EuroChoir 2020

Ireland | 24th July – 3rd August 2020

Organisers: Sing Ireland 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 took place in France last year and will be followed by Ireland this year and finally Switzerland.

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 surroundings of Ireland and form close friendships with each other.

The repertoire is still to be developed and informations are coming soon.

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.

How to apply?

Why join the EuroChoir 2020?

Experience summer in Ireland!

Spend ten days of your summer 2020 in Limerick, a major city set in Munster province in the south of the country. Its compact old town is known for it’s medieval style and the fascinating Georgian townhouses.  Standing along the River Shannon, the 13th-century King John’s Castle is one of the city’s most recognisable sites. Spend the free time discovering the medieval herritage of the city, discovering the museums or end the day with a crafted beer.

Travel for the performances

While rehearsals will take place in Limerick, the singers will travel the country for their performances, singing in St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church in Galway and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. This will allow the participants to see the breathtaking landscapes of Ireland and get the chance to discover the architecture, the cultural life and the Irish spirit.

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 time frame. 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!

He studied orchestral conducting in Tel Aviv and choral conducting with Grete Pedersen at the Norwegian Academy of Music and with Jörg-Peter Weigle the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin.
Yuval has received several awards as a conductor: the first prize at the chamber choir competition in Marktoberdorf 2017 with his Oslo-based chamber choir ‘NOVA’, the prize for the best conductor, the International choral conducting competition in Wroclaw in 2014 and the ‘Gary Bertini Award for young Israeli conductors’ in 2015.

How to Apply?

 

Thank you so much for your interest in the EuroChoir!  The applications are closed! Please don’t hesitate to apply for next year’s session and until then, we wish you the utmost success throughout your artistic development.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to eurochoir2020@singireland.ie.

To stand as a reference, the audition for 2020’s session consisted of:

  • an audio recording of the bars 27-58 (with dynamics) of Brahms’ “Darthulas Grabesgesang”  [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)

 

Important information

Second conductor announced: Bernie Sherlock

Bernie Sherlock has received numerous international awards for her conducting and interpretation, as well as numerous first prizes with her chamber choir New Dublin Voices. She studied with Ildiko Herboly-Kocsar and Peter Erdei at the Liszt Academy in Hungary and with Gerhard Markson in Dublin. Her jury and workshop engagements have taken her around Europe and to the US, Canada and China. Following her BA in music from Trinity College Dublin she earned Masters (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) and Doctorate (Royal Irish Academy of Music/DCU) degrees in conducting.

Price and conditions

Every applicant will receive an email letting them know if they have received a place in Eurochoir 2020.

Tuition fees (per person and country)

Country groupsDirect MembersIndirect MembersNon-members
1€250€270€290
2€195€210€210
3€195€210€210

Participation fee includes all the activities, accommodation, travel costs during the project and meals.

The travel to/from Ireland is at the participants’ charge.

Country groups are found below. In case of doubt which group your country belongs to, please contact us.

Country group 1:        AT, BE, CA, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, IE, IL, IS, IT, LU, NL, NO, SE, UK, US.

Country group 2:        CZ, EE, GR, LT, LV, MT, PT, SI, SK and some overseas countries.

Country group 3:        AL, AM, BA, BG, BY, HR, HU, MD, ME, MK, PL, RO, RS, RU, TR, UA.

Direct members:        If you or your choir are direct member of ECA-EC.

Indirect members:      If you or your choir are a member of a choral organization in your country which is a member

of the ECA-EC in country groups 1 and 2.

The complete list of ECA-EC member organisations is found here.

Payment Instructions

When your application is approved (after May 1st), you will receive an e-mail with further instructions on paying your tuition fee.

Sing Ireland Account – Payment details

Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór

Account number: 05059347

Sort Code: 934151

IBAN: IE64 AIBK 9341 5105 059347

BIC: AIBKIE2

The selected singers will be welcomed at the University of Limerick , which will host them throughout the rehearsal period.

Performances:

  • St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick
  • St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

You can apply for a scholarship of the Noel Minet Fund.