We are happy to announce that the new Board of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat was elected on November 17th 2018 in Uçhisar, Turkey and that Carlo Pavese from Italy is the President of the association.
The General Assembly elected a Board of 11 persons from 11 European countries which then elected a new Executive Board:
President: Carlo Pavese (Italy)
1st Vice-President: Mihela Jagodic (Slovenia)
2nd Artistic Vice-President: Jean-Claude Wilkens (France)
3rd Vice-President: Dermot O’Callaghan (Ireland)
Treasurer: Martine Spanjers (The Netherlands)
Further members of the Board: Burak Onur Erdem (Turkey), Marti Ferrer (Spain), Loti Piris Niño (Belgium), Flannery Ryan (Germany), Raul Talmar (Estonia), Martin Wildhaber (Switzerland).
The General Assembly was preceded by a Membership Day at which the members discussed their view and vision of the association and made proposals for the future development, especially commenting on a first draft of a strategy for the years 2021 and beyond, capacity building for members, peer-to-peer opportunities and youth involvement.
The programme of the weekend was completed by a conference under the title sing outside the box offering a choice of sessions with Greg Gilg (FR), Ömer Faruk Belviranlı (TR), Dóra Halas (HU), Cemi’i Can Deliorman (TR) as well as the Youth Committee of the
European Choral Association – Europa Cantat.
The event was hosted by the Turkish member association Koro Kültürü Derneği in the spectacular region of Cappadocia and included concerts by A Cappella Boğaziçi and the Turkish State Choir as well as a musical walk through the Pigeon Valley. The participants appreciated the warm hospitality and excellent organisation by the Turkish team.
The next General Assembly (15-17/11/2019) will be hosted by JSKD in the city of Ljubljana, host of the EUROPA CANTAT festival in 2021.