”United Nations” of the choral world met in Cincinnati
Important result: World Choir Peace Prize
Delegates from the whole world gathered for the World Choir Council meeting in Cincinnati during the 2012 World Choir Games (July 4 -14, 2012). One of the most important result of the talks was the idea of a “World Choir Peace Prize”.
This prize is supposed to be given to a person or organisation to reward an outstanding contribution to or through choral music. The first nomination will be announced by the Council. The Prize will be awarded for the first time during the 1st Xinghai Prize International Choir Championships in Guangzhou, China or during the 1st European Choir Games in Graz, Austria.
During the two-day assembly intense group discussions on important choral music matters beginning on choral music in schools to the general status of choral music in different countries took place. They especially focussed on the upcoming 2014 World Choir Games in Riga and their significance for the choral community.
The World Choir Council can be understood as the “United Nations” of the world wide choral community. Vivid discussions and friendly contacts show a choral world without political or cultural barriers. In most questions the choral world speaks with one voice, a voice which talks about building bridges, mutual understanding and peace in a world of different political interests.
The next meeting of the World Choir Council will be in 2014, during the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.