News

Feb

23

1st AFRICA CANTAT in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), August 6-12, 2017

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Initiated by the African Confederation of Choral Music -ACCM- with the support of the Congolese Federation of Choral Music and the partnership of IFCM, A Coeur Joie International and Europa Cantat, the festival will be an ideal crossroad to discover and exchange around the rich authenticity of the African choral heritage.

50 choirs are expected at this great festival of choral music, the most prestigious of Africa. Renowned conductors are invited to lead workshops: Nestor Zadoff (Argentina), Raymond Wise (USA), Cristian Grases (USA/Venezuela), Thierry Thiebaut (France), Xavier Haag (Belgium), Jan Schumacher (Germany), Denis Thuillier (France), Sidumo Jacobs (South Africa), and many others.

Download the Africa Cantat brochure here

Feb

16

Conducting 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century

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New Application deadline: March 25, 2017
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

New Application deadline: March 25, 2017

Info: www.conducting21C.com

Feb

01

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 April 15, 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

31

News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music

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BARCELONA, 22 – 29 JULY 2017

An extraordinary event for every choral singer, conductor, composer or audience member from around the world.

Register now: www.wscm11.cat

And now let’s finish the presentation of the guest choirs. In the next newsletter we will present the “Circle Concerts” giving more details of this amazing and unique musical event!

S:T JACOBS VOCAL ENSEMBLE – Sweden

S:t Jacobs Vocal Ensemble is a mixed choir consisting of 40 singers ages 20 to 32 from Stockholm. The majority of their concerts and activities are held in the church of St Jacob (Saint James) and in the Stockholm Cathedral. The choir gives special and diverse performances on stage that are firmly focused in the Swedish choral tradition. They believe that classical choral singing can develop in a modern and interesting direction without losing its unique qualities. Since it was founded, the choir has been conducted by Mikael Wedar, highly experienced in teaching choral singing […]

Jan

31

Festival Setmana Cantat (Singing Week) Tarragona 2017, 14-21 July 2017

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A collaboration between the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) and the Catalan Federation of Choral Associations (FCEC)

Festival Setmana Cantat (Singing Week) Tarragona 2017, 14-21 July 2017

Four workshops conducted by well-known maestros of international prestige: Brady Allred (USA): America, America; Michael Gohl (Switzerland): The Sound of Singing World, Today; Bernie Sherlock (Ireland): A Celtic Flavour and Josep Vila (Catalonia): The Light of Sacred Music (workshop for women voices). Final concert with participating choirs conducted by Xavier Puig i Ortiz (Catalonia). Artistic director: Josep Prats. Info at info@setmanacantat.org or www.setmanacantat.org

Jan

31

Vale Veljo Tormis

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Composer Veljo Tormis, who was one of the most important Estonian composers has died at the age of 86. Tormis was internationally regarded as one of the greatest choral music writers in the modern era, and one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia.

Tormis‘s contribution to the Estonian choral tradition and to choral music worldwide is invaluable. One can say he created a choral tradition of his own, the unique “Tormis’ style”. From his student days until his retirement from composition in 2000, Tormis composed over 500 individual choral songs, as well as other vocal and instrumental pieces, 35 film scores and an opera. He is survived by his wife, Lea, and one son, Tõnu. RIP (extracted from http://estonianworld.com/culture/veljo-tormis-composer-obituary/)

Jan

31

Call for Articles – Sound in Europe n° 12, European Music Council Magazine

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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 […]

Jan

28

News from the American Choral Directors Association — ACDA

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Visit IFCM and WSCM11 Teams at Booth 446 during the

ACDA’s 2017 National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA — March 8-11, 2017

Join us for ACDA’s 2017 national conference, “A Life of Song.” The lineup includes a huge range of concerts and performers, as well as a Gospel Brunch, Jazz Night, Compline Service, International Choir Concert, Unity Concert, student conducting masterclass & competition, and much, much more. Information and registration: https://acda.org/conferences.asp

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.

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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

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