International Opportunities

Information about international opportunities for young singers in 2020

EuroChoir 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 should take place in France, Ireland and finally Switzerland.

Who can apply?

Young singers between 18 and 30 years old, good sight readers ready to prepare scores in advance. Further information available soon. English will be the working language.

Any questions or further information contact eurochoir2020@singireland.ie

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

Sing Ireland will be holding auditions on the 7th of December 2019 in Dublin. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact info@singireland.ie

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 October 2019 | Decisions will be taken by December 2019.