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December News from the European Choral Association
Published: Nov 30,2021

The European Choral Association elected a new Board and President

The European Choral Association (ECA) is happy to announce that Dermot O’Callaghan, Ireland, was

elected President of ECA on 21 November 2021, in Lyon, France.

ECA General Assembly also elected a Board of 11 people

After an open and wide-ranging conversation within the new board on the needs of the association, a new Executive Board was elected:

  • President: Dermot O’Callaghan (Ireland)
  • 1st Vice-President and treasurer: Martine Spanjers (The Netherlands)
  • 2nd Artistic Vice-President: Burak Onur Erdem (Turkey)
  • 3rd Vice-President: Raul Talmar (Estonia)

Further members of the Board are: Tamara Adamov Petijevic (Serbia), Jeroen Beckers (Belgium), Côme Ferrand-Cooper (France), Xavier Devillers (Belgium), Marco Fornasier (Italy), Silvija Pročkytė (Lithuania), Josep Vila i Casanas (Spain) and Daphne Wassink (The Netherlands, co-opted as representative of the Friends of Choral Music in Europe).



IGNITE, the new project of the European Choral Association

The European Choral Association has just received the confirmation of funding under the EU Creative Europe programme under the support to cultural networks strand. Congratulations from the IFCM community!

IGNITE, igniting an Inclusive and sustainable future for collective singing throughout Europe, is a project which will focus on collective singing at the heart of the revitalisation of post-pandemic Europe, specifically its effects on the health and wellbeing of the individual and society.

From December 2021 until November 2024, IGNITE will contribute to the European Green Deal, increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity in the sector by strengthening the network and increasing its representativeness. By empowering and training people in the sector, IGNITE aims to increase capacity to become resilient and sustainable, to be active internationally, to cooperate at the European level, and to make use of modern technology.

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EuroChoir, Switzerland, 15-25 July 2022

EuroCHoir is a unique choral event organised every year in a different country which offers young singers the opportunity to get together for eight days to rehearse a challenging programme and improve their vocal skills under the guidance of  a vocal trainer, presenting the results of their work in public concerts. This special choir aims to promote European choral music among young singers and to encourage cultural exchange within Europe.

The 2022 edition will take place in Switzerland, under the direction of Yuval Weinberg and Marco Amherd, with concerts planned in Basel, Bern, the Grisons (Graubünden), and Zurich.

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Enjoy the thrill of EUROPA CANTAT Junior, two years in a row


Joint Letter of Intent on Climate Action

In the context of COP.26, the UN Climate Change Conference, the European Choral Association and eight other international and European cultural networks and platforms have come together to take action on climate change.

This joint initiative emerged from the SHIFT project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The letter of intent on climate action is an important step towards uniting forces to tackle the huge worldwide challenge of global warming. The aim is to develop and implement a framework consisting of environmental guidelines for cultural networks and a certification scheme. The partnering international and European cultural networks recognise the ecological footprint associated with operating a cultural network. They are committed to minimising this footprint, optimising environmentally sustainable practices, and acting as an example of good practice for their members, stakeholders, and other organisations, while also recognising the different contexts in which they are evolving. Read the full letter here.

Special thanks to the Green Leisure Group and Creative Carbon Scotland for contributing their expertise to this process! Discover more about the SHIFT project on the project website:


IFCM International Choral Magazine

Official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, the International Choral Magazine is published quarterly in the four official languages of IFCM: English, French, German and Spanish. It is distributed in more than 80 countries on the five continents and is the official voice of choral music around the world.

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Global Choral Calendar

Our focus at the moment is to unite the choral calendars of international choral organisations. Meanwhile please consult the calendar of choral events published by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat here.

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