Below you will find our February newsletter, reminding you of the Deadline for Applications for the Choralp Singing Week in Briançon, updating you on the European Choir Video Awards, on the concert of REVOICE! Eurochoir at the expo in Milan, on the showcase for composers and the Music Expo at the festival in Pécs and on the last stage of the VOICE project. As usual at the end you will also find some news from the international associations we belong too, this months from IFCM and the European Music Council.

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 regards 

Sonja Greiner, Secretary General 
on behalf of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat www.EuropeanChoralAssociation.org

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Traduction française >> ici. 

01 Don’t miss the deadline for Choralp!
02 Youth Committee on Video Awards
03 REVOICE! - Eurochoir at Expo in Milan
04 News from EUROPA CANTAT Pécs
06 News from IFCM
07 News from the European Music Council

Don’t miss the deadline for Choralp!

March 31st 2015 is the deadline for applications for our only singing week in 2015, Choralp in Briançon, France. If you want to combine singing with mountain walks, the Choralp Singing Week is just the right event for you!
Sing the Dettingen Te Deum by Haendel with Jean Marie Puissant (FR) or go on a journey through ancient and contemporary world music with Marleen de Bo (BE)
More informaiton on the Choralp page.

You will find the calendar flyer with the complete 2015 programme >> here.
If you have still not found what you are looking for, you can browse our Online Calendar of Events for further activities across Europe and beyond >> here.

Youth Committee on Video Awards

In 2014 VOXtase – the Youth Committee of Koor&Stem in and the Youth Committee of ECA-EC announced the 2nd European Choir Video Awards for 2015, with the winning videos to be presented at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Pécs. Due to funding cuts and the fact that there were already a number of video projects happening in the frame of the festival in Pécs, the two committees decided together with the team of the festival to merge the idea of the European Choir Video Awards with the two video projects of the festival. 

Together they are now calling on choirs to join the two video projects launched by the festival: 
·        Choir fun challenge: http://ecpecs2015.hu/en/choir-fun-challenge
·        Festival song: http://ecpecs2015.hu/en/festival-song---sing--sing-

The videos will be judged by the festival’s participants and a small committee including representatives of VOXtase and the Youth Committee of ECA-EC, so share your ideas and videos, and maybe your edition will be the festival’s favorite one! ;)


REVOICE! - Eurochoir at Expo in Milan

The Universal Expo will open its doors in Milan on May 1st, and we are proud to announce that some days later, a special group of singers from REVOICE!, the alumni choir of the Eurochoir (a project of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat), will be performing there on the Day of Europe.

Picking up the theme of the Expo “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, IFCM, Feniarco and Associazione Musicale Jubilate have developed the project “Feeding Souls, Thanking for Food” dedicated to choral music. The project will consist of two threads, a concert season for the Italian pavilion, presenting 24 choirs from the different regions of Italy, and a series of international concerts bringing to Milan choral music from as many foreign Countries as possible. While June 2nd is a special day for the Italian Pavilion with the celebrations for the anniversary of the Italian republic, May 9th as Day of Europe will present REVOICE! – Eurochoir as special guest.

38 singers of previous Eurochoir sessions will be selected for this special project, and they will present a diverse European programme including a first performance of new work by Gunnar Eriksson, a song of peace composed on the basis of folksongs from different countries, woven together with the Hymn of Europe. The choir will sing during the first part of the concert under the direction of the 5 REVOICE! Conductors Fabien Aubé (FR), Balázs Porcsalmy (HU), Lucia Beserova (SK/ES), Taum Karni (IL) and Xavier García (ES), while the second part of the concert will be conducted by Alessandro Cadario (IT).


News from EUROPA CANTAT Pécs

The EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 Festival is Hung(a)ry for Composers and Publishers!

The festival is offering the possibility of a short showcase for each participating composer to present their music to an audience of conductors, publishers, music operators and other composers. The programme will be completed by lectures and workshops about the art of arranging and, by roundtables about topics like "Right management" or "Dealing with a choral commission". In the frame of the Composers showcase the applying composers will have two possibilities to present their music: either during a 5-minute showcase in the morning plenary session, or during informal conversations in the conductors’ and composers’ café during breaks. Every applying composer is invited to send some samples of his/her music (scores and/or recordings, all in digital format) to the Music Office of the Festival, to the following address: musicoffice@ecpecs2015.hu before May 31, 2015! The Music Commission of the Festival will then decide which modality of presentation is most suitable for the given composer.

Following the traditions of previous EUROPA CANTAT Festivals, the Festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX in Pécs will offer a platform for music publishers, choir organizations, festival and competition organizers as well as other partner, with different opportunities on how to promote their activities and products. Be present at the Music Expo Area which includes the opportunity to sell material! You will also be able to meet composers and conductors during the mornings, to publish adverts or add material to the bags of the participants. Publishers can suggest a reading session to be included in the programme for conductors and composers. You can check online and download the detailed description and conditions here! Application is possible via our online reservation form until 31st March, 2015!


The VOICE project is into its last phase. We are in the process of preparing the final reports, including the Singing Europe report which will show that 37 million people are practicing collective singing in Europe. We will host the last steering committee meeting with all partners in Bonn on March 20th 2015, with a reception in the Townhall in Bonn where we will communicate about first results of the project. The official reports will be published from May 2015.


News from IFCM

IFCM at the ACDA National Convention
Once again the IFCM will be represented at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Salt Lake City. Please come and say hello to members of the IFCM team in Booth #2016 and get an update on all the IFCM activities around the world. Looking forward to seeing you there and putting more faces to names of people who are making contributions to our choral world!

Download the full latest newsletter of IFCM in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian.


News from the European Music Council

Audience Development Workshop in Warsaw
The European Music Council is organizing an Audience Development Workshop under the title “Share And Learn” in Warsaw in March 2015, in cooperation with the Polish Music Council. The workshop is only open to members, and the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat will be represented by Sonja Greiner and Côme Ferrand Cooper since a focus of the new project “Choral Upgrade in Europe” is on audience development.  Sonja Greiner has been invited to give a short presentation with exemplary projects for audience development from the German choral world and will start her presentation with the latest figures from the Singing Europe research in the frame of VOICE.


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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