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There’s no need for comments on the Choral Conducting Summer Academy by Ionian University. Though in case it’s in your interest field and you haven’t already applied for this year’s Academy, then read the experience of Eleni Internou, the conductor of the Iho – Children’s Choir and Vocal Ensemble, and take advantage of the short extension until Monday, 5th June.
One more wonderful conductors’ meeting took place this year, too, on the “singing” island of Corfu. It’s been the 5th time I attend the Choral Conducting Summer Academy, and I admit I left this time, too, with the best of impressions for the guest conductor, Maria Guinand. Συνέχεια… | More…
In the Greek educational system choir singing, in general education, is taught as an optional subject.
In Primary Education a choir functions during the afternoon hours (14.00-16.00), inside a cultural and creational frame of work. The students that take part in it are the ones that remain in the school after the end of their obligatory syllabus and it is suggested to those studying in the last four grades. In the morning sessions, the choirs are formed during the Musical Education subject and are primarily aiming at taking part in performances for school or national days’ celebrations but without taking into consideration the pupils’ vocal or acoustic abilities. Συνέχεια… | More…
Research has shown for some time that singing in a choir has tremendous benefits for physical and mental well-bing, leading some to campaign for it to be prescribed as a treatment for medical conditions. In addition, recent findings from a study suggest that there are specific benefits related to choral singing which are unique to this pastime.
Below we take a look at some of the advantages of singing in a group. Συνέχεια… | More…
We are very happy every time we see a good example and even happier when we can share this example with you. This time, the good example comes from the World Choir Festival on Musicals and its organiser, the Choir “Korais”.
One needs no special skills to realise the plethora of talent and creativity in the Greek choral world. Though no talent is sufficient on its own in order to establish institutions that last in time. For a successful choral organisation, apart from the artistic skills and knowledge, equally necessary are the those of management. And one the most fundamental managerial functions is reporting and control. Συνέχεια… | More…
Last week I wrote about whether you need singing lessons in order to be able to sing. I suggested that people should simply jump in and join a choir before they ever consider individual singing lessons. I pointed out that there are important group and harmony skills that cannot be taught one-to-one.
This week I want to consider what qualities make for being a good choir member. Of course, this list is personal and not exhaustive, so I would welcome any additions from all you fine readers out there. Do drop by and leave a comment. I always welcome your feedback and wisdom (it can get lonely this side of the keyboard!).
So, in no particular order, these are the qualities that I believe make for an ideal choir member: Συνέχεια… | More…
What’s great about a group of singers who meet regularly is that you can grow and develop together, improving skills and techniques week on week.
But what happens if not everyone comes to every session? Συνέχεια… | More…
Monday 20th June, 17:00 at Cafe del Arte, 2th V. Georgiou Str., Lefkos Pyrgos Sq. (above the Royal Theater) The event at Facebook & Google+.
After many requests by friends of this effort an informal coffee meeting of Greek Choirs & Festivals takes place in Thessaloniki as a chance to meet in person and exchange ideas on how we can make Greek Choirs & Festivals more useful for the choirs, the festivals and the friends of the Greek choral world and of course to share visions on Greek Choral future.
After two years of life and one year after the Athens’ meeting we can check the first clues and evidence as well as the emerging opportunities for the Greek Choirs and Festivals. You may contibute to these data by filling in this small questionare (about 4-7 minutes). Συνέχεια… | More…
Tomorrow, Monday 30th May 2016, is the last day to submit the compositions for the Panhellenic Competition 2016 for Young Composers’ Choral Composition organised by the North College Community Music Ensembles. You may find more details in Greek North College Community Music Ensembles’ Facebook Page or the full announcement and participation form.
Of course, as Greek Choirs & Festivals we welcome the initiative that can only offer to the Greek Choral World and deeply wish good luck to all the participants!
Show your Diploma from other events you have been to and find out if you are qualified for Laurea Mundi Budapest | Grand Prix of Choral Music, 2016.
We would be very proud to welcome you in Budapest next year and to share special moments again in a competition that will take place in Hungary between July 9 – 13, 2016.