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Sep

22

IFCM in Kaili and Inner Mongolia

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The 2017 China (Qiandongnan) International Folk Song Choral Festival and IFCM Voices Conference was held in Xiasi Ancient Town and Kaili City, Qiandongnan state, Guizhou province from August 8-12. The festival was co-sponsored by the Qiandongnan government and IFCM.

Over the course of five days, 69 excellent choirs and ensembles from more than 20 different countries and regions showcased their cultures’ traditional choral folk song music.

These included performances by The Chuck Nation Band and Kentucky Harmony (USA), Voz en Punto (Mexico), Assalam (Morocco), The Barents Ensemble (Sweden), and Dalinda (Hungary). Other choirs included those from Portugal, Russia, Thailand, Mongolia Republic, Taiwan, Macau, and more.

The festival’s grand opening ceremony was held at Xiasi Ancient Town, with a beautiful natural backdrop of the glowing lights of Xiasi reflected in the clear river and set against the night sky. IFCM President Emily Kuo Vong, former IFCM President Michael J. Anderson, and Qiandongnan […]

Sep

22

Third IFCM International Competition for Choral Composition

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The Competition is dedicated to choral compositions a cappella (SATB or divided into as many as eight parts, SSAATTBB) with a maximum duration of 5 minutes, specifically for medium to advanced youth choirs.

More details on: http://ifcm.net/composition-competition/

Entries must arrive by the entry form no later than 1st December 2017.

Download the application form on https://goo.gl/fyfHpe

Contact: Andrea Angelini, aangelini@ifcm.net

Sep

22

Call for Book or Chapter Proposals: Music and Brain Research (deadline: March 13, 2018)

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Vernon Press invites book or chapter proposals on the theme of “Music and Brain Research” for our book series in Cognitive Science and Psychology. All areas of study, with the common goal of representing the current state of music perception and cognitive neuroscience of music, are encouraged to submit, including disciplines such as Psychology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Education, Musicology and more. Contributions may be monographs, chapters, or edited collections of original chapters.

Possible topics include (non-comprehensive list):

brain correlates of music processing
brain plasticity & other benefits of music in the brain
resiliency of the musical brain
cognitive, affective and motor components of music perception
computational and neuroscientific bases of musical understanding and behavior
why is music special? neurobiological mechanisms underlying amusia

How to submit your proposal: Please submit one-page monograph proposals at submissions@vernonpress.com including an annotated summary/motivation, a short biographical note and (if applicable) a list of similar titles. Proposals that treat other topics in Cognitive Science […]

Aug

31

International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau, 25 September 2017

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The International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau is a tribute to the trajectory of this famous Venezuelan composer, arranger and conductor who will turn 80 in November 2017. The main objective of this competition is to promote the creation of choral music, to encourage the growth, renewal and diffusion of repertoire written in Spanish for mixed and equal voices in the 21st century. The International jury is composed by Robert Sund (Sweden), Javier Busto (Spain), Zimfira Poloz (Kazakhstan-Canada), César Alejandro Carrillo (Venezuela), Ana María Raga (Venezuela). The competition is endorsed by the European Choral Association — Europa Cantat, in strategic partnership with the Europa Cantat XX Festival to be held in Tallinn, Estonia (25 July- 5 August 2018).

More info at info@ciccag.org or on  www.ciccag.org/en/

Aug

30

International Symposium on Singing and Song II, June 27-29, 2018

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St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Call for Paper and Presentations

The second International Symposium on Singing and Song (June 27-29, 2018) will bring together scholars, performers and pedagogues, representing diverse disciplines, to share international perspectives, research and practices associated with singing and song.

Proposal submissions are invited that address multi-faceted contexts of singing and song such as artistic, physiological, cultural, sociological, historical, pedagogical, compositional, psychological, medical…and beyond! Symposium programming will include keynote and delegate presentations, performances, social gatherings, and opportunities for stimulating dialogue and networking.

The International Symposium on Singing and Song II, presented by The Singing Network, welcomes both traditional and imaginative presentation formats. Individual and collaborative submissions are welcome. Accepted submissions will be grouped thematically by the program committee. Selected papers and presentations will be published in the International Symposium on Singing and Song II e-proceedings. Please submit proposals using the online Proposal Form.

Paper/Presentation Proposals are due October 15, 2017.

For additional […]

Aug

30

Choral Canada: Podium on the Edge, Singing from Sea to Sea to Sea

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You are invited!!! Join us for PODIUM on the EDGE: Singing from Sea to Sea to Sea, Canada’s biennial choral conference & festival. Set to take place June 29 – July 3 2018 in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, the conference and festival provides unique opportunities for exploring and celebrating the choral art through performances, national-international keynote presentations, interest sessions, lecture-recitals, conducting masterclasses, workshops and reading sessions for conductors, choral ensembles, administrators, students and choral enthusiasts.

Podium 2018 presents an exciting and diverse program of choral performances. Seven Spotlight concerts feature an exceptional roster of choral ensembles from across Canada and five Highlight concerts feature an Opening Gala with Newfoundland and Labrador choirs; featured a cappella ensemble Solala (from Sweden) and a performance of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Nordic Light with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra; Equals on the Edge with Canada’s premier equal voice choirs, and a Canada Day performance of the National […]

Aug

30

Obituary: Ron Jeffers, Founder of earthsongs

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We received the sad news that Ron Jeffers passed away on August 23 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Thanks to his leadership, earthsongs that he founded in 1988 will continue to support multicultural choral music through its worldwide publication.

Professor Emeritus Ron Jeffers served as associate professor and director of choral activities at Oregon State from 1974-1982, and as associate professor of theory & composition from 1982-1998. Choral director, composer and enthusiastic musician and publisher, he made a huge difference in choral music by bringing music from all over the world, making it available to all. Rest in Peace!

Jul

31

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 […]

Jul

30

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