“Yan zi/ The Swallow” Cross-cultural Choral Project ( 燕子)

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Performing Choirs: Hong Kong Children’s Choir (Hong Kong) and Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (Newfoundland)

Title: Yan zi/The Swallow

Arranger: Dr. Jeanette Gallant

Conductor: Dr. Jeanette Gallant

Voices: SSATB, SSA

Instruments: String Quintet, Optional Piano Reduction

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Genre: Folk/Ethnic, Multi-cultural/Cross-cultural

Project Description: This project mixes a folk song from China’s Xinjiang province (called “Yan zi” 燕子 or little swallow} with the folk song “She’s Like a Swallow” from Newfoundland, Canada. The piece – written for SSATB and string orchestra – was composed by Dr. Jeanette Gallant to serve as a model for choral educators of cross-cultural music-making. It is performed by Kathy Fok’s Hong Kong Children’s Choir and Susan Quinn’s Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. For further information on the pedagogical possibilities of this piece please visit: 由Jeanette Gallant博士组成的合唱作品中,中国民间“燕子”和加拿大民歌“She’s Like the Swallow”混在了一起。



2017 China (Qiandongnan) International Folk Song Choral Festival and IFCM World Voices Conference

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KAILI CITY, 8-12 August 2017

The upcoming 2017 China (Qiandongnan) International Folk Song Choral Festival and IFCM World Voices Conference will be held in Kaili City from August 8 to 12 in 2017. The Festival is being co-hosted by the People’s Government of Qiandongnan in Guizhou Province and IFCM. Its aim is to strengthen the exchanges of international choral arts, promote the development of choral education, and highlight splendid traditional culture in China by way of well-rounded multi-perspectives. Lush verdant forests, limpid rivers, and colorful ethnic customs are part of the great beauty of Qiandongnan. Join us and come to share the unlimited charm of interaction between choral folk music and the world’s voices! Register and get subsidized for your accommodation!  More information and Register Here



IFCM Elections 2017: Press Release

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The International Federation for Choral Music elects a new President and Board and looks ahead to the future development of choral life in the World.

The International Federation for Choral Music is happy to announce that Emily Kuo Vong (Macau/Portugal/USA) was elected as President of the federation as successor of Michael J. Anderson (USA) whose mandate ended after a nine-year period on the Board. The membership thanked Michael J. Anderson and the outgoing Board members for their constructive work on the consolidation of the federation.

The General Assembly which met at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain on July 26th 2017, elected a Board of 14 persons from four continents, and especially recognized the merits of the Catalan Federation of Choral Entities (FCEC) for the successful organisation of the Symposium.

The President will be supported in her work by three Vice Presidents as Executive Committee members: Gábor Móczár (Hungary, also […]



News from the American Choral Directors Association — ACDA

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Boychoir Biennial Symposium, November 17-18, 2017, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio USA
This is a two-day retreat & symposium for those who teach boys to sing. The event will feature masterclasses and sessions on topics ranging from the male changing voice to best administrative practices. Registration fee will be $50.

American Choral Directors Association is now gearing up for our 2018 regional conferences, which will take place across the country in February and March of the coming year. Performing choir auditions and interest session applications are active for many of those events now.

14-15, 2018 – Central & North Central Region (Chicago, Illinois)
21-24, 2018 – Southern Region (Louisville, Kentucky)
7-11, 2018 – Eastern Region (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
7-11, 2018 – Southwestern Region (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
7-10, 2018 – Northwestern Region (Portland, Oregon)
14-17, 2018 – Western Region (Pasadena, California)

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News from the European Choral Association — Europa Cantat

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The EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX 2018 programme booklet is out!
Check out the 44 amazing ateliers, read about Tallinn and some special events and of course about the practical information.
You can read it online here!

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World Youth Choir Summer Session 2017

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The WYC summer session is now over. To discover the best moments of the rehearsals, concerts and more, please visit the Facebook Page




News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music

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BARCELONA, 22 – 29 JULY 2017

The time has come! The Barcelona Symposium is here!

The choral worldwide community will fill the Mediterranean summer with the sounds of peace, bringing to life an unforgettable Symposium.

Take a look at the wonderful activities that registered participants will enjoy:

Every morning, start the day with the OPEN SINGING conducted by the amazing 24 selected choirs’ conductors.

Elisenda Carrasco

Rollo Dilworth

Simon Halsey

You can find more about the repertoire and the demo choirs on our website.

Visit the stand of 39 of the most recognized publishers and organizations of the choral world. Do you want to know who will be in Barcelona and what they can do for you or your choir? Find out more about the CHORAL EXPO
Get acquainted with the most current topics of discussion in the choral world with 36 lectures that will make you re-imagine all that you thought […]



News from the World Youth Choir Session 2017

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Get ready for the summer session!

The summer session and tour of the World Youth Choir in 2017 will be organized in Pécs, Hungary by the Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd, the cultural holding of the City that hosted the successful EUROPA CANTAT festival in 1988 and 2015. After 10 days of intensive rehearsals in Pécs that also includes two pre-official concerts in Osijek (HR) and Sombor (Serbia) the World Youth Choir will start its tour of 10 concerts with two internationally renowned conductors, on the 13th of July at the Kodály Centre in Pécs, Hungary to be followed by concerts in Hungary (Budapest), Serbia (Novi Sad, Belgrade), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, Prijedor), Croatia (Zagreb, Opatija) and in Slovenia (Koper, Ljubljana). In the framework of the „Artist for Peace” theme there shall be strong emphasis on reconciliation among different ethnic groups and religions.

This year the choir will comprise of 58 singers from 33 countries […]



Plate-Forme Interrégionale d’échange et de coopération pour le développement culturel

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Singing Roadshow #1 in France

Singing Roadshow #1 is a creative, participative and interactive toolbox experimentation of collective vocal practices with internationally renowned resource persons.

The first Singing Roadshow session will be from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Issy-les-Moulineaux – France (near Paris).

The academy is organized in 3 sequences:

Two days of practical workshops: improvisation, the singer’s ecosystem, Intelligent choir, oral transmission, body posture/movement, staging, vocal technique, Beatbox, overtones, …
The creation ‘’Musical Minutes’’,
A debriefing workshop

Come and share a wide range of practices in an innovative 3-day learning-by-doing meeting, ending with the performance of a collective creation!

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FONOKO (Association of Norwegian Choral Conductors

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FONOKO is hosting a master class for experienced conductors. This workshop will only have four active participants: these four conductors who qualified for the course will work on a selected repertoire with a choir in residence under the expert guidance of Carsten Seyer-Hansen.

In order to be accepted as an active participant, you must submit a video of a rehearsal, accompanied by a CV referring to relevant education and experience. This is not required for observers.

This workshop will be held at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, from 23-24 September 2017.

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