Information about international opportunities for young singers in 2020
24th July - 3rd August 2020, Limerick, Ireland
Organisers: Sing Ireland in cooperation with the European Choral Association
EuroChoir is a special choir project to promote the networking of talented young singers at the European level, and to foster the emergence of the next generation of talents.
Organised every year in a different country, EuroChoir offers the opportunity to young singers to get together to rehearse a challenging program with renowned conductors, improve their vocal skills and present the results of their work in public concerts.
For the years 2019 to 2021, we designed a cycle under the direction of one of the emerging talent of the European scene, Yuval Weinberg. The sessions took place in France 2019, Ireland 2020 and finally Switzerland 2021.
Who can apply?
Young singers between 18 and 30 years old, good sight readers ready to prepare scores in advance. English will be the working language.
How to apply?
1) Fill in the application form before 20th May 2020 found HERE
- an audio recording of the bars 27-58 (with dynamics) of Brahms’ “Darthulas Grabesgesang” [Score available here for free]
- an audio recording of scales (your singing range) using different vowels
- a photo
- [optional] letters of support by organisation(s)
- [optional] letters of support by conductor(s) or teacher(s)
Please clearly name your files with LastName_FirstName_filecontent (ex: Weinberg_Yuval_scales.mp3).
The singers will be selected in early spring and informed right away.
Closing Date: 20th May 2020.
For more info: Eurochoir 2020 Website.
Any questions or further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Youth Choir
In the Summer of 2020, the World Youth Choir will have a special session in the frame of the festivities of the Beethoven Anniversary Year, joining the National Youth Orchestra of Germany – Bundesjugendorchester (BJO) - for a programme with Beethoven’s 9th Symphonyand a commission work by Tan Dun entitled Nine. The session will be a unique experience for the 80-100 young singers from around the world and for the audiences who will attend their high-quality concerts.
The rehearsal session will be hosted in Bonn from July 30th to August 7th, where the choir and orchestra will have time to work on the pieces both separately and as a combined ensemble. This will be an opportunity to not only make music together but also get to know musicians from other countries and discuss the impact of international cooperation projects on their professional development, through complementary networking activities which will be present in the programme.
Session dates: July 30th (day of arrival) to August 20th (day of departure), 2020
Location: Rehearsal session in Bonn, Germany, followed by a tour with concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Italy
First concert: August 8th Beethoven 2020 Gala concert with the first performance of Tan Dun’s Nine
Artistic Team: Tan Dun (USA), composer of the commissioned work (will conduct the first concerts including the Gala concert in Bonn), Jörn Hinnerk Andresen (DE, conductor), and World Youth Choir Alumni as soloists
Who can apply?
Passionate and experienced high level choral singers or soloists aged between 17 and 26 years old (on 1st July 2020).
Sing Ireland will be holding auditions on the 7th of December 2019 in Dublin. For more information on the World Youth Choir 2020 session, the audition process, and to download an application form, click here.
European Youth Choir
For the final concert of the Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020
11 – 18 December 2020 | Bonn, Germany
The Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020 comes to a close on December 17, 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s baptism day. Marking the occasion, Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, together with a hand-picked European Youth Choir which you can be part of!
The choir will consist of 86 young ambitious singers from all over Europe. We are happy to announce that Simon Halsey will be the conductor of the choir. In addition to the Symphony No. 9, an a cappella-programme to be performed in the frame of a church service commemorating Beethoven’s baptism day will be part of the choir’s repertoire.
We are looking forward to your application if you are
- between 18 and 30 years of age by December 2020
- a very good singer with choir experience
- prepared and able to study the music in advance and to sing by heart during the concerts
- born and/or living in one of the EU-member countries or neighbouring European countries
- able to follow choir rehearsals in English
- available from 11 – 19 December 2020
How to audition?
If you want to be part of this unique project, please find here the call for singers.
To apply, fill in this form and upload a short CV of yours and the required recordings. You will find the excerpts from Beethoven’s 9th by clicking on the links at the right hand-side (instructions & passages 1 – 4).
Deadline: 31st January 2020. Decisions will be taken by March 2020.