Summertime! For us this means that the complete team of the General Secretariat, our Board, Music Commission and Youth Committee are all on their way to the EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Pécs or are already there, looking forward to welcoming over 4.000 participants from around the world, invited musicians and guests between July 24th and August 2nd. Even though we will be working and reachable in principle, this may mean that messages that are not connected to the festival may not be answered immediately. In August we will be taking our summer holidays – mostly taking turns. However, our office will remain closed from August 10th to 17th 2015. Our next newsletter will thus reach you in September, after the summer season.

In this July/August newsletter we are inviting you to our conference “Sharing the Benefits of Singing”, combined with the General Assembly of ECA-EC and a special “Membership Day” in Helsinki this coming November, publishing our 2016 programme of activities, sharing issue 2/2015 of ECmagazine with you (which is at the same time issue 0 of the Festival Newspaper of EUROPA CANTAT XIX in Pécs), informing you how to meet us in Pécs and how to support the “Friends of Choral Music” if you will be attending the festival. We are also sharing the results of the “Leo Sings” project in which we were partners and informing you about the latest publications of Carus-Verlag in cooperation with ECA-EC.

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.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Pécs soon,
With best wishes

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

Traduction française >> ici
 Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier

01 Summer schedule of our office
02 Conference and General Assembly 2015
03 Get ready for EUROPA CANTAT in Pécs
04 Our presence in Pécs
05 Youth Committee - the next generation?
06 Become a “choral friend” in Pécs
07 Discover our 2016 programme
08 Special issue - ECmagazine 2/2015
09 LEO Sings! Project Results
10 “Psalmodiando” published by Carus

Summer schedule of our office

From July 21st to August 3rd our complete team will be at the festival EUROPA CANTAT in Pécs (see below). We will be reading messages irregularly and may not be able to answer issues that are not related to the festival and are not urgent. From August 4th to 7th our Secretary General will be working half days in the office.
From August 10th to 17th our office will remain closed for holidays, though our project manager will start working on the next project application, and between August 18th and 30th our Secretary General will be on holidays with the rest of the team back in the office.

Conference and General Assembly 2015

Conference "Sharing the Benefits of Singing"
General Assembly 2015
and special Membership Day
Helsinki, 12 – 15/11/2015

it is our pleasure to invite you to this year’s Conference “Sharing the Benefits of Singing”, combined with a Members’ Meeting and the 2015 General Assembly of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat in Helsinki, November 13th to 15th 2015, hosted by our Finnish member association Sulasol. Please find the full invitation >> here

The conference “Sharing the Benefits of Singing” will be opened on Friday, November 13th in the late afternoon and will continue on Saturday afternoon. It is open to anybody interested and shall focus on health aspects, social aspects and singing with people with dementia as well as inclusion aspects (how to make choral events more inclusive). There will be project presentations, poster presentations, plenary sessions, parallel workshops and open discussion groups. 

Members of ECA-EC are invited to attend the new “Membership Involvement Day” on Friday, November 13th in the morning and early afternoon. The morning shall offer members the opportunity to talk about the association, its activities and its communication, bring in new ideas and develop new models with their peers while the afternoon will offer the opportunity to present their own projects .

This year’s General Assembly on Saturday, November 14th in the morning will give us a chance to evaluate the work accomplished by the Board in the last three years and to look back at the EUROPA CANTAT festival in Pécs. Also, we will elect the members of the Board for the coming three years.  We are looking forward to receiving candidatures for the 13 seats before 30/9/2015 – see details in the invitation document >> here.

We are looking forward to welcoming many members and other guests in Helsinki!

Gábor Móczár
President of the European Choral
Association - Europa Cantat

Online Registration
Official Invitatoin - English
Invitation Officielle - Version française
Offizielle Einladung - Deutsche Version 

Get ready for EUROPA CANTAT in Pécs

Get ready -
EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 is here!

The festival is at our doorstep and the city of Pécs has burst into the EUROPA CANTAT theme. Look for our Info Towers during the festival! You will find every important information, news updates, daily programmes and the daily Festival Newspaper in there...

Also the ambassador choirs are getting into the EUROPA CANTAT groove. VoiSingers just had a flashmobat the local Telekom store! Moreover they just made a video with the famous local band, Punnany Massif, to show that sharing music is full of joy! Checkthe video with its uplifting melody! As you can see, music can pop up everywhere!

Follow our Facebook Page for daily updates, or browse our renewed official website for the rich and diverse programme of the festival!

Even If you will not be in Pécs yourself, you can still follow the festival online:

Official hashtag: #ecpecs2015

Our presence in Pécs

Members or others present in Pécs and having a question about the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat will find our colleague Giulia Lodi in the festival office until July 30th, as long as the expo is not open. Protocol guests will find the Secretary General and/or our project manager Côme Ferrand Cooper in the VIP office.
From July 28th to August 1st from 15.30 till 20.30 you will find Giulia Lodi or Côme Ferrand Cooper at the booth of ECA-EC in the hall of the expo. They can answer your questions about the federation and they will be distributing our annual programme 2016 (see below) as well as ECmagazine 1/2015 (VOICE report) and the Singing Europe Report.


Youth Committee - the next generation?

Are you curious how to become a member of the Youth Committee of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat for the next three years? Keep an eye on the Website or if you're very eager, send an email to youthcommittee@eca-ec.org so you won't miss the formal call for application.
You will also have the chance to meet some members of the Youth Committee during our festival in Pécs, where they will be working in different offices but will try to also find the time to talk to you - You can contact the booth of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat at the festival Expo between July 28th and August 1st, 15.00 - 20.30 and ask for an appointment with one of the Youth Committee members:
Jesse Boere (NL - chair, Festival Office, Holland House and runner)
Burak Onur Erdem (TR - assistant to Michael Gohl for Open Singing)
Emi Farago (HU - very busy in the Music Office)
Iva Radulovic (RS - chair of WG YEMP, staff Office)
Flannery Ryan (DE - helping out in the communication office)

Become a “choral friend” in Pécs

Support the work of the Friends of Choral Music
in Pécs (or from home)

The Friends of Choral Music in Europe (link to www.choralfriends.eu) will show a strong presence in Pécs. You should find their flyer in your festival bags, posters in your rehearsal rooms and a booth at the Expo (July 28th to August 1st 2015, 15.00 – 20.30). Visit our booth to talk to Board members and volunteers supporting the association, to become a member, or to give a donation – and pick up a button confirming that you are a “choral friend”.

Would you like to meet some very important people from the European Choral Association, listen to an exquisite musical surprise, get to know the Champagne Cellars in Pécs – and support the Friends of Choral Music in Europe at the same time? Write to info@choralfriends.eu if you can still buy a ticket (50 €) for the fundraising lunch on August 1st 2015 at 13.15 h

You can’t come to Pécs? You can still be a choral friend! Sign up online, donate via bank transfer or organize a fundraising event in your home town. More on www.choralfriends.eu


Discover our 2016 programme

Many of us are mostly thinking about the festival in Pécs now, but others may already have started planning the coming year. Just before leaving for Pécs, we have finalized the programme of activities under the label of ECA-EC for 2016. We have already uploaded on our Website the PDF version of the brochure, which is also available as ISSUU file, as well as a PDF of the Calendar Flyer. Please feel free to distribute these documents to your members, friends and colleagues!

You will discover a rich and diverse programme with activities of ECA-EC (Eurochoir and conferences), activities offered in partnershipo with ECA-EC (Choralies, Festival di Primavera, Singing Week in Gent and numerous offers for conductors, singers, composers and managers)as well as activities from our network, promoted by ECA-EC (replading the former “recommended events”).

The biggest event for choirs and singers in 2016 will be the Choralies festival organised by A Coeur Joie, gathering several thousand singers in Vaison-la-Romaine in Southern France and offering a rich choice of ateliers. The Festival di Primavera organised by Feniarco in Tuscany will bring together over 1.000 singers in children’s and youth choirs, within and outside schools. Our Flemish member organisation Koor&Stem is offering a Singing Week in Ghent to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vlaamse Federatie van Jonge Koren.

Conductors and individual singers can choose from a number of activities such as the Eurochoir 2016 in Italy, the (Inter)national Congress for Conductors in France, the Oratorio Academy in Pomáz, the Capriccio Français Summer Academy in Barcelona, the course for starting choral conductors in Ghent and the Early Music Workshop in connection with the Early Music Festival in Utrecht as well as several activities for conductors from the network, promoted by ECA-Ec.

Composers can attend the European Academy in Italy or the Mediterranean Forum in Istanbul, which is also open to conductors and managers.

You can also start planning ahead with the dates published for some events in 2017 and 2018.
Browse the full programme in our brochure and on our Website under “Events 2016” – Detailed information about the events (workshop titles and conductors, working languages, levels of difficulty, participation fees, tourist offers etc.) will be uploaded to our Website in the coming weeks and are usually available from the Websites of the organisers of the event.

Special issue - ECmagazine 2/2015

Shortly after having published issue 1/2015 of ECmagazine with the final report on the VOICE project, we can now present issue 2/2015, which is another special one: It is at the same time issue 0 of the EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs Festival newspaper which all participants of the festival will find in their bags. Outside the festival it will be disseminated digitally, offering some insight into the festival, Pécs as host town, the history of the festival and the association, and much more.
The English version is ready and can be downloaded >> here.
The French and German translations are under preparation and will soon be uploaded on our Website.


LEO Sings! Project Results

The LEO Sings! cooperation project initiated an exploration of language, geography, history and culture of European vocal music diversity through meeting others, sharing experience and culture of other people and regions, giving singers, teachers and trainers the opportunity for exchange. Collective singing practice is strongly reflected in traditional and amateur singing, which is generally organized on a local basis. The context of cooperation at the European level gave the opportunity to understand and benefit from each others' knowledge, skills,training programs and practices.
One-to-one networking has been enlarged on a broader basis to organisations and institutions. Thus, existing networks (singing teachers, choirs and conductors federations, various musical and pedagogical organisations, etc.) could extend to interdisciplinary contacts and vision.
Partners have formalised some observation and evaluation of the issues discussed and analysed during the partnership. Community, media and policy for vocal identity are the challenges introducing possible outcomes proposed by the partners, to be relayed in order to influence public policies supporting vocal culture and education, and to continue sharing innovative voice teaching methods and practices.
A large community of singing and singers was born and have been growing up with LEO Sings!, and will continue in the same spirit of openness through "The Singing Roadshow", a mobile vocal academy, that will bring singing to all kinds of venues, and will be developed in the months to come.

Read more about LEO Sings! assessments and prospects:

Documentation and resources about the partnership:

Film of the project:

Contact: Stéphane Grosclaude
+33 6 73 73 84 53

“Psalmodiando” published by Carus

New cooperation for Contemporary Choral Music from Eastern Europe by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat and Carus-Verlag

In the frame of the cooperation between the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat and Carus-Verlag, a first contemporary Eastern European Score was published. The 7-minute piece “Psalmodiando” by Valentin Gruescu has been published with the original text in Romanian and singable German and English translations. The score can be ordered from
http://www.carus-verlag.com/9752 where you can also find a pronouncing aid.


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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