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Europa Cantat C European Federation of Young Choirs Report summer


									IFCM General Assembly 2009

                       Europa Cantat – European Federation of Young Choirs
                             Report summer 2008 – September 2009
                                   for IFCM General Assembly

 2008/9 was an intensive and important year for Europa Cantat, with a focus on the preparation and
 the organisation of the festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht in July 2009.

 The EUROPA CANTAT festival in Utrecht combined the experiences of the excellent festivals in
 recent times with innovative approaches in many fields: the range of musical genres, the outreach
 into society, multi-disciplinary workshops and events, multicultural events, and many ateliers
 involving aspects of youth culture. Utrecht also experimented with the use of technology in
 administration and a new management model, which on the whole worked well. The contributions by
 youth committees and a special Young Event Management Programme was felt all the way through.
 More than 2.600 singers and conductors from almost 50 countries worldwide participated in the
 festival with over 80 concerts and 119 ateliers and seminars. There were 800 one-day visits of people
 from the Netherlands and from abroad who wanted to get a taste of the festival and more than
 30.000 visits to the concerts. More than half the participants were under 27, though the oldest were
 well over 80. The festival was organized by a management team supported by around 200 further staff
 members, many of whom were volunteers.

 The IFCM Executive Committee organised one of its meetings in the frame of the festival and we were
 happy to welcome them and share some days of the festival with them.

 Europa Cantat offers a dynamic environment
 The Utrecht festival drew a large number of participants, but also an extensive number of
 organisations which felt that this would be an inspiring environment for their meetings. This reflects
 the general mood in which we find ourselves these years: there is a sense of development, innovation
 and rejuvenation in many aspects of the organization: Europa Cantat is offering a dynamic
 environment. Our centres in various regions are picking up new topics: the role of choirs in conflict
 areas (Hungary), singing and religion around the Mediterranean Sea (Barcelona), Youth choirs and
 their conductors (Sweden). Our youth group is spreading its wings and now has several
 interconnected youth networks in different parts of Europe. Our Italian federation is preparing the
 first ever big EUROPA CANTAT festival in Italy for the year 2012. We have now (since 2008) got
 access to conductors’ organizations, which are joining our federation because they know there is a
 great network waiting for them there.
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In 2008/9 our membership grew by 7 %. Besides the big festival, other events under the Europa
Cantat flag or with our co-operation took place in countries across Europe, e.g. Austria, Belgium,
France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Slovenia and Sweden, drawing hundreds of participants:
singers, but also more and more conductors, teachers and composers. Altogether over 3.100 regular
paying participants from 56 countries worldwide attended our Europa Cantat events in 2009, in
addition to several hundred singers and instrumentalists in the choirs and orchestras in residence and
800 one-day-visits at the festival EUROPA CANTAT in Utrecht.

We are happy to announce that the Boards of Europa Cantat and AGEC are preparing a merger of the
two major European choir organisations, to start in 2011. We believe in the importance of bringing
the two organisations together because we need all the ideas, resources and energy we can get to
build up for a healthy singing future. We believe that uniting forces will help to strengthen our work
for choral life in Europe.
Next Elections: On November 13th 2009 the Europa Cantat Board will elect a new Board, which will in
turn elect a new President and Executive Board.

We are happy that the project “Uniting Youth in Song” has received financial support from the
European Union under the Culture programme. This project, coordinated by Länsmusiken in Sweden
and organised in cooperation with Europa Cantat, EUROPA CANTAT Utrecht, FENIARCO (Italy), KÓTA
(Hungary) and SCIC (Catalonia/Spain) intends to address the main worries and challenges of the
choral world today.

“Uniting Youth in Song” aims mostly at increasing awareness for the importance of singing with
children, promoting active music-making in kindergartens and schools. Central elements in these aims
are the promotion of intercultural dialogue and life-long learning: increasing and improving training
programmes for children’s and youth choir conductors.

Activities from 2009 to 2011 through which these aims shall be reached: in 2009 the Conference on
Singing and Music Education in Vilnius and activities at the festival EUROPA CANTAT in Utrecht as
well as conducting courses in Fano and Örebro; in 2010 and 2011 a seminar for composers in Aosta,
Hearts-in-Harmony events in Budapest, Barcelona and Örebro, the setting up of an integration choir
in Örebro, a performance of the Poverty Requiem and the festival “Youth Choirs in Movement" 2 in
Bonn and an online database with research on the benefits of common singing. (More information will
be published on
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Europa Cantat Activities

In 2008
After the World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen, in which Europa Cantat participated
with a strong delegation and a booth in the exhibition area, Europa Cantat organised some further
activities in 2008:
    - Europa Cantat Singing Week in Usedom (DE)
    - Europa Cantat Singing Week in Szczecin (PL) – incl. Study Tour
    - Europa Cantat Singing Week in Smederevo (Serbia)
    - Europa Cantat Singing Week Alpe Adria Cantat in Lignano (IT) – incl. Study Tour
    - European Academy for Young Conductors in Malmö (SE) – in cooperation with AGEC
    - European Academy for Young Composers in Aosta (IT)
    - Seminar and workshop on singing as a tool for cultural integration in Debrecen (HU)
    - Concert with Choeur Robert Schumann in Bonn (DE)
    - Conference on Innovation in the World of Singing Children in Donostia-San Sebastián (ES)

In 2009

The main activity in 2009 was the Festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht, the Netherlands, July 17th
to 26th 2009, including:
    -      The Europa Cantat Chamber Choir
    -      A Concert of the World Youth Choir – in cooperation with IFCM and JMI
    -      The Young Event Management Programme (YEMP) – in cooperation with IFCM
    -      A programme for conductors with seminars, lectures and reading sessions

In addition Europa Cantat offered (and will offer) a number of activities for choirs, singers and
conductors in other European countries:
    - Europa Cantat Singing Week Alpe Adria Cantat, Lignano (IT) – including Study Tour
    - 5 International Competition for Young Conductors, Ljubljana (SI) – in cooperation with AGEC
    - Cantemus Open Weekend (also for music teachers), Nyíregyháza (HU)
    - European Academy for Young Conductors, Fano (IT)
    - European Academy for Young Conductors, Graz (AT) – in cooperation with AGEC
    - Conference on Music Education and Singing, Vilnius (LT) – in cooperation with IFCM
    - Concert of the World Youth Choir in Bonn (DE) – in cooperation with IFCM and JMI
    - Workshop on Singing and Health in the frame of the General Assembly in Sofia (GB)

General remark
All Europa Cantat activities are offered in cooperation with at least one member organisation in the
host country and often these organisations are doing most of the work. We would therefore like to
thank all our partners (many of whom are also members of IFCM) for their wonderful work.
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Europa Cantat Activities in 2010
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Europa Cantat office

Europa Cantat, c/o Haus der Kultur
Weberstr. 59a, D-53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 228 9125663, Fax: +49 228 9125658 /

Secretary General: Sonja Greiner
Office Manager: Ruthild Sondermann
Young volunteer: Milena Kaplan, September 2009 – August 2010 (Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr für Kultur)
Student helper: Anna Maric

Europa Cantat publications

   -     EC-magazine with 3 issues per year in 2008 and 2009
         since 2008 each issue focuses on one theme (e.g. EU year of Creativity and Innovation)
   -     Brochures (1 per year) with the programme for 2010 and 2011
   -     Songbook for the festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht 2009 (with Annie Bank)
   -     Songbook for EUROPA CANTAT junior in Nevers 2008 (with Editions A Coeur Joie)
   -     CDs and DVD of the festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht 2009
   -     Electronic newsletter twice or three times a year
   -     Europa Cantat website
   -     Festival website for EUROPA CANTAT Utrecht 2009
   -     Festival website for EUROPA CANTAT Torino 2012
   -     Europa Cantat Facebook group and page on
   -     Europa Cantat youtube channel

Europa Cantat membership in 2009

44 choral organisations in 31 European countries, (several of these organisations are also direct
members of IFCM), 2 conductors’ association, over 200 member choirs and 300 individual members as
well as one partner - altogether members in almost 40 European countries and over 50 countries
worldwide. For details see statistics in attachments 1 and 2.
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Further activities and information
In addition to concrete meetings and projects, Europa Cantat
 - further developed the Europa Cantat regional offices in Budapest and Barcelona and started
     cooperation with the Swedish International Choral Centre in Örebro
 - further intensified cooperation with AGEC, preparing the merger
 - hosted an Executive Board meeting of IFCM in 2009 and took an active role in the IFCM through
     its representative on the Board and cooperation of its Secretary General
 - cooperated with América Cantat and the Zimriya
 - represented the European choral movement at various events including the World Symposium on
     Choral Music in Copenhagen
 - was present at a number of choral festivals and competitions in Europe
 - represented European choral life in meetings of the European and International Music Council
     (EMC/IMC) and taking an active role in the International Music Council through the presence of
     its Secretary General on the Executive Board of the IMC
 - participated in different lobby activities towards the European Union, partly in the frame of
     meetings called by the Culture Action Europe (EFAH), defending the position of choral music
     there and making concrete proposals for the improvement of the EU Culture programmes
 - recommended choirs and conductors to members asking for advice
 - intensified and enlarged the Europa Cantat Network

Europa Cantat has received operational funding from the European Union as a European Network
active in the field of culture in 2008 and 2009 on the basis of a three-year framework agreement
2008 - 2010.
Europa Cantat is regularly supported by the German Youth Ministry (Bundesministerium für Familie,
Senioren, Frauen und Jugend) was supported in 2008 and 2009 by the City of Bonn and (for activities
in Bonn) by the Land Nordrhein-Westfalen and several foundations.

Attachment 1: Membership statistic 2008
Attachment 2: Membership statistic 2009
Attachment 3: Recent Electronic newsletters
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                                                                                                                                                           Attachment 3

newsletter winter 08
Including news from the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM),
the European and International Music Council (EMC / IMC),
CultureAction Europe (EFAH) and Musica International

Contents                                       EUROPA CANTAT                                                    2nd meeting of
Office closed for holidays
                                               Utrecht 2009                                                     Mediterranean
Europa Cantat General Assembly 2009
2nd Mediterranean Expert Meeting
                                               Well over 2000 singing enthusiasts have                          Choral Experts
                                               already subscribed for the festival. This
New concept for ECmagazine
                                               is above expectation. Subscriptions are                          The Europa Cantat regional office for the
2009 Activities - news
                                               coming in faster than expected, so hurry                         Mediterranean Area hosted a second expert
† Dusan Maksimovic passed away                 up if you want to join! (For places in the                       meeting in Barcelona, December 5th to
News from our members                          ateliers and low-budget accommodation                            7th 2008. There were participants from
Another great choir film: Young@heart           applicants who applied before the deadline                       different parts of Spain (Catalonia, Basque
News from IFMC                                 will be given priority, then we will give                        Country, Canary Islands, Mallorca), Portu-
News from Musica International                 priority according to the date of appli-                         gal, France, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon
News from EMC/IMC                              cation.) 32 talented young singers from                          and Latin America as well as representa-
News from CultureAction Europe                 all over the world have been selected to                         tives of Europa Cantat, IFCM and A Coeur
                                               join the EUROPA CANTAT Chamber Choir,                            Joie International. The EC Youth Commit-
Don’t forget to regularly check our            which will work during the festival week                         tee was also represented and called for a
ECwebsite for news:       with the Latvian choir conductor Kaspars                         first meeting of a regional Mediterranean
                                               Putnins.                                                         Youth Commmittee. The experts discussed
                                               For more news: -> news                            issues such as “children’s choirs in the regi-
                                                                                                                on”, “religious music in the region”, “the
Office closed for                               Il y a déjà bien plus de 2000 inscrits! Il est encore
                                               possible de s‘inscrire, mais il faut se dépècher et ceux
                                                                                                                role of choral music in conflict situations”
                                                                                                                and “ethnographic and traditional music
holidays                                       qui se sont inscrits avant la date limite auront la pri-
                                               orité pour les places dans les ateliers et les logements
                                                                                                                in the region” with interesting project
                                                                                                                presentations. In addition they planned
                                               universitaires. Pour toutes les nouvelles voir                   possible projects for the region, including
Our office will be closed from 20/12/08 -> français -> nouvelles                          a „Voices of the Mediterranean“ conference
to 5/1/09. Looking back on a year full of      Inzwischen sind schon weit über 2000 Sängerinnen
musical activities and looking forward to                                                                       in cooperation with IFCM. The results of
                                               und Sänger eingeschrieben. Es ist auch jetzt noch
the year 2009 with our Festival EUROPA                                                                          the conference will be presented on the
                                               möglich, sich anzumelden, aber man sollte sich beeilen
CANTAT XVII in Utrecht, we wish all our        und alle, die sich vor der Anmeldefirst eingeschrieben
                                                                                                                website of the centre, see
members and friends a peaceful and joyful      haben werden bei der Atelierzuteilung und bei der
                                                                                                       Further infor-
New Year! We hope to see U singing in          Vergabe der günstigen Unterkünfte bevorzugt. Mehr                mation from:
Utrecht!                                       unter -> deutsch -> Neuigkeiten                   La deuxiéme réunion des experts de musique chorale
Notre bureau sera fermé du                                                                                      en région méditérranéenne s‘est déroulé à Barcelone
20 décembre 08 au 5 janvier 09.                                                                                 du 5 au 7 décembre 2008. Pour plus d‘informations
Bonnes Fêtes!
Unser Büro ist vom 20.12.08
                                               Europa Cantat                                                    merci d‘écrire à:
                                                                                                                Das zweite Expertentreffen für den Mittelmeer-Raum
bis 5.1.09 geschlossen.
Wir wünschen schöne Feiertage!
                                               General Assembly                                                 hat vom 5. bis 7. Dezember 2008 in Barcelona statt-
                                                                                                                gefunden. Für weitere Informationen kontaktieren Sie

                                               2009 in Sofia                                                     bitte

                                               We are happy to announce that the Bul-
                                               garian Choir Union has offered to host the
                                                                                                                New Concept for
                                               Europa Cantat General Assembly 2009 in
                                               Sofia, Bulgaria, from November 13th to
                                               15th 2009.                                                       At the end of November all members should
                                               L‘Assemblée Générale 2009 aura lieu à Sofia, en                   have received their copy of Europa Cantat
                                               Bulgarie, deu 13 au 15 novembre 2009.                            magazine 4/08 in the new house style. At its
                                               Die Generalversammlung 2009 findet vom 13. bis 15.                last Board meeting in November 2008 the
                                               November in Sofia, Bulgarien statt.                               Board of Europa Cantat decided to change
                                                                                                                the rhythm of ECmagazine from 4 annual
                                                                                                                issues to 3 bigger annual issues, dedicating
                                                                                                                each issue to a specific theme: Issue 1/09 will
                                                                                                                reach our readers in April and will focus on
                                                                                                                the subject of Creativity and Innovation, issue
                                                                                                                2/09 will be ready for the festival EURO-
                                                                                                                PA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht and the other
                                                                                                                summer activities and will focus on issues re-
                                                                                                                levant for singers (this issue will be published
                                                                                                                online free of costs) and issue 3/09 will be
                                                                                                                ready for the General Assembly and will focus
                                                                                                                on issues interesting for conductors.
                                                                                                                Le CA d‘Europa Cantat a décidé de ne publier
                                                                                                                que 3 ECmagazine en 2009, chacun avec un
                                                                                                                thème spécifique. Der Vorstand von Europa
                                                                                                                Cantat hat beschlossen ab 2009 3 (umfang-
                                                                                                                reichere) statt 4 Ausgaben von ECmagazine zu
                                                                                                                veröffentlichen, jede mit einem Thema.

                                            Europa Cantat receives the support of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and                     newsletter 12/08
                                            Youth, Germany, of the City of Bonn and of the European Union Culture PRogramme as
                                            network active at European level in the field of culture. The information contained in this
                                            publication does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the European Commission.
                                                                                                                                                        Attachment 3
Europa Cantat                                                                                                         Calendar of EC
Activities 2009                                                                                                       Activities 2009
All updated details can be found on                                                                                   Activities for choirs and singers -> current projects                                                                              - Festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht,
                                                                                                                        the Netherlands, 17 – 26/7/2009
Participants for the 5th International Com-                                                                             see
petition for Young Conductors in Ljubljana                                                                            - Europa Cantat Singing Week in Nevers,
(26 – 30/3/2009) have been chosen now,                                                                                  France, 5 – 12/7/2009
applications are no longer possible.                                                                                  - Europa Cantat Singing Week in Lignano,
                                                           † Sad news on                                                Italy, 30/8 – 6/9/2009
For the European Academy for Choral Con-
ductors and Singers in Fano (6 – 13/9/2009),
the conductor has now been decided: Fred
                                                           Dusan Maksimovic                                           Activities for talented young singers
                                                                                                                      - World Youth Choir Summer Session
Sjöberg (Sweden) will introduce conductors                                                                              concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands,
                                                           Dusan Maksimovic from Serbia, born in
to the specificities of vocal pop together                                                                               France and Germany, 8 – 31/7/2009
                                                           1932 and called Dumaks by his friends,
with pianist Stefan Berglund.                                                                                         - World Youth Choir 20th anniversary
                                                           passed away in December 2008. He was
                                                                                                                        with concerts and workshops
                                                           a conductor, composer and professor and
Detailed information and the programme                                                                                  in Örebro, Sweden, October 2009
                                                           played an important role in the Yugoslav-
for the European Academy for Young Con-                                                                               - EUROPA CANTAT Chamber Choir at
                                                           German relations and in the choral world. He
ductors in Graz (20 – 27/9/2009) as well as                                                                             festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht,
                                                           won many awards at different choir compe-
information on the Conference on Singing                                                                                the Netherlands, 17 – 26/7/2009
                                                           titions and received a medal of honour from
and Music Education in the frame of the                    the chancellor of Germany. Rest in peace.!
Lithuanian Song Festival can also be down-                                                                            For conductors and composers
                                                           Nous sommes désolées de vous informer que Dusan
loaded from our website.                                   Maksimovic est décédé en décembre 2008.
                                                                                                                      - 5th International Competition for Young
                                                           Wir haben die trauige Nachricht erhalten, dass Dusan         Conductors in Ljubljana, Slovenia,
The selection procedures for the World                     Maksmovic aus Serbien im Dezember verstorben ist.            26 – 30/3/2009
Youth Choir will take place in the different                                                                          - Cantemus Open Weekend for conductors
countries before the end of February 2009,                                                                              and music teachers in Nyíregyháza,
the international jury will meet in March
2009. The 2009 summer session will take
                                                           News from our                                                Hungary, 23 – 26/4/2009
                                                                                                                      - Conference on Music Education and
place in Gent, Belgium, with concerts in
Belgium, the Netherlands (at the EUROPA
                                                           members                                                      Singing in Vilnius, Lithuania, 2 – 7/7/2009
                                                                                                                      - European Academy for Singers and
CANTAT festival in Utrecht), France and                                                                                 Conductors in Fano, Italy, 6-13/9/2009
                                                           Jeroen Schrijner resigned from Kunstfactor                 - European Academy for Young Conductors
Germany (with a concert in Bonn on July                    (Netherlands) and will start working in Swit-
29th, the death anniversary of Robert Schu-                                                                             in Graz, Austria, 20 – 27/9/2009
                                                           zerland in 2009.                                           - Seminar for Children’s and Youth Choir
mann). In October 2009 the World Youth                     The Bulgarian Choir Union has elected a new
Choir will celebrate its 20th anniversary in                                                                            Conductors and music teachers in Yerevan,
                                                           Executive Board. The new President is Ms.                    Armenia, 7 – 11/10/2009
Örebro, Sweden, with an alumni choir, a                    Elianka Mihailova. We are looking forward
special concert and a conducting course for                                                                           - Conducting Course for children’s choir
                                                           to meeting her at the occasion of our next                   conductors in Örebro, Sweden, October 09
children‘s and youth choir conductors.                     General Assembly.
The International Centre for Choral Music in               Jeroen Schrijner a quitté Kunstfactor au Pays-Bas et
Namur has produced a “Best-of” selection                                                                              For cultural managers
                                                           commencera un nouveau travail en Suisse en 2009.
of the World Youth Choir with recordings                   L‘Union des choeurs de Bulgarie a élu un nouveau comi-
                                                                                                                      - Youth Event Management Programme
from the past 20 years. You can order this                 té executive avec Elianka Mihailova comme présidente.        in Utrecht, the Netherlands 11 – 27/7/2009
unique collection of 6 CDS produced in time                Jeroen Schrijner hat Kunstfactor in den Niederlanden
for the 20th anniversary of the choir                      verlassen und tritt 2009 eine neue Stelle in der Schweiz   Events promoting the integration of handi-
Further information from                     an. Der bulgarische Chorverband hat einen neuen Vor-       capped children and young people
or                                 stand mit Präsidentin Elianka Mihailova gewählt.           - Hearts in Harmony weekend with
                                                                                                                        sight-impaired children in Budapest,
Pour les dernières nouvelles concernant nos acti-                                                                       Hungary, 2 – 4/10/2009
vités, voir notre site web - > current projects. Les
participants du concours de jeunes chefs de choeur
                                                           Young@Heart                                                In addition Europa Cantat will organise one
ont été choisis, le programme pour l‘Académie pour                                                                    or two concerts in the frame of the festival
                                                           In autumn 2008 another great choir film                     “Bonner Schumannfest – Endenicher Herbst”
Jeunes Chefs de Choeur a été publié sur le site et nous
                                                           came into the cinemas. The documentary                     in autumn 2009 in Bonn. Also, Europa Cantat
annonçons que l‘Académie de Fano en septembre 2009
se fera avec Fred Sjöjberg et Stefan Berglund sur le pop
                                                           tells the touching story of a choir with senior            will participate as one of the partners in the
vocal. Les choristes du choeur mondial seront choisis
                                                           citizens in the USA who sing rock and pop                  preparation and organisation of the festival
en février/mars 2009 et le choeur fêtera son 20ème         songs and became so famous that they tou-                  Namur-en-choeurs in Namur, Belgium, No-
anniversaire avec un événement spécial en octobre          red to Europe several times. The film shows                 vember 5 – 8 2009.
2009 à Örebro, et finalement le choeur mondial apro-        how important singing in the choir is for its
duit une collection de 6 CDs avec une sélections des 20    members.
années. Pour plus d‘informations voir                      See ou
Für die neuesten Nachrichten zu den Aktivitäten von
                                                           Si vous n‘avez pas encore vu Young@Heart, ne ratez
                                                           pas l‘occasion de voir ce documentaire touchant sur un     Europa Cantat
Europa Cantat siehe -> current
projects. Die Teilnehmer/innen des Wettbewerbs für
                                                           choeur de personnes âgés aux Etas-Unis. Wer diesen
                                                           berührenden Dokumentarfilm über einen Seniorenchor in       Statutory Meetings
junge Chorleiter/innen wurden bereits ausgewählt,          den USA noch nicht gesehen hat, sollte das nachholen.
das Programme für die Akademie für Junge Chor-
leiter/innen in Graz findet man auf unserer Website                                                                    - Meeting of Europa Cantat Music Commission
und wir kündigen an, das die Akademie in Fano im                                                                       in Utrecht (NL), 17 - 18/1/2009
September 2009 über Vocal Pop mit Fred Sjöberg und                                                                    - Meeting of Europa Cantat Board and
Stefan Berglund stattfinden wird. Die Sänger/innen                                                                       Youth Committee in Bonn, 12 - 15/2/2009
für den Weltjugendchor 2009 werden im Februar/März                                                                    - Board meeting during Festival in Utrecht
ausgewählt und der Chor feiert seinen 20. Geburtstag                                                                    between July 17th and 26th 2009
im Oktober 2009 mit einer besonderen Veranstaltung                                                                    - Meeting of Europa Cantat Music Commission
in Örebro, Schweden. Schließlich wurde eine Sammlung                                                                    in Utrecht (NL), 26/7/2009
von 6 CDs mit den besten Aufnahmen des Chores                                                                         - Europa Cantat General Assembly
produziert. Infos unter und                                                                     in Sofia (BG), 11 - 13/11/2009

                                                                                                                                                        newsletter 12/08
                                                                                                                                  Attachment 3
News from the International                      News from the                                    News from
Federation for Choral Music                      European Music Council (EMC)                     CultureAction Europe -
(IFCM) -                   and the                          European Forum for
                                                 International Music Counci                       the Arts and Heritage
                                                 (IMC)-                           (former EFAH)
The IFCM Board of Directors has decided                                                 
to entrust the responsibilities of the IFCM      Reach out, Open Up, Take In
administration to the International Center for   Developing your skills in advocacy, networ-      Rainbow Platform - An important milestone
Choral Music (ICCM) in its office in Namur.       king and international cooperation               and clear expectations for the future:
IFCM is fortunate to have a vivacious and        Pomáz, Hungary, 27/2 - 1/3/2009                  On June 4th 2008 around 70 civil society
energetic group of employees in the form         The seminar “Reach out, Open Up, Take In”        organisation representatives from all over
of Jean-Claude Wilkens, Véronique Bour,          addresses national music organisations (e.g.     Europe gathered to consider and develop the
Nadine Robin, and Christina Kühlewein—all        national music councils) in North, Central       results of the on-line consultation on Rain-
working together in the International Center     and South Eastern Europe, from Albania to        bow Paper II. The day centred on working
for Choral Music in Namur—ready to help          Slovakia and from Ukraine to Estonia. The        group sessions with expert facilitators and
you, and preparing to take IFCM into its next    seminar will provide an insight on how to        rapporteurs and resulted in a sharpening of
25 years.                                        be recognised as a cultural advocacy body        the text of Rainbow Paper II. The final paper
New contact information:                         in your country and how to put the 2005          was delived at the closing event of the Euro-
ICCM                                             UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity into     pean Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
Jean-Claude Wilkens, Secretary-General           practice. The seminar is organised jointly by
Avenue Jean 1er, 2                               the International and European Music Council     Open Method of Coordination and Struc-
B-5000 Namur, Belgium                            (IMC/EMC), the Hungarian Music Council, Eur-     tured Dialogue – latest updates
Tel.: +32-81-711600                              opa Cantat, the Europa Cantat Central Eastern    The Member States working groups, on one
Fax: +32-81-711609                               European Centre (ECCEEC) and the Choral          hand, and of the cultural sector, on the other,
E-mail:                       Castle Pomáz.                                    have had their very first meetings since the
                                                 Further information and registration are         pre-summer official launch of the Open
In October 2008 Jean-Claude Wilkens has          available on                    Method of Coordination (OMC) and of the
presented his resignation from the position                                                       the Structured Dialogue platforms. Even if
of IFCM Secretary-General for the middle         ExTra! Exchange Traditions - EMC Annual          the working themes of the OMC and those of
of 2009 for personal reasons. The Executive      Conference and final event of the EU funded       civil society do not always match perfectly,
Committee has accepted this resignation.         project, 23 - 26 April 2009, Athens, Greece      the representatives of the chosen cultural
Here you will find the official announcement       In 2009 the EMC Annual Conference will be        organisations hope that the process will allow
made on this occasion by the ExCom.              the final event of the ExTra! project, which      them over time to reinforce the voice of the
                                                 focuses on musical traditions of migrant         cultural players in Europe and lead to a better
The 9th World Symposium on Choral Music          and minority cultures in Europe and their        recognition of the claims of these actors by
will take place August 3rd to 10th 2011 in       interaction with cultures already existing in    European decision makers.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina. More information       the European countries. The conference will
on                                  discuss how music can serve as a tool for        As we move from one European Year to the
                                                 integration in education as well as in a po-     next, and public attention shifts from Inter-
IFCM meetings calendar                           litical context. What role media can play to     cultural Dialogue to Creativity & Innovation,
WYC standing committee : Namur, 10/01/09         enhance inclusion of diverse cultures will be    the truly committed will separate from the
WYC international jury : Namur, 21-22/3/09       for debate. Speakers from the EU institutions,   temporarily interested. Constructive engage-
IFCM ExCom : Namur, 26-27/1/09                   UNESCO, European and International NGOs          ment with cultural diversity clearly remains
IFCM ExCom : Namur, 27/3/09                      as well as individual experts are invited to     a key challenge for our societies; and the
IFCM Board : Namur, 28-29/3/09                   share their vision with the participants.        arguments of the arts about their contributi-
ICCM Board : Namur, 30/3/09                      The conference is open to everybody              on to Intercultural Dialogue leave scope for
Musica General Assembly : Pomaz, 3-4/4/09        interested. It is organised by the European      refinement.
IFCM ExCom : Utrecht, 20-23/7/09                 Music Council in co-operation with the Greek
IFCM General Assembly: Yerevan, 7-11/10/09       ExTra! partner EnChordais and will take          Committee on Culture and Education
                                                 place at the B&M Theocharakis Foundation         Sessions of the 5-6 November 2008
IFCM activity calendar                           in Athens, Greece. Registration and updated      The Parliamentary Committee meeting
Musica International Session:                    information will be available at www.extra-      had four highlights: an exchange of views
  Pomaz, Hungary, 30/3 – 4/4/09         in January 2009.                      within the framework of the Arab Week, and
Voices of South Africa (VoSA):                                                                    another one in the context of the Youth; the
  Stellenbosch, South Africa, 31/3-4/4/09        New contact details for the                      adoption of several reports on education, me-
Training for Young Choral Managers,              International Music Council (IMC)                dia and youth; the examination of four draft
  Marktoberdorf, Germany, 28/5-3/6/09            The email address, website and fax-number of     reports, and finally a public hearing entitled
Music Education and Singing Conference:          the International Music Council have changed.    ‘ A bridge between culture and European
  Vilnius, Lithuania, 3-6/7/09                   New address:                                     regions’.
Training for Young Choral Managers               New E-mail:
  EUROPA CANTAT XVII, Utrecht,                   New fax number: +33 1 45 68 48 66                What is the European Commission planning
  The Netherlands, 10-27/7/09                    New website:                     for 2009?
World Youth Choir Summer Session:                                                                 The European Commission has published its
  Gent, Belgium, 8/7-1/8/09                      3rd IMC World Forum on Music                     work programme for 2009. The document
Komitas Festival: Armenia, 7-11/10/09            The 3rd IMC World Forum on Music and IMC         outlines the main priorities and strategic
                                                 General Assembly will take place in Tunis,       initiatives including the Lisbon Strategy for
                                                 Tunesia, October 17th to 22nd 2009               Growth and Jobs, a European framework for
News from                                                                                         recovery from the current crisis and a conco-
Musica International                                                                              mitant package of regulatory and supervisi-                                                                                 on measures for financial markets. Climate
                                                                                                  change is obviously high on the agenda too
                                                                                                  and among other interesting initiatives the
Like every year, Musica has launched a fund                                                       European Commission will publish a commu-
drive that was called this year „Christmas                                                        nication on the first five years of an enlarged
2008 Fund drive“. A call to donate has been                                                       EU and a statement on what the EU has
sent to the 45 000 emails that are known as                                                       achieved to build a European Union of the
login to access You will find                                                       21st century.
all the necessary information when going to
the website.                                                                                      More on
                                                                                                                                                                 Attachment 3

newsletter summer 09
Including news from the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM),
the European and International Music Council (EMC / IMC),
CultureAction Europe (EFAH) and Musica International

Contents                                         EUROPA CANTAT                                                       City of Utrecht
Office closed for summer holidays
EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht successful
                                                 Utrecht 2009                                                        Gives Award to
Jeroen Schrijner recieves Golden Dome Tower
Europa Cantat General Assembly 2009
                                                 We are happy to report that the festival                            EUROPA CANTAT
Conference on Singing and Music Education        EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht was a
                                                 great success. More than 2.600 singers and                          The City of Utrecht awarded a ‚Golden
Kick-off events for Uniting Youth in Song
Hearts-in-Harmony meeting in Utrecht             conductors from 50 countries worldwide                              Dom Tower‘ to Europa Cantat President,
Voices of the Mediterranean Conference           participated in the festival with over 80                           Jeroen Schrijner, at the closing ceremony
Competition for Young Conductors - results       concerts and 119 ateliers and seminars.                             of EUROPA CANTAT XVII festival in Ut-
Europa Cantat magazine and brochure 2010         There were 800 one-day visits of people                             recht on 25 July. The Dom Tower award is
Sad news - mourning the loss of great men        from the Netherlands and from abroad who                            given to those who have made a significant
News from our member organisations               wanted to get a taste of the festival and                           contribution to change in the City. The City
News from IFMC                                   more than 30.000 visits to the concerts.                            wished to express its gratitude for ‚bring-
News from Musica International                   More than half the participants were under                          ing this spectacular event to Utrecht‘.
News from EMC/IMC                                27, though the oldest were well over 80.                            EUROPA CANTAT XVII has left lasting tra-
                                                 And for the first time Europa Cantat of-                             ces in the City: choral events with children,
News from CultureAction Europe
                                                 fered a training programe for young event                           integration choirs in socially deprived are-
                                                 managers in the field of choral music.                               as, and even a large choir made up entirely
Don’t forget to regularly check our                                                                                  of City staff and politicians. In addition,
ECwebsite for news:         For more go to -> pictures                           the festival had kept its promise and turned
                                                 and -> news and visit our own festival                              Utrecht into a friendly, singing city for
                                                 youtubechannel on                               more than a week. Schrijner thanked the
                                                                                                                     City for an award he said he regarded as a
Office Closed for                                 com/user/EuropaCantatUtrecht
                                                                                                                     fine token of appreciation for all those who
                                                                                                                     had worked to make the festival a success
Summer Holidays                                  Le festival était un succès avec plus de 2.600 parti-
                                                 cipants de 50 pays du monde, plus de 80 concerts et
                                                 119 ateliers et seminaires. Plus de 50% des partici-
                                                                                                                     and for the thousands of singers, conduc-
                                                                                                                     tors and others who had taken part of the
After an instensive spring and summer with       pants avaient monis de 27 ans et pour la première fois              event.
the festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht       le festival a offert un programme pour jeunes mana-
we will close our office from 8/8/09 to           ger. Vor -> français -> nouvelles                    La ville de Utrecht a donné la décoration „tour de
31/8/09. We wish you all a great remaining       Das Festival war ein großer Erfolg mit über 2.600                   la cathédrale en or“ au president d‘Europa Cantat à
summer and will be in touch with you in          Teilnehmenden aus 50 Ländern der Welt, mit über 80                  l‘occasion de la clôture du festival à Utrecht. Cette
September, hoping to see you at our General      Konzerte und 119 Ateliers und Seminaren. Mehr als                   décoration est donnée aux personnes qui ont contri-
Assembly in Sofia in November.                    die Hälfte der Teilnehmenden war unter 27 und zum                   bué à un changement important dans la ville.
Notre bureau sera fermé du                       ersten Mal wurde ein Fortbildungsprogramm für Junge                 Die Stadt Utrecht hat Jeroen Schrijner, dem Präsi-
8 août au 31 août 2009.                          Chormanager/innen angeboten. Mehr unter                             denten von Europa Cantat, im Rahmen der Abschluss-
Nous vous souhaitons un bel été!        -> deutsch -> Neuigkeiten                            veranstaltung des Festivals in Utrecht den „goldenen
Unser Büro ist vom 8. August                                                                                         Domturm“ verliehen, der von der Stadt an Personen
bis 31. August 2009 geschlossen                                                                                      vergeben wird, die einen bedeutenden Beitrag zur
Wir wünschen einen schönen Sommer!               O                                            Opening Ceremony       Entwicklung der Stadt geleistet haben.

                                                                                               Deputy Mayor of
                                                                                               Utrecht , Floris de
                                                                                              Gelder, gives award
                                                                                              to Jeroen Schrijner
                                                                                                                     Europa Cantat
                                                                                                                     General Assembly
                                                                                                                     2009 in Sofia
                                                                                                                     We would like to remind our members that
                                                                                                                     the Europa Cantat General Assembly 2009
                                                                                                                     with Board election will take place in Sofia,
                                                                                                                     Bulgaria, November 13th to 15th 2009. The
                                                                                                                     General Assembly will be connected with
                                                 Copyright: Anna van Kooij (above) and
                                                                                                                     workshops on Singing and Health as well
                                                 Jeljer te Wies (below) - Boat Parade on Arrival Day
                                                                                                                     as Bulgarian Repertoire. A detailed pro-
                                                                                                                     gramme and information on how to submit
                                                                                                                     a candidature can be found in ECmagazine
                                                                                                                     2/09 and on
                                                                                                                     Nous vous rappelons que l‘assemblée générale 09 avec
                                                                                                                     élection du nouveau CA aura lieu à Sofia, en Bulgarie,
                                                                                                                     deu 13 au 15 novembre 2009. Plus d‘information
                                                                                                                     dans EC magazine 2/09 et sur notre site.
                                                                                                                     Wir erinnern daran dass die Generalversammlung
                                                                                                                     2009 mit Vorstandswahlen, vom 13. bis 15. November
                                                                                                                     in Sofia, Bulgarien stattfindet. Weitere Informationen
                                                                                                                     in ECmagazine und auf unserer Website.

                                              Europa Cantat receives the support of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and                         newsletter 08/09
                                              Youth, Germany, of the City of Bonn and of the European Union Culture PRogramme as
                                              network active at European level in the field of culture. The information contained in this
                                              publication does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the European Commission.
                                                                                                                                                                  Attachment 3
Memorandum                                                                                                               International
from Conference                                                                                                          Competition
on Singing and                                                                                                           for Young
Music Education                                                                                                          Conductors
The Conference on Singing and Music Educa-                                                                               The 5th International Competition for
tion which took place in Vilnius, Lithuania at                                                                           Young Conductors in Ljubljana, Slovenia,
the beginning of July was the first activity in
the frame of the EU-funded project „Uniting                    Meeting of Hearts-                                        was organised by Republic of Slovenia
                                                                                                                         Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD)
Youth in Song“ (see below). At the end of
the conference the experts formualted a „me-                   in-Harmony                                                and its local office in Ljubljana, in coopera-
                                                                                                                         tion with AGEC, Europa Cantat, the Europa
morandum“ with a set of recommendations to                                                                               Cantat Central-Eastern European Centre and
goverments (ministries of education, health,                   The organisers of past and future „Hearts-                the Academy of Music Ljubljana. The over-
social affairs and culture) and to national and                in-Harmony“ events (in France, Norway,                    all winner of the competition, Dani Juris
international music organisations. You will                    Hungary, Catalonia - Spain and Sweden) met                from Finland, born in 1985, won the first
find the memorandum as well as a number                         in the frame of the festival EUROPA CANTAT                prize (2.000 €), the AGEC special prize as
of interesting lectures and presentations                      Utrecht in Europe, together with Thierry                  the youngest finalist, as well as the Europa
under -> current                          Thiébaut, one of the founders of the original             Cantat special prize, the (assistant) conduc-
projects -> Conferences and Workshops                          initiative „chœurs-en-chœurs“ on behalf of                torship at the festival EUROPA
A la fin de la conférence sur le chant et l‘éducaiton           A Cœur Joie. They exchanged information                   CANTAT XVIII in 2012. The second prize
musicale à Vilnius en Lithuanie, première activité             about their respective events and decided to              (1.000 €), went to Andreas Felber,
dans le cadre du projet „Uniting Youth in Song“,               inform each other about future developments               Switzerland, the third prize (500 €), to Jerica
les experts ont formulé une série de recommen-                 and invite each other to the different events.            Gregorc Bukovec, Slovenia, and Stefan
dations que nous avons publié sur notre site web.              The next event will be the Hearts-in-Harmo-               Vanselow from Germany won a number of
Am Ende der Konferenz über Singen und Musi-                    ny weekend for visually impaired and blind                special prizes. Maud Hamon from France
keriehung in Vilnius, Litauen, erste Aktivität im              young singers in Budapest, Hungary, October               was awarded an additional special prize
Rahmen des Projekts „Uniting Youth in Song“, ha-               2nd to 4th 2009, an activity in the frame of              from Europa Cantat in the way of a recom-
ben Experten eine Serie von Empfehlungen formu-                Uniting Youth in Song.                                    mendation (the Arbeitskreis Musik in der
liert, die wir auf unsere website publiziert haben.            Les représentants des différentes activités coeurs-en-    Jugend, AMJ, in Germany was the first or-
                                                               choeurs (passées et futures) se sont rencontrés dans le   ganisation to take up this recommendation
                                                               cadre du festival EUROPA CANTAT à Utrecht.
Uniting Youth in                                               Vertreter/innen der verschiedenen vergangenen und zu-
                                                               künftigen „Hearts-in-Harmony“ Aktivitäten haben sich
                                                                                                                         and invite her to conduct a workshop at the
                                                                                                                         Youth Chamber Choir Week in Usedom in
Song started                                                   in Utrecht im Rahmen des Festivals EUROPA CANTAT
                                                               getroffen und ausgetauscht.
                                                                                                                         2010). The Noël Minet Scholarship went to
                                                                                                                         Aleksandra Samokhvalova from Moscow,
                                                                                                                         Russia. You will find the full results on
The project “Uniting Youth in Song”, a project                                                                  -> news.
coordinated by Länsmusiken in Örebro (Swe-                                                                               Europa Cantat would like to recommend
den) in cooperation with FENIARCO (Italy),
SCIC (Catalonia, Spain), the KÓTA (Hungary),                   Mediterranean                                             to all organisers of International Singing
                                                                                                                         Weeks and other similar events to involve
the festival EUROPA CANTAT Utrecht (the
Netherlands) and Europa Cantat in Bonn (Ger-
many) has been selected under the European
                                                               Voices Conference                                         the prize-winning talented young conduc-
                                                                                                                         tors mentioned above to their activities.
                                                                                                                         Address material is available at the Europa
Union programme “Culture 2007 – 2013”.
The Conference on Singing and Music Educa-
                                                               July 2010                                                 Cantat General Secretariat.
                                                                                                                         Dans le texte anglais vous trouverez les résultats du
tion at the beginning of July (see above) was                  The Mediterranean Office for Choral Sin-                   Concours International pour Jeunes Chefs de Choeur de
the official „kick-off“ event for the project.                  ging in Barcelona in cooperation with the                 Ljubljana. Nous recommendans à tous les organisateurs
It was followed by a series of activites for                   International Federation for Choral Music                 de semaines chantantes et d‘autres activités de ce gen-
children‘s and youth choirs in the frame of the                (IFCM) and Europa Cantat will organise a                  re d‘invite les jeunes chefs gagnants pour diriger des
festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht in                      Mediterranean Voices Conference in Girona,                ateliers. Le AMJ a déjà donné un bon exemple en invi-
July 2009 where the steering coommittee with                   Catalunya (Spain), July 28th to 31st 2010.                tant Maud Hamon, qui a reçu un prix spécial d‘Europa
representatives of all project partenrs also met.              The conference wants to show the rich                     Cantat sous forme d‘une recommendation.
The next activities in 2009 are the European                   diversity of vocal and choral music in the                Im englischen Text finden Sie die Ergebnisse des Inter-
Academy for Young Conductors in Fano, Italy                                                                              nationalen Wettbewerbs für Junge Chorleiter/innen in
                                                               Mediterranean context. It will offer lectures,
                                                                                                                         Ljubljana. Wir empfehlen allen Organisatoren von Sing-
(specialized in Vocal Pop, applications still                  workshops, presentations and concerts on
                                                                                                                         wochen und ähnlichen Veranstaltungen die Preisträger
possible, see, a seminar for                  „Old Traditions - New Concepts“, „Vocal Tra-              dieses Wettbewerbs als Atelierleiter/innen einzubinden.
children‘s choir conductors in Örebro, Sweden                  ditions of the Mediterranean“ and „Tradition,             Der deutsche Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend ist mit
(see and the Hearts-in-Har-                     Conservation and Dissemination“. Proposals                leuchtendem Vorbild voran gegangen und hat Maude
mony weekend in Budapest, Hungary, in Octo-                    for lectures and presentations can be sent                Hamon aus Frankreich, die einen Sonderpreis von Eurpa
ber 2009 (see                    to until Novem-                    Cantat in Form einer Empfehlung erhalten hat, bereits
Further projects will follow in 2010 and 2011.                 ber 10th 2009. Deadlie for applications for               zur Jugendkammerchor-Woche in Usedom eingeladen.
Le projet „Uniting Youth in Song“ qui a reçu le support du     participation in the conference is March 31st
programme Culture de l‘Union Européenne, a commencé            2010 (with early bird reduction) and May
avec la conférences à Vilnius, suivie par des activités pour   31st 2010 (with a higherparticipation fee).
choeurs d‘enfants et de jeunes dans le cadre du festival
EUROPA CANTAT à Utrecht. Les prochaines activités en
                                                               Information on or
                                                                                                                         EC magazine and
2009 sont des cours de direction en Italie et en Suède et
un weekend „Hearts-in-Harmony“ en Hongrie.
Das EU-geförderte Projekt „Uniting Youth in Song“ hat
                                                               Le centre régional d‘Europa Cantat à Barcelone orga-
                                                               nisera en coopération avec la FIMC et Europa cantat une
                                                                                                                         Brochure 2010
                                                               conférence sur les traditions de la musique vocale et
Anfang Juli mit der Konferenz in Vilnius begonnen und          chorale de la Méditerranée. Date limite pour enoive de    ECmagazine 2/09 has been mailed to our
wurde im Rahmen des Festivals in Utrecht mit verschie-         propositions: 10 novembre 09, pour inscriptions 31 mars   members and is available for free for eve-
denen Aktivitäten für Kinder- und Jugendchöre fortge-          (prix réduit) et 31 mai 2010.                             rybody to download on www.europacantat.
setzt. Weitere Aktivitäten 2009 sind Chorleitungskurse         Das Regionalzentrum von EC in Barcelona organisiert       org -> news since it is a special issue for
in Italien und Schweden sowie ein „Hearts-in-Harmony“          in Kooperation mit der IFCM und Europa Cantat eine        singers.
Wochenende in Ungarn.                                          Konferenz über Vokalmusik und Chormusik im Mittel-        The programme for 2010 will be mailed
                                                               meerraum. Frist für die Einreichung von Vorschlägen ist   around the world during the month of Au-
                                                               der 10. November 2009, Anmeldefrist ist der 31. März      gust and was distributed in Utrecht.
                                                               (vergünstigte Gebühr) bzw. der 31. Mai 2010.

                                                                                                                                                                  newsletter 08/09
                                                                                                                                          Attachment 3
ECmagazine a été envoyé et est peut être téléchargé      News from the International                      The International Music Council (IMC) invites
gratuitement sur car il s‘agit      Federation for Choral Music                      all interested musicians and music organi-
d‘une édition pour choristes. La brochure 2010 sera
                                                         (IFCM) -                            sations to attend its 3rd IMC World Forum
envoyée pendant le mois d‘août.                                                                           on Music and 33rd General Assembly to be
ECmagazine 2/09 wurde bereits verschickt und steht                                                        held in Tunis, October 17-22, 2009 under the
im Internet für alle Interessierten zum kostenlosen                                                       title “Access to Musical Diversity”. It will be
Download zur Verfügung, da es sich um eine spezielle     After the move of the IFCM General Se-
                                                                                                          organised in collaboration with the Ministry
Ausgabe für Sänger/innen handelt. Das Programm für       cretariat to Namur and the resignation of
                                                                                                          of Culture and Heritage Preservation of the
2010 wird im Monat August verschickt.                    Secretary General Jean-Claude Wilkens in         Tunisian Republic. The 2009 World Forum
                                                         2008, in January 2009, the process for the       on Music will focus on five areas which IMC
                                                         recruitment of a new Secretary General was       considers being of crucial importance to the
                                                         launched; a decision will be made in the
† Sad news                                               coming months. Meanwhile, the Secretary
                                                                                                          world of music:
                                                                                                          • Cultural diversity: where do we stand?
                                                         General‘s position having been vacant sin-       • Music as a vector for dialogue
The choral world is mourning the loss of a               ce 31 March, the First Vice-President has        • Creativity and innovation in music distri-
number of men who also played an impor-                  been requested to taker over this role in        bution
tant role in the history of Europa Cantat:               cooperation with the secretariat in Belgium.     • New approaches to music education
- Henry Klausner from Israel who brought                                                                  • Changing audiences: challenges for art
   many Israelian choirs to Europa Cantat                                                                 music around the world
- Gábor Baross, former Board member of                   The new statutes adopted in Copenhagen call
                                                         for the holding of intra-symposia general        Registration for the is now open.
  Europa Cantat and AGEC and former                                                                       Deadline for registrations is August 31, 2009.
  President of KÓTA                                      assemblies, the first of which will take place
                                                                                                          All Forum-related information, including the
- Erkki Pohjola, founder of the Tapiola Choir            this year. Thanks to our colleague, Fred Sjö-
                                                                                                          registration form, is and will be available for
  and of Songbridge                                      berg, the City and the Governor of Örebro        download on the IMC website, in the Forum
- Dusan Maksimovic, initiator of German-                 (Sweden), this will happe on October 23 and      section.
  Yugoslav Singing Weeks                                 24 2009, within the framework of the World
- Marcel Hubeaux, former treasurer of IFCM               Youth Choir’s 20th anniversary celebration.
  and Europa Cantat Namur asbl
- François Jaeger, one of the founders of the            Puerto Madryn is actively preparing this
  European Federation of Young Choirs                    symposium, and the deadline for choirs to
Obituaries were published in ECmagazine                                                                   News from
                                                         register is 1 October 2009. CANTANDO EL          CultureAction Europe -
1/09 and 2/09.                                           MUNDO (Singing the World), the theme of the
Le monde choral a perdu un nombre de personnages                                                          European Forum for
importants qui ont aussi joué un rôle dans l‘histoire
                                                         choral world gathering in Argentina in 2011,     the Arts and Heritage
d‘Europa Cantat. Nous avons publié des textes sur ces    will be our slogan for the next two years.       (former EFAH)
hommes dans ECmagazine 1/09 et 2/09.                                                            
Die Chorwelt trauert um mehrere wichtiger Persönlich-
keiten, die auch in der Geschichte von Europa Cantat                                                      European Elections - European citizens have
eine Rolle gespielt haben. Wir haben Nachrufe in         News from                                        voted (at least 43% of them) and the newly
ECmagazine 1/09 und 2/09 veröffentlicht.                 Musica International                             elected MEPs are currently negotiating the
                                                                               repartition of power in the new Parliament.
                                                                                                          With a clear right-wing majority but also the
News from our                                            Organized by the Congolese Federation for
                                                                                                          possibility of seeing the Education and Cul-
                                                                                                          ture Committee chaired by a representative of

members                                                  Choral Music (FCMC), a Musica International
                                                         workshop took place in central Africa for the
                                                                                                          the Green group, perspectives for the cultural
                                                                                                          sector are contrasted.
                                                         first time in April 2009.
The Basque choir federation EAE (Eushal-                                                                  Swedish Presidency- Presidencies of the
Herriko Abesbatzen Alkartea - Confeder-                                                                   European Council follow each other with dif-
ación de Coros del País Vasco) has a new                 The Musica International Trophy has been         ferent styles and ambitions. After the overac-
secretary general and a new address:                     awarded during the International Cork Festival   tive French and rather chaotic Czech, Sweden
Secretary General: Paula García Segura                   to the German Choir Camerata Vocalis Tübin-      is taking over the presidency of the European
New address: EAE, Plaza Zaharra, 1-2°                    gen, conducted by Tobias Hiller.                 Council for six months from 1st July. In
(Palacio Idiakez), apartado de correos 234                                                                addition to the global (economic and social
20400 Tolosa, Spain                                                                                       crisis, sustainable development) and Europe-
Tel + Fax: +34 943 670013                                                                                 an (Lisbon Treaty, new Commission) dossiers,
Web:                                                                                   culture will certainly not feature very highly
La fédération basque EAE a une nouvelle secrétaire       News from the                                    on the Swedish agenda, even if some limited
générale et une nouvelle Adresse - voir en haut.         European Music Council (EMC)                     actions have already been announced.
Der baskische Chorverband EAE hat eine neue General-                                  Save the date! Culture Action Europe and
sekretärin und eine neue Adresse - siehe oben.                                                            Intercult are planning a conference on „The
                                                         and the                                          architecture of cultural politics“ on 3-4 De-
The Norwegian choir organisation Norges                                                                   cember 2009 in Stockholm. More info soon.
Korforbund has a new President, Svend-Ola                International Music Council
Hådi, and a new Secretary General, Cathe-                                                                 New Culture Committee for the European
rine Schuman. Thomas Caplin is their new                                                                  Parliament session 2009-2014. Veteran MEP
music director.                                                                                           Doris Pack (EPP – Germany) has been nomi-
Mail:                           The 2008 Annual Conference of the European
                                                         Music Council (EMC) was at the same time         nated as the committee chair. Helga Truepel
La fédération norvégienne Norges Korforbund a aussi                                                       (Greens – Germany) is returned as vice-chair
une nouvelle secrétaire générale ainsi qu‘un nouveau     the final event of the three year EU coopera-
                                                         tion project “ExTra! Exchange Traditions”,       and continues as a member of the Budgets
président et un nouveau directeur musical.
                                                         presenting different topics concerning the       committee. Otherwise the committee current-
Der norwegische Chorverband Norges Korforbund hat
                                                         musical dimension of immigration and multi-      ly comprises 32 full members of which only
ebenfalls eine neue Generalsekretärin sowie einen neu-
                                                         culturalism. It took place in the Theocharakis   5 were present on the committee in the last
en Präsidenten und einen Musikdiretor - siehe oben.
                                                         Foundation in Athens, Greece and was co-         mandate. In addition there are 30 substitute
                                                         organised with the Greek ExTra! partner En       members. The committee will meet for the
                                                         Chordais. More on           first time on September 2/3 2009 in Brussels.
                                                                                                          More info at: http://www.europarl.europa.

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