Conductor Without Borders (CWB) in Africa in 2017

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2017 has been an eventful year for the IFCM project ‘Conductors Without Borders’ (CWB) in Africa. Ten sessions were organized. Seven of them financially supported by the fund balance, a fund that was offered by Ms. Emily Kuo Vong four years ago.

Furthermore, several conductors from Kenya could benefit from a session organized in the USA.

Three sessions were organized in Gabon in January, June and November, during which the participants could get familiar with the musical analysis and theory, and the appropriate vocal technique for choirs.

Libreville, Gabon

Armel Minto'o, Gabon

Two sessions were organized in Togo (February and November). The participants focused on the choral conducting and the practice of a world repertoire. In Togo, regular sessions were organized between February and November to allow the trainees to improve faster.

Lomé, Togo

Two sessions organized in Ivory Coast (February and September) marked the end of a series of six and the outcome is that two local tutors will now be able to lead the next training sessions.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Two sessions were organized in Kinshasa, DR Congo in March and September. Fifty participants are now divided in groups of different levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) Four tutors are now about to teach on their own, with the presence of an external supervisor who will guide the lessons and monitor the program and its progress.

One choral conducting session in Senegal in October was organized in the frame of the Festival Cal’U and gathered ten participants. Half of them had already participated in previous CWB sessions. The instructor is confident that some of them could become local tutors after a series of two or three more sessions and take over the training leadership. This October session focused on score analysis and conducting patterns.

Contact: Thierry Thiébaut, Coordinator of CWB projects in Africa at tthiebaut@choralies.org