11th World Symposium on Choral Music: Register Now!

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Registration Information: Only online registration is possible through www.WSCM11.cat

It is possible to register for the full Symposium (July 22-29), or a half: the first half (July 22-25), or the second half (July 26-29).

The registration fees for WSCM11 also vary according to three country groups, based on the United Nations’ Human Development Index – HDI list.

Register as soon as possible! Early bird registration before 1st October will benefit from a special price. Regular registration fees (October-December) will increase after 1st January 2017.

Special rates for young people under age 27 (by 07/29/17). Groups of a minimum of 11 persons will also benefit from a special price.

What is included in the WSCM11 registration:

Participation in the Symposium program (36 conferences and seminars, more than 25 presentations…)
Master Classes (participation as active student, limited to selected participants)
Access to the Choral Expo
Access to all the concerts of the WSCM11 (11 official concerts and other special concerts in the […]



A unique opportunity for choirs and vocal groups !

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Take part in this fascinating event for every choir. The international festival Golden Voices of Barcelona.

Combined with an excellent opportunity to relax on the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean under the tender rays of the Spanish sun, go to Girona, Barcelona, visit the Monastery of Montserrat, the French town of Carcassonne, or theater-museum of Salvador Dali in Figueras. The choir – the winner with the most points in the «GOLDEN VOICES OF BARCELONA», gets the opportunity to perform in the church of the Sagrada Família with a solo program of up to 20 minutes. The Performance program may include works of spiritual and folk music. Presentation in the church of Sagrada Familia must comply with the rules of the church. Enjoy this video clip and singing in the symbol of Barcelona!

The main member of the jury will be the famous choral conductor, president of the […]



Mission in Switzerland: Basel, a Festival Full of Ideas and an Opportunity for WSCM11

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The European Jugendchor Festival Basel just finished and IFCM was there to meet the Swiss choral community and the international festival guests. IFCM tries to follow the best practices of our choral world in supporting and encouraging festival and Basel is certainly one of them – always rich in innovative ideas with the aim of improving collaborations between youth choirs from Switzerland and those from all over the world.

We invite you to follow them on YouTube and Facebook to get an idea of what happened during these days, and soon you will also read the full article on our ICB.

The 6th Swiss Choral Conductors meeting was also held during the Festival, giving an opportunity to promote the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music. Let’s meet all together in Barcelona!



News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music

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Here is a presentation of four selected choirs that will perform in the frame of the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, from July 22 to 29, 2017. Stay tuned, as more choirs will be presented in the next IFCMeNEWS!


The choir of young singers ages 12 to 17 is one of the best Spanish children’s choirs, known by the quality, eclecticism and uniqueness of their productions. The choir has performed children’s operas, school and family concerts, musicals, concerts with choreography and dramaturgy, and productions which aim to present vocal music in an original and exciting way. Since its foundation in 1996, the choir has been conducted by Josep Vila Jover. Among other important awards, in 2013, they won the competition “Let the Peoples Sing!” and The Silver Rose Bowl.


Founded in 1990 by its conductor Georg Grün, the choir […]



News from IFCM Founding Members: Nordisk Korforum

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The Nordklang Festival is organized under the umbrella of Nordisk Korforum every three years in one of the Nordic countries. The event brings together singers from all the Nordic countries to sing, learn and network.

Nordklang16 will offer a large variety of workshops for singers of all kinds of choirs.

Among others:

Finnish Rhythmic Music for Female Choir – Kaija Viitasalo (level intermediate to advanced)
Kaija Viitasalo, Finnish conductor and music educator, is especially known for her work with new Finnish rhythmic music for female choir, especially so-called ethnic jazz. In ethnic jazz, Finnish folk music and new poetry fuse with the rhythms and harmonies of jazz music.Come and enjoy the fresh sounds, variety of timbres, intense emotions, expressive storytelling and compelling rhythms of ethnic jazz!
Kaija Viitasalo’s career as a choral conductor started in 1981 when she founded the vocal group Arieta. She completed her Master Degree in […]



Conductors Without Borders April 2016 Session in Dakar

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This choral conducting training program started in Senegal in June 2013. This year, the session was organized from April 19 to 22 by the Federation A Coeur Joie Sénégal, A Coeur Joie International, the International Federation for Choral Music and its project Conductors Without Borders. The instructors were Régis Harquel and Jean-Marie Puissant (France). 40 participants formed the choir-in-residence; half of them were the choral conducting trainees. This training session received the support from the French Institute in Dakar and its President, Nadège Chouat. The President of A Coeur Joie Sénégal, Lucien Mendy, also sponsored the session and covered the costs of the instructors’ stay. The repertoire with different levels of difficulties to meet the need of the trainees included Latino-American pieces, European classics (Duruflé) and varied sacred pieces. Read the whole report (in French) here. Read more on the CWB missions on http://ifcm.net/cwb-2/



Bosse Johansson in Memoriam

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Our very good friend, and Swedish conductor and colleague Bosse Johansson has suddenly passed away in the beautiful month of May in his home in Sweden.

Bosse was a real artist among us Swedish choral conductors and the main “theme” of his life was to state that the work with children and young voices really was a way to express deep artistic thoughts and values. He made the “Adolf Fredrik Girl’s Choir” an instrument for this artistic ambition of his and led the choir to exceptional success in appearances all over the world. Just to take one example, I can mention the impressions he made in Hong Kong and China with the choir at several occasions. His philosophy as a conductor was to look upon the singers as individual personalities, and liberate them from the tendency to unification that can be an obvious threat when working with a choir. The sound […]



New European Music Council Board Elected at the 6th European Forum on Music

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From 19-22 May 2016, over 120 music lovers from more than 20 (European) countries met in Wroclaw to discuss topics revolving around the topic of “Musical Homelands: New Territories”. In the frame of the Forum, the Annual Meeting of EMC members took place and a new Board was elected.

The results of the Board elections are:

Ian Smith (UK), Chair — Scottish Music Centre, Creative Scotland.
Stefano Kunz (CH), Vice Chair — Swiss Music council.
Willem van Moort (NL), Treasurer — European Music Schools Union and Director of Bplus C, Leiden, the Netherlands.
Gretchen Amussen (FR/US) — European Association of Conservatoires, conservatoire de Paris (CNSMD).
Krzysztof Knittel (PL) — Polish Music Council , Composer, Professor at Fryderyk Chopin Music University.
Victoria Liedbergius — European Choral Association-Europa Cantat, Ung I Kor, Norway.
Kostas Moschos — International Association of Music Information Centers (IAMIC), Greek Institute for Research on Music & Acoustics.

The Board is elected for a period of two years; […]



Professorship W2 for Choral Conducting

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At the Lübeck University of Music

To be filled at the earliest date possible.

For the detailed job description (in German), please go to www.mh-luebeck.de

Please send your application with the usual documents by 15 August 2016 to:

President, Musikhochschule Lübeck, Gr. Petersgrube 21, 23552 Lübeck, Germany.




News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music

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24 amazing international choirs (out of 150 who applied) have been invited to sing in Barcelona at the 11th International World Choral Symposium.  Here are 4 of them – with more to be announced in future months:

Ensemble Vine (Japan)

The mixed choir “Ensemble Vine,” founded in 2000 by Mr. Keishi Ito, one of the leading choral conductors in Japan, focuses specially on singing Renaissance music, works of modern composers based on religious and folk music from all over the world, and works of young Japanese composers.

New Dublin Voices (Ireland)

International award-winning New Dublin Voices is a leading Irish chamber choir. Founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005, from the start NDV has presented concert programs that are fresh, innovative, and exciting, ranging widely in style and period from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers, leading the way in performing, premiering, commissioning and […]