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

Throughout the year 2020, the Youth Committee have been conducting several surveys concerning the involvement of young people in the work of the choral sector and gathering success stories to inspire organisations all over the world to increase the opportunities for young people in all of their organisational structures. See the questionnaires below:

Youth Involvement in cultural organisations

Supporting new generations of decision-makers

As a result of several questionnaires launched, as well as hosting a Zoom Café together with the members of the European Choral Association and beyond, the Youth Committee wished to investigate the ways in which young people were or are involved as decision-makers in the choral community, and in which ways young people are involved in an organisation.

Together with the experience and the knowledge collected by the youth committee, all the contributions received were bundled into a handbook on youth involvement, which explains in detail, as well as provide tools for convincing young people to get involved in decision-making and giving young people such an opportunity. With this handbook, we wish for increased ease of associations and any other organisations to easily involve young people in their processes in the future.

Now is time to renew the Youth Committee for the period 2022-2024. Applicants need to be between 18 and 27 years old on January, 1st 2022, have a strong interest in culture and management, as well as a strong connection to the choral world of their region.

You meet the requirements? So join the Youth Committee of the European Choral Association! The deadline for applications is December, 31st 2021. Please send us your CV, a motivation letter explaining why you want to be a member including a list of three things you want to achieve in your period in the Youth Committee, a 1-minute video in which you present yourself and explain why you want to be selected, and a letter of support from a European choral organisation or a reference letter at

Youth Committee 2019 – 2021

  • Silvija Pročkytė (LT) | Chair
  • Ruben Timmer (NL) | Vice chair and treasurer
  • Zeynep Eren Kovankaya (TR) | Secretary
  • Mathilde Sanchez (FR) | Communication
  • Anna Bobrikova (RU)
  • Alberto Palacín Fernandez (ES)
  • Zala Horvatič (SI) | Link to EUROPA CANTAT Festival 2021

You can contact them at

Anna Bobrikova
Postgrad student at the University of Turku (FI), MSc in physics, in contact with Inter-regional Conductors Association of Children and Youth Choirs of North-West of Russia. Roganova Youth Capella Harmony alumna.

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.”

Zala Horvatič

“Hello everyone! Here are some facts about me: I’m very proud of my finished double Master’s studies. In addition to my amazing job at JSKD, I’m a certified dance choreographer and I regularly participate in different projects with Slovene National Theatre Maribor. People often say that sarcasm is my second language and two of my other favourite things in the world are travelling and animals – I LOVE dogs.”

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)
  • Emanuela Farago (HU)
  • Iva Radulovic (RS)
  • Flannery Ryan (DE)


Youth Committee 2009 - 2012


  • Maja Backlund (SE)
  • Jenny Grant (IE)
  • Victoria Liedbergius (SE)
  • Melanie Müller (DE)
  • Jan Schumacher (DE)
  • Marko Skorin (AT)
  • Eva Svarcova (CZ)
  • Riccardo Bianchi(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)
  • Julien Dubois (FR)
  • Daniel Kunz (DE)
  • Cecilia Martin-Löf (SE)
  • Donka Miteva (BG)
  • Margaret O’Sullivan (IE)
  • Martine Syverinsen (NO)


Youth Committee 2000 - 2003
  • Julien Dubois (FR)
  • Rosalie Verburg (NL)
Youth Committee 1999 - 2003
  • Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne (Sl)
  • Carolyn Davies (UK)
  • Rosalie Verburg (NL)
  • Julien Dubois (FR)
Youth Committee 1996 - 1999
  • Kozlikova Salomaa (FI)
  • Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne (SI)
  • Jana Kozlikova (CZ)
  • John van Leeuwen (NL)
  • Brigitte Riskowski (DE)