Youth Committee

The Youth Committee consists of 6 members throughout Europe plus one young representative of the next EUROPA CANTAT festival, who are in love with choral music.

The Committee supports the Board, giving the organisation a youth perspective whilst also providing a platform to learn.

Youth Committee 2019 – 2021

  • Silvija Pročkytė (LT) | Chair
  • Ruben Timmer (NL) | Vice chair and treasurer
  • Zeynep Eren Kovankaya (TR) | Secretary
  • Mathilde Sanchez (FR) | Communication
  • Barbara Barać  (SI) | Link to the festival EUROPA CANTAT 2021 in Ljubljana
  • Anna Bobrikova (RU/DE)
  • Alberto Palacín Fernandez (ES)

You can contact them at

Anna Bobrikova
Student at the University of Siegen, Master of Science in Physics
In contact with Inter-regional Conductors Association of Children and Youth Choirs of North-West of Russia
Roganova Youth Capella Harmony alumnae

Zeynep Eren Kovankaya
“I am a choral conductor currently working with middle-school choirs. I have specialized on my professional area through several workshops within Europe and had my masters degree on music theory. I am a board member of Choral Culture Association and singing in Rezonans.”

Barbara Barać 

Hello. I’m Barbara Barać and I’m from Slovenia. I’m studying choir conducting at the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana and I’m the new member of Youth Committee of ECA-EC as the link to the 21st Europa Cantat festival that will be held in Ljubljana in 2021. I feel happy and honoured to be part of group of truly amazing and inspiring people.

Alberto Palacín Fernandez
“Hello! My name is Alberto, and I am from a small northern city in Spain called Xixón, although I have been living in Barcelona for a while. I am a conductor and culture manager. I enjoy my kind of a multi-tasking life, although sometimes it makes me a little bit mad. Anyway, there is always a place in my week for a good conversation around a beer.”

Silvija Pročkytė
“I am Silvija, from Lithuania. Studied music education and conducting.
Recently I am working with two university choirs and organising choir festivals.
I am in love with choir music and I believe that singing makes the better world.”

Mathilde Sanchez
“Hi everyone! I am currently studying cultural management, politics, and law at the Political Studies Institute of Aix-en-Provence (France), best known as Sciences Po Aix. I’ve also worked at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX, and volunteered at the Choralies in 2016. I fell in love with singing in harmony when I was 6, and I want to keep bringing as much as I can to the choral world, for it’s all about peace, listening, and coming together as one.”

Ruben Timmer 
Singing in choirs started early for me, as a boy soprano in the choir where my parents first met. It stuck: I played a lot of musical theatre until I started studying Musicology in Utrecht, where I started singing in different (student) chamber choirs and joined several boards. After organizing the EuroChoir 2017 and the Holland House 2018 with ZIMIHC, I felt it was time to apply for the Youth Committee – and here I am!”

Youth Committee 2015 - 2018
  • Sophie Cottet (FR)
  • Klara Maljuga (SI)
  • Silvija Pročkytė (LT)
  • Flannery Ryan (DE)
  • Ruben Smits (NL)
  • Sascha Sopper (AT)
  • Kristiina Veerde (EE)
Youth Committee 2012 - 2015
  • Catherine Al-Ghabra (UK)
  • Jesse Boere (NL)
  • Burak Onur Erdem (TR)
  • Emi Farago (HU)
  • Iva Radulovic (RS)
  • Flannery Ryan (DE)
  • Eva Svarcova (CZ)
Youth Committee 2009 - 2012
  • Maja Backlund (SE)
  • Jenny Grant (IE)
  • Victoria Liedbergius (SE)
  • Melli Müller
  • Jan-Philipp Pöter (DE)
  • Marko Skorin (AT)
  • Eva Svarcova (CZ)
  • Riccardo (IT)
Youth Committee 2006 - 2009
  • Maja Backlund (SE)
  • Alessandro Cadario (IT)
  • Daniel Kunz (DE)
  • Victoria Liedbergius (SE)
  • Linda Marie Magnussen (NO)
  • Veselin Pavlov (BG)
  • Jan Schumacher (DE)
  • Daphne Wassink (NL)
Youth Committee 2003 - 2006
  • Vittoria Assettati (IT)
  • Séverine Delforge (BE)
  • Julien Dubois (FR)
  • Daniel Kunz (DE)
  • Cecilia Martin-Löf (SE)
  • Donka Miteva (BG)
  • Margaret O’Sullivan (IE)
  • Jan Schumacher (DE)
  • Martine Syverinsen (NO)