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Kaikukuoro – Finland

Director: Ilkka Eskelinen

Kaikukuoro (in Kaikukuoro_Oulu_FinlandEnglish it means “Echo choir”) is a mixed choir from Oulu,Finland. Kaikukuoro sings a cappella songs and the repertoire consists of modern choral music and pop classics arranged for SATB voices. Kaikukuoro was founded in 2009 and the singers have a background from the studentchoir of Oulu University called Cassiopeia. The choral director for Kaikukuoro is Ilkka Eskelinen and he was also choral director for Cassiopeia during the years 1994-2004. Kaikukuoro has weekly rehearsals and concerts and smaller performances several times a year in the Oulu area. Pop Choir Festival Berlin in 2014 was the first foreign choral festival this choir participated in and Queen of the Adriatic Sea Choral Festival and Competition will be the second one. Facebook Link

 

Maastricht University Choir – Holland

Director: Wim Vluggen

The Maastricht UniMaastricht University Choirversity Choir was founded in 1977 and counts approximately 90 members forming a diverse and international group consisting of students, non-students andacademics. We currently have singers from 15 countries. Since 1995, the choir has been under the direction of Wim Vluggen. We sing and perform a broad repertoire from classical and contemporary to folkloric and modern music. We also try to find pieces that are not (yet) well known. Recent major projects were The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins and Mozart’s Requiem. At the same time we do not only enjoy singing together but are also proud of our strong group spirit. Due to the international composition of our choir, we are an open-minded and sociable group. It is not only singing that connects us but also out-of-rehearsal activities. We enjoy bringing the music to the people in informal events such as singing for charity or Christmas caroling. Every other year we go on a choir trip to meet other choirs and perform abroad, however this year, we would like to try something entirely new: An international choir competition. Facebook Link

 

Male Voices of the Boys Choir Lucerne – Switzerland

Director: AndreasWiedmer

The choir is a part of Boys Choir Lucerne and all memberMale Voices of the Boys Choir Lucernes (age 12-16) live in and around Lucerne. The choir has along-standing collaboration with the “21st Century Orchestra” and has participated in the famous performances of the “Lord of theRings” trilogy in the renowned KKL Lucerne (live music to film). In addition, the choir’s repertoire encompasses several high-level programs covering a wide variety of styles, such as a contemporary rendition of Swiss folk songs, a selection of Classical compositions or liturgical music. The professed goal is to provide a fun environment in which boys are exposed to meticulous training in a playful way. Most boys enterthe choir at the age of seven. After their change of voice, the majority stays affiliated with the BCL and participates in specialprojects. Every boy has lessons in voice training (individual orgroup). Every two years, the choir enters a competition. In 2014,the BCL won first prize in the choir competition in Neerpelt, Belgium. The choir is rehearsed and conducted by AndreasWiedmer. Website

 

 Boys Choir Lucerne – Switzerland

Director: AndreasWiedmer

All membersBoys Choir Lucerne of the BCL live in and around Lucerne. The choir has along-standing collaboration with the “21st Century Orchestra” and has participated in the famous performances of the “Lord of theRings” trilogy in the renowned KKL Lucerne (live music to film). In addition, the choir’s repertoire encompasses several high-level programs covering a wide variety of styles, such as a contemporary rendition of Swiss folk songs, a selection of Classical compositions or liturgical music. The professed goal is to provide a fun environment in which boys are exposed to meticulous training in a playful way. Most boys enterthe choir at the age of seven. After their change of voice, the majority stays affiliated with the BCL and participates in specialprojects. Every boy has lessons in voice training (individual orgroup). Every two years, the choir enters a competition. In 2014,the BCL won first prize in the choir competition in Neerpelt, Belgium. The choir is rehearsed and conducted by AndreasWiedmer. Website

 

 Stockholm University Choir – Sweden

Director: Jacob Mølgaard Laustsen

Stockholm UnStockholm_University_Choir_pictureiversity Choir was founded in 1994 in collaboration with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 2006 the choir was reconstructed to improve the musical quality and become independent from the university. The choir still performs at ceremonial occasions at Stockholm University but we have our own concerts as well. We aim to spread joy with our music and we value high musical quality as well as great stage presence. Please see our website (only in Swedish) for more pictures and recordings. We also have a channel on YouTube

 

The Academic choir of Moscow State University of Printing Arts named after Ivan Fedorov – Russia 

Director: Natalia Chumakova

TheAcademic_Choir_Ivan_Fedorov Academic choir of Moscow State University of Printing Arts named after Ivan Fedorov starts its history with the year 2011 when the founder and conductor of the choir – Natalya Chumakova, Schnittke college and MSUPA graduate – brought together its members out from the students and graduates of various MSUPA faculties. Since 2012 the Choir organizes a Chorus Assembly on the basis of MSUPA, gathering the best amateur choruses from Moscow and its surroundings. In 2013, the Choir participated in the International Choir Festival “Paparats Kvetka” in Minsk, Belarus. The choir was awarded with two diplomas: for the best solo singer and for participation in the event. In 2014, the Academic Choir took part in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. The choir was awarded with the silver fifth grade diploma. In 2015, the Academic Choir participated in the VI International festival-contest of professional and amateur choirs “Crystal Chapel.” The Choir won the third place among the chamber choirs in the competition for the best performance of spiritual music.

 

FMV Isik School’s Choir – Turkey

Director: Serap Ersoy

FMV Isik children's choir fotoFMV Işık schools are primarily academic schools and music is a part ofthe academic curriculum. We have been singing A Capella and songs accompanied by musical instruments with our school’s choir since 2001. Rehersals take place in choir club hours which is limited to only two hours a week and before the festivals and competitions, we increase rehersal hours and add extra practises on weekends. We decided to teach art through experience and trying to participate competitions to give our students the opportunity to get to know many choirs from different countries and to share music with other students from different cultures. By doing this, they will be able to observe how choral styles differ between countries and cultures, and share the music they have been learning. FMV Işık School was founded in Thessalonica in 1885. After 1.Worldwar, a new school was opened in Istanbul by 1923 and all students were transferred to Istanbul. In 1934, with Ataturk’s approval name ischanged as ‘Işık’. At present, the Foundation owns ten schools and one university, with around 7,500 students.

 

FMV Music teachers Vocal Group – Turkey

Director: Serap Ersoy

FMV Teacher's choir fotoFMV Işık schools are primarily academic schools and music is a part ofthe academic curriculum. We have been singing A Capella and songs accompanied by musical instruments with our school’s choir since 2001. Rehersals take place in choir club hours which is limited to only two hours a week and before the festivals and competitions, we increase rehersal hours and add extra practises on weekends. We decided to teach art through experience and trying to participate competitions to give our students the opportunity to get to know many choirs from different countries and to share music with other students from different cultures. By doing this, they will be able to observe how choral styles differ between countries and cultures, and share the music they have been learning. FMV Işık School was founded in Thessalonica in 1885. After 1.Worldwar, a new school was opened in Istanbul by 1923 and all students were transferred to Istanbul. In 1934, with Ataturk’s approval name ischanged as ‘Işık’. At present, the Foundation owns ten schools and one university, with around 7,500 students.

 

Children’s Choir Coeli Lilia – Italy

Director: Giovanna Consiglio

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The Polyphonic Children’s Choir ‘Coeli Lilia’ comes from Campobasso in Italy. It was born in 1998 and since then directed by its founder Prof. Giovanna Consiglio. The choir participates in choir competitions with the precise aim to help the young singers improve as artists through meeting and confronting themselves with other choirs. For this reason the choir received 1st price in numerous school competitions. After these encouraging results the choir decided to participate in more prestigious choral events  and has obtained: 1st price and the Feniarco price in Malcesine, Vittori Veneto and  Verona (Italy), for two consecutive years 1st price and a scholarship in the choral competition “Schuster” in Chieti, Salerno (Italy), 2nd price for polyphonic choral music ‘Guido D’Arezzo’ in Tours (France), Treviso, ‘Riva del Garda’, Gorizia, Venice and Lodi (Italy). They have taken part in cultural exchanges and concert tours in northern Europe and it is a member of FE.N.I.A.R.CO (the Italian national choir organization) in order to be more integrated in their own territory. The choir Coeli Lilia has taken part in several opera performances: Tosca, Carmen, la Bohéme and Turandot and they performed in Milano during EXPO 2015. Facebook Link

 

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