June 2022

Have you recently visited our pages at www.musicanet.org ? If so, you cannot have failed to notice that we have improved the way pages are presented on site, including the piece of the month, our database records and more.

There have also been changes in the way this MusicaMail is being produced and sent out.

These next months, Musica International will once again be present physically at a number of choral events. If you happen to be there too, please come up and say hello.

Lastly, we know no rest in our efforts to expand and enrich the database. Thank you so much to all our contributors.

I hope you enjoy this MusicaMail.

Jean Sturm
Executive Director of Musica International

1. Using choral resources to respond to the war in Ukraine

Chanteuse ukrainienne

In the current awful climate of war, many of us are feeling the need to use music as a means of bearing witness to our desire for peace and showing solidarity and support for Ukraine.

There are many ways of doing this through choral music.

With about 200,000 data items, the Musica International database can be used to find hundreds of suitable scores. Some simple search terms, used alone or in combination, might include 'Ukraine', 'peace', 'freedom', 'mercy', etc.

Read the full article in IFCM eNEWS.

2. The latest Musica pieces of the month

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                                    C(h)oeurDon't forget to visit our favorite piece every month – the piece no choral conductor should be without on a desert island.

The four most recent pieces:

June 2022

Sure on this shining night


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May 2022

Missa Brevis Akarana

by Chris ARTLEY (New Zealand)

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April 2022

Max Reger

Der Mensch lebt und bestehet nur eine kleine Zeit

by Max REGER (Germany)

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March 2022

Jubilate Deo

by Peter ANGLEA (USA)

Discover >

Visit our month-by-month archive of favorites going back to February1998.

➕ Or you can reach them from our Facebook page.

3. Coming up: two Musica sessions in 2022

Session Musica

After so many months of frustration, we are delighted that we can now organise Musica sessions again.

A Musica session is nothing less than a workshop involving composers, publishers, documentalists, music librarians and choir directors who want to improve their knowledge of Musica and take an active role in promoting the choral heritage.

Anyone with a skill that can help Musica to progress (translation, reading of texts in your mother tongue, etc.) is also welcome.

Working in a friendly and enriching atmosphere, participants improve Musica in quantity and quality with works of their choice. Those who take part always find these intense times of sharing and focusing on the choral repertoire to be extremely useful and rewarding.

At present we have scheduled two sessions:

  • An international session in France: 24-29 October 2022 at the University of Strasbourg.
    ➡️ Full details
  • In Germany, a session at the Deutsches Centrum für Chormusik, in Wetzlar, date to be confirmed. Let us know if you are interested and when you would be available. We will then contact you for more details!

Please, get in touch if you think you might be able to organise one or more Musica sessions!

Interested ? Contact-us >

4. Help us develop a concert theme

In each MusicaMail we invite you to send us the titles of choral scores corresponding to a given theme.

Where we already have a record for the pieces you suggest, we will add the keyword if necessary; otherwise, if we have sufficient information on a piece that is not yet in the database, we will create a new record – better still, why not do this yourself online?

This month’s keyword(s): "Autumn evening" or "Autumn night"

Autumn evening

We are sure you will come up with the titles of many pieces we can link to this theme.

Please email your contributions to librarian@musicanet.org, and our music librarian Pierre-Luc Pfrimmer will ensure they are followed up properly.

Alternatively, you can add comments to the February post regarding this theme on our Facebook page, where you can also follow developments in real time.

We are grateful for all contributions, so don’t just leave it to others to get involved. This is your chance to help build an interactive MusicaMail project.

5. News from our members

European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

Leading Voices, Utrecht (Netherlands), 27-31 July 2022

European Days for Vocal and Choral Leaders

A five-day program of workshops, masterclasses and presentations, and many other social, educational and musical events: https://leadingvoices.nl/

A Coeur Joie (France)

Choralies of Vaison-la-Romaine, France, 3-11 August 2022

All details at https://choralies.fr/en

Musica International will be present at the expo from August 8 to 11.

International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)

World Choral Expo 2022: Save the dates!

Lisbon, Portugal, 3-7 September 2022: http://worldchoralexpo.com

For the second time, The Singing Network is partnering with IFCM to present EXchange! as part of the World Choral Expo 2022.


Fosco Corti International Competition for Choral ConductorsTurin 21-23 October 2022

All details at https://www.facebook.com/feniarco/posts/4739547659496990

6. Reminders

    Musica International is a collaborative project that is run by and for people involved in choral singing. We need volunteers who want to share their passion with the choral community by taking an active part in the project. You can do this in many ways (such as inputting and checking records, translating, communication tasks).
    Do not hesitate to contact us at office@musicanet.org.
  • You can now MANAGE YOUR OWN CHORAL HOLDINGS without needing to input all the data yourself. Just sign up for a "private field" in the Musica database and take advantage of all the information we already have, and all the power of our IT tools, to build up your own catalogue by simply adding your locations in your private field. The field will normally be accessible and visible to you alone, but you can also choose to share it more widely.
  • We are also looking to establish a network of NATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS in all countries. Why not you? Even if you’re unavailable to do this yourself, perhaps you know someone who could – in your national choral federation for example. As Musica International is an academic project, this could be a wonderful opportunity for a university professor, a music librarian or similar.

➡️ This newsletter may also interest your friends. Do not hesitate to distribute it widely, and invite them to https://www.musicanet.org/en/musica/newsletter/.