News from the American Choral Directors Association — ACDA

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ACDA Boychoir Biennial Symposium
November 17-18, 2017
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio USA
This is a two-day retreat & symposium for those who teach boys to sing. The event will feature masterclasses and sessions on topics ranging from the male changing voice to best administrative practices. Registration: $50. Registration & additional information:


Children & Community Youth Choir Conductors’ Retreat
January 13-14, 2018
Houston, Texas USA
This event is tailored for those who conduct children and youth choirs in schools, the community, or places of worship, and will include presentations, reading sessions, and a concert. Registration & additional information:


American Choral Directors Association is now gearing up for our 2018 regional conferences, which will take place across the country in February and March of the coming year. Performing choir auditions and interest session applications are active for many of those events now. • Feb. 14-15, 2018 – Central & North Central Region (Chicago, Illinois) • […]



World Youth Choir Session 2018 – Inner Mongolia, China

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We are happy to announce that the World Youth Choir session 2018 will take place in Inner Mongolia, China.

The session, supported by the Inner Mongolia Bureau of National Art Troupes, will take place between the 4th and 25th of July, with a rehearsal session in Hohhot, and a concert tour in Inner Mongolia, Beijing, and Guizhou province. The tour will end with the choir singing at the opening ceremony of China’s 14th International Chorus Festival in Beijing.

The World Youth Choir is a project for talented young singers, between 17 and 26 of age, from around the world. Are you interested in joining the project? Or would you like to be a recruiter?

Audition material and further information will be published and sent out to recruiters at the end of October. For more information about the choir, as well as pictures from the 2017 session, see

1st Inner Mongolia International Chorus […]



Obituary: Georges David

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IFCM lost a friend and a fervent supporter of choral music. Georges David was one of the founding members of the Choral Federation Bruxelles-Wallonie A Coeur Joie, Belgium. He was the passionate librarian at the Maison du Chant Choral in Namur, Belgium, working for both ICCM (International Center for Choral Music) and the actual CAV&MA (Center for Vocal Art and Ancient Music). He was also devoted to Musica International for which he entered nearly 7000 records and contributed to the International Choral Bulletin under the section ‘Scores’ in the late 90s. Anyone who visited ICCM or the library in Namur will always remember the gentleman and dedicated musician he was. Rest in Peace!



News from the World Youth Choir

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Excellence and dedication of the World Youth Choir – an article by Tanja Rupnik

The World Youth Choir, one of the very finest youth international choirs, concluded this year’s three-week session in Ljubljana. Throughout its 30-year history, it was the third time that they performed for the Slovenian audience, the first time being in 1999 and the second time in 2003. On July 23, 58 singers from 33 countries and 5 continents – “the chain of love”, as Gabor Móczár, the president of European Choral Association – EUROPA CANTAT, called the singers in his introductory speech – rounded off another highly successful story of this exceptional international project. The World Youth Choir had an amazing tour giving a total of 12 concerts in Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia in just 10 days. It is fascinating to see how Pad Zoltán and Ken Wakia, the conductors of the session, […]



IFCM in Kaili and Inner Mongolia

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The 2017 China (Qiandongnan) International Folk Song Choral Festival and IFCM Voices Conference was held in Xiasi Ancient Town and Kaili City, Qiandongnan state, Guizhou province from August 8-12. The festival was co-sponsored by the Qiandongnan government and IFCM.

Over the course of five days, 69 excellent choirs and ensembles from more than 20 different countries and regions showcased their cultures’ traditional choral folk song music.

These included performances by The Chuck Nation Band and Kentucky Harmony (USA), Voz en Punto (Mexico), Assalam (Morocco), The Barents Ensemble (Sweden), and Dalinda (Hungary). Other choirs included those from Portugal, Russia, Thailand, Mongolia Republic, Taiwan, Macau, and more.

The festival’s grand opening ceremony was held at Xiasi Ancient Town, with a beautiful natural backdrop of the glowing lights of Xiasi reflected in the clear river and set against the night sky. IFCM President Emily Kuo Vong, former IFCM President Michael J. Anderson, and Qiandongnan […]



Call for Book or Chapter Proposals: Music and Brain Research (deadline: March 13, 2018)

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Vernon Press invites book or chapter proposals on the theme of “Music and Brain Research” for our book series in Cognitive Science and Psychology. All areas of study, with the common goal of representing the current state of music perception and cognitive neuroscience of music, are encouraged to submit, including disciplines such as Psychology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Education, Musicology and more. Contributions may be monographs, chapters, or edited collections of original chapters.

Possible topics include (non-comprehensive list):

brain correlates of music processing
brain plasticity & other benefits of music in the brain
resiliency of the musical brain
cognitive, affective and motor components of music perception
computational and neuroscientific bases of musical understanding and behavior
why is music special? neurobiological mechanisms underlying amusia

How to submit your proposal: Please submit one-page monograph proposals at including an annotated summary/motivation, a short biographical note and (if applicable) a list of similar titles. Proposals that treat other topics in Cognitive Science […]



European Music Council Webinars about Music and Entrepreneurship

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Via the ERASMUS+ funded project STAMP, the European Music Council (EMC) offers a unique possibility to provide you with a free online course of a series of 12 webinars about music and entrepreneurship. There is no restriction whatsoever for the participation.

Within this online course, EMC will address certain issues that entrepreneurs in music are facing nowadays such as “How to sell tickets in one minute” and help them to navigate their musical pathway in the 21st century e.g. with the webinar “Find your place in the value chain”.

So spread the word and register here!

European Music Council



International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau, 25 September 2017

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The International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau is a tribute to the trajectory of this famous Venezuelan composer, arranger and conductor who will turn 80 in November 2017. The main objective of this competition is to promote the creation of choral music, to encourage the growth, renewal and diffusion of repertoire written in Spanish for mixed and equal voices in the 21st century. The International jury is composed by Robert Sund (Sweden), Javier Busto (Spain), Zimfira Poloz (Kazakhstan-Canada), César Alejandro Carrillo (Venezuela), Ana María Raga (Venezuela). The competition is endorsed by the European Choral Association — Europa Cantat, in strategic partnership with the Europa Cantat XX Festival to be held in Tallinn, Estonia (25 July- 5 August 2018).

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