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A wonderful rewarding experience. Join us!
November 3-8, 2014
Musica international workshop
in collaboration with the Institute of Phonetics of the University .
Musica workshops are opened for choir conductors,
librarians, publishers, composers...
A project to include the whole choral repertoire of the world
into a single multilingual multimedia database.
Registrations are open!
REMINDER: MUSICA, AN INTERNATIONAL CHORAL MUSIC RESOURCE
Are you looking for 17th century German motets for 6 to 8 voices? Or a work
for mixed chorus with string orchestra in English under 10 minutes
in length, preferably from the 18th century? Musica, the International Choral
Repertoire Database (http://www.musicanet.org)
is a tool that can assist you in your search.
An extensive database of choral
music from around the world (and an official project of the International
Federation for Choral Music), Musica is being built by member organizations
in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Canada, Switzerland, Venezuela,
Hungary, Spain, Poland, United States,...
Including over 165,000 titles, and growing, the database is currently searchable
in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish. In addition to standard
bibliographic fields (composer, title, author of text, publisher, etc.), there
are fields which identify the level of difficulty for conductors to
teach and for choirs to learn a piece, voicing, instrumentation, country of
the composer, century of composition, keywords, and many other variables, all
of which can be used to yield to a precise relevant search.
ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSICA
The aim of Musica - the creation of a comprehensive choral
resource that is international in scope and available worldwide -
is being reached through a cooperative collaboration of choral
conductors, music librarians, and publishers. The idea of the Musica
working-sessions is to bring choral conductors, music librarians, publishers
and composers together for one week to share collegial time
and to enter new choral repertoire into the database. A Musica
team (all are choral conductors) is present to have a network of computers working smoothly and
to teach people how to input new data as well as how to use the
power of the database for their own explorations of choral
repertoire. Seminars are organized to try to find together
solutions for unsolved documentation questions about the database
(such as optimization of descriptions of instrumentation, categorized
keyword descriptions, etc.).
The success of these sessions is due to several factors:
The international dimension of the project and its confrontation with different cultures leads to an exciting work.
- Working in a focused, concentrated
week is an efficient way to enter a large amount of new data in
a short amount of time.
- Working together brings the advantage of learning from
- Working together brings the pleasure of learning new
choral repertoire in impromptu sight-reading sessions, sharing
jokes with each other, of sharing stories and developing new
- Working in the master database with the Musica team
at your disposal for advices on search techniques
gives you an exceptional opportunity to increase your skills in
database searching and expand your opportunities to find ideas
for building future programs.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MUSICA WORKSHOP?
A Musica workshop aims at entering a significant number of scores
in a short amount of time. This is done with score in hand, entering
standard bibliographic data, but also entering musical information:
tonality, level of difficulty for choir to learn and
conductor to teach, to record the correct pronunciation of the texte (audio file), etc...
To do this, you will use the Musica v6 software, being connected to the master database of Musica. Later, you will be able to
use this software from your location to continue the work, and with a perfect knowledge of this software, thanks to the workshop.
The first morning of the session is dedicated to better discover the database and receive all instructions on data entry. For the
remainder of the week, you'll be entering new records, as well as
having a chance to do your own research in the database; there may be
some other special projects such as augmenting existing records for
composers, or, for someone who has strong German, French, or Spanish
language skills, providing translations for Musica's multilingual
View a video-clip by the french television France 3 Alsace,
reporting on a Musica workshop in France, February 2001
The workshop starts on Monday November 3, at 2:00 pm
It ends on Saturday November 8, at noon
Generally, the schedule is defined collegially at the beginning of
the session. Typically:
- in the morning, work from 9:00 am to 12:15 (coffee break around
- lunch at 12:30
- work between 2:00pm and 6:00pm (coffee break around
or sighteeing of the region, if work in the evening
- dinner at 7:00pm
- evening open, or going to a concert, or continuing the work,...
But you're a volunteer, and you're free to choose to spend time
exploring the town or doing research on the Internet or anything else.
It is already foreseen to attend the opening concert of the "Sacrées Journées de Strasbourg" on Friday evening November 7.
What music will be entered? Participants can bring their favorite
pieces to enter, or they can simply grab a stack of music from the
If this sounds like work, well, it is, a sort of ... but also very
satisfying. Previous participants at sessions have enjoyed themselves
so much ... that they come back regularly: Paul, Dominique, Raymond,
Doris, Jane, Kathryn...! >Jean Sturm, Executive Director of Musica International :
office(at)musicanet.org,will be running this session; he has a
very special sense of hospitality and a unique commitment to this
project. He quickly helps to create an environment of friends working
toward a common goal, so even the work is fun.
COST AND ACCOMMODATIONS
There is no tuition fee.
You have only to pay for your travel expenses and your food and lodging.
The participants are invited to attend the session. If you are only able to attend only a few days, you should prioritize the first few days in order to receive the basic information, which will be provided in the beginning of the session.
A certificate of attendance is delivered on request, and is equivalent to a participation to a Congress or an academic workshop, for instance, for which a mission can be easily obtained.
Many choral music federations subsidize also the participation to Musica sessions.
Accommodation in studio appartments, at the Collège Doctoral Européen
(if a hotel room is preferred, contact us):
Cost: Participation of 49€ per day, including accomodation and lunch. Dinner not included.
There are some possibilities to lower this price according to your personal situation. Please contact us.
The workshop will take place in the building 4 of the "Patio" of the "Campus Esplanade", 4th floor, computer room of the Institute of Phonetics (access at 22 rue Descartes). The pictures of this page have been taken in this computer room.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
with you whatever is always MUCH appreciated from your country for
socializing (for instance: wine from your country to taste,
chocolate, sweets, etc...)!
- Bring your FAVORITE SCORES that are not in Musica yet. If you are a publisher, bring your publications.
- Take with you your favorite choral music CDs. They will be
used to build "sound files" for the multimedia part of
- If weight allows it, bring with you any document that might be
helpful for the input of information in Musica: dictionaries
(linguistic and musical), a watch (or better a stopwatch),
HOW TO APPLY
There is no formal application process to attend a Musica
session. If you think you'd like to join us, please contact
the Musica Coordination (office(at)musicanet.org),
and send a brief summary of your choral experience.
Back to the sessions page