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Friday 28 July

12:30h – ESMUC (aula A347) - Publishers


        Come and sing! British Choral Music – New Choral Works from Novello

Jonathan Wikeley will present a sing-through of the latest choral publications from the British publishers Novello, and Chester Music, including extracts from their latest choral collections, and works from their composers including Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, composer for the Royal Wedding, Paul Mealor, Tarik O’Regan, Owain Park, and James Whitbourn.



Jonathan Wikeley is a choral advisor and editor for Novello and Music Sales Publishing, and director of music at All Saints Church, Fulham, one of London's finest parish church choirs.  He also works as a freelance journalist, composer and music arranger. He writes for publications in Britain and the USA, and has spoken about early music on BBC Radio 3. He conducts several ensembles in London and has had many compositions and arrangements performed and published around the world. 

12:30h – ESMUC (aula A348) - Institutional


Singing Roadshow 1 # - European mobile vocal academy: A creative toolbox experimentation of collective vocal practices

12:30h – UPF  - CAMPUS CIUTADELLA (Sala 13.007) – Choral Heritage


L'Escola de Montserrat

The School of Montserrat:  lights and shadows of the Baroque period and its impact on the contemporary liturgical composition (Cererols, López, Viola, Segarra, Estrada).

Summary: The Baroque period determines the composition of Montserrat School. The Masters of the “Escolania” write musical liturgical forms adapted to the needs of instrumental and vocal ensembles of the monastery. Harmonies, modal style and rethorical forms themselves form a compositional language characteristic of what we call "School of Montserrat." Its influence reaches the twentieth century through the study and publication of the works of J. Cererols (1618-1680), M. Lopez (1669-1723) and A. Viola (1738-1798). The music of I. Segarra (1917-2005) and G. Estrada (1918-2015) will be inherited in yet totally contemporary. The conference will try to demonstrate which are the characteristics of this school and its furnishing elements for a liturgical and musicological analysis that it also includes the interpretation.


P. Jordi-Agustí Piqué. Benedictine monk of the Montserrat Abbey, priest. He obtained the honour prize in the superior degree of organ and he is a graduated teacher in this instrument and solfeggio.In 1997 he was appointed master of chapel and Director of the Escolania (boys’ choir) de Montserrat. He held this post until 2001. He created and directed the Capella de Música and the Capella de Música Instrumental de Montserrat. Under his leadership the Escolania gave concerts in Catalonia, Spain and also concert tours in Germany, France and Japan. From 2006 until September 2011 exercised as Secretary of the Abbot. As organ soloist he has played in Catalonia, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Korea.He earned his doctorate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.Now, he combines the composition with conferences and concerts as organ soloist. He is Professor in the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (PIL) in Rome and invited professor in the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia (Barcelona) and in the Theological Centre MartíCodolar in Barcelona. Since December 2012 it is Dean of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Rome). Since October 2014 he is Consulter for the Causes of Saints.

12:30 – UPF CAMPUS CIUTADELLA (Sala 40.S02) – Choral Activities


The National Swiss Youth Choir – One of the first of this kind in Europe

14:30h – ESMUC (aula A347) - Publishers

HAL LEONARD MGB – Cameron La Bar (United Kingdom)

Walton Music Reading Session

14:30h – ESMUC (aula A348) - Institutional


Canadian Choral Mosaic: The Colours of Diversity


Dr. Marta McCarthy, Conductor, is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, where she has been directing the choirs and teaching musicianship, pedagogy, and research since 1995. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Princeton (M.Mus), the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT, piano performance) and of the University of Toronto (B.Mus, B.Ed., Ph.D.). Honours include the 1999 Elmer Iseler Conducting Fellowship, an Ontario Volunteer Service Award, and being named a member of the June Callwood Circle of Caring and a Woman of Distinction for Arts & Culture. Her Chamber Singers garnered 1st place of Collegiate choirs in Canada’s 2011 National Competition for Amateur Choirs and 3rd place in the 2012 Mosbach International Chamber Choir Competition in Germany. Her choirs also performed at Canada’s national choral symposium, Podium 2002 and 2012. In 2014 Marta conducted the prestigious Ontario Youth Choir, in 2015, the first Ontario Youth Alumni Choir and in 2017, the New Brunswick Youth Choir. She was President of Choral Canada (2014-2016), and as Past President, continues to serve Canada’s national choral community.This workshop will introduce participants to a broad range of repertoire representing Canada’s cultural heritage, including our indigenous people, British and French settlers, and more recent immigrants.Drs. McCarthy and Rensink-Hoff will share highlights of this rich and varied repertoire, as well as insights about how Canada’s multicultural demographic and geographical diversity has inspired profound artistic growth and nurtured cultural diversity. Believing that Canadian choral works echo the vibrancy of the people, the professors will trace recent trends and influences on Canadian choral writing, while identifying elements that continue to characterize the distinctiveness of the Canadian choral art form.The presentation will also offer sources of Canadian choral repertoire, to provide delegates with the resources necessary to acquire and perform Canadian choral works for ensembles of a wide range of ages and levels of ability.The year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada; at the same time, Canada celebrates an artistic and cultural heritage of more than one thousand years, beginning with our indigenous people and augmented over the centuries by those who have made Canada their home.This cultural mosaic has produced a rich and varied repository of choral music.The presentation will focus on composers and repertoire that illustrate the distinctive characteristics of Canadian choral music, and offer sources of Canadian choral repertoire, featuring a variety of important Canadian publishers, as well as the Canadian Music Centre - the foremost hub of musical activity across the country - to provide delegates with the resources necessary to acquire and perform Canadian choral works for ensembles of a wide range of ages and levels of ability.


Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff, after many years as Assistant Professor of Music and director of the choral program at McMaster University - where she also taught courses in conducting, vocal- choral pedagogy and music education – joins the faculty of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, in July 2017. She was conductor of the McMaster University Choir and founding conductor of both the Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir. She is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario, the Eastman School of Music Conducting Institute, the Voice Care Network of St. Johns University, Minnesota, the University of Toronto, and Calvin College, Michigan. Rensink-Hoff is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting awarded by the Ontario Arts Council. Her Women’s Choir was awarded first prize in Canada’s 2015 National Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs, broadcast on national radio. Past-President of Choirs Ontario and Vice- President of Programmes for Choral Canada, she works frequently as guest conductor, adjudicator, conference presenter and workshop clinician across Canada.


14:30h – UPF - CAMPUS CIUTADELLA (Sala 40.S02) – Choral Heritage

IGOR IJURRA (Basque Country)

Lorenzo Ondarra (1931-2012). A bridge between tradition and avant-garde basque choral music

Many composers with certain prestige are relatively known but their compositions are not stablished as “repertoire” Works. This happens to Lorenzo Ondarra. Capuchin priest, studied music in San Sebastián, Montserrat, Darmstadt, Siena and Lucerne. Winner of Spanish National Prize of Music  (1969). His choral music heritage contains 154 works for children, male, female, and mixed choirs, a capella, with piano, organ, strings, brass ensemble  and orchestra. Premiered and performed by Spanish and foreigner leading choirs. His Pater Noster was compulsory work at the 2012 Choral Competition in Tolosa. Music of great sensitivity and deep, mostly tonal, with interesting harmonies, influenced by basque traditional music, gregorian and the 20th century vanguards: a personal style between tradition and avant-garde. It’s features, style, will be shown listening some of his choral works-providing the audience the scores-, and singing some excerpts.



Graduated in choral conducting in MUSIKENE (San Sebastián) with Gabriel Baltes.

His educational background includes classes with Juanjo Mena, Philip Ledger, Johan Duijck, Javi Busto, Gary Graden, Peter Erdey and Laszlo Heltay.  He also studied Orchestral Conducting with Donato Renzetti, Massimiliano Caldi, Kenneth Kiesler, Manuel Hernández Silva and YaronTraub. He is conductor since 2005 of OrfeónPamplonés, symphonic choir founded in 1865. Performs regularly with some of the leading orchestras and conductors at some of the most prestigious halls of USA,(Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall) UK (Royal Albert Hall, Royal festival Hall), France and Spain joining prestigious orchestras as Mariinsky Orchestra, New York Philarmonic, Philarmonia Orchestra, London Philarmonic, BBC Philarmonic or San PetesburgPhilarmonic and maestros like Valery Gegiev, Esa-PekkaSalonen, Vladimir Jurowsky, Juanjo Mena, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, GianandreaNoseda and Yuri Temirkanov.Ijurra is regularly invited by professional and amateur choirs. Next engagements: Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga to perform Händel’s Messiah-Mozart Arrangement (december2017) and first engagement with Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (mai  2018).The Spanish Choir Confederation (COACE) awarded him with the Golden Diapason in December 2014, for his contribution to choral music.In 2017 November has been appointed youth member of JAKIUNDE, the Basque academy of Sciences and Arts.

14:30h – UPF - CAMPUS CIUTADELLA (Sala 40.S02) – Educational Projects


How to build a Choral Pyramide in Gymnasium (High School)

DCG is a private catholic gymnasium with ordinary curriculum. Besides school classes there is a lot of attention paid to choral singing. Within 24yearsofoperation a composer and conductor Damijan Močnik (together with the colleagues Helena Fojkar Zupančič and Bernarda Preložnik Kink and with the substantial support of the school’s management) designed and set up a choral pyramid. It is something special both the quality and the quantity not only in Slovenia but also in the wider European area.In five gymnasium’s choirs there are singing more than 60 % of all students of the school.

In my lecture I would like to present:

- Auditions and inspiring youngsters to singing

- Creating the choirs of 1st graders

- Passing the singers by the pyramid-up

- The role of individual vocal technique in sound assembly (the singers of both best choirs have each 10 minutes of individual vocal lesson per week)

- Choosing the repertoire (every choir sings pieces of different eras and places)

- Different styles and ways of singing

- Choral exchanges between schools from over Europe

- Cooperation of school choirs and professional orchestras

- Attending choral competitions and festivals



Damijan Močnik graduated from Ljubljana Academy of Music in composition under Dane Škerl and frequently furthered his skills abroad, especially in conducting (also with Eric Ericson). Since 1993, he works as music professor, conductor and artistic leader of music activities in St. Stanislav’s Institution in Ljubljana. He founded and realized with his colleagues a choral pyramid which remains an important factor of Slovenian choral life. He has been conducting since 1986 and received numerous awards with the Andrej Vavken church female choir, France Prešeren Kranj Academy choir and Megaron Chamber choir. He is the founder and artistic leader of Slovenian Children’s choir. He participates in expert and artistic councils of choral events, regularly lectures at courses and expert symposiums and is a juror of choral competitions at home and abroad. For his artistic and educational activity, he was awarded the student Prešeren prize by Ljubljana Academy of Music, Gallus plaque (awarded by the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia as the highest acknowledgement in amateur culture) and the award of the Republic of Slovenia in the field of education for extraordinary achievements. Focus of Močnik’s compositional conception is devoted to choral music, a cappella and vocal-instrumental. He is a winner of numerous Slovenian and international composing competitions.He’s currently among the most performed contemporary Slovenian composers abroad. His pieces are regularly performed by professional and the best amateur choirs worldwide.

14:30h – UPF  CAMPUS CIUTADELLA –AUDITORI – ChoralHeritage


Negrofolk Ne Kongo – a very successful style among male choirs in DR Congo

15:45h –ESMUC (aula A347) - Institutional


Estonian Coral scene and Estonian Choral Association

Kaie Tanner – Board member of ECA-EC and Secretary General of the Estonian Choral Association, conductor of preparatory choir, children’s choir and girls’ choir of Estonian Radio.


Kaie Tanner is the president of Choral Festival Network and Board Member of Estonian Choral Association and Estonian Music Development Centre. Since 2001 she has organised several Estonian and international choral festivals, competitions and singing weeks. Kaie Tanner has made presentations at numerous Estonian and international conferences, published articles in Estonian and international magazines and newspapers, lead national and international workshops, worked in juries of choral and soloists competition etc. Kaie Tanner has successfully participated in several international competitions with Estonian Radio Girls’ Choir and Children’s Choir: 1st prize in children’s choirs’ category and 2nd prize in folk music in Cantonigros 2016, diploma with 3 golden stamps in Tampere 2015, 1st prize in children’s choirs’ category in the festival In Canto Mediterraneo in Sicily 2015 etc.

15:45h – ESMUC (aula A348) - Publishers


New Catalan horizons, new choral repertoire: the discovery of emerging talents and treasures of the past

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