Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Fwd: FW: Awards of the VIIth edition of the Amadeus Contest of Choral Composition 2014

Monday, June  16th 2014

Coro Amadeus de Puebla de la Calzada 


The awards of the VIIth edition of the Amadeus Contest of Choral Composition will be published on June 19th at Diputación Provincial in Badajoz. 


The meeting chamber of the Diputación Provincial in Badajoz located in Obispo Juan de Ribera Street will be the venue where the jury's verdict concerning the awards of the VIIth edition of the Amadeus Contest of Choral Composition will be made public onl 19th of June at 21:30. The event will be part of a show including a concert performed by the mixed staff of Coro Amadeus from Puebla de la Calzada directed by Alonso Gómez Gallego. Both the entries shorlisted by the VIIth CIACC and the winners of the International Amadeus Award of Choral Composition and the Best Work with an Extremenian Origin Award (to the best composition-harmony based on a text or melody connected to Extremadura) will be revealed. These prizes will be awarded in each of the modalities (mixed and single voice).


Ninety-six works have entered the VIIth edition of the CIACC. They have been sent from eighteen different countries in total. No wonder, in spite of being one of the contest with a smallest money prize for the winners, at the present moment, it has stored over 500 digital titles since its start, adding up to 21 published works and 44 premiers in the USA, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico...; to which France will be shortly added, as the premier of Jean Christophe Rosaz's"Diligam Te Domine" is being performed there by the Choeur d´Enfants d´lle de France & Jeune Choeur d´lle de France, directed by F. Bardot at St. François de Sales Church in París on June 24th.  


For such a special event, the group has made up a programme which will include, as usual in the last years, works from previous editions or composed by authors related to the CIACC. Compositions by writers like Miguel Astor, Carles Prats, Rubén García o Alejandro Yagüe will be enjoyed at the gala. Besides, the mixed group will offer their guests the premier of "Agnus Dei" Francisco José Carbonell Matarredona, a composer from Valencia, living in the USA.


The present edition of the CIACC has been sporsored by the Consejería de Educación y Cultura of Gobierno de Extremadura through the CEMART, as well as the Local Council of Puebla de la Calzada. Diputación Provincial of Badajoz has also contributed to the organization of the award ceremony gala.


The entrance to the event will be free within the capacity limit of the venue.


The results will be published during Friday 20th of June on the official website of Coro Amadeus of Puebla de la



Lunes, 16 de junio de 2014

Coro Amadeus de Puebla de la Calzada


La VIII edición del Concurso Internacional Amadeus de Composición Coral dará a conocer sus premios el 19 de junio en la Diputación Provincial de Badajoz


El salón de plenos de la Diputación Provincial de Badajoz situado en la calle Obispo Juan de Ribera, será el escenario donde el 19 de junio a las 21:30 horas se dará a conocer el fallo del jurado de la VIII edición del Concurso Internacional Amadeus de Composición Coral. El acto se enmarcará dentro de un concierto que ofrecerá la plantilla mixta del Coro Amadeus de Puebla de la Calzada bajo la dirección de Alonso Gómez Gallego. Durante el mismo se darán a conocer tanto las obras declaradas de interés por el CIACC en su VIII edición, como los galardonados con el “Premio Internacional Amadeus de Composición Coral” a la mejor obra del concurso; y “Premio a la mejor obra de raíz extremeña” para la mejor composición-armonización realizada sobre texto o melodía vinculada a Extremadura. Estos premios se otorgarán en cada una de las modalidades (voces mixtas y voces iguales). 


A la VIII edición del CIACC han concurrido 96 trabajos remitidos desde un total de dieciocho países distintos; no en vano, y pese a ser uno de los concursos de composición que menos dinero en metálico otorga a sus ganadores, el archivo del mismo cuenta a día de hoy con más de 500 títulos digitalizados desde su fundación, sumando 21 trabajos publicados y 44 estrenos absolutos en EE.UU, Venezuela, Holanda, Argentina, México...; y a los que próximamente se le sumará Francia; país en el que se tiene programado el estreno absoluto de "Diligam te Domine" de Jean Christophe Rosaz con el Choeur d´Enfants d´lle de France & Jeune Choeur d´lle de France bajo la dirección de F. Bardot en la Iglesia de St. François de Sales de París el día 24 de junio.  


Para esta gala tan especial la agrupación ha confeccionado un  programa que incluirá, como viene siendo habitual en los últimos años, obras de ediciones anteriores o de autores vinculados al CIACC. Podrán oírse así trabajos de compositores como Miguel Astor, Carles Prats, Rubén García o Alejandro Yagüe. La plantilla mixta, además, obsequiará a sus invitados con el estreno absoluto de "Agnus Dei" del valenciano afincado en EE.UU Francisco José Carbonell Matarredona. 


La presente edición del CIACC cuenta con el patrocinio de la Consejería de Educación y Cultura del Gobierno de Extremadura a través del CEMART, así como del Ayuntamiento de Puebla de la Calzada. Para la organización de la gala se ha contado además con la colaboración de la Diputación Provincial de Badajoz.


La entrada al acto será libre hasta completar el aforo.


Los resultados se publicarán a lo largo del viernes 20 de junio en la página oficial de Coro Amadeus de Puebla de la








Ángela García Aparicio


Secretaria Asociación Coro Amadeus



Thursday, 12 June 2014

Fwd: SEMPRE Conference - Deadline for cfp 11th July

Forthcoming SEMPRE Conference, Postgraduate Study Day, and Hickman Award


SEMPRE conference: Children's musical worlds

Saturday 25 October 2014

Institute of Education, University of Reading

This one-day SEMPRE conference in music psychology and education is
hosted by The Institute of Education, University of Reading. We
welcome submissions on a broad range of topics related to the theme,
including research into the various musical worlds created by, with
and for children, and studies which focus on aspects of engagement
with music in childhood and its impact across the life course.

Contributions are invited from researchers at all levels and are
particularly encouraged from postgraduate students. Submissions should
show how the topic relates to the conference theme. Accepted
submissions will be organised thematically and presentations will be
chaired by leading researchers. Please send abstracts for spoken
presentations (200 words) by email to the conference organiser Mary
Stakelum ( by Friday 11 July


Postgraduate study day

Friday 24 October 2014

Institute of Education, University of Reading

Exploring music education and psychology research

This SEMPRE Postgraduate Study Day is hosted by the Institute of
Education, University of Reading and precedes the SEMPRE conference on
'Children's musical worlds' to be held on Saturday 25 October.
Students are warmly invited to attend both events. The aim of the
Postgraduate Study Day is to provide opportunities for research
students to present and discuss ideas in a friendly and supportive
environment, as well as to create a meeting place for students from
different institutions. The event will include spoken presentations
(20 minutes each), a poster display, and open discussions about
research in music psychology and education led by invited academics.
We welcome submissions from part-time and full-time students who are
undertaking research in music psychology and education. Accepted
submissions will be broadly organized into themes and presentations
will be chaired by experienced researchers.

Please send abstracts for spoken presentations (200 words) and for
posters (100 words) by email to Dr Mary Stakelum
( by Friday 11 July 2014.


Applying for an award

Students submitting a proposal for this conference will be eligible to
apply for the The Aubrey Hickman Award, worth £500. Please see for further


Sunday, 1 June 2014

A survey for all choir singers

Dear Choir Singer

As part of a European funded project on choral singing the team from the University of York's Audio Lab (Department of Electronics) are looking into the vocal health of singers. They have a brief questionnaire, which takes about 90 seconds to fill in, and they would be very pleased if you could fill it in and pass it on to any choir singers or choir directors.
Thank you

David M Howard
University of York

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #20

ISME conference: only just over 7 weeks to when many of us will meet up in Brazil. Exciting times. I know the Sistema thread through the conference will be excellent and we will have plenty of opportunities to link up formally and informally. I believe the conference programme will be with us very shortly.


Venezuela: Fundamusical in Venezuela has produced an excellent new 13-minute advocacy film about El Sistema, featuring Maestro Abreu.


England:  England’s latest edition of Ensemble is available here: and a great interview with Julian Lloyd Webber here


North America: LA Take a Stand was also inspiring See March and April 2014 ‘The Ensemble’ which have reports from several of those who attended. June’s edition has a lead article by Marshall Marcus, CEO of the European Youth Orchestra and Chair of Sistema England.

A census of the U.S. Sistema movement, produced by Joe Hamm, is available here.

A report by the Sistema Fellows on their residency experiences in Venezuela is here.

And Tricia has also shared a few of the vivid sights and sounds of El Sistema Mexico!  Please click here:


Venezuela: Interesting item here: Venezuela’s “El Sistema” Youth Orchestra System Expands to Public Institutions


Palestine A message from our friends in Palestine who hope we are doing fine and our own programs prosper successfully!

Palestine’s El Sistema inspired project “Sounds of Palestine” in Bethlehem/Palestine is growing and they are looking for experienced volunteer violin teacher(s) that could support us for 6 weeks or more during the coming school year by giving group lessons to our students as well as by training our local violin teacher.


This is the link to their “official call” with more information on the program and on their needs and with the contact information:


Maybe you have an idea who could be interested to join and support them? It also would be very kind of you if you could distribute this link in order to help them reaching many teachers which might possibly be interested.


Thank you very much and all the best.

Katja Eckardt, Project Director “Sounds of Palestine”


Sistema Global Rep and resources – if you haven’t yet visited these links I strongly encourage you to do so, now. Watch this space for further news on research resources. Thanks to Glenn and all of his colleagues for their work on this.



Richard J Hallam MBE

Chair ISME Sistema SIG 2012/2014

mobile 07850 634 239

phone 01908 690078