14th International Chamber Choir Competition, Marktoberdorf 22-27 May 2015

The 14th edition of the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2015 will be held from May 22-27, 2015. The supervisory committee of the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf has invited 8 mixed choirs and 5 female choirs from 10 countries to participate in the competition. Judged by an international jury the choirs present themselves in two competition laps. In the first lap each choir performs a program of max. 25 minutes including a compulsory piece), in the 2nd lap the choirs perform a 10-minute-program of their own choice. The festival program combines the competition with numerous evening concerts in the most beautiful churches and concert halls in the regions of Allgäu, Upper Bavaria and Upper Swabia as well as special activities of the choirs. The main aim of the Marktoberdorf competition is to give choirs the chance not only to compare with each other but also to meet together in a friendly atmosphere. In Marktoberdorf, choirs come together in a common encounter to present themselves and their traditions to each other, evening concerts performed together with other choirs provide an opportunity to experience the choral traditions of other, different cultures and relaxed evening get-togethers in the festival tent help to establish friendly relationships which stretch way beyond national and international borders. The International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf is followed by an International Masterclass for Choral Conductors led by Prof. Volker Hempfling (Cologne/Germany) and Jonathan Velasco (Manila/Philippinen). University of Oregon Chamber Choir will serve as demonstration choir. The Masterclass will take place in the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf from May 27-31, 2015. The seminary is open to all choral conductors who wish to improve their skills and knowledge at the highest level with outstanding teachers. Participants must have experience of choral conducting.    more...

 

Vaasa Choir Festival, Finland 8-12 May 2015

The 23rd Choir Festival sets the standards high with a selection of entertaining and solemn choir music. The festival offers the public an international and energetic event in five days, in many ways. What a way to start the summer music festival season! We, as most, spare no praise for the first of our leading acts, the male choir Orphei Drängar from Sweden. Orphei Drängar with their range and tonality are continually expanding the limits of what a male choir can do. The sound is a mix of lighter young voices and more mature male vocals. In the lead of the choir is the renowned Cecilia Rydinger Alin, who will also be working with choirs in a workshop on Saturday 16.5. The concert experience is hosted by the ever cordial Mark Levengood. Joy and happiness will come to those who attend the concerts of the finnish singing group Rajaton. The Finnish word Rajaton translates as "boundless" – a word that so accurately describes the way this six-voice a cappella ensemble approaches music. Regularly performing around a hundred concerts and workshops each year, Rajaton exposes their audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made them a worldwide phenomenon. Keeping up with the festival’s barbershop tradition, the public will be charmed by the female quartet LoveNotes from the USA. They are the reigning champions of international barbershop music in their category. Despite their young age, they have been performing around the world for 11 years. Stadsingechor zu Halle, the boy choir from Halle, Germany, has an impressive history dating back to the 11th century. The choir represents the deep tradition of choral music in mid-Germany. The choir can boast with alumni such as Händel’s teacher Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, and the son of J. S. Bach himself, Wilhelm Friedemann, both of whom have led this excellent choir in their time. Traditional choral music and religious themes are expertly presented by the Händel-choir. The show is done in collaboration with Vaasa City Orchestra and the famed baritone Petteri Salomaa. The choir is led by conductor Debra Gomez-Tapio. They will interpret a true classic; Te Deum (Ambrosian hymn) in two ways: by G. F. Händel and by J.H. Roman. The opening concert of the festival premieres the multi-art collaboration piece “on the hand of the earth, on heart of the ocean”. The piece is a collaboration by local artists, that combines lyricism, choir music, orchestra, photography and video. You are most welcome to experience an unforgettable festival, with all the above, and hundreds of more concerts, gigs and special moments all around the city.    more...