The World Youth Choir Foundation is thrilled to announce that the World Youth Choir (WYC) will be one of the performing choirs at the next American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference, which will take place in Dallas, Texas (USA). The conference will convene 17-20 March 2021, and a World Youth Choir session will be held on the days surrounding the conference dates, to include a short rehearsal period and some additional performances.
Within the framework of the conference, the WYC will perform two concerts on 17 March at the Winspear Opera House and will have two informal performances for the ACDA Honor Choirs on 18 March. For the duration of the conference, singers from 34 countries will also be able to attend conference activities not conflicting with the choir’s pre-arranged performances. The possibility to participate in an ACDA conference will be an extraordinary opportunity for the singers’ professional development and an excellent opportunity to promote our programme amongst the conference delegates. Outside of the conference framework, the choir will additionally have 1-2 concerts open to the general public in Dallas, with dates and location to be announced at a later stage.
The choir will be composed of 48 singers who have taken part in a WYC session from 2016 to 2019. As this is a short session with only 3 days of rehearsal, we have recruited among singers who recently participated in WYC projects and therefore already have a connection with the choir and a strong knowledge of the programme’s mission, vision, and values. The selection process aimed at creating a high-quality young ensemble with a balanced blend of voices and a wide geographic representation. The list of selected singers can be found here.
The ensemble will be under the artistic direction of Martina Batič (Slovenia), an internationally-renowned conductor and current Musical Director of the Chœur de Radio France in Paris. The repertoire will consist of up to 40 minutes of music representative of different continents and include both classic and contemporary pieces. With this programme, the choir aims to showcase the excellence and diversity of choral music across the world to the ACDA audience of 4,000-5,000 choral directors, alongside 5,000 choral singers.
Make sure to follow the WYC social media channels for more information about this session which will be released throughout the coming months. We hope to meet you in Dallas in March 2021!
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