Apr

05

IFCM Third International Competition for Choral Composition: the winners are

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IFCM is very proud and happy to announce the winners of the third International Competition for Choral Composition:

First place with 916/1000 points goes to Juan Manuel Conejo Gonzales from Spain with his piece NUR: first Prize of US$ 5000.00
Second place with 887,5/1000 points goes to Jakub Szafrański from Poland with his piece Falling Stars: second Prize of US$ 2500.00
Third place with 876/1000 points goes to Benedikt Brydern from USA with his piece Miserere: third Prize of US$ 1000.00

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the composers who participated in the IFCM third International Competition for Choral Composition!

Apr

04

China International Chorus Festival and IFCM World Choral Education Conference

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Beijing, China, 19 July to 25 July 2018

The four top choirs invited to the China International Chorus Festival in July have now been selected:

From Gabon, le Chant sur la Lowé, conducted by Yveline Damas.
From Hungary, the Pannon Voices Mixed Choir, conducted by Adrienne Vinczeffy.
From New-Zealand, Viva Voce, conducted by John Rosser, will be the ambassador of the coming WSCM2020 in Auckland.
From the USA, the Houston Children’s Choir, conducted by Steve Rodde.

Also part of the CICF artistic program, the World Youth Choir, composed of young singers from all over the world, will rehearse during two weeks in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, before a concert tour that will end at the CICF’s opening ceremony.

This week, discover le Chant sur la Lowé!

The Vocal Group Le Chant sur la Lowé was founded by Ms. Yveline Damas in December 1990. Composed of thirty members, the choir aims to develop, popularize and enhance Gabonese musical heritage by […]

Mar

31

Obituary José Antonio Abreu (1939-2018)

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By Maria Guinand

On Saturday, March 25, 2018, the distinguished Maestro José Antonio Abreu died in Caracas. His extraordinary legacy is known as El Sistema, which was conceived and founded by Abreu in 1975 to systematise the education and  practice of music through symphonic orchestras and choirs, as instruments of social organisation and humanistic development. This is a social and cultural project of the Venezuelan State. This pedagogical, artistic and social model, which has achieved relevance throughout the world, constitutes the program of social responsibility with the greatest impact in the history of Venezuela, through instruction and collective practice of music, dedicated to training, prevention and recovery of the most vulnerable groups in the country, both for their personal characteristics and their socioeconomic situation.

José Antonio Abreu, economist and musician, had a brilliant mind,  a very clear sense of his mission, a generosity and unlimited dedication, a great capacity for creative work […]

Mar

30

News from Carus-Verlag

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New CARUS magazine 1/2018
Twice a year the CARUS Magazine keeps you informed with interesting topics around choral music today. Hot off the press is the new CARUS Magazine 1/2018 with lots of articles about choral music. You’re in for a surprise! >> Read online

Mar

30

World Youth Choir Session 2018 (4-25 July), Inner Mongolia, China

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During the first week of March, the Jury of the World Youth Choir met in Tianjin, China, and selected the singers for the 2018 session. 67 singers from 33 countries have been selected to participate in the session led by Helene Stureborg and Jonathan Velasco, starting in Inner Mongolia on the 4th of July, and ending with the opening ceremony at the China International Choral festival in Beijing 24th of July. Congratulations to all the new singers! Thanks to all the singers who auditioned, and to all the recruiters around the choral globe!

https://www.worldyouthchoir.org/summer-session-2018

Mar

30

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA): Update on Commissions

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Tarik O’Regan was awarded the 2018 ACDA Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission. His work All Things Common was premiered at each of ACDA’s six regional conferences this spring. About the piece, he notes: Despite the text’s Biblical origins, I wanted to find a theme which can speak to everyone … I feel we live in a time of exceptional division, and that we are using our great and wonderful diversity (in every sense) against ourselves towards our demise, rather than embracing it for our greater good …. All Things Common is published by Novello.

Matthew Hazzard, a graduate student at California State University – Long Beach, won the 2017 ACDA Brock Student Composition Competition for his work “Peace Flows into Me.” The piece was premiered at the ACDA Western Region Conference in March 2018.

Mar

30

Conductors and composers programme at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX

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27 July – 5 August 2018 | Tallinn, Estonia

The programme is open to conductors and composers with common and separate offers, and partly also offers interesting sessions for music teachers and managers.

You will have the opportunity to meet your colleagues and exchange repertoire, tips and tricks, listen to music or look at scores together.

On several days you can also join a “Study Tour” visiting a number of selected atelier rehearsals under the guidance of Rainer Held (CH).

Participation in the conductors and composers programme (CCP) is possible for conductors from participating choirs as well as individual participants. You can participate in the full programme or pick individual offers you are interested in.

If you just want to get a taste of the festival for one or more days, you can buy one-day tickets and even register on the morning of your participation

The detailed programme for each day will be published in late […]

Mar

30

The VCM Foundation Wins Best Classical Music Initiative 2018

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In partnership with United Learning and composer & arranger Alexander L’Estrange, VCM Foundation was awarded Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2018 at the UK Music Teacher Awards. ‘Wassail’, a new work now published by Faber and commissioned by United Learning was performed in London and Manchester in November 2017. The VCM Foundation team delivered the majority of the workshops in United Learning Schools, and formed the professional choir for the two concerts, which included nearly 1,000 children from schools all across the UK. Congratulations!

Mar

13

FENIARCO: 10th European Academy for Choral Conductors, Fano, Italy, 25 Aug-1 Sep 2019

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A professional masterclass open to participants from all over the world with a high level choir-in-residence. Maximum 20 active conductors.

Apply before 30 Apr 2019.

Contact: Federazione Nazionale Italiana Associazioni Regionali Corali (FENIARCO)
Email: info@feniarco.it
Website: www.feniarco.it
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Mar

13

FENIARCO: 10th Salerno Festival, International Choral Festival, Salerno, Neaples and Amalfi Coast, Italy, 3-7 July 2019

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The charming Amalfi Coast and the beautiful ruins of Pompei and Paestum welcome the choirs from all over the world to this international festival organised by the national federation of choirs in Italy. Five days of music, art, culture and sun!

Apply before 15 Mar 2019.

Contact: Federazione Nazionale Italiana Associazioni Regionali Corali (FENIARCO)
Email: info@feniarco.it
Website: www.feniarco.it
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/feniarco/