Today you are receiving our October newsletter, a short one since we are in full preparations of our General Assembly in Helsinki this coming month, after which there will be a lot of news to spread. You will find a link to the programme of our weekend in Helsinki, the online version of ECmagazine 3/2015 as well as updated information on the Choralies in France in August 2016. We are sharing the translated summaries of our Singing Europe study and encouraging you to also translate and use the study for your own purposes. You will also read the latest news from the World Youth Choir Foundation and receive information about “the Baroque Experience”, a EU-funded project in which ECA-EC is a partner. Last but not least we publish links to the International Choral Bulletin, we remind you of the deadline for submitting applications to the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona in 2017, and sharing the music programme of America Cantat with you.

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

Die Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier
La traduction française >>ici

01 Conference in Helsinki approaching
02 Recruiting for new Youth Committee
03 ECmagazine 3/2015 online
04 Do you know the Choralies?
05 Pécs Declaration and Festival Statistics
06 Singing Europe – translated summaries
07 Change in World Youth Choir Management
08 European Cooperation project “The Baroque Experience”
09 America Cantat Music Programme online
10 IFCM Deadlines WSCM / online ICB

Conference in Helsinki approaching

November will be an exciting month for us, with joyful and sad moments. We will meet our members in the city of Helsinki, upon invitation of our Finnish member organization Sulasol, and are looking forward to an exciting weekend full of discussions, new ideas and inspiring talks and presentations. We will, however, also have to say goodbye to some Board members and to others who have been involved in our association over the last three years, even though they may not be present in Helsinki personally (members of our Music Commission and our Youth Committee, music consultants and others), and last but not least, we will be able to share our memories of the Pécs festival with a part of the local team.

We will also elect a new Board, discuss with our members more than ever about their wishes, concerns and ideas, and the new Board will start the process of nominating the members of the new Music Commission and prepare the way for the composition of the new Youth Committee, with both groups starting their work in 2016. 

All the material and information about the Conference and General Assembly in Helsinki, November 12th to 15th 2015, are now available online: Members will find the full set of meeting papers in the password-protected section of our Website here. The short conference programme is available here, further information can be found in issue 3/2015 of ECmagazine (see below).

After the conference, in the November newsletter, you will be informed about the new Board elected in Helsinki and about the main results of the General Assembly, the membership involvement day and the conference.


Recruiting for new Youth Committee

The Youth Committee is getting ready to recruit new members for the 2016-2018 period from different parts of Europe. Burak Onur Erdem (TR) and Emi Farago (HU) will be able to meet interested candidates and answer their questions about the Youth Committee at the General Assembly and Conference in Helsinki. If you are not present in Helsinki, you can also send a message to youthcommittee@eca-ec.org.


ECmagazine 3/2015 online

ECmagazine 3/2015 is dedicated to the theme of “Sharing the Benefits of Singing”, the theme of our conference in Helsinki. For participants of the conference it also serves as conference programme with background reading, those who cannot attend the conference will be able to read summaries of the keynote speech and of most of the projects and discussions presented during the conference, including some examples of good practice.

One of the big themes is the use of collective singing as tool for inclusion in the widest sense – inclusion of those who are in danger of exclusion due to disabilities, social or economic disadvantages or a different cultural background, including those coming to the European Union as refugees and asylum seekers at the moment.

Download the English version as PDF or as ISSUU file, the French and German translations will be uploaded in the coming weeks >> here. The paper version will be distributed at the conference in Helsinki and sent to our members and partners in November.

Do you know the Choralies?

Do you know the Choralies Festival in Vaison-la-Romaine?
It is more than 5000 participants singing in ateliers every morning and  giving or listening concerts in the afternoon, in the whole city. Every evening everybody gather in the Roman theatre of Vaison-la-Romaine for a great evening of open singing and gala concert with a world class program.
At the Choralies, there is something for everyone and you will find something for your taste. Forty atelier, different registration possibilities, and over 150 concerts.
All ateliers description and concert program are available on www.choralies.fr
And more : the website is fully bilingual (English/French) / Online registration is available / 3 ateliers are dedicated to children / special price for ECA-EC members / volunteer in the festival !
Hurry up to take the chance of the cheapest prices. We are waiting for you
Contact : inscriptions@choralies.fr / +(33)4 72 19 83 40
22èmes Choralies August 3rd - 11th, 2016. Vaison-la-Romaine (Provence, France).

Pécs Declaration and Festival Statistics

After the festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX in Pécs last summer, a common declaration was signed by Dr. Péter Hoppál, Minister of State for Culture of the Ministry of Human Capacities, Dr. Zsolt Páva, Mayor of Pécs, Dr. Zsuzsánna Mindszenty, President of the Association of Hungarian Choirs, Orchestras and Folk Ensembles (KÓTA) and Gábor Móczár, President of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat.

While many have watched the videos and looked at the many pictures available on the festival Website www.ecpecs2015.hu and on Facebook, the communication team in Pécs counted participants, countries, guests, concerts and much more and gathered detailed statistics about this festival which are available >> here.

Singing Europe – translated summaries

After the summer break, we have been able to intensify the promotion of the Singing Europe Report with statistics on choral life in Europe, which was published at the end of the VOICE project at the beginning of summer. Despite the fact that it is a pilot study with certain weaknesses, it has turned out to be a very useful tool for advocating for choral music.

Since not everybody can read such a complex study in English, we have asked our network to start translating the summary and main findings of the study into their own languages and thus produce a tool which can be useful not only on a European, but also on a national, regional or local level.

Thanks to Monika Graulich a German translation was finished in time for presentation at the chor.com in Dortmund at the beginning of October, and thanks to Séverine Delforge (Belgium) and Stéphane Grosclaude (France), a French translation is now also available, including the detailed statistics for France and Belgium.

Further translations are “in the making” and can be found on www.singingeurope.org as soon as they will be ready.

You can spread the message that we - the choral singers around Europe - are many more than most people think, and that we represent a percentage of the population which cannot be easily ignored by politicians. Choral music is far from being a "niche" art form, and it is relatively cheap, it can be made available at any time for everybody, and it can help solve a lot of problems.
If you have any questions about the report/the study, please do not hesitate to contact project@eca-ec.org!


Change in World Youth Choir Management

The Board of the World Youth Choir Foundation is sorry to announce that Vladimir Opacic, who had been the manager of the World Youth choir for 11 years, decided to withdraw from this position for personal reasons.

The World Youth Choir Foundation Board and the patrons of the choir, Jeunesses Musicales International, IFCM and ECA-EC, are immensely grateful to Vladimir Opacic for all the time, energy and idealism he has invested into the project over so many years. Vladimir was the driving force of the choir, he got to know generations of singers personally, he built up a database of alumni who can now easily be reached for special projects, he negotiated with numerous partners and prepared and organized a series of successful sessions across the world.

While the Board will be recruiting a successor for Vladimir, questions about the World Youth Choir and the Foundation can be addressed to president@WorldYouthChoir.org if they are of a general nature and to manager@worldyouthchoir.org if they are more specific or of an artistic nature.


European Cooperation project “The Baroque Experience”

The following activity is part of the project “Baroque Experience” which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020), a project coordinated by the Linz Tourist Board (Austria) in which the European Choral Associatino – Europa Cantat is a partner.

Music, Culture &Culinary Art
in the Danube-Vltava region

Under the slogan "BAROQUE LIVE - Music, Culture & Cuisine in the Danube-Vltava region" the Tourism Board of Linz invites seniors with a passion for singing and amateur musicians, especially singers from church choirs, to singing days/weeks in the European region Danube-Vltava. The singing weeks consist of a series of concerts held at various venues in the Danube-Vltava region –in Linz, Schlierbach, Passau and Regensburg. The concerts take place in December 2015, April / May and October 2016. Under professional guidance, oratories, passions and other compositions of baroque composers can be elaborated, rehearsed and performed. The concerts are held at major baroque venues such as churches, castles and monasteries. The unique nature of the concert series is based on the historical facts of the Danube-Vltava. The stays in the Danube-Vltava region are combined with culinary and sensual experiences, such as Beer & Baroque in Lower Bavaria, an organ trip through the Bavarian Forest or a visit of to the baroque theater in the castle of CeskyKrumlov.In the evening the singers have the opportunity to visits theatre performances or church music concerts in the region.

The first joint-singing concert will be held on the 13th of December 2015 in Linz at the Brucknerhaus. The following programme will be performed: Jauchzet – Frohlocket, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, Christmas Oratory BWV 248, Part I–VI.
Further concerts in the Danube-Vltava region are in preparation. Any further information can be found on the website: www.barocklive.eu.

America Cantat Music Programme online

The workshop programme for the America Cantat festival in Nassau, Bahamas, in August 2016 has been published on http://america-cantat.org/workshops/ and registrations for the festival are open.

IFCM Deadlines WSCM / online ICB

Call for choirs - World Symposium on Choral Music XI, Barcelona, Spain, 22 - 29 July 2017
Choirs from all over the world, to apply for the selection to perform in the Symposium concerts. Send your application now! Closing date for Choirs – November 1, 2015

Download the Application for Performance
The website of the 11th World Symposium on choral music is now open!: www.wscm11.cat
Watch the video on Youtube

Invitation to the next IFCM General Assembly in
Macau (SAR), November 14, 2015, and agenda on www.ifcm.net (PDF)

Read the complete IFCM October eNews here:
in English
in French - en français
in German - auf Deutsch
in Spanish – en castellano
in Italian - in italiano

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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