below you will find the November Newsletter of the European Choral Association - Europa 
Cantat with which we mostly want to inform you about all the important results of our General Assembly in Toulouse with elections, and remind you of the deadlines for the children's and youth choir festival in Worcester next July as well as the International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in St. Petersburg. In addition you will find the latest news from our VOICE project and further useful information, also from organisations in which we are members and from our membership.
On proposal of one of our readers we have decided to separate the French and German translations of the newsletter which will now be found in separate documents.

With best wishes

Sonja Greiner
Secretary General
on behalf of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

Mesdames et Messieurs, chers amis,
suite à la proposition d'un de nos lecteurs nous avons décidé de séparer les traductions françaises et allemandes de notre newsletter et de les publier dans un document à part.
>> ICI vous trouverez un résumée en français des dernières nouvelles de notre association, surtout les résultats de notre Assemblée Général à Toulouse avec élections, mais aussi les dates limites du festival pour choeurs d'enfants et de jeunes à Worcester et du concours pour jeunes chefs de choeur à St. Petersburg. En plus nous vous envoyons les dernières nouvelles sur le projet VOICE et des nouvelles d'organisations dans lequels nous sont membres.

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, liebe Freunde,
auf Vorschlag eines Lesers haben wir beschlossen, die deutsche und französische Übersetzung unseres newsletters zu trennen und in getrennten Dokumenten zu veröffentlichen.
>> HIER finden Sie jetzt die Zusammenfassung des aktuellen Newsletters, vor allem mit Ergebnissen unserer Generalversammlung in Toulouse mit Wahlen, sowie einer Erinnerung an die Anmeldefristen für das Kinder- und Jugendchorfestival in Worcester und den Chorleiterwettbewerb in St. Petersburg. Außerdem informieren wir Sie über die neusten Entwicklungen des Projekts VOICE und berichten von Organisationen, in denen wir Mitglied sind.

01 Election of new Board
02 Recruitment for new Youth Committee
03 New Music Commission for ECA-EC
04 General Assembly 2013 in Pecs
05 Deadline for applications - Worcester
06 Reminder: Competition in St. Petersburg
07 Latest news on VOICE
08 EMC - European Forum on Music
09 5th IMC World Forum of Music (WFM)
10 From IFCM - World Choral Day 2012
11 Office closed for Christmas holidays

Election of new Board

The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat elects a new Board and President
and looks ahead to the future development of choral life in Europe

The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat is happy to announce that Gábor Móczár from Hungary was elected as President of the association as successor of Sante Fornasier whose mandate ended after a nine-year period on the Board. The membership thanked Sante Fornasier and the outgoing Board members for their constructive work on the consolidation of the association and especially recognized the merits of the Italian choral association FENIARCO for the successful EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Turin.

The General Assembly which met in Toulouse, France on November 17th 2012, elected a Board of 13 persons from 12 European Countries. The President will be supported in his work by four further Executive Board members:
Carlo Pavese from Italy as 1st Vice-President
Jan Schumacher from Germany as 2nd Vice-President
            and Chair of the Music Commission
Anneliese Zeh from Austria, re-elected as 3rd Vice-President
Koenraad de Meulder from Belgium as treasurer
Further Board members are Séverine Delforge (Belgium), Martí Ferrer (Spain), Guido Helbling (Switzerland), Reijo Kekkonen (Finland), Victoria Liedbergius (Norway), Kaie Tanner (Estonia), Jean-Claude Wilkens (France) and Daphne Wassink (The Netherlands).

You will find the full Press Release including information on the programme of the association for the coming years:
in English >> here / in French >> here / in German >> here
and an overview on all new Board members >> here
Pictures of the Board are available >> here

Recruitment for new Youth Committee

The Youth Committee of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) is a group of young people from all over Europe mad about choral music. The Youth Committee works as a support to the board, giving the organisation a youth perspective, whilst also providing a platform to learn.
A new Youth Committee will be composed in January 2013 and the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat is therefore looking for young people between 18 and 27, with a love for choral music and a strong interest in culture and management, who are connected to the choral life of their region, want to meet and work together with other young people, and are ready to learn and network. 
The Youth Committee meets regularly online and has between 2 and 3 physical meetings a year. 

Further information can be found in the recruitment flyer >> here.

Interested young people can now apply by filling in the onine application form and sending  a CV with a photo (and optionally a support letter from their choral association) to youthcommittee@eca-ec.org before 31st of December 2012.


New Music Commission for ECA-EC

The new Board at its first meeting nominated the Music Commission of the  European Choral Association - Europa Cantat which will start working in early 2013. The Music Commission will mostly focus on preparing the music programme for the festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 but will also deal with other activities of the association. The commission will be supported by the network of music consultants and advisors who will be confirmed in spring 2013.  Members of the new Music Commission are:
- Jan Schumacher (Germany), chair
- Inessa Bodyako (Belarus)
- Nicola Campogrande (Italy)
- Elisenda Carrasco (Catalnia, Spain)
- Maud Hamon (France -
  suggested by the Youth Committee)
- Rainer Held (Switzerland)
- Tamás Lakner (Hungary)
- Maria van Nieukerken (The Netherlands)
- Kaie Tanner (Estonia)

General Assembly 2013 in Pecs

At the General Assembly of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat in Toulouse the newly elected Board announced the dates for the next General Assembly which will be hosted by the city of Pécs in Hungary from November 8th to 10th 2013.
The city of Pécs, host of the EUROPA CANTAT X festival in 1988, will also host the next edition of the Eurochoir in summer 2013 as well as the festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX in 2015 (see www.ecpecs2015.hu)

Deadline for applications - Worcester

Worcester International Festival for
Young Singers
 - 19-27 July 2013
- the first of its kind in the UK
Deadline for applications: 15th December 2012
Atelier Conductors Bob Chilcott, Sanna Valvanne, Carlo Pavese and Margrét Bóasdóttir will join Sing UK in Worcester, England for this ground-breaking event. The week of ateliers, concerts, street singing and more will end with a final night Gala Concert in Worcester Cathedral featuring a new commission by Bob Chilcott, performed by all singers. Don't miss the chance to take part in this first-ever event in the UK - apply now! For more information see

Reminder: Competition in St. Petersburg

REMINDER:  Competition for Young Choral Conductors St. Petersburg
Deadline for applications: 30/11/2012 (exclusively by E-mail)
Detailed information on the International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in St. Petersburg, for conductors born after April 1st 1978 and before April 1st 1995, is now online, with details on which material needs to be submitted listed on the following website: 

Latest news on VOICE

The VOICE project partners are actively preparing activities that will take place in 2013. Eleven of the 14 partners gathered during the General Assembly in Toulouse to set up cooperation and share new ideas. Six members of the ECA-EC new board are at the same time representatives of cooperation partners in the VOICE project, which will allow for even closer cooperation, and ease the coordination effort.

We launched an online survey to gather feedback from the participants to the VOICE events. We intend to gain an insight on the impact that the project have on singers, conductors, managers, etc. If you participated in one of the project's event, please dedicate five to ten minutes to fill in the survey online at: http://survey.thevoiceproject.eu

The next edition (1/2013) of the European Choral Magazine will be dedicated to VOICE, but in the meantime, you will find information and updates on our website and facebook page:


EMC - European Forum on Music

3rd European Forum on Music in Glasgow, Scotland,
– 21 April 2013
The EMC is currently preparing its 3rd European Forum on Music in cooperation with the Scottish Music Centre. The Forum will be hosted from 18 – 21 April 2013 in the UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow. Pete Wishart, Scottish MP and former keyboarder of the band Runrig has been confirmed as keynote speaker. The conference will take place in the Grand Central Hotel. More information will be available soon on the EMC website. Registration will open on 1 December 2012.

5th IMC World Forum of Music (WFM)

The preparations for the 5th IMC World Forum of Music (WFM) to take place 21 – 26 November 2013 in Brisbane (Australia) are in full swing, in close cooperation with local hosts, the Music Council of Australia and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
The IMC Secretariat issued the first announcement to all IMC members last July.
The programme of the forum entitled Sustaining music, engaging communities promises to be very stimulating. The audience will not only look and listen but participate in an active way through creative performances and creating performances: what is the future of music on this planet? The IMC Board encourages a high attendance for the event: IMC members are strongly invited to bring more than the usual one or two representatives; think about your board, your leadership, your office staff, your members and their boards, leadership and office staff. 
Follow the IMC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/International.Music.Council


From IFCM - World Choral Day 2012

On and around December 9th, IFCM and its membership as well as all choirs interested are going to celebrate the World Choral Day 2012. For this 2012 edition there is a new website and you'll be able to share your WCD event with the whole world by filling a subscription form on www.ifcm.net or directly on www.worldchoralday.org. After filling the form, you will receive an email with the link to upload your media such as recordings or pictures, also from the past years.
IFCM is working to make this day an official day of UNESCO calendar. 
If you need some material in order to promote this event or you have any question, don't hesitate to contact Francesco Leonardi at project.manager@worldchoralday.org


Office closed for Christmas holidays

Please note already that our office will remain closed for Christmas holidays from December 21st 2012 until January 7th 2013.

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