Switzerland | 7 – 18 July 2022
50 singers | 30 nationalities | 2 conductors | 1 choir
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.
EuroChoir 2022 is history!
This Monday 50 singers from 30 nationalities returned to their home countries after 10 days full of intense rehearsals, new friendships, deep bonds, beautiful concerts, sightseeing, long conversations, valuable lessons, sunny weather, hiking in the mountains, enjoying Swiss food, and culture, singing all day and night, fun, love and appreciation. The choir conducted by Yuval Weinberg and Marco Amherd presented their programme at four successful concerts in Lenk, Basel, Flims and Rheinau and met young and ambitious local choirs on the way. The project showed once again, how important musical, cultural and social exchange across nations can be and how music can deeply connect people with different backgrounds with each other.
EuroChoir 2022 on tour through Switzerland
After an intensive week of rehearsals at Lenk in the mountains of the canton of Bern, the choir, consisting of selected young singers from all over Europe, will start its Swiss tour on Friday, 15 July, at Peterskirche in Basel. The EuroChoir will be welcomed by the local women’s vocal ensemble Les Voix. On Saturday, 16 July, the EuroChoir will perform its programme as part of the Flimsfestival at Eventhalle Flims. It will be hosted by the young local choir consonus vokalensemble. The tour will conclude with a concert on Sunday, 17 July at Klosterkirche Rheinau as part of the Rheinauer Konzerte together with Vokalensemble Zürich West.
In addition to works by F. Martin, F. Poulenc and F. Mendelssohn, the concerts will also feature the world premiere of the commissioned composition “How dare you!” (after the famous speech by Greta Thunberg) by Swiss composer Valentin Villard.
Friday, 15 July 2022, 20:00
EuroChoir + Les Voix
Saturday, 16 July 2022, 20:00
Eventhalle Flims, Flimsfestival
EuroChoir + consonus vokalensemble
Sonntag, 17. Juli 2022, 17 Uhr
Klosterkirche Rheinau, Rheinauer Konzerte, Rheinau (ZH)
EuroChoir + Vokalensemble Zürich West
Groups of 3 members or more of the Schweizerische Föderation Europa Cantat – SFEC and Schweizerische Chorvereinigung (member organisations of the ECA) get 30% reduction on all concert tickets! Get your group tickets via email@example.com!
With support from Sophie and Karl Binding Stiftung, Stiftung Helvetia Patria Jeunesse, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Schüller-Stiftung and Carl und Elise Elsener-Gut Stiftung.
Download the Repertoire of EuroChoir 2022
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.
Applications for the EuroChoir 2022 end on 1 March 2022! See more details in the ‘How to Apply’ section below.
How to apply?
Here is your application form! Please fill in your personal information as well as submit the additional files required until 1 March 2022.
The audition for 2022’s session consists of:
- an audio recording of the bars 1-18 (with dynamics) of Poulenc’s “Un soir de neige”, movement 3 [Score available here]
- an audio recording of scales (your singing range) using different vowels
- a photo
- [optional] letters of support by your 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)
Every applicant will receive an e-mail letting them know if they have received a place in Eurochoir 2022.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are very happy for your interest in applying for the EuroChoir 2022 session! This is another difficult year to plan, but we are going ahead. We appreciate your understanding that many details will only be firmed up nearer to the time of the session, and in the meantime, we hope this FAQ will help.
For any further questions, please contact the EuroChoir 2022 session organisers: email@example.com.
PRICE AND CONDITIONS
Tuition fees (per person and country)
* Indirect members are members of member organisations of the European Choral Association in categories A1 and A2 (see here) or members of the Friends of the European Choral Association. The full list of country groups is found right here. In case of doubt which group your country belongs to, please contact us.
The fee includes all the activities, accommodation, travel costs during the session and meals. Scores will be an additional cost, but will be subsided and singers will keep the scores post-course.
Please have in mind that EuroChoir is also an eligible event for which you can apply for a scholarship of the Noel Minet Fund.
The travel to/from Switzerland is at the participants’ charge.
Successful applicants will need to pay for their travel to Lenk, Switzerland and their return travel from Zurich, Switzerland. We recommend that successful applicants do not book their flights until closer to the session time.
When your application is approved (after 1 April 2022), you will receive an e-mail with further instructions on paying your tuition fee.
Why joining EuroChoir 2022?
Spend ten summer days in Switzerland and get the full dose of Swissness during a rehearsal week in the mountain region of the canton of Bern and a tour through Switzerland with three concerts in three different locations of the country! Switzerland’s incredible landscape offers unforgettable views, hiking possibilities and fresh air to free our singer’s lungs. With concerts in Basel, Flims (Flimsfestival) and Rheinau (Rheinauer Konzerte) singers will experience different sites and sides of Switzerland.
Experience cultural exchange!
One of our goals is to give singers the opportunity to get to know young local singers. Each of the three concerts will be hosted by an award-winning Swiss partner choir of the local area. Les Voix will welcome you on 15 July in Basel, Consonus vokalensemble will sing with you on 16 July in Flims and Vokalensemble Zürich West will join you on 17 July in Rheinau. Get ready for cultural exchange, shared musical experiences and new friendships!
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.
Sing with our excellent conductors:
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.
He studied conducting and Organ/Church Music in Zurich, Freiburg im Breisgau and Toulouse. Since 2019 he is artistic director of the DAVOS FESTIVAL. He teaches at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK and at the Hochschule Luzern HSLU. In addition to his concert activities as an organist, Marco conducts several professional and semi-professional ensembles and is artistic director of the Schweizer Vokalkonsort. He has recieved numerous international awards for his conducting as well as several first prizes with his choir Vokalensemble Zürich West.