organised in collaboration with
the Lithuanian National
Cultural Centre & the Lithuanian Choral Association



It was great to welcoming you to the beautiful city of Vilnius on 17-19 November 2023!
For two days you we had an unique chance to interact, learn, sing and meet with our fellow choral enthusiasts.

This year Membership Weekend consisted of:

  • our Membership Day with a hybrid project presentation session and 6 discussion rounds to choose from on November 17
  • networking time, time to meet your friends and make new contacts
  • our formal General Assembly for members and indirect members on November 18
  • a workshop on how to make your events more accessible / inclusive and more environmentally friendly
  • a Lithuanian Folk Music Workshop
  • concerts with Lithuanian choirs
  • time to discover the charm of the old town of Vilnius

Find the detailed programme and all information on the booklet and invitation!


During this inspiring hybrid session which took place in Vilnius and live streamed online, some of our members, friends and organisations from our Regional Development target countries showcased innovative projects they are carrying out in the choral world.
Presenters included: Escola de Música Nossa Senhora do Cabo (PT), Deutsche Chorjugend e.V. (DE), ZIMIHC (NL), Silesian Association of Choirs and Orchestras (PO),  Cultural Movement Epilogi (CY), Choral Culture Association Türkiye (TK), Kutaisi Song and Dance State Academic Ensemble (GE), Montenegrin Choral Association (MO), Feniarco (IT), AEDCORO (ES), Tutarchela Youth Choir (GE) & International Association of the Armenian Culture (AR), Serbian Choral Association (RS).


On Friday morning the members met in parallel groups to learn about old and new projects, get inspired, and add their opinion and their ideas. The available sessions were:

  • The European Choral Association in a nutshell” – download the presentation and watch the recording
  • Fostering cooperation within our sector
  • Brainstorming on (our) future events and activities
  • Gender diversity in the choral sector
  • Choirs’ and event organisers’ wishes and challenges” – download the presentation 
  • Brainstorming on needs of national and regional choir associations



As usual, we looked back at 2023, including everything we achieved in our new network funding project IGNITE, co-funded by the EU Creative Europe programme, and other activities which took place during the year. And of course we looked ahead at our plans for the years 2024 and beyond!


Ancient melodies: a workshop of traditional Lithuanian multipart singing” with Damilė Bagdonavičienė (LT)

How to make your events more environmentally sustainable & inclusive” with Sophie Dowden (FR/UK) and Linnéa E. Vågen Svensson (NO) – recording available below


Concert by “Jauna Musika”

Vilnius municipal choir Jauna Muzika is one of the most prominent and most versatile vocal groups in Lithuania. Founded in 1989 at the initiative of the conductor and composer Remigijus Merkelys and its first director Algimantas Gurevičius, it has been led by conductor and composer Vaclovas Augustinas since 1992. He is recognised in Lithuania for both popular and academic music, and was honoured with the National Culture and Art Prize in 2010.

Concert by “Liepaites Girls Choir”

Vilnius choir singing school Liepaitės firmly took root in the cultural life of Lithuania. Liepaitės performs in the biggest concert halls, conducted by the most celebrated conductors of Lithuania. The school’s choirs have broad repertoire, from Lithuanian folklore songs to large-scale works with an orchestra.

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