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World Choir Games 2018

World Choir Council meets in Tshwane

Choral experts from all over the world come together to discuss studying opportunities for conductors

Yesterday the World Choir Council met for the 10th time in the framework of the World Choir Games in the Tshwane House in Tshwane, South Africa. The meeting of the highest international advisory board of INTERKULTUR is traditionally set biannually between the two parts of the World Choir Games. This year’s subject was called “Studying Opportunities for Choral Conductors and Choral Managers”.

In the morning, Günter Titsch, President of INTERKULTUR, the World Choir Games and the World Choir Council, opened the meeting. Thereafter, the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, welcomed all the members and Lungile Jacobs, President of the Choral Music Federation of South Africa, spoke about the choral scene in South Africa and the meaning of hosting the World Choir Games. Afterwards the region Flanders, which will host the World Choir Games in 2020, was presented by Dr. Geraldine Reymenants (General Representative of the Embassy of Belgium in South Africa) and the Flemish Choral Association Koor&Stem.

After the presentations Robert Cooper (Canada), Dapeng Meng (China), Steen Lindholm (Denmark), Maria-Emma Meligopolou (Greece), Aida Swenson (Indonesia), Aharon Harlap (Israel), Thomas Caplin (Norway), Jennifer Tham (Singapore) and Ludumo Magangane (South Africa) were honored with a certificate for their long-standing contribution in the World Choir Council. President Günter Titsch thanked them for their commitment and strengthened them in continuing.

The afternoon continued with reports from the countries South Africa, Denmark, Norway, Mexico and China concerning this year’s Council subject. After a discussion with all of the members questions like “How can Council Members cooperate with INTERKULTUR representatives in different countries?” and “How to develop an INTERKULTUR event in your region?” were discussed in small groups.

In order to represent the worldwide choir community, the Council aims for the participation of at least one renowned representative from each choral country of the world. More than 80 nations are already represented in the Council.