EuroChoir 2021

Ireland & Slovenia | 11 – 24 July 2021

Organisers: Sing Ireland & JSKD  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 in 2019  and will be followed by Ireland & Ljubljana in 2021.

Regarding 2021, the organisers are constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation and are well aware of the current situation in Europe. No one can predict the situation in the long run as changes happen on a daily basis. This is why we have no definite answer as to what will happen exactly. But rest assured that we formulated various scenarios, which will help us make the final decision.

The programme 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.

 

Applications for the EuroChoir 2021 end on April 12, 2021!

See more details in the ‘How to Apply’ section below.

Why join the EuroChoir 2021?

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.

Bernie Sherlock

She 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.

Experience summer in Ireland!

Spend ten days of your summer 2021 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 together with your fellow choristers.

Travel for the performances

While rehearsals will take place in Limerick, the singers will get the chance to explore the Irish surroundings. There will be two performances organised in Ireland in two wonderful locations: St. Marys Cathedral, Limerick and Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin. The choir will then continue their tour by travelling to Ljubljana, Slovenia for the Europa Cantat Festival 2021.

Experience the Europa Cantat Festival!

Experience the biggest choral Festival in Europe, with over 50 of the world’s greatest conductors and mentors attending this event to hold workshops adapted to the participants, who are both choral music enthusiasts and professionals. The choral programme lists around 100 choral events and has a diverse accompanying programme of cultural events in Ljubljana, Slovenia that for eight days will live and breathe music.

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.

How to Apply?

Thank you so much for your interest in the EuroChoir!

Here is your application form! You will be able to fill in your personal information as well as submit the additional files required.

The audition for 2021’s session consists 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 your organisation(s)
  • [optional] letters of support by conductor(s) or teacher(s)

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to eurochoir2021@singireland.ie.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We are very happy for your interest in applying for the EuroChoir 2021 session! This is a 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 2021 session organisers at Sing Ireland: eurochoir2021@singireland.ie 

 

Price and conditions

Every applicant will receive an email letting them know if they have received a place in Eurochoir 2021.

Please have in mind that EuroChoir is also an eligible event for which you can apply for a scholarship of the Noel Minet Fund.

Tuition fees (per person and country)

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

 

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.

The travel to/from Ireland is at the participants’ charge. Successful applicants will need to pay for their travel to Ireland and their return travel from Slovenia. We recommend that successful applicants do not book their flights until closer to the session time.

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