Dec

02

Call for Articles in European Music Council Sounds 12

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The EMC is preparing the 12th and final issue of its annual magazine “Sounds in Europe” which will focus on topics related to Music and Cultural Diplomacy.

Culture Diplomacy can be used as general term for external foreign cultural policies of many (European) countries and is often represented by national cultural institutes, such as Goethe Institute, British Council, Institut Français and others. Culture and music are soft powers that are used for dialogue when political exchange is stuck. They are means to engage peacefully in an international context.

In June 2016, the EU adopted a ‘Strategy for international cultural relations’ aiming at “encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.”

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said: “Culture has to be […]

Dec

02

Job Opportunity at the European Music Council: Policy Advisor

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For our office in Bonn, Germany we are looking for a Policy Advisor

To advise the EMC on current policy issues concerning the European music sector, as well as to contribute to the smooth day-to-day running of the organisation.

We offer an inspiring working environment, international contacts in the fields of music and cultural policy and the opportunity to get an insight into all fields of the work of an international Non Government Organisation/NGO. This position is limited to 24 months, preferably starting on the 15th February 2017. As Policy Adviser you will join a young and enthusiastic team.

The main tasks of the Policy Advisor will include:

Advising the Secretary General on current policy issues concerning the music sector;
Coordinating the initiative “European Agenda for Music”, bringing together the European music sector;
Participating in consultations launched by EU institutions;
Formulating recommendations on funding programmes and relevant policy issues
Representing the EMC at international music […]

Dec

02

2017 Call for IFCM Board of Directors Election

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The International Federation for Choral Music calls for candidates to fill positions on the IFCM Board of Directors and at the Presidency for terms beginning in August 2017. All candidate applications must be sent through these links before March 1, 2017:

http://ifcm.net/home-elections/
http://ifcm.net/run-to-be-part-of-the-new-board/
http://ifcm.net/run-to-be-the-new-president/

Dec

01

Lebanese International Choir Festival (LICF)

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The Lebanese International Choir Festival was organized for the first time in 2015 by Fayha Choir and Polyfollia in collaboration with Azm Cultural Center, Beit el Fann. It aims to promote choir singing and introduce different cultures through the participation of Lebanese and foreign choirs. More than 12 Lebanese and international choirs participated performing in different Lebanese cities and regions including Beirut, Byblos, Dannieh, Anjar and Tripoli, April 20-26, 2015.

The second edition will take place from May 15 to 21, 2017. It will bring together around 15 Lebanese choirs, and 6 regional and international choirs to perform a series of concerts in various cities and venues across Lebanon. The 6th Mediterranean Choral Forum will be organized by the Mediterranean Office for Choral Singing during the last three days of LICF and will be attended by all the participants in the concerts, workshops, conferences, and gala concerts in Tripoli.

LICF II will […]

Dec

01

Accademia Piergiorgio Righele, A Better Practice in Choral Conducting Education

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Four years ago in Verona, Italy, the regional choral association ASAC with the support of FENIARCO started a new Academy for Choral Conductors. Since then, 60 conductors have been trained through an intensive program of master classes, regular courses and seminars. The Academy offers three different levels of training: beginners level (15 conductors), intermediate level (15 conductors) and master level (8 conductors). Every course includes one or two training weekends per month during 8 months.

Some of the conductors trained here are already active with their own choir. No doubt that you’ll see them on stage soon!

More info on: https://it-it.facebook.com/AccademiaPiergiorgioRighele/

Dec

01

1st Asian Pacific Childrens Choir Assembly in Okinawa

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The Asian Pacific Children’s Choir Assembly in Okinawa will be held for the first time thanks to the support of the Japan Choral Foundation. The aim of this choral event is to gather children living in the Asia Pacific area so that they can learn about each other’s culture through choral exchange.

Schedule and Venue details:

Saturday, December 10: Workshop for Children’s Choir, Seminar for teachers at the Urasoe Community Center, Urasoe-City.

Sunday, December 11: Symposium on Traditional Culture and Singing Voice at the Ameku Elementary School, Naha-City.

Guest Lecturers: Susanna Saw (Malaysia), Maria Theresa V. Roldan (Philippines), Tommyanto Kandisaputra (Indonesia) and Saeko Hasegawa (Japan)

Executive Committee of Asian Pacific Children’s Choir Assembly in Okinawa: Toru Nakamura, Executive Chairman of the committee.

Contact: Akiko Taira: akikot@nirai.ne.jp — Toru Nakamura: okiope0812torunaka@gmail.com

Dec

01

News from the European Choral Association — Europa Cantat (ECA-EC)

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The conference “Cross the line” and the General Assembly of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat took place in Utrecht (NL) from November 11 to 13 and was co-organised by ZIMIHC, one Dutch member organisation of ECA-EC.

The weekend started with the Membership Day, an occasion to collect members´ and participants´ feedbacks and outputs that will help structure the next conference and General Assembly that will take place in October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

It continued with the opening of the conference with the keynote speech “Cross the line and leave a trail” by Nicolas Mansfield. On Saturday the General Assembly started with a Turkish touch on the notes of “Utrecht Kasap Havasi”, and evolved around different issues, like the new project “Sing me In” and the upcoming events, including Europa Cantat Junior (See above) and the EUROPA CANTAT XX Festival in Tallinn (EE) in 2018 (http://ectallinn2018.ee/). The GA was followed […]

Dec

01

Register to the WSCM11 with your Choir and Apply to Participate in the Circle Program of the Symposium

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The Ponomaryov Children´s Choir Vesna of Moscow just did it! They will participate in the Circle Program offered by the WSCM11 to registered choirs. Under the artistic direction of Doctor Nadezhda Averina, the Ponomaryov Children´s Choir Vesna has won numerous prizes at international competitions. It will be a great opportunity to listen to them during the choral event parallel to the Symposium, the WSCM11 Circle Program. If you and your choir are interested, please visit http://www.wscm11.cat/ or contact the Symposium Team at wscm11@fcec.cat

Nov

30

Los Angeles Childrens Chorus: Position Availability: Artistic Director

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The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus seeks a dynamic, visionary, highly experienced conductor, music educator and leader to serve as its Artistic Director beginning with the 2018|19 season. Anne Tomlinson, who has been Artistic Director since 1996, will step down from her position after the 2017|18 season.

The Organization
www.lachildrenschorus.org

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), now in its 31st season, is one of the world’s leading choral organizations serving children and youth through performances and music education. A key component of its mission is to ignite a love of singing and nurture the full expression of each individual’s potential for artistic and personal excellence through the collaborative experience of performance.

LACC is comprised of six audition choirs – Preparatory, Apprentice, Intermediate, Concert, Chamber Singers, and Young Men’s Ensemble. It also offers a “First Experiences in Singing” program for children aged 6-8 years, and a “First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble” as a bridge for […]

Nov

30

World Choral Day: Flash Mobs Wanted!

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Dear World Choral Day friends,

We are working on the idea of using this very special day to develop a network of flash mobs dedicated to the WCD 2016 on December 11 and based on one single piece. All the videos would then be collected. IFCM thanks Miss Flannery Ryan and the friends of Revoice for their collaboration to this project. Are you interested in participating? Please contact project.manager@worldchoralday.org

Choirs from all over the world are joining in the celebration of World Choral Day on or around the 2nd Sunday in December. Thousands of singers across the globe are involved in the World Choral Day concerts, festivals, sing-alongs, choral seminars, Days of Friendship and other events. If you are a singer, a director or a manager and are planning an event for this date or around it, please register it at www.ifcm.net or at www.worldchoralday.org. You will take part in a worldwide […]