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. […]

May

01

The Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana, a DCINY Concert

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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM
David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
The Sacred and Profane: Carmina Burana

 

This Memorial Day, join DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Singers International in an unforgettable performance experience of Carl Orff’s 1937 composition, Carmina Burana, one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire. William Powell conducts composer Rosephanye Powell’s soulful and uplifting vocal masterwork “Gospel Trinity”. This event will be recorded and live streamed on Facebook.

 

Performers:

Jonathan Griffith, Conductor
William Powell, Conductor
Penelope Shumate, Soprano
Dillon McCartney, Tenor
Keith Harris, Baritone
Distinguished Concerts Singers International

 

Program:

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
Rosephanye Powell: Gospel Trinity (New York Premiere)

 

Tickets $20-$100! On Sale Now!

Visit LincolnCenter.org or call +1-212-721-6500
Box Office: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza at 65th Street
Senior and Student Discounts Available at the Box Office with ID

For Group Tickets, VIP Packages, Discounts, and More, e-mail boxoffice@DCINY.org

 

Buy your tickets here

May

01

Vocal Colors: a DCINY Concert

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Vocal Colors

 

The fourth annual presentation of Vocal Colors celebrates the choral arts at Carnegie Hall. This evening’s highlights include American composer J. Reese Norris as well as the music of Minnesota based composer and conductor Eric Barnum. Marina Alexander also leads a choir through two beautiful works by Kim Andre Arnesen and Otto Olson.

 

Performers:

 

Reese Norris, Conductor
Eric Barnum, Conductor
Marina Alexander, Director
Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Richmond Choral Society and The Arcadian Chorale (NY)

 

Program:

Barnum: A Thousand Red Birds​
Barnum: Afternoon on a Hill
Barnum: Evensong
Young: Thulele Mama Ya
Norris: Endless Song
Norris: We Sing of Love
Arrg. Berg: Georgia on My Mind
Narverud: Sisi Ni Moja
Norris: Paper Crane
Norris: Ukuthula
Norris: This is Your Time
Arg. Trujillo: La Paloma
Arnesen: Norwegian Alleluia
Olsson: Te Deum

 

Tickets $20-100! On Sale Now!

Visit CarnegieHall.org or call 212-247-7800
Box Office: 881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street
Senior and Student Discounts Available at the Box Office with ID

For Group Tickets, VIP Packages, Discounts, and More, e-mail boxoffice@DCINY.org

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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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Contact: fonoko@fonoko.no

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

26

Pulse of Europe looking for musicians to contribute to Pulse of Europe’s XXL-SundayPulse of Europe XXL on 10 June 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany – Performers wanted!

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The European Music Council has been approached by Pulse of Europe looking for musicians to contribute to Pulse of Europe’s XXL-Sunday. Pulse of Europe is a grassroots movement that originated in Frankfurt/Germany in 2016 without any attachments to any political parties, stakeholders, or confession, solely funded by donations. It brings together citizens from all walks of live to support democracy and solidarity in Europe. Meetings/demonstrations take place every first Sunday of the month in many European cities.

On 10 June 2018, Pulse of Europe hosts a big European event in Frankfurt/Germany (Pulse of Europe’s XXL Sunday) to promote the European idea of peace, freedom and diversity. The organisers are looking for musical input from many different countries from performers/musicians standing up for tolerance and mutual understanding.

They are not looking for a specific genre – the performers can be children, youth or adults. Key is that they actively promote the idea of […]

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 […]