Today you are receiving our November newsletter. A lot has happened since our last newsletter a month ago:
In Helsinki we had a Conference, a Membership Day and a General Assembly and our members elected a new Board which in turn elected the new Executive Board and appointed the members of the new Music Commission. The Pécs team summarized the festival in figures and visual impressions and distributed a brochure which you will also find below, our Youth Committee published a call for recruitment, our members thanked the former manager of the World Youth Choir, and everybody was invited to the 2016 General Assembly and Conference in Utrecht.
During the same week the International Music Council had its General Assembly at which many good news concerning us were announced (IMC Music Rights Awards, Board elections and election of Honorary Members). Further good news reached us some days ago when we received a letter from the European Commission, informing us that the project VOICE was selected as "success story". 
As usual we also want to remind you of some deadlines, including the one for lecturers applying for the IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona and we share some other news from the European and International Music Council as well as from Culture Action Europe. 

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

Der November war ein ereignisreicher Monat und wir haben es nicht geschafft, alle Neuigkeiten fristgerecht zu übersetzen. Einige wichtige Neuigkeiten gibt es aber in Form von Pressemeldungen auch jetzt schon auf Deutsch, so die Wahlergebnisse von Helsinki >> hier und die Nachricht dass VOICE von der EU als "Erfolgsgeschichte" ausgewählt wurde >> hier. Die deutsche Übersetzung des kompletten Newsletters finden Sie demnächst  >> hier

Le mois de novembre a éte un mois très rempli et nous n'avons pas réuissi à traduire toutes les nouvelles à temps. Il y a quelques nouvelles importantes pour lesquelles nous avons déjà publié des communiqués de presse en français, comme les résultats des élections à Helsinki >> ici et la nouvelle que l'UE a choisi le projet VOICE comme "success story" >> ici. Vous trouverez la traduction française du newsletter entier bientôt  >>ici

01 Press Release Election Results
02 New Music Commission appointed
03 Sharing the Benefits of Singing
04 Save the dates for 2016
05 EU chooses VOICE as "Success story"
06 Hung(a)ry for Memories
07 Recruiting for next Youth Committee
08 Young Conductors apply before 21/12!
09 World Youth Choir Press Release
10 IMC Music Rights Award to Fayha Choir
11 Daphne Wassink re-elected to IMC Board
12 Sonja Greiner IMC Honorary Member
13 European Forum on Music Education
14 IFCM Apply as lecturer before 1/12/15!
15 Culture Action Europe elects new President and Governance

Press Release Election Results

The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat elects a new Board and President and looks ahead to the future development of choral life in Europe
The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat is happy to announce that Gábor Móczár from Hungary was re-elected as President of the association on November 14th 2015 in Helsinki, Finland.

The General Assembly elected a Board of 13 persons from 12 European countries which then elected a new Executive Board:
President: Gábor Móczár (Hungary),
1st Vice-President: Carlo Pavese (Italy),
2nd Vice-President and chair of the Music Commission: Jan Schumacher (Germany),
3rd Vice-President: Daphne Wassink (The Netherlands),
Treasurer: Koenraad De Meulder (Belgium)

Further members of the Board: Burak Onur Erdem (Turkey), Marti Ferrer (Spain), Reijo Kekkonen (Finland), Victoria Liedbergius (Norway), Loti Piris Niño (Belgium), Patrick Secchiari (Switzerland), Kaie Tanner (Estonia), Jean-Claude Wilkens (France)

Read  the full Press Release in English/French/German

New Music Commission appointed

On November 15th the newly elected Board of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat appointed the members of the new Music Commission:

Jan Schumacher (Germany - chair,
    Vice-President of ECA-EC)
Marleen Annemans (Belgium)
Filippo Maria Bressan (Italy)
Agnes Erdély (Hungary)
Cecilia Martin-Löf (Sweden)
Burak Onur Erdem (Turkey,ECA-EC Board,
   link to ECA-EC Youth Committee)
Raul Talmar (Estonia,
   link to EUROPA CANTAT XX in Tallin 2018)
Jean-Claude Wilkens (France, ECA-EC Board)
N.N. (from the field of vocal jazz / vocal pop / rhythmic music, to be confirmed)

Sharing the Benefits of Singing

Under the title "Sharing the Benefits of Singing" the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat organised a conference in connection with its General Assembly and Membership Day in Helsinki, November 13th to 15th 2015, in cooperation with its Finnish member association Sulasol.

Participants of the conference discovered exemplary projects during poster presentations, listened to a keynote speech about the impact of choir singing on senior citizens´ health and well-being by  Jukka Louhivuori (FIN), and to a presentation on “Neural benefits of music listening and singing in stroke and dementia” by Teppo Särkämö, FI, as well as to Marjukka Riihimäki (FI) reporting about her project with singers with memory problems "I sing if I can remember". In parallel discussion groups they developed ideas and strategies on how to make choral events more inclusive, how to use collective singing as tool for intercultural inclusion and how to promote the benefits of singing with the help of the Singing Europe study and other tools. For further information and background reading see ECmagazine 3-2015

The weekend included musical presentations by the Vocal Ensemble Lumen Valo and a selection of singers from Grex Musicus

Save the dates for 2016

The next Conference and General Assembly (10 - 13/11/2016) will be hosted by ZIMIHC, a new member of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, in the city of Utrecht, host of the EUROPA CANTAT festival in 2009. 

EU chooses VOICE as "Success story"

The European Cooperation project "VOICE - Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe" has been selected by the European Commission as a "Success Story":

"Success stories" are finalised projects that have distinguished themselves by their impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results and/or creative approach and can be a source of inspiration for others. The choice of [the] project as a success story was made on the basis of a selection process according to rigorous criteria regarding the quality, relevance and results of [the] project.

These are of course great news for the European Choral Association ! Europa Cantat and the 14 partners involved in the project. But it is first and foremost a recognition of the importance of the choral field in Europe (37 million singers, according to our Singing Europe study) and of its ability to cooperate and develop innovative approaches. It will likely contribute to a renewed awareness of the role of collective singing in building a European space based on fundamental human values such as inter cultural exchange, sharing artistic excellence, direct participation to artistic activities and musical education.


Download the free "Singing Europe" report (French and German summaries available) on


Hung(a)ry for Memories

Download the new brochure with statistics of the festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX in summer 2015, and a selection of pictures to bring back memories of this special week, when thousands of people who where hung(a)ry for singing and listening to wonderful concerts gathered in Pécs, Hungary. You can also visit the Multi Media section on www.ecpecs2015.hu to listen to music recordings and watch videos of the festival. 

Recruiting for next Youth Committee

The ECA-EC Youth Committee consists of 6 members throughout Europe, who are in love with choral music. The Committee supports the Board, giving the organization a youth perspective whilst also providing a platform to learn.  You will find further details about the work of the Youth Committee and the profile of persons we are looking for in the Call for Applications.

Applications for the period 2016-2018 are now open. If you are in interested young person from the choral field (singer, conductor, composer or manager), no older than 27 in 2016, or if your organization / choir would like to suggest a young person, please send the application with the material described in the call to youthcommittee@eca-ec.org before 1st January 2016

Young Conductors apply before 21/12!

Young choral conductors from all over Europe now have the opportunity to visit and get to know the European Festival of Youth Choirs in Basel, Switzerland, and to realize a follow-up project fostering the exchange between choirs and the audience in their home countries in the following year. 

Application deadline is December 21st, 2015
More information on the Website of the Festival and in this flyer


World Youth Choir Press Release

At our General Assembly in Helsinki Daphne Wassink, President of the World Youth Choir Foundation, thanked Vladimir Opačić, former World Youth Choir Project Manager for all the time, energy and idealism he has invested into the project over so many years, first as a singer, later as session manager and in the end as project manager of the choir. The members present at the General Assembly got up and applauded him with standing ovations which were sent to him as video message.

The following day Vladimir addressed a letter to the membership of the European Choral Association - Eurpa Cantat, thanking them for this gesture of appreciation.

In this context we would like to apologize for having sent out a wrong text in October issue of our newsletter. You will find the official Press Release of the World Youth Choir Foundation  >>here.


IMC Music Rights Award to Fayha Choir

We are proud to report that the Fayha choir, member of ECA-EC, has been selected as the laureate of the 2015 IMC Music Rights Awards. The award was handed over in Rabat, Morocco, on November 11th 2015, during the opening concert of the music market "Visa for Music".

The Fayha was nominated by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat because of the extensive social work the choir has been doing over the last years, especially in the field of singing with refugee children, but also setting up school choirs, bringing Muslim and Christian young people peacefully together in one choir, offering learning opportunities to young people in the region and last but not least, organizing the first International Lebanese Choir festival for the promotion of peace and understanding.

The jury of the Music Rights Awards of the International Music Council, chaired by Gary Ingle (USA), recognized the extraordinary work the Fahya Choir has been doing for many years in Lebanon, often under difficult circumstances, promoting choral music as an art form but also as a social tool..

Find the full Press Release >> here.

Daphne Wassink re-elected to IMC Board

Congratulations to our Vice-President, Daphne Wassink, for having been elected to the Executive Board of the International Music Council on November 12th, while she was at our own
General Assembly and conference in Helsinki.
Congratulations also to Jesse Boere, current chair of our Youth Committee, who was coopted to the same Board.

Finally, we are also happy to share the news that Paul Dujardin (Belgium) was re-elected as President of the International Music Council at the 3th International General Assembly in Rabat.
You will find the full list of members of the Executive Board >> here.

Sonja Greiner IMC Honorary Member

We are proud to report that our Secretary General, Sonja Greiner, was elected Honorary Member unanimously by the members of the International Music Council at their General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco, on November 11th, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the wellbeing of the organisation.

European Forum on Music Education

Save the Date! 10 - 11 February 2016
BplusC (Het Leidse Volkshuis) Leiden, The Netherlands
The notion of music education going much further than the relationship between student and teacher is widely acknowledged: Festivals, concert venues and orchestras all have their own education departments and at the same time, marketing strategies rely increasingly on the interaction with audiences. When considering music education as the key to musically thriving societies, it becomes ever more obvious why various new collaboration models in the culture sector are becoming more and more popular. The European Forum on Music Education will shed light on how educational concepts relate to all areas of musical life and what this implies for music professionals, audiences and political decision-makers.

Under the umbrella of the European Music Council, this European Forum on Music Education is organised in partnership with the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) and the European Music School Union (EMU). Building on the success of the 2011 From Seoul to Bonn - Translating the Goals for the Development of Arts Education for Music in Europe seminar held jointly with the German UNESCO Commission, the forum invites stakeholders from all areas of the music sector to network, discuss synergies and joint strategies as well as exploit and develop new partnerships and collaborations.

More info will be made available soon here: www.emc-imc.org/efme

IFCM Apply as lecturer before 1/12/15!

December 1st is the deadline to send in your application to be one of the 36 guest lecturers in Barcelona for the IFCM World Choral Symposium (22-29 July 2017).
Details are available 
>> here
Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Read the IFCM November eNews here:
In English
In French - en français
In German - auf Deutsch
In Spanish - en español
In Italian - in italiano


Culture Action Europe elects new President and Governance

Culture Action Europe is proud to announce that Mr Robert Manchin has unanimously been elected as the President of Culture Action Europe at an Executive Committee meeting held in Brussels on Friday, 27th November. He succeeds Ms Mercedes Giovinazzo under whose leadership the organisation has greatly developed and grown.

In conjunction with the election of Mr Manchin (HU), CAE's Executive Committee completed the organisation's Praesidium with Ms Clymene Christoforou (UK) remaining as Treasurer, and Mr Alex Mezsmer (CH) and Ms Julia Pagel (DE) elected as Vice-presidents. The full Executive Committee includes: Ms Angie Cotte (FR), Mr Antonio Gucciardo (ES), Mr Chris Torch (SE), Ms Cristina da Milano (IT), Mr Hernik ZIpszane (SE), Mr Julek Jurowicz (BE), Mr Teodor Celakoski (HR).

Read the full Press Release >> 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
German Ministry of YouthCity of BonnCreative Europe


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