Below you will find our May newsletter, reminding you of the Deadline for Applications for the European Academy for Choral Conductors in Fano and updating you 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 Choral Festival Network.

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With best regards 

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

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01 Deadline approaching
02 Young Singers at Expo in Milan
03 VOICE - Inspiratational Guide
04 VOICE project reaching its end
05 Youth Committee – next generation
06 Festival in Pécs approaching
07 Composers’ Showcase in Pécs
08 First international choir festival in Lebanon
09 WSCM Call for lecturers and choirs
10 Nordic Choir Festival Nordklang
11 New Choral Festival Network Board
12 Culture Learning Programme for cities
13 Job offer from European Network

Deadline approaching

REMINDER: European Academy for Choral Conductors
6 – 13/9/2015, Fano (Italy)

The Academy with Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway) will be dedicatedto “Bach & Scandinavia – Understanding the music of our times through the study of Bach’sl music” and will focus on important works by J.S. Bach, P. Nørgard, S.D. Sandström, K. Nystedt, J. Mäntijärvi and others.
Deadline for applications is 31/5/2015!
Further informaiton here or from info@feniarco.it.

Composers Showcase
Don’t miss the deadline for applications to the Composers’ Showcase in the frame of the EUROPA CANTAT festival in Pécs this summer! Deadline is May 31st 2015, more details below and >> here.

Young Singers at Expo in Milan

Almost 40 young singers from across Europe met in Milan around May 9th, the Day of Europe, to represent choral music in Europe at the World EXPO 2015.  This project was conceived by Jubilate Music Association, Feniarco and IFCM.

Despite some last-minute challenges, with the great help of the Jubilate Music Association which invested a lot to save the event, REVOICE! International Vocal Ensemble - alumni singers of the Eurochoir performed in Milan and at the Italian Pavilion of the Universal Exposition as planned. They were conducted by Alessandro Cadario (IT) and the five REVOICE conductors and performed a broad range of pieces including a first performance of the Hymn of Europe arranged by Gunnar Erikson for the occasion.

The choir could also express its mourning for the victims of the recent Nepalese earthquake by singing in the Nepal Pavilion, a sign of sharing that was deeply appreciated by Nepalese people attending the exposition.

You will find an article (in Italian) about the event >> here. If you want to know more about the programme of the EXPO 2015 project and future concerts, you will find the programme >> here.

VOICE - Inspiratational Guide

Singing Belongs to Everyone
How to get millions of children singing within the span of a generation

If a child sings, it is because it has learned it somewhere: at home, at school, in a choir... One effort of one of the million choirs all over Europe may just be that decisive nudge that will get millions of children singing within the span of the next generation. A new inspirational guide published by Koor&Stem in the frame of the VOICE project describes all kinds of initiatives that have been designed to get more children singing. Share it within your own choral organisation or choir! The brochure is available in English, Dutch, French and German and can be downloaded freely on www.koorenstem.be/singing-belongs-to-everyone The inspirational guide will be presented at the EMC European Forum on Music in Riga on June 13th 2015.

VOICE project reaching its end

The VOICE project is reaching its official end.

After three years of intense activities, festivals, training courses, research programmes, meetings and brainstorming sessions, the VOICE project is reaching its official end on the 31 May 2015. But reaching an end does not mean disappearing: the accumulated experience and the innovative ideas developed along the project are already bearing fruits in terms of new cooperations and new activities across Europe, and we hope that the reports that will be available at the end of June will trigger new ideas and collaborations in the choral world.
More information on www.thevoiceproject.eu

Youth Committee – next generation

The Youth Committee has received some inquiries into its procedures for selecting the next committee for autumn 2015 to autumn 2018. Interested parties can be assured preparations for this are on their way and information about these procedures will be sent out before the EUROPA CANTAT festival in Pécs beginning on the 24th of July. Young choral musicians and choral organizations interested in nominating youth representatives can send a message to youthcommittee@eca-ec.org.

Festival in Pécs approaching

EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 is here in less than two months – and you can still be part of this special event

The festival is approaching quickly but you are still able to apply for the daily flexible programmes - check the timetable of the Conductors’ and Composers’ Programme and the Discovery Atelier sessions! You can also improve your conducting and join the Basic Conducting Intensive Course, lead by Tim Brown, or you can specalize in Open Singings and apply for the Open Singing Masterclass with Michael Gohl! The deadline for applications is 30th of June!
After all the work from the ateliers, you should relax in the city of Pécs and check it’s breathtaking sights. Get the Hung(a)ry for Pécs touristic package which includes free public transport plus free entry to the cities TOP 10 museums and exhibitions  
You can also look forward to many exciting concerts – not only of the participating choirs and the ateliers, also of special guest choirs and ensembles, including Singer Pur, Rajaton, Nederlands Kamerchor, TENSO Chamber Choir, Schola Juvenil Venezuela, African Youth Choir, Hungarian, Croatian and Serbian Radio Choir, Slovenian Chamber Choir, Jazzation, and different orchestras and instrumental ensembles. More on www.ecpecs2015.hu

Composers’ Showcase in Pécs

The EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Pécs has introduced a new interesting feature for composers as an ideal opportunity to present new composers and new works to an expert audience of over 100 conductors from all over Europe and beyond! Every morning in the Programme for Conductors and Composers we will present one or several 5-minute Composers’ Showcases in the plenary session opening the days’ programme. In addition composers will have many more opportunities to talk to conductors, other composers or publishers, talk about their own music or improve their skills and get inspired by attending sessions for composers.
Don’t miss the deadline for the Composers’ Showcase on May 31st 2015 and send an Email to discovery_fringe@ecpecs2015.hu now.

First international choir festival in Lebanon

The European Choral Association – Europa Cantat supported the first International Choir Festival in Lebanon which was organized at the end of April 2015 by the Fayha Choir, the Azm Cultural Centre and Polyfollia. Secretary General Sonja Greiner was invited as expert to speak in the framework of a workshop for conductors and composers and give advisory support to the foundation of the first Lebanese Choral Association.
This first international choir festival in Lebanon, with concerts across the country and a final weekend in Tripoli, gathered choirs from different parts of Lebanon, guests choirs from Dubai and Armenia and a number of international guests. There were many wonderful and touching moments in this festival which gathered Christian and Muslim singers peacefully under the festival theme of “Voices in Harmony”, with numerous performance of sacred and secular music in Arabic and many other languages, workshops for conductors and for singers, and many inspiring talks. The local team is already working on the 2nd edition of the festival in 2016. If you are interested contact manage@fayhachoir.org.

Pictures of the Festival on the Facebook page

WSCM Call for lecturers and choirs

Call For Choirs and Presenters
World Symposium on Choral Music XI, Barcelona, Spain, 22 – 29 July 2017

The next IFCM WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON CHORAL MUSIC will be in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Under the theme “The Colors of Peace”, the IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music brings together the world’s choirs, choral musicians, composers and publishers to share in and celebrate the diversity and artistic excellence of our global choral community.

CHOIRS: Should your choir apply? Choirs of all shapes and sizes from all corners of the globe can apply to perform at the world’s greatest non-competitive international choral event.
Deadline for applications for Choirs – November 1st, 2015
Download the application form for choirs/performers >>  here

PRESENTERS: Do you have something that you would like to share with the choral world as a Presenter, Lecturer or workshop Leader? The IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music Artistic Team would love to hear your ideas. Deadline for applications for Presenters/Lecturers – December 1st 2015. Download the application form for presenters/lecturers >> here

Nordic Choir Festival Nordklang

The 16th Nordklang Festival will be organized in Turku, Finland from August 3 to 7, 2016. In order to get up-to-date information about the programme, the participants and how to register, please visit www.nordklang.fi or on the Facebook page.

New Choral Festival Network Board

At its online General Assembly in May 2015, the membership of the Choral Festival Network elected a new Board, confirming Kaie Tanner (President - Estonia), Simmone Claeys (Belgium), Maria Elina Mayorga (Argentina) and Sebastian Pflüger (Germany), and electing new Board members David Heidel (USA) and John Fitzpatrick (Ireland) . There will be a meeting of the Choral Festival Network at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Pécs on Sunday, July 26th – representatives of choral festivals and competitions interested to know more about the network can use this occasion to talk to the Board and members there.  More on www.choralfestivalnetwork.org

Culture Learning Programme for cities

Culture Action Europe and its partner Agenda 21 for Culture – UCLG have jointly launched the Programme “Culture in Sustainable Cities: Learning with Culture 21 Actions”, dedicated to cities and local governments for the period 2015-2017.
This programme provides opportunities for European local governments to participate in a learning process, on the basis of the principles and actions included in “Culture 21 Actions“, the new Agenda 21 for Culture’s document approved during the first UCLG Culture Summit of March 2015.
Each Pilot City will benefit from a 26 to 28 months learning programme, composed by different steps, many of which will directly involve local cultural players, activists and citizens, and includes as well a "peer learning" process between participating cities. If you wish to read more: http://bit.ly/1IQNcEs

Job offer from European Network

Looking for a Communications and Development Director
Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is looking for a driven and experienced Communications & Development Director to help the network to establish itself as a leading network for professional development and exchange in the international cultural sector.

The communications aspect of the role focuses on two exciting new pan European projects, developing the TEH brand internationally and communication of the network’s activities. The development aspect involves leading the start-up and strategic development of the TEH Academy and related projects.

Submit your application today to join our team in Lund, Sweden from the 1st of September. Deadline for applications is June 15th 2015.
More information >> here.

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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