Monday, 28. April 2014
From April 23rd to 27th the International Symposium on Singing in Music Education under the title "How can singing belong to everyone?" took place in Budapest. The symposium was organised by KÓTA - the Hungarian Association of Choirs and Orchestras in cooperation with the Liszt Academy in Budapest (which hosted the symposium in the beautifully renovated building) and is part of the project VOICE - Vision on Innovation in Choral Music in Europe, coordinated by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (ECA-EC).
A rich three-day programme looked at the role of singing in Music Education in different contexts through lectures, panel discussions, workshops and concerts.
The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat was represented through its President Gábor Móczár, the "motor" of the symposium, treasurer Koenraad the Meulder who presented the project "A Voice for Vocal Training" which is also part of VOICE, Board member Victoria Liedbergius, Secretary General Sonja Greiner and VOICE project manager Côme Ferrand Cooper who presented the Singing Europe research at the conference.
Secretary Sonja Greiner participated in the panel discussion on the Bonn Declaration, chaired by Simone Dudt, Secretary General of the European Music Council, explaining how this symposium was an outcome of the Bonn Declaration and the attempt to take it one step further.
In a session entitled "Lullabies of the World - an education project promoting singing with children ... and others" Sonja Greiner gave a lecture on the international collection of lullabies, a cooperation project with Carus-Verlag which includes a book with 50 lullabies from around the world, a CD with 24 selected lullabies recorded by professional musicians and the Website www.lullabiesoftheworld.org, financed through the VOICE project. You can download her Powerpoint presentation >> here and the script of her presentation >> here.
The presentations by the other speakers will be uploaded on the symposium website in the coming weeks - if you missed the symposium or its final session and would like to get a little humouristic overview on what happened during these three days in Budapest, you can download the dialogue between to random participants of the symposium, remembering what they saw and heard, as it was presented by Sonja Greiner and Lászlo Nemes in the final session.