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European Voices Association press release membership 2012

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The recently founded European Voices Association (EVA), a cultural and educational non-profit organisation working for the development and exchange in vocal, a cappella and choral music, has announced …

The recently founded European Voices Association (EVA), a cultural and educational non-profit organisation working for the development and exchange in vocal, a cappella and choral music, has announced that it is now open for
membership application via the organisation's website www.europeanvoices.org.

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  • 1. European Voices AssociationPress Releaseas of May 24th, 2012European Voices Association open for membership nowThe recently founded European Voices Association (EVA), a culturaland educational non-profit organisation working for the developmentand exchange in vocal, a cappella and choral music, has announcedthat it is now open for membership application via the organisationswebsite www.europeanvoices.org.Founded by vocal music activists from Sweden, France, Germany and Denmark,EVA has laid down its principles in the European Voices Manifesto,a document that was signed by more than 80 musicians, teachers, composersand non-profit organisers to create new opportunities for the growing vocalmusic community in the countries of the European Union."We want to make people aware of each other", says Peder Karlsson, formermember of the groundbreaking Swedish vocal group The Real Group, to describethe important role of international exchange, that is one part of the Manifesto.Karlsson (now headmaster of the vocal music online school "The Real Academy")as well as Jim Daus Hjernoe, professor at the renowned Aalborg Conservatory inDenmark and Tilo Beckmann, vocal coach and co-founder of Germanys firstvocal group ever, 6-Zylinder, also stand for another central EVA goal:To improve musical education for vocal groups, choirs, composers and arrangers.EVAs German Chairman of the Board, Florian Städtler, emphasizes the importanceof teamwork and involvement of as many local, regional and national activists:"This organisation will have a decentral structure: The practical work likeconcerts, workshops, seminars and making music together will always be alocal and regional thing." Along with his board colleagues Peter Martin Jacob
  • 2. (Germany), Céline Morel (France) and Volker Bauer (Germany) he now hopesto "welcome members from all European Union member states" until the firstannual meeting at The Real Group Festival in Stockholm (August 16-19, 2012)"For an annual fee of 60 Euro, you can be part of a pioneering project, that willpromote vocal music on three domains: Information, education and networking",states Volker Bauer, EVAs treasurer. Becoming a member is possible via theassociations website www.europeanvoices.org. "Right now," adds Frenchfestival organiser Céline Morel, "the organisation is young and has to developprogrammes and growing benefit for its members: However, its vitally importantthat we get the support from new members now. And its so exciting to be partof such a groundbreaking international project."The fascinating variety and richness of the European festival scene has shownthat bringing people from different cultures and with various musical backgroundtogether can create a climate of creativity, tolerance, openness and understanding.The steady growth of the vocal music community seems to prove the fact, thatsinging is a basic human need."Whats more," says Peder Karlsson: "Again and again I experience that singingin groups simply brings out the best in people."European Voices Association e.V.c/o SpielPlanVier, Kartäuserstraße 14, 79102 Freiburg, Germanyphone: +49 761 38 94 74, e-mail: info@europeanvoices.orgwww.europeanvoices.orgwww.facebook.com/europeanvoicesassociation

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