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May

26

RIP Prof. Waldo Aránguiz

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The international choral world is sad about the loss of Prof. Waldo Aránguiz at the age of 90. His reputation as composer, conductor and choral leader has spread far beyond the borders of Chile. He was very active on the international choral scene and a faithful supporter of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). In 1982, he organized the Chilean delegation that came to Namur, Belgium, for the creation of IFCM and was appointed to the Board of Directors to represent one of the IFCM Founding Members at that time, the Asociación Interamericana de Directores de Coros (AIDC). He remained on the IFCM Board until 1998 and IFCM advisor until 2008.  He was also a faithful participant and lecturer of IFCM symposia.

Despite his numerous activities, Prof. Aránguiz still found the time to help as a volunteer author and translator of the IFCM International Choral Bulletin (ICB).

In 1996, he took […]

Apr

28

Register to the WSCM11! Barcelona, 22-29 July 2017

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Register here!

As the Mediterranean summer gets closer, Barcelona is taking care of the last details to welcome the plurality of our choral worldwide community and host the colors of peace. We will enjoy more than 60 concerts, over 70 lectures and presentations, 4 master classes, and a Choral Expo with leading publishers. Participants from more than 40 countries across the world are already registered and you won’t want to miss a Symposium that promises to be unforgettable!

Here are four more choirs that will participate at the “Circle Concerts” of the WSCM11:

ELLERHEIN GIRLS’ CHOIR – Estonia 

Since 2012 Ingrid Kõrvits has been the chief conductor. Over the past decade, various choral festivals and competitions have led the choir to 12 different countries around the world and the choir has won numerous awards, including Grand Prix in three of them. In 2004, Ellerhein in collaboration with Paavo Järvi received a Grammy award (for best […]

Apr

27

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

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One million euro over four years for collective singing in Europe

The European Choral Association – Europa Cantat is happy to share the news that its application for Network Funding under the EU Creative Europe programme has been successful!

The project “Upgrade – Connect – Reach out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe” will be funded by the EU with up to 250.000 EUR per year over four years (09/2017 to 08/2021).

Developed in tight cooperation with the membership, the project aims at strengthening the network and its members, connect to and cooperate with other players in the field of Collective Singing and beyond, reach out to people who do not sing (yet) and promote the value of European cooperation.

You can subscribe to the newsletter of ECA-EC to learn more about the planned activities in the coming months!
www.EuropeanChoralAssociation.org

Apr

27

News from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

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The American Choral Directors Association is collaborating with the Robert Shaw website to scan the bulk of the 125 scores in ACDA’s archives that Robert Shaw used in preparation for rehearsal scores and materials. The scores were donated to ACDA in 2015. According to Tim Share, ACDA executive director, “These treasures have different levels of marking and were used for different purposes to help Mr. Shaw convey to his singers exactly what he wanted them to do with every note. These scores offer significant insight into Robert Shaw’s analytical and score-marking process.” This collaborative project has produced six additional digitized scores over the past few months, and will continue for some time into the future. IFCM members may view what is currently available, as well as monitor progress, by watching http://acda.org/page.asp?page=robertshawcollection on the ACDA website.

Apr

27

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

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August 8-13, 2017, Kaili City, Guizhou Province, China

On August 8-13 2017 in Kaili, Guizhou Province, China, the folk song heritage will be heard by the world. Since most Dongs prefer their towns or villages to be relatively small, in which usually twenty to thirty households constitute a village, Dong songs vary from village to village. One may discover that popular songs from neighbouring villages can be quite different. Since one cannot easily travel to the Dong villages, this is the perfect opportunity for international folk choral music lovers, and culture explorers to explore this interesting and unique heritage. Not only will you be able to hear the songs of the Dong and Miao people of this region, you will be able to explore some world renowned choirs singing folk songs indigenous to their own countries.

The International Federation for Choral Music is proud to present this year’s World Voices Conference to […]

Apr

01

Applications are now open for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition

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Applications are now open for the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in the 2018 (2nd – 6th May) and 2019 (1st – 5th May) Festivals and beyond.

Each year some of the finest amateur choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church and informal performances. A Meet and Greet session and a nightly Festival Club is organised to allow participants to get to know each other and to meet in a convivial social setting.

The Fleischmann International Trophy Competition consistently features top class adult choirs from many countries. A programme of a capella (purely vocal) music consisting of either three or four contrasting works whose total duration (actual singing) is between ten and twelve minutes, is required. The music must be purely vocal without the addition of percussion instruments. Choirs whose programmes […]

Apr

01

News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music, Barcelona, 22-29 July 2017

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Preparations continue and we are almost ready to welcome you to Barcelona!

At our website you will find everything you need to know about the Barcelona Symposium: you can check the lectures schedule, the confirmed exhibitors, browse the detailed information of the selected choirs, find out more about one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and the emblematic venues that will hold Symposium’s activities; and soon you will also find all the information about concerts.

With the final countdown, registrations are growing and you don’t want to miss your place. Barcelona will surely be a choral highlight to last a life-time. Together we will bring to life an unrepeatable Symposium!

Discover four more choirs that will participate at the “Circle Concerts” of the WSCM11:

 

CHAMBER CHOIR “OZARENIE” – Russia

The Female Chamber Choir “Ozarenie” (“Inspiration”) of the Moscow Music Society is a renowned music ensemble focusing both on Russian spiritual and folk music as well as […]

Apr

01

Sante Fornasier Leaves La Feniarco's Presidency

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It was in 1999 that Sante Fornasier became President of the Italian choral organization La Feniarco for the first time and, from that time on, he has worked each and every day for the development of the Italian choral scene.

In the last 18 years, the world has changed in many ways. Under Mr. Fornasier’s leadership, La Feniarco has recovered from the initial gap that kept it apart from the main European choral associations and is now assuming a relevant role in the choral world in Europe and even abroad.

One of the key milestones of his presidency are the birth and the continuous growth of the “Festival di Primavera”, the creation and the steadiness of the Italian National Youth Choir, the wonderful organization of Europa Cantat in Turin in 2012 and of course the international collaboration with IFCM for the World Expo Milano in 2015.

IFCM congratulates Mr. Fornasier for his outstanding […]

Apr

01

News from the American Choral Directors Association

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2017 National Conference

Multiple generations of ACDA members were inspired and rejuvenated at the ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, March 7 – 11, 2017. Forty-five countries around the world were in attendance with nearly 15,000 attendees, performers, honor choir chaperones, and others. A number of Central and South American conductors were there who have been involved in our International Conductors Exchange Program. Twenty-one exhibitors came from outside the U.S. to be a part of the conference. We were also honored that the IFCM Executive Committee and Musica held board meetings at the conference.

Evenings were filled with outstanding performances for everyone. Robert Spano conducted the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in a mass choir and choreographed Carmina Burana. St. Olaf College’s 500 voices presented their annual Christmas Show in Orchestra Hall. The Eric Whitacre Singers delighted the audience at the beginning of the conference and the High School Honor Choir enjoyed his […]