Summer is over, and it is time for us, both to look back and enjoy the memories of the EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Pécs (make sure to watch the new documentation video!) and of the other activities of ECA-EC of the last months, and to look ahead, to our presence at the chor.com, to the Conference, General Assembly and Membership Day and Helsinki (don’t forget to register by September 30th 2015!), and to our rich programme of activities in 2016.

We are also sharing information from our membership and from European/international associations in which we are members.

If you want to meet us in person, you can visit our booth at the chor.com October 1st to 4th 2015 in Dortmund, Germany, in the frame of which our Executive Board will also meet. Should you be planning to visit the Womex in Budapest at the end of October, you can pick up our programme 2016 at the booth of EMC (further details below).

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 wishes

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

Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier
Traduction française >>ici

01 REMINDER: Register for Helsinki until 30/9/15
02 Details on activities 2016 online
03 Memories of EUROPA CANTAT Pécs
04 Other activities in summer 2015
05 Meet us at the chor.com!
06 News from our members
07 Youth Management Programme in Nassau
08 News from IFCM
09 New association founded in Hongkong
10 EMC at Womex
11 IMC General Assembly in Rabat
12 Culture Action Europe in Gothenburg

REMINDER: Register for Helsinki until 30/9/15

September 30th is the deadline for:
-       Registration to for the Conference “Sharing the Benefits of Singing”, combined with the General Assembly of ECA-EC and a special “Membership Day”, November 12th to 15th 2015 in Helsinki (FI) Online Registration / Official Invitatoin
(If you have missed the deadline, you can check with us if registration is still possible – however, we cannot guarantee a place in the conference hotel after September 30th)
-       Sending your candidature if you are a candidate to the Board of ECA-EC
-       For the member organisations of ECA-EC to send proposals for candidates to the Music Commission
-       For the member organisations of ECA-EC to inform us if they would like to present a project
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at info@EuropeanChoralAssociation.org.


Details on activities 2016 online

As promised in the brochure with the programme for 2016, we have now published the details on our Website under “Events” –> “Events 2016”. You will find links to the different events for choirs, singers, conductors, composers and managers with workshop titles, the names of conductors and teachers, participation fees etc.

The German translation of the programme 2016 has also been uploaded under “Aktivitäten 2016” now, the French translation will soon follow.

You can already register for several activities in 2016:
Registration is now open for the major Festival “Choralies” in Vaison-la-Romaine in August 2016 and Feniarco has published a flyer on the Festival di Primavera.

Memories of EUROPA CANTAT Pécs

Five thousand choir singers and many thousands of Pécs city residents sang together at the closing ceremony of the EUROPA CANTAT choir festival, on 1st August. 6000 guests came from more than 50 countries and turned Pécs into the capital of the choral world for a week, enjoying more than 130 concerts, discovering the secrets of the human voice in numerous music ateliers, and singing together with other visitors and inhabitants of Pécs at the Open Singings on Cathedral Square as well as in small common singing sessions in many concerts. Read more about the festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX in Pécs in the official Press Release >> here.

After the summer holidays, our communication team has produced a colourful video clip with impressions from the many rehearsals, concerts and fringe events of the Festival. Recall the greatest moments you experienced or discover the festival if you did not attend it yourself, by watching the video clip >> here.

If you are on facebook, you can watch numerous official pictures of the festival >> here and upload your own >> here.

Other activities in summer 2015

The EUROPA CANTAT festival in Pécs was not the only activity of ECA-EC this last summer.

Just before the festival, the Choralp Singing Week in Briançon invited choirs from Venezuela, Flanders/Belgium, Romania and Congo to join the individual participants of the Singing Week to sing with Jean Marie Puissant (FR) and Marleen de Bo (BE). You will find some pictures of the week >> here.

In September Feniarco hosted the European Academy for Young Conductors in Fano with Ragnar Rasmussen, dedicated to “Bach & Scandinavia - Understanding the music of our present time through the study of Bach’s music”.  Active participants had the great opportunity to practice every day with a pilot choir formed most of all by members of the Coro Giovanile Italiano, the National Youth Choir, and the best 10 conductors directed the choir during the final concert. You will find pictures on Facebook >> here.

Meet us at the chor.com!

If you are attending the chor.com in Dortmund this week, don’t miss the opportunity to come and meet us, find information about ECA-EC, grab our programme for 2016, take note of the dates for the next EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Tallinn in 2018 and take home some gadgets, buy some of our songbooks, CDs or DVDs, or just come to tell us what was your impression of Pécs.

We will have a table with material of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat at the booth of our member association Deutscher Chorverband, organizers of the chor.com (Westfalenhalle Dortmund – Goldsaal). Our table will be occupied by Sonja Greiner (October 1st, 3rd and 4th) and Giulia Lodi (October 1st and 2nd).
You might also bump into members of our Executive Board who will be meeting in Dortmund on October 2nd, as well as into Flannery Ryan from our Youth Committee, who is also the chair of the “Deutsche Chorjugend”.


News from our members

The Catalan Umbrella organisation Moviment Coral Català (MCC) had elections in September. Their new President is Ariadna de Casacuberta. Further members of the Executive Board are Isidre Olivella (Vice-President), Marina Velazquez (Treasurer), Montserrat Gual (Secretary) as well as Josep Cruells, Berta Junqué, Bernat Cabré and David Sunyer.
Martí Ferrer, former President of MCC, remains Director of the Mediterranean Office for Choral Singing (MOCS) with Marina Velázquez as manager.
www.mcc.cat / mcc@mcc.cat

Youth Management Programme in Nassau

Our Youth Committee would like to encourage you to spread the following information about the IFCM YouthArts Management Programme in Nassau, Bahamas. This management training was inspired by the Young Event Management Programme (YEMP), rganised by the European Choral Assciation - Europa Cantat every three years at the EUROPA CANTAT festival, and strongly promoted and prepared by members of our Youth Committee.

IFCM YouthArts Management Program
Nassau, Bahamas, August 15 – 31 2016

After the first Youth Forum organized by IFCM and Polyfollia in Caen in 2008, which triggered the creation of the Young Event Management Programme of ECA-EC in 2009, the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) have now designed a training programme in the frame of the America Cantat Festival in Nassau in August 2016.

The programme has been designed for young managers aged 18 to 30, who are motivated to learn and to develop their skills in international event management so they can go back to their home countries with the tools needed to organize choir and music festivals and events.

Deadline for application: January 15th 2016
Further information including a draft schedule and the application form can be found >> here

News from IFCM

Please read the September newsletter of IFCM here:
- in English
- in French
- in German
- in Spanish
- in Italian

Don’t forget to apply for the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona in 2017!

The deadline for choirs wishing to apply is November 1st 2015. Please use this application form.
The deadline for those interested to do a presentation, lecture or workhop is December 1st 2015, using this application form.

New association founded in Hongkong

A new “World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association” was founded by Prof. Leon Shiu-wai TONG in 2015. Objectives of the association are to facilitate the interaction of youth and children internationally, promote the development of youth and children of the world through choral singing and to establish a platform for composers, conductors, singing pedagogues, and choral professionals.
More information in the official Press Release >> here

EMC at Womex

The European Music Council will be present at the next WOMEX World Music Expo in Budapest, October 21st to 25th 2015. The annual event of WOMEX, an international networking platform for the world music industry includes a Trade Fare (Expo), a Showcase Festival, a Conference and a Film programme as well as a festival Opening and different Award Ceremonies.
You will find a booth of the European Music Council at the Expo, and you can attend their workshop on October 22nd where they will talk about a new European cooperation project.
Further information on www.emc-imc.org.

IMC General Assembly in Rabat

The 36th General Assembly of the International Music Council will be held in the framework of the second edition of Visa for Music, the Africa Middle-East Music Meeting in Rabat, Morocco, 11-13 November 2015. For more information go to http://www.imc-cim.org.

Since this event is overlapping with the General Assembly and Conference of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, ECA-EC will be represented by Jesse Boere, chair of the ECA-EC Youth Committee, who was recently co-opted to the Board of the International Music Council as youth representative.

Culture Action Europe in Gothenburg

European, national, regional and local cultural associations as well as individuals interested in culture will come together in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 15 to 17 2015 for the conference “Beyond the Obivous”, organised by Culture Action Europe.

The conference wants to be a thought-provoking gathering made of large scale and small scale dialogues, encounters, community-building, exchanges between local and other European cultural actors and it invites its participants to learn, reflect and debate on what balance shall be sought between the condition for a meaningful public sphere on one side, and private and commercial interests on the other, in order to fulfil cultural – thus: human – rights.
The European Choral Association – Europa Cantat will be represented by its Secretary General Sonja Greiner.

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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