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IFCM eNEWS December 2014 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC monthly electronic newsletter
“Volunteers Connecting our Choral World” 1 LOCK IN THE DATES NOW… WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON CHORAL MUSIC 11, BARCELONA, SPAIN, 22 -­‐ 29 JULY 2017! The preparations are already underway! On October 20th IFCM and FCEC signed the official agreement to host the WSCM in Barcelona 2017. The signature was formalized in the Esmuc, the High School of Music of Catalonia, which will be headquarters of many of the activities of the Symposium in Barcelona, together with Barcelona Auditorium, both located in a modern building surrounded by hotels and residences and only at two metro stops from the historical center of the city. The Barcelona team has already begun to work to make the Symposium in Barcelona be a great success! ANNOUNCING IFCM ASIA PACIFIC WORLD CHORAL EXPO 2015 in Macau, 12 -­‐ 15 November, 2015 A new and innovative event for all choristers in the Asia Pacific was announced recently. Leading conductors, composers, accompanists and singers from the region will gather in Macau in November 2015 to share skills, experiences and hear some of the leading choirs and choral musicians from around the world. This project is a collaboration between IFCM, the Asia Pacific Choral Council, the China Chorus Association and Guangdong Choral Association. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE DETAILS INTERNATIONAL CHORAL BULLETIN (ICB) UPDATE Please take note that, from now on, the hard copy of the ICB won't include the Events Section. Nevertheless, the calendar will be included in the electronic ICB, which will be mailed out to the membership, starting with the January 2015 issue. Actually this electronic ICB will reach thousands more readers through our affiliated INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC © 2014 IFCM - All rights reserved IFCM eNEWS December 2014 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC monthly electronic newsletter
2 choral organizations' own readership. However, if you want to give more visibility to your choral events by placing an advertisement in both hard and electronic copies of the ICB, please consult our advertisement order form on ACDA NATIONAL CONVENTION 2015 Nestled in the shadow of the majestic Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges, Salt Lake City, Utah will be the site of the American Choral Directors Association’s 2015 National Conference, February 25-­‐28. This biennial gathering brings together approximately 20,000 choral conductors and singers for three days of sessions, concerts, and special events designed to celebrate and advance the choral art. Of the several hundred audition applications, 40 choirs were invited to perform. In addition to those from the U.S., the list of prestigious performers includes choirs from Cuba, Estonia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. More information: EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 News A new festival video and song was published by the festival organizers, which aims to present that EUROPA CANTAT is open for everyone, for every age, every genre and style. Watch the video on youtube ( and make your own remake! Do not forget you can still apply to the EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 choral festival as a singer, choir, conductor and composer. Apply now ( and take part in Europe’s most colorful international choral festival! AMERICA CANTAT VIII The American Choral Directors Association will host America Cantat VIII in the sunny Bahamas, August 21-­‐31, 2016. Registration will open in January 2015 when full schedule and artistic and concert details will be presented by the artistic committee. ACDA is thrilled to partner with the Bahamas to host a festival unlike any other available throughout the world. All choirs are invited, and all choirs will find a place in this cultural, non-­‐competitive event. Watch for the opening of the website on January 1, 2015, along with full details and registration material. Read full article at: More information at: CONDUCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (CWB) LIBREVILLE, Gabon, 27-­‐31 October 2014 Between 27-­‐31 October 2014, the third choral conducting training session and the second children’s choir conducting training session have successfully been organized by the following associations: A Cœur Joie Gabon Federation, A Cœur Joie International, International Federation for Choral Music, Conductors Without Borders (CWB). Thanks to Thierry Thiébaut and his African colleagues for their continued efforts with this project. Read INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC © 2014 IFCM - All rights reserved IFCM eNEWS December 2014 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC monthly electronic newsletter
full report on 3 RESEARCH RISM The Central Office of the International Inventory of Musical Sources -­‐ Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) is carrying out a survey about their online catalogue, which is available free of charge at and They would like to find out who their users are, what their expectations are, and how they use the catalogue. The survey is anonymous and responses will help RISM as they continue to develop their services and the online catalogue. You can access the survey at: It will remain open through January 18, 2015. Please forward this to other groups that may have an interest in RISM: antiquarian dealers, archivists, librarians, musicians, musicologists, professors, students. Printer-­‐friendly versions of this announcement for you to hang up or distribute at your institution may be downloaded at: The survey is also available in German: Contact: [email protected] WANT TO HELP A STUDENT WITH RESEARCH You can by taking part in a questionnaire regarding Female Conductors’. The subject areas are: Conducting as performance? Disparity between male/female, choral/orchestral conductors? What role do conductors see themselves as having, e.g. creative leader, supreme commander, facilitator, educator, etc…? How is repertoire chosen? Is conducting on a professional/amateur/voluntary basis? Attitudes to rehearsal etc…? The questionnaire will be anonymous and confidential. Contact Jean McClintock­‐Conductors IN BRIEF -­‐ NEWS FROM THE MEMBERS London A Cappella Festival 2015, 28 – 31 January 2015 London A Cappella Festival offers a jam-­‐packed schedule featuring the top vocal talent of the a cappella world in a star-­‐studded line-­‐up of international headliners. Highlights in January’s festival will include cornerstones of British vocal harmony The King’s Singers, YouTube phenomenon Accent and America’s hottest vocal talent Straight No Chaser -­‐ as well as festival co-­‐hosts The Swingles, Singaporean stars MICappella, the Finnish voices of Club For Five, enchanting song from Irish group Anúna, and Canada’s Countermeasure. The festival also features a series of workshops, free pop-­‐up events and foyer shows from some of the rising stars of a cappella. VOLUNTEERS Do you want to join with others around the globe in volunteer work for the IFCM? The IFCM is currently compiling a database of people such as you who wish to have their name included for consideration for assistance in various choral projects throughout the world, as they are required. The process is simple. Just send a CV, a photo, and any suggestion of ways you might be able to help us to [email protected] Please write "Volunteer's database" in the subject line of your email, and preferably send your material in English. Remember the IFCM slogan "Volunteers connecting our choral world" -­‐ come and join us in our work! FEEDBACK INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC © 2014 IFCM - All rights reserved IFCM eNEWS December 2014 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC monthly electronic newsletter
Remember that the IFCM wants to hear your feedback about our projects and other choral issues. HAVE YOUR SAY is an important feature of the current IFCM website. The IFCM would love to hear from you. MEMBER ORGANISATIONS and CHOIRS Remember to forward this newsletter to your individual members! This will assist the IFCM in its mission to “connect our choral world”. WHAT’S ON IN OUR CHORAL WORLD 1-­‐5: 5th Winter Choral Festival, Hong Kong China -­‐ or 3-­‐7: 3rd Natale Festa Corale Olomouc International Christmas Choir Festival, Czech Republic -­‐ 4-­‐7: International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music, Bratislava, Slovak Republic -­‐ www.choral-­‐ 5-­‐7: 5th Krakow Advent & Christmas Choir Festival, Poland -­‐ 7 Dec: World Choral Day 2014, all around the World -­‐ 15 Dec: International a cappella choral composition competition for advanced children's choir, Yerevan, Armenia -­‐ 18-­‐21: 22nd International Sacred, Advent & Christmas Music Festival and Choir Competition, Kaunas, Lithuania -­‐ 27 Dec 2014-­‐1 Jan 2015: Ludlow Winter School, United Kingdom -­‐ 27 Dec 2014-­‐3 Jan 2015: Join Randall Stroope to sing in Barcelona at 2014-­‐2015 New Year's Choir Festival, Barcelona, Spain -­‐ 4 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC © 2014 IFCM - All rights reserved