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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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Website: https://www.fonoko.no/

Apr

30

News from the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

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It´s still possible to register for a day-by-day participation at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX in Tallinn (Estonia) for:

Discovery atelier
Conductors and Composers Program
Open Singing
Festival concerts

Registrations >> https://ectallinn2018.ee/registration-info/

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

Mar

30

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA): Update on Commissions

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Tarik O’Regan was awarded the 2018 ACDA Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission. His work All Things Common was premiered at each of ACDA’s six regional conferences this spring. About the piece, he notes: Despite the text’s Biblical origins, I wanted to find a theme which can speak to everyone … I feel we live in a time of exceptional division, and that we are using our great and wonderful diversity (in every sense) against ourselves towards our demise, rather than embracing it for our greater good …. All Things Common is published by Novello.

Matthew Hazzard, a graduate student at California State University – Long Beach, won the 2017 ACDA Brock Student Composition Competition for his work “Peace Flows into Me.” The piece was premiered at the ACDA Western Region Conference in March 2018.

Mar

30

Conductors and composers programme at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX

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27 July – 5 August 2018 | Tallinn, Estonia

The programme is open to conductors and composers with common and separate offers, and partly also offers interesting sessions for music teachers and managers.

You will have the opportunity to meet your colleagues and exchange repertoire, tips and tricks, listen to music or look at scores together.

On several days you can also join a “Study Tour” visiting a number of selected atelier rehearsals under the guidance of Rainer Held (CH).

Participation in the conductors and composers programme (CCP) is possible for conductors from participating choirs as well as individual participants. You can participate in the full programme or pick individual offers you are interested in.

If you just want to get a taste of the festival for one or more days, you can buy one-day tickets and even register on the morning of your participation

The detailed programme for each day will be published in late […]

Mar

30

The VCM Foundation Wins Best Classical Music Initiative 2018

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In partnership with United Learning and composer & arranger Alexander L’Estrange, VCM Foundation was awarded Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2018 at the UK Music Teacher Awards. ‘Wassail’, a new work now published by Faber and commissioned by United Learning was performed in London and Manchester in November 2017. The VCM Foundation team delivered the majority of the workshops in United Learning Schools, and formed the professional choir for the two concerts, which included nearly 1,000 children from schools all across the UK. Congratulations!