LEADING VOICES 2022

European Days for Vocal and Choral Leaders

An event by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 27-31 July, 2022

LEADING VOICES 2022

About the event

Leading Voices presents a programme around the skills a conductor or vocal leader needs today. Aimed at all generations and skill levels, it supports conductors, vocal leaders, composers, creators, music teacher, vocal coaches, managers, artistic leaders or students in these fields to actively explore, experience, and discuss the expansion and future of choral music.

We strive to inspire you to explore new ways to enrich and strengthen the possibilities of choral music and to make sure choral music stays relevant from both an artistic, social and gettable point of view. All genres are included in the event.

The event will be connected with other choral music events in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Europe more widely.

The programme will cover 5 days: a day of arrival with an official opening in the evening, three full days of programme and a day of departure. Part of the programma will be available online.

The programme is embedded in the Utrecht Zingt festival (27-31 July) that also offers low key concert opportunities for choirs from abroad. 

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The future of
collective singing

Main theme of the festival

Develop your artistic skills

Discover your inner leader

Learn new management tools

Unleash your potential as a teacher

Connect your work to society

JULY 27-31, 2022

Countdown to Leading Voices 2022

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Programme

LEARNING

Full-day, half-day or two-hour workshops, lectures, masterclasses and presentations.

LAB

One or multi-day activities to explore and experiment with a non-defined outcome.

LET'S MEET

Officially planned lounges, meetings, (round table) discussions.

LIVE CONCERTS

Performances by inspiring ensembles and choirs with a focus on new formats or topics.

LITERATURE
& LIAISONS

Marketplace and platform.

FESTIVAL LOCATION

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht is home of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Dekoor Close Harmony,  Netherlands Student Chamber Choir, Kurt Thomas Course and many other choirs and vocal organisations from the Netherlands. In 2009, Utrecht was hosting the EUROPA CANTAT festival, so maybe you’ve visited this medieval city before? 

With over 100 churches, the state of the art concert venue TivoliVredenburg and the Conservatory only a few footsteps away from each other, Utrecht is the perfect place to house a festival. The city is easy to reach, with a 30 min. direct train from Schiphol Airport (AMS). 

HOW TO REACH US

Contact us

The event is organised by ECA-EC in close cooperation with ZIMIHC, platform for amateur arts in Utrecht.

If you have any questions, please contact Ruben Timmer (preparation officer for the festival) or Martine Spanjers (chair of the management team and connected to ZIMIHC).

ARTISTIC ADVISORY BODY

Music Commission

  • Burak Onur Erdem (TR) | Chair
  • Martin Wildhaber (CH)
  • Merel Martens (NL)
  • Yuval Weinberg (DE)
  • Seán Doherty (IT)
  • Elisenda Carrasco (ES)
  • Laura Lopes (PT)
  • Panda van Proosdij (NL)
Call for proposals
The official call for proposals has ended. If you want to add your suggestions, you can reach us at music@leadingvoices.nl.
 
A separate Music Commission is working on the Utrecht Zingt festival programme.
  • Maria van Nieukerken
  • Hans Noijens
  • Rohan Poldervaart
  • Marijke de Wit
MADE POSSIBLE BY

Partners and funds

Leading Voices is part of the project Training Leading Voices, coordinated by ZIMIHC and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The Dutch choral organisation Koornetwerk Nederland is partner of Leading Voices and connected to the event as Legacy Officer to create a sustainable impact for choir conducters and vocal leaders in the Netherlands. 

Photograph header: Shanice D Redan (Verkijk Fotografie) 

© Leading Voices 2022