June 2018


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For several months, the Musica database has benefited from a new software infrastructure making the site faster and more efficient. The new system also continues to increase user-friendliness. Among the exciting new features are the option for any member (library, choir master, publisher, etc.) to implement a private field for managing their own choral holdings online in Musica database!

This new version is already available to any visitor for functions such as search, sort, input, correction, and display of private fields across all devices responsively. Its public implementation on www.musicanet.org will be completed before the next MusicaMail.

The database currently has 189,631 records describing scores and 32,962 composers' biographies. We are also continually adding multimedia links (text, translations, pronunciation guides, audio, video, sample pages, etc.) to existing records.

ATTENTION: Join the choral music enthusiasts who are enriching the Musica database online! Composers, publishers, choir directors, musicologists: all are welcome!


Every month we present a favorite – a piece that no choir director stranded on a desert island should do without.

May 2018: "Lux Aeterna" by Ily Matthew Maniano (Philippines).
A superb choral piece by a young Filipino composer which captivates and moves the audience with its warm sonorities and ecstatic climax.
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June 2018: "Song for the Mira" by Allister MacGillivray, arranged by Stephen Smith in 2018.
Arranger Stephen Smith has applied all of his skill and passion to the arrangement of one of Canada's most enduring and endearing folk songs.
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We are always happy to meet you, either at our booth or when we give a presentation, at any of the prestigious festivals and other events that those who love choral music will go out of their way to attend. We look forward to showing you what new functions and services are available in Musica, and are excited to share with you our own passion for the choral repertoire.

CANADA, June 29-July 3: Podium 2018 (Saint John’s, Newfoundland)
Podium, Canada’s leading choral festival, is held every two years, each time in a different province.
This presentation, scheduled for June 30 at 10 am, will be held by Jean STURM, designer and executive director of Musica, with the active participation of Leonard RATZLAFF, renowned Canadian conductor from Edmonton, Robert INGARI, Canadian composer and choral conductor (University of Sherbrooke), and Larry NICKEL, publisher of Cypress Choral Music, composer, and choir conductor from Vancouver. 
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ESTONIA, 27 July - 5 August: EUROPA CANTAT XX (Tallinn)
This European festival is organised every three years by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat. Musica will have a stand in the exhibition area from 28 July to 2 August, and will also be giving a presentation and taking part in meetings like the ERASMUS+ "Sing Me In" project.
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FRANCE, 7-9 September: Congrès (Inter)National des Chefs de Choeurs (Puteaux).
This is the annual gathering of French-speaking choir directors. Musica will be present in the exhibition area.
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Musica sessions offer those active in the choral world a prized opportunity to meet their peers, learn more about how the Musica project works, and become involved in expanding and improving the database. Please come along if you are a choir director, a publisher, a musicologist, a composer … or just passionate about choral music.

The next session is being organised jointly with the University of Strasbourg (France) from 29 October to 3 November 2018

Find out more or write to us, where you can also apply to attend the session.

We are seeking volunteers to organise similar sessions in other countries. The sessions offer an excellent opportunity to promote your national choral heritage by bringing it to a world audience through Musica.

If you are interested, write to us.


Welcome to UNIVERSAL EDITION, Austria:

This membership of one of Europe's leading publishers will enable us to streamline the process of recording all details of their catalogue in Musica. So far we have entries for over 1,000 titles.


The winner of the Musica Award at the Cork International Choral Festival 2018 (Ireland, April 18-22) is:

Christoffer Holgersson, director of the Adolf Fredrik Church’s Chamber Choir (Sweden), for inventive programming of original repertoire.

See the list of all winners of the Cork International Choral Festival 2018