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 […]
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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
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.
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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(also known as the Red Army Choir)
A Russian plane headed to an air base in Syria with 92 people on board, including members of a well-known military choir, crashed into the Black Sea on Christmas Day minutes after taking off from the resort city of Sochi. No one survived the crash on the Ut-154, which belonged to the Defense Ministry and was taking 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble to a holiday concert at the Hemeimeem Air Base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia. The entire 64 souls of singers, musicians and dancers was lost.
Legendary choral and instrumental conductor Weston Noble died on 21 December from complications of a fall; he was 94 years old. Noble had a 57-year tenure as a conductor and teacher at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, USA. He received acclaim around the world as the conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir 1948-2005 as well as the Luther College Concert Band 1948-1973. He was guest conductor for more than 900 all-state bands, orchestras, choirs and festivals most recently in Guam, South Korea and Malaysia.
Weston Noble was a charter member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In 1994 the North Central Division of ACDA established the Weston H. Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement and he was the first honoree. He was also the recipient of the Robert Shaw Award given by the ACDA and received five honorary degrees. He was awarded the St. Olav’s Medal from King Harald V […]
Following the success of the first Lebanese International Choir Festival organized in 2015 by Fayha Choir and Polyfollia International, the 2nd Lebanese International Choir Festival (LICF II) will take place on May 15-21, 2017.
This is the first step toward promoting and developing choral singing and the composition of music (primarily Arabic music) for choirs in Lebanon and the Arab world through choir networking on an international scale. Furthermore, LICF II will host the 6th Mediterranean Choral Forum for the first time in the Arab region.
This festive choral event will not only be an opportunity to showcase your choir and its skills, but also a unique occasion to meet and exchange with other choirs and vocal ensembles of Lebanon, various international choirs and vocal ensembles from Europe and surrounding Arab countries, conductors, composers, singers, international choral experts and managers that will come together to discover new methods, share their expertise, stimulate new […]
Four years ago in Verona, Italy, the regional choral association ASAC with the support of FENIARCO started a new Academy for Choral Conductors. Since then, 60 conductors have been trained through an intensive program of master classes, regular courses and seminars. The Academy offers three different levels of training: beginners level (15 conductors), intermediate level (15 conductors) and master level (8 conductors). Every course includes one or two training weekends per month during 8 months.
Some of the conductors trained here are already active with their own choir. No doubt that you’ll see them on stage soon!
More info on: https://it-it.facebook.com/AccademiaPiergiorgioRighele/
The Asian Pacific Children’s Choir Assembly in Okinawa will be held for the first time thanks to the support of the Japan Choral Foundation. The aim of this choral event is to gather children living in the Asia Pacific area so that they can learn about each other’s culture through choral exchange.
Schedule and Venue details:
Saturday, December 10: Workshop for Children’s Choir, Seminar for teachers at the Urasoe Community Center, Urasoe-City.
Sunday, December 11: Symposium on Traditional Culture and Singing Voice at the Ameku Elementary School, Naha-City.
Guest Lecturers: Susanna Saw (Malaysia), Maria Theresa V. Roldan (Philippines), Tommyanto Kandisaputra (Indonesia) and Saeko Hasegawa (Japan)
Executive Committee of Asian Pacific Children’s Choir Assembly in Okinawa: Toru Nakamura, Executive Chairman of the committee.
Contact: Akiko Taira: email@example.com — Toru Nakamura: firstname.lastname@example.org
Choral activities in 2017!
Discover the 2017 activities for vocal groups, choirs, singers, conductors, composers and choral managers that will take place all over Europe and surroundings: from Spain to Georgia, from Norway to Lebanon.
Always international and educational, our activities are a great opportunity for meeting people from other cultures and learning from each other.
Check the 2017 program HERE
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