Jan

19

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/

Jan

16

Conducting 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century

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Stockholm, Sweden, 15-20 June 2017

The C21C aims to provide conductors with professional development by combining artistic excellence and social justice. Emerging and experienced conductors alike will develop powerfully creative, profoundly artistic, and compassionate approaches for musical leadership through master classes and workshops.

Workshop Leaders:

André de Quadros
Lone Larsen
Agneta Josephson

Choir in residence: Manado State University Choir, Indonesia

Apply by February 15, 2017

Info: www.conducting21C.com

Jan

01

The International Choral Bulletin Has a New Layout

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The International Choral Bulletin (ICB) begins 2017 with a new design, a new typography and a format refined to look even better on mobiles and tablets. We are thrilled to unveil the cover page for you today, with the contribution of Maestro Handel whose Oratorios from 1736-1742 are described in the Repertoire Section of the January 2017 issue.

ICB ADVERTISERS

Don’t miss the chance to have your media space enhanced in a completely refreshed ICB layout. Place your order now via the order form available on Reserve A Space form

More info on the ICB and its impressive archives on http://icb.ifcm.net/

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Jan

01

News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music

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Have you reserved your place to hear some of the world’s greatest choirs in one of the world’s most beautiful cities?

IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music XI, Barcelona 22-29 July 2017

Join the international choral community for this amazing, unique and non-competitive music event. All choristers, choirs, conductors, composers, and music lovers are most welcome!

More details: http://www.wscm11.cat

And now let’s continue the presentation of the guest choirs…

COR VIVALDI – Catalonia, Spain

Created in 1989 by the pianist and choir director Òscar Boada, Cor Vivaldi has become well known throughout Spain. Its renowned performance level has allowed Vivaldi Choir to perform in the most prestigious international festivals and the most outstanding halls in Europe, Argentina and United States, winning important prizes in many international competitions. Since 2002 the Vivaldi Choir has organized its own concerts cycle offering a different concert for every season of the year and has regularly participated in the opera season at Gran […]

Jan

01

IFCM is on Twitter!

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IFCM is now on Twitter too! One more way to connect with IFCM and the choral world: Ideas, news, opportunities are only one tweet distance from you! Follow us on https://twitter.com/IfcmOfficial

Jan

01

World Youth Choir: Recruitment starts for Session 2017

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We are happy to announce that, after the success of the EUROPA CANTAT XIX Festival in 2015, the World Youth Choir session for 2017 (July 4-25) will be held in Pécs, Hungary with a following tour in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary. Auditions for the session has been open from the beginning of December and will last until February 17, 2017.

The selected singers for 2017 will have the chance to perform both classical and folk arrangements directed by conductors Zoltan Pad (Hungary) and Ken Wakia (Kenya).

We are looking for young, talented, experienced singers from all over the world, interested in improving their skills of choral singing. If you are a passionate and experienced high level choral singer or soloist aged between 17 and 26, have basic or professional music education, are excited to meet new friends from all around the world, eager to learn in a multicultural environment, ready […]

Dec

2016

Vale: Members of Alexandrov Ensemble, Russia

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(also known as the Red Army Choir)

A Russian plane headed to an air base in Syria with 92 people on board, including members of a well-known military choir, crashed into the Black Sea on Christmas Day minutes after taking off from the resort city of Sochi. No one survived the crash on the Ut-154, which belonged to the Defense Ministry and was taking 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble to a holiday concert at the Hemeimeem Air Base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia. The entire 64 souls of singers, musicians and dancers was lost.

Dec

2016

Vale: Weston Noble

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Legendary choral and instrumental conductor Weston Noble died on 21 December from complications of a fall; he was 94 years old.  Noble had a 57-year tenure as a conductor and teacher at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, USA.  He received acclaim around the world as the conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir 1948-2005 as well as the Luther College Concert Band 1948-1973.  He was guest conductor for more than 900 all-state bands, orchestras, choirs and festivals most recently in Guam, South Korea and Malaysia.

Weston Noble was a charter member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).  In 1994 the North Central Division of ACDA established the Weston H. Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement and he was the first honoree.  He was also the recipient of the Robert Shaw Award given by the ACDA and received five honorary degrees.  He was awarded the St. Olav’s Medal from King Harald V […]

Dec

2016

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

2016

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 […]