:
1: Formal singing-based music education at school
2: Non-formal music learning opportunities after school
3: Benefits of singing in communities on our society
4: Music teacher and/or choral conductor training?  
Please consult the Symposium's website at
deadline for submissions is November 15th 2013.
The Symposium will be organised by the Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras (KÓTA) and the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.

Singing Europe: 33% male singers?

How many male singers are in Europe? In the frame of "Singing Europe" we found 33,7% of male singers amongst the 800 choirs, representing 32.000 singers, which already answered our survey. But these are only the 800 first answers! Help us make this (partial) result even more accurate, answer the survey, and spread it around your friends (it is already accessible in more than 10 languages)!

Singing Europe is part of the EU-funded project VOICE - Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe, coordinated by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat in cooperation with 13 partners in 11 countries. More on www.thevoiceproject.eu


In spring 2013 the organising partners of the EUROPA CANTAT XIX festival in Pécs, 2015 decided to establish a new legal entity, running the organisation and financial management of the festival. The City of Pécs, the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat and the Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras - KÓTA has registered the EUROPA CANTAT Pécs 2015 Nonprofit Limited Company at the end of July 2013 and the new company has already held its first members' meeting on August 16th, connected to the final concerts of the EuroChoir in Pécs. Based on the decision of the Board of ECA-EC, the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat will be represented by Board member Victoria Liedbergius at the Members' Meetings and by Board member Jean-Claude Wilkens at the Supervisory Board of the new festival company.
The EUROPA CANTAT Pécs 2015 Nonprofit Limited has its legal seat and office in the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter and proceeds with organisational affairs in close partnership with the Zsolnay Cultural Heritage Management Nonprofit Limited, major operator of the cultural instrastructure of the City of Pécs.


News from our members: Estonia

Raul Talmar new President of Estonian Choral Association
Mr Raul Talmar was elected to be the president of Estonian Choral Association for next 2 years in General Assembly on June 17, 2013. He is one of the most well-known Estonian choral conductors, publishes choir music through his edition „Talmar & Põhi“ and teaches choral conducting in Tallinn University. Raul Talmar has conducted Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations since 1992 and was artistic director of 11th Youth Song and Dance Celebration in 2011. „Estonian culture and education begin from our choral singing tradition“, said Raul after elections. „Estonian Choral Association is an efficient and successful organisation, and also one of the biggest non-profit organisations in Estonia with its 37 000 members. I thank you for your trust and promise to work for continuing transparency and co-operation in ECA. I hope that Estonian choral music will be even more visible in whole world in future – we have much to be proud of!“

News from our Partners - Carus

The publisher Carus, partner of ECA-EC, is looking for a new staff member for the Marketing, Communication and Press department, especially for the fields of online communication, and development of the Website including Webshop, SEO and SEM, as well as for the internal database. Details can be found in the official job description >> here


News from IFCM

IFCM eNews renewed
The IFCM is pleased to announce that future editions of the IFCMeNEWS will have regular inclusion of the following categories: 
More on www.ifcm.net or from Nadine Robin at nrobin@ifcm.net 

Obituary for Andrea Veneración, founder of the Philippine Madrigal Singers
by Michael Anderson

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership of IFCM, I send our sincerest condolences at the loss of Andrea Veneracion. As a generous, inspired leader, teacher, and conductor, she represented the very best of why IFCM was created. Her music spoke to the world in a way that was unique, sensitive, and passionate; soothing even the most indifferent of souls. Clearly she was a woman who molded pathways for young people using choral music as her medium, focusing on the most important attribute of humanity—the ability to live together in a peaceful world. She shall be missed by everyone, but most certainly by the world of choral music.

Dr. Michael J Anderson, President
International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)
As a National Artist of the Philippines, Andrea was honored with a state funeral. Read more about her on www.philstar.com/news-feature/2013/07/11/964123/founder-madrigal-singers-dies

EMC Publications - new Website

European Music Council (EMC) launched its Website in a new look
Last Edition of Sounds in Europe available online

The European Music Council has re-launched its Website in a new look - see www.emc-imc.org. On this Website you will also find the online version of the latest EMC magazine "Sounds in Europe: Music - A Public Affair" which also contains articles related to choral music such as "The Impact of a major festival on a town like Turin" by Michela Francescutto from Feniarco and "The Voice of our Memory" by Koenraad De Meulder from Koor&Stem, Board member of ECA-EC as well as an article by Martí Ferrer, also Board member of ECA-EC. You can read Sounds of Europe online here:  http://www.emc-imc.org/publications/sounds-in-europe/ or  order a printed copy from the same page.


World Forum on Music - Programme

More programme details published for
World  Forum on Music in Brisbane
Clusters and Signature Sessions revealed


In exploring the ‘ecology’ of music at the beginning of the 21st century, the World Forum on Music explores five clusters that play a key role in ensuring engaged, thriving, and sustainable music practices. Each of these clusters consists of 6-10 sessions that can be followed through the four days of the Forum to gain in-depth, multi-faceted insight into the state of play in each of these areas.


Education, life-long learning and the training of the professional musician tracks how people learn music at all levels, formally and informally, inside and outside institutions, and whether/how these efforts (can) optimally contribute to a vibrant musical life on the planet. 
The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat will present the Lullaby project in the frame of VOICE in a session on Early Childhood Music Education.

Community, society and conflict resolution takes a deep look at the role music plays in society, how it contributes to a sense of cohesion and identity in communities, and how it is used for rebuilding a sense of wellbeing in post-conflict situations. This cluster includes a session on connecting communities through choral singing, coordinated by Sonja Greiner, Secretary General of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat and member of the IMC Executive Board with the support of Daphne Wassink, Board member of ECA-EC and candidate to the IMC Executive Board. 

Tradition, innovation and sustainability explores the complexities of music ecosystems and the underlying values and attitudes, supporting age-old traditions, creating room for innovation, and forming a basis for sustaining certain musics and abandoning others as societies, technologies and tastes change. 

Advocacy, policy and funding brings together presentations on making the case for music - whether it be musicians’ rights, freedom of expression, or education-, government policies and regulations impacting positively or negatively on music, and the funding systems that are key to the survival of any traditions and practices. 

Technology, creativity and the music industry illustrates the transformative power of established and emerging technologies in how we create, teach, disseminate, and access music, creative responses to contemporary realities, and the rapidly change of the music industry from the moguls of the past five decades to much more niche-oriented models. 
More information on the clusters and the signature lectures can be found >> here.





Culture Action Europe Conference

Culture Action Europe (CAE) General Assembly and Conference "It is not a crisis, it is a transition" in Rome

Culture Action Europe’s annual Public Conference and General Assembly with the title “It is not a crisis, it is a transition!” will take place October 3-5 in Rome, Italy.
Placed in space and time to maximize its impact on the agenda for the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union that will begin in July 2014, the conference conversations, debates and short lectures will involve leading personalities in the European scene of decision-making, cultural organisations, academia and civil society.
The conference will also function as the concluding event of our 3-year campaign ‘we are more – act for culture in Europe’ and generate a common basis for co-ordinating political engagement and activism. In addition, it will provide the main components for our network’s 5-year action plan, which will be built on an operational model based on members’ direct participation and leadership. In the run-up to the conference, CAE is offering special fees for new members. Membership includes one free entrance to CAE’s annual conference and is now open to individuals as well as organisations. Check out the website for more info about membership, and contact the secretariat on advocate(at)cultureactioneurope.org for more information about the fees.
Detailed information about the programme, speakers and practical information can be found on our dedicated conference website www.cultureactioneuropeconference.eu. Places are limited and filling up quickly so we encourage you to register online on the conference website as soon as possible!
Please note that there will be simultaneous translation to Italian/English during all plenary sessions.

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
German Ministry of YouthCity of BonnCreative Europe


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