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May

22

China International Chorus Festival and IFCM World Choral Education Conference

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Beijing, China, 19 July to 25 July 2018

As you read in our last IFCMeNEWS, the four top choirs invited to the China International Chorus Festival in July are now selected. This week, let’s discover Pannon Voices Mixed Choir!

Founded in 2017, Pannon Voices Mixed Choir is composed of singers that are all music teachers. Their reputation came soon after, as they were awarded first Prize at the Budapest International Choral Festival the same year. Their repertoire includes Hungarian music from the last centuries, preserved manuscripts of Hungarian composers in the Romanticism, contemporary works as well as manuscripts of 19th century female composers. Pannon Voices Mixed Choir mainly performs works of Hungarian composers, such as Ferenc Liszt, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, and Lajos Bárdos. The repertoire also includes works composed by Hungarian most prominent contemporary composers: Sándor Szokolay, Erzsébet Szőnyi, Miklós Kocsár, Levente Gyöngyösi, Péter Tóth, and Barnabás Horváth.

May

22

12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM2020): Call for Choirs Coming Soon

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The theme of the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM2020), to be held in Auckland from 11 to 18 July 2020, was announced a few weeks ago. We believe it is not only evocative of New Zealand but will also resonate with the rest of the world. For those who wish to be considered to perform or give lectures/workshops at WSCM2020, a call for choirs and presenters will soon be sent out through all our media. The Artistic Committee of WSCM2020 requires all proposals to directly relate to the theme of the Symposium ‘People and The Land’

Delegates from New Zealand at the WSCM11 Closing Concert in Barcelona on 29 July 2018.

May

22

Global Women in Music for Human Rights: Composition Competition

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Women’s music is an essential part of world heritage.  

The fundamental role of women in the creation and transmission of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the creation and practice of music belongs not only to a people or a culture, but to all of humanity.

The UN Human Rights Office celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10thDecember 1948) and has launched a worldwide campaign to promote, engage and reflect on human rights. Gender inequality in the field of music is a worldwide challenge. Sustaining the women creating music will influence public opinion and  stimulate their full participation in cultural life. Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica has organised a “Global Call for New Music” for women composers and creators of music of all ages, nationalities and musical backgrounds. Participants will compose/create a song, choral or instrumental work inspired by the struggle for Human Rights. […]

Apr

30

World Youth Choir Session 2018 (4-25 July), Inner Mongolia, China

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The World Youth Choir Foundation held their annual meeting on April 13-15 in Bonn, Germany. Beside working on the details of the next session in Inner Mongolia and China (4-25 July), the Board members planned sessions up until 2020. A very fruitful meeting! Let’s meet the Board members of the WYC Foundation:

Representing Jeunesses Musicales International: Blasko Smilevski (President) and Rob van Waaijen
Representing the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat: Victoria Liedbergius (Vice-President) and Sonja Greiner
Representing the International Federation for Choral Music: Emily Kuo Vong and Ki Adams

Thanks to the three WYC Patrons’ representatives for their dedication to the WYC!

https://www.worldyouthchoir.org/

From left to right, Ki Adams, Emily Kuo Vong, Victoria Liedbergius, Rob van Waaijen, Blasko Smilevski, Sonja Greiner

Apr

30

Nordic Choral Directors Conference, 5-7 October 2018, Trondheim, Norway

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Concerts by several famous Norwegian choirs. Seminars, workshops, lectures with Frode Fjellheim (NO): Meet the composer; Anne Karin Sundal-Ask (NO): Norwegian folk music in children’s choirs; Gunnar Benediktsson (IS): Choir performance: not just the voice; Sakari Ylivuori (FI): What can a performer learn by studying the manuscripts; Joakim Olsson Kruse (SE): Singing Boys, the lost tribe of Cultureland; Ole A. Thomassen (NO): Estill voice training introductory course; Jim Daus Hjernøe (DK): The intelligent choir; Frank Havrøy (NO): Composing and arranging choir music; Gro Shetelig (NO): Body work and aural warm-ups in choir rehearsals, why, how; Astrid Vang-Pederse (DK): Concert design; Grete Pedersen (NO) and Yuval Weinberg (IL): Open rehearsal. Sessions with presentations of new Nordic choral repertoire with Hanne Bæverfjord, Sigurd Engesnes, Tove Ramlo-Ystad, Ann-Karin Sundal-Ask, Marius Solevägseide.

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Apr

30

News from the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

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HURRY UP and register for the EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX!
The Festival will take place in Tallinn (Estonia) from 27 July to 5 August 2018 and will gather over 3000 participants coming from all over Europe and the world to share their passion for singing and discover one another’s cultures by attending ateliers and workshops, perform in final concerts, listen to invited choirs, eat and have fun together.
The registrations for packages and the online registration system will close on 30th of April 2018.
The registration for one-day-ateliers will be open on the Website on May 1st 2018.

Apr

05

IFCM Third International Competition for Choral Composition: Press Release

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The IFCM Choral Composition Competition has reached its conclusion. This is the third edition organised by the International Federation for Choral music with the aim to promote the creation and wide distribution of new and innovative choral repertoire. IFCM keep in great consideration the composers and their intellectual work.  The jury, made up of Ko Matushita (Japan, President), Oscar Escalada (Argentina, member), Dominick DiOrio (USA, member), Josep Vila (Spain, member) and Ambrož Čopi (Slovenia, Member) rated 181 works submitted by composers from 5 continents. The winner of the first prize has been the piece titled ‘NUR’ by the Spanish Juan Manuel Conejo Gonzales. Second place went to the Polish composer Jakub Szafrański with the work ‘Falling Stars’ and the third place for Benedikt Brydern (USA) for the piece ‘Miserere’. The three winners will receive a money prize, a diploma and a trophy that will be awarded during the IFCM Choral […]

Apr

04

China International Chorus Festival and IFCM World Choral Education Conference

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Beijing, China, 19 July to 25 July 2018

The four top choirs invited to the China International Chorus Festival in July have now been selected:

From Gabon, le Chant sur la Lowé, conducted by Yveline Damas.
From Hungary, the Pannon Voices Mixed Choir, conducted by Adrienne Vinczeffy.
From New-Zealand, Viva Voce, conducted by John Rosser, will be the ambassador of the coming WSCM2020 in Auckland.
From the USA, the Houston Children’s Choir, conducted by Steve Rodde.

Also part of the CICF artistic program, the World Youth Choir, composed of young singers from all over the world, will rehearse during two weeks in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, before a concert tour that will end at the CICF’s opening ceremony.

This week, discover le Chant sur la Lowé!

The Vocal Group Le Chant sur la Lowé was founded by Ms. Yveline Damas in December 1990. Composed of thirty members, the choir aims to develop, popularize and enhance Gabonese musical heritage by […]

Mar

31

Obituary José Antonio Abreu (1939-2018)

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By Maria Guinand

On Saturday, March 25, 2018, the distinguished Maestro José Antonio Abreu died in Caracas. His extraordinary legacy is known as El Sistema, which was conceived and founded by Abreu in 1975 to systematise the education and  practice of music through symphonic orchestras and choirs, as instruments of social organisation and humanistic development. This is a social and cultural project of the Venezuelan State. This pedagogical, artistic and social model, which has achieved relevance throughout the world, constitutes the program of social responsibility with the greatest impact in the history of Venezuela, through instruction and collective practice of music, dedicated to training, prevention and recovery of the most vulnerable groups in the country, both for their personal characteristics and their socioeconomic situation.

José Antonio Abreu, economist and musician, had a brilliant mind,  a very clear sense of his mission, a generosity and unlimited dedication, a great capacity for creative work […]

Mar

30

World Youth Choir Session 2018 (4-25 July), Inner Mongolia, China

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During the first week of March, the Jury of the World Youth Choir met in Tianjin, China, and selected the singers for the 2018 session. 67 singers from 33 countries have been selected to participate in the session led by Helene Stureborg and Jonathan Velasco, starting in Inner Mongolia on the 4th of July, and ending with the opening ceremony at the China International Choral festival in Beijing 24th of July. Congratulations to all the new singers! Thanks to all the singers who auditioned, and to all the recruiters around the choral globe!

https://www.worldyouthchoir.org/summer-session-2018