6 Psychological and Physical Benefits of Choral Singing

dsc02829This article by Jordan Smith is originally posted on CMUSE and translated into Greek by Symeon Lagopoulos.

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…

Good example: Report of the 6th World Choir Festival Musical

ΚοραήςWe 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…

How to be a good choir member

Photo by CowGummy

Photo by CowGummy

This post was originally published by Chris Rowbury at his blog From the Front of the Choir.

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…

How to cope when singers miss choir sessions


Photo by Missy S.

This post was originally published by Chris Rowbury at his blog From the Front of the Choir.

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…

Informal meeting of Greek Choirs & Festivals in Thessaloniki

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…

Panhellenic Competition 2016 for Young Composers’ Choral Composition by North College Ensembles

North College Community Music EnsemblesTomorrow, 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!

Your result counts!

Laurea MundiA special invitation by Μeeting Μusic for the Greek Choirs.

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.

With Laura Mundi we will also celebrate the legacy of the composer and pedagogue Zoltán Kodály. Συνέχεια… | More…

7th Conference by G.S.M.E.

From Friday 27th to Sunday 29th takes place at Thessaloniki Concert Hall  the 7th Conference by G.S.M.E. (Greek Society for Music Education) under the subject

Music Literacy
Formal and Informal Ways of Music Teaching-Learning

Since the announcement of the programmed we’ve outlined for you the choral part at the calendar. Συνέχεια… | More…

Facebook group usage instructions

Greek Choir Festivals - Notifications Group - NewThe Facebook group [Group] Ελληνικές Χορωδίες & Φεστιβάλ | Greek Choirs & Festival is one of the tools developed by Greek Choirs & Festivals and is open to all friends of the Greek Choral scene. Of course, if you are a member of a choir or organizer of a Greek Choral Festival, you can find out more about the benefits and communications groups for Greek Choirs & Festivals here: http://greek.choirs.gr/faqs/benefits-and-contact-groups/.

First, let’s see how one can use the Facebook group. Expanding on the name, this group has been created exclusively for the immediate communication of Greek Choirs and Greek Festivals, the promotion of their work and the discussion of topics related to their operation. Συνέχεια… | More…

Andramu pai!

Many have been charmed by this song and many (Greek choirs) have sung it way many time. But what do we know about it?

As the video creator, Angelos Kovotsos, says, “Franco Corliano wrote this beautiful song during the 70s. Its original title is “To klama” (cryng) and it is the story of farewell, as Franco told me during an interview. Husband is leaving the family. And his wife is crying as she doesn’t know when he will be back. It was the time of huge immigration from south Italy to the north or to the central Europe during the 60s.”

The language is the Modern Greek Language of Southern Italy known as Griko (sometimes spelled Grico) or Grecanic and the original lyrics are these: Συνέχεια… | More…