Vaison-la-Romaine, France | 1 – 9 August 2019
Organisers: À Coeur Joie France in cooperation with the European Choral Association
EuroChoir is a special choir project to promote the networking of talented young singers at the European level, and to foster the emergence of the next generation of talents.
Organised every year in a different country, EuroChoir offers the opportunity to young singers to get together to rehearse a challenging program with renowned conductors, improve their vocal skills and present the results of their work in public concerts.
For the years 2019 to 2021, we designed a cycle under the direction of one of the emerging talent of the European scene, Yuval Weinberg. The sessions should take place in France, Ireland and finally Switzerland.
To kick-start the three years cycle a “lighter” session is organised in 2019 during Choralies.
The program will be of course demanding for singers who like to be challenged, but adapted to the shorter rehearsal time. With more free time, the singers will have a change to enjoy the festival, the French “art de vivre”, get to know each other and maybe decide to apply again for the next edition in Ireland.
Some first ideas about the repertoire developped over the next cycle (subject to change!)
- Thomas Jennefelt: Warning to the rich
- K. A. Arnesen: Even when he is silent
- Pärt Uusberg: For Katrina’s sun-dial
- An old Hbrew hymn
- Folke Rabe: Rondes
- Max Reger: from Acht geistliche Gesänge: Der Mensch lebt und besteht, Nachtlied and others.
- And other pieces by Johannes Brahms, Murray Schafer, Matthew Harris.
Who can apply?
Young singers between 18 and 30 years old, good sight readers ready to prepare scores in advance.
English will be the working language
Why join the EuroChoir 2019?
Experience a summer in France!
Spend nine days of your summer 2019 in the Provence, the beloved region in Southern France. Known for its sunny weather and incredible landscapes, Vaison la Romaine and its surroundings also offer exciting hiking possibilities, food experiences, and of course many wines to discover!
The city is located between Lyon and Marseille, between the alps and the Cevennes, a perfect place to start or end your vacations in France.
Experience the Choralies Festival!
The Choralies festival is the major choral event in France, taking place every three years since 1953! Five thousands active participants attend atelier rehearsals under the direction of carefully selected conductors in the morning. After lunch, this is time for listening to the afternoon concerts. But it can also be the perfect moment for a siesta, visiting the forum for conductors or the editors’ exhibition, enjoying the old city center, the river or the surroundings, before joining the evening programme.
At night, everybody converges to the Théâtre Antique, built by the Romans 2000 years ago. If the romans had known that every night, 5000 people would sing together, how would they have named this “open singing”? Maybe “Europa Cantat”, who knows…
But the open singing is only the “aperitif” of the evening. Now come the concerts, with high level performers guaranteeing unforgettable experience for choral lovers.
Experience the EuroChoir!
There are many choirs in Europe, but only one EuroChoir! For over 20 years, this project has allowed singers to build a truly international network of choral friends, sharing their passion and dedication. Of course, the music comes first, with exciting (and sometimes demanding) programme to rehearse and perform in a short timeframe. But you will also join the exclusive club of the EuroChoir alumni, many of them now active on the European scene, sharing stages and memories, projects and ideas across borders.
Experience working with Yuval Weinberg!
After studying orchestral conducting in Tel Aviv, Yuval Weinberg studied choral conducting with Grete Pedersen at the Norwegian Academy of Music and with Jörg-Peter Weigle the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin. As a scholar of the German ‘Dirigentenforum’ he has worked with various professional ensembles in Europe, such as the Berlin Radio Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir, the MDR Radio Choir, the NDR Radio Choir and the Choir of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
He is regularly invited to conduct professional ensembles such as the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the Bavarian Radio Choir. He is the conductor of the Norwegian National Youth Choir.
Yuval has received several awards as a conductor, including the first prize at the chamber choir competition in Marktoberdorf 2017 with his Oslo-based chamber choir ‘NOVA’ and the prize for the best conductor. In 2014 he won the International choral conducting competition in Wroclaw. In 2015 he was the winner of the ‘Gary Bertini Award for young Israeli conductors’.
Price and conditions: 42€ per day, all inclusive!
The EuroChoir 2019 will be a special edition, hosted as a special atelier of the Choralies festival 2019. The work schedule will be less intensive than usual EuroChoir session, leaving more free time to enjoy the festival in the beautiful city of Vaison La Romaine.
Check the website of the Choralies festival: https://choralies.fr/en/
The selected singers will be welcomed as normal participants of the festival, under the normal conditions for youth:
- Arrival 1 august 2019 – departure 10 August 2019
- Work sessions in the morning 09:00 to 12:00
- Participation to the night of choirs
- A concert on the 8th
- Collective accommodation in collective tents on the campground of the festival
- Meals with the participants
- Access to other activities and concerts in the theater antique.
The normal participation fee of the festival applies: 380€
You can apply for a scholarship of the Noel Minet Fund.
How to Apply?
For this special edition, where we plan to have between 60 and max. 80 singers, we ask the candidates to
1) Fill in the application form before 28th February 2019
- an audio recording of the bars 1-26 (with dynamics) of Max Reger, Nachtlied [Score available here for free]
- an audio recording of scales (your singing range) using different vowels
- a photo
- [optional] letters of support by organisation(s)
- [optional] letters of support by conductor(s) or teacher(s)
Please clearly name your files with LastName_FirstName_filecontent (ex: Weinberg_Yuval_scales.mp3).
The singers will be selected in early spring and informed right away.
There will be a selection process among the candidates. If you want to participate to the Choralies even if you are not selected for the EuroChoir, you can apply to two other ateliers as backup choices.
Please contact Cécile at the Choralies Festival for more information about the conditions and procedure
Tip: the Choralies participation fees are cheaper if you register before the end of January. Don’t miss the early-bird deadline!
Time to register!
Arrival on the 1 August 2019
Departure on the 10 August 2019
The EuroChoir singers will he hosted in collective tents on the Choralies campground. Please bring your sleeping bag, days are hot, but nights are cool!
You will eat with all the festival participants in the festival catering (French food!).
To be confirmed