February 2019

ACDA NATIONAL CONFERENCE: Come and get to know us in person

The National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) will take place this year from February 27 to March 2 in Kansas City.

Come along and meet representatives of Musica International at the Exhibit (booth #239), where you can learn all about the many new features described in the rest of this newsletter (how to get complimentary privileged access to www.musicanet.org, our new search engine, responsiveness on all devices, how to manage your own holdings "in" Musica, other extras available on the site, etc.).

DO YOU KNOW? Perhaps you too have privileged access to Musica!

Several federations and associations of choral directors (see the list below) have negotiated full privileged access to www.musicanet.org for all their members.

If you belong to one of the organisations in the list, connect to Musica from the federation or association website. Just navigate to the members’ area, where you will find a direct link to Musica (no further ID needed) giving you unrestricted access to all parts of our site. As if Musica were your organisation’s choral database, now you can browse and call up the information in our virtual library to your heart’s content.

What are you waiting for? Consult the list of organisations offering unrestricted access to musicanet.org from their website.


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

January 2019: “Cormacus Scripsit” by Michael McGlynn (Ireland)
Full details

February 2019: “Bridge over troubled water” by Kirby Shaw (USA)
Full details


As announced a few months ago, we have just opened access, for all visitors, to a new documentation software for working in the Musica database.

The new software is faster and more responsive on smartphones and tablets. Not only that, it also offers brand new functions. In March we will be making it possible for anyone who asks (libraries, choir masters, publishers, etc.) to manage their own choral holdings in Musica, by using private fields!

The database currently has 190,600 records describing scores and 33,100 composers' biographies. We are also continually adding multimedia links to existing records.


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 October 28 to November 2, 2019

Two other sessions are in preparation, one in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), and one in Fribourg (Switzerland)

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.


A very warm welcome to the International Federation for Choral Music, which has just come back as an active member (https://ifcm.net/)

Goldberg Musikeditionen
A publisher specializing in Latin American music (https://www.goldberg-verlag.com/).

ERASMUS+ project “Sing Me In” completed

Did you know that 65% of choirs want to contribute to social integration?
But almost half of them do not fully reach this aim!*

To help the sector, 11 organisations joined forces over the last two years. They developped 4 handbooks to help conductors, teachers and organisations use collective singing as a tool for the integration of young migrants:

• Singing with groups of young refugees
• Including young people with migrant background in existing choirs
• Working in a school environment
• Repertoire guide

In the handbooks, you will find practical tips, examples of good practices, ideas on how to overcome the most common challenges, stories and testimonials. Through the repertoire guide, you will access a curated list of relevant songs and musical games and many videos to help you set up activities.

Do YOU want to contribute to social integration? Download the free handbooks of the Sing Me In project!

The handbooks are available in 11 languages: Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Turkish


This ERASMUS+ project was co-funded by the European Commission.