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9th Festival Coros de Verão 2020

26 - 29 June 2020

Lisbon, Portugal

Artistic Director

Welcome Message

Dear fellow Conductors and Choristers,

We are happy to invite you to the 9th Festival Coros de Verão, held in scenic and culturally rich Belém district in Lisbon, Portugal from 26 – 29 June 2020. As with our previous editions, the festival is a collaboration between EGEAC from Portugal and SourceWerkz from Singapore. This international gathering of goodwill is the perfect mirror of the Portuguese way to receive foreigners – with open arms.

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The charming city of Lisbon hosts the festival that is designed as a platform for choirs to partake not only in high-level competition, but also to provide valuable and exciting performance opportunities. This year’s festival also sees the addition of new education programmes and the 1st Grand Prix of the festival with cash prizes totaling €6,000. All participating choirs will also sing at various city landmarks in the historical district to enthusiastic audiences.

Over the past editions, we have had the honour of hosting some of the most artistic and culturally-diverse choirs, and this year is no different. Come and join us at the 9th Festival Coros de Verão for a great choral and intercultural experience!

With warmest regards,

Dr. Paulo Vassalo Lourenço
Artistic Director, Festival Coros de Verão
Director of Choral Studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal

Festival

Schedule

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Morning Afternoon Evening
26 June, Friday Choir Arrival and Registration
Score Reading Session Opening Concert
27 June, Saturday Competition Acoustic Check International Choral Competition
28 June, Sunday Choral Clinics Outdoor Performances Jerónimos Monastery Concert
29 June, Monday Meet-the-Jury Acoustic Check (Grand Prix) (Grand Prix & Results)

*Do note that festival schedule may be subject to change and the final festival schedule will be confirmed nearer the date.

Festival

Venue Highlights

Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) serves as the key venue at the festival at which choirs will perform. CCB consists of three structural blocks with outdoor courtyards that encompass a conference centre, performing arts centre (shown above) and the exhibition centre.

Performances will also take place at the Caminho Pedonal do CCB during the festival.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a prominent Manueline-style 15th century monument classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed on order of King Manuel I, the monastery is a representation of Portuguese expansionism and an ancient house of prayer for seamen leaving and entering the port.

Today, the concert within the cloisters of this grand structure is a key highlight at Festival Coros de Verão.

The Pavilhão das Galeotas located in the Museu da Marinha is a Navy Museum dedicated to Portugal's maritime history in navigation and exploration. Located right next to the Jerónimos Monastery, the vast collection of maritime artefacts and ships serves as a backdrop for participants of the festival to perform in.

Performances

Outdoor and Choral Showcase

As part of the festival, all choirs will be allocated a minimum of two 10-minute performance slots at various outdoor venues across Belém. Of these venues, only two are equipped with a piano. Please inform the organisers if your outdoor performances pieces require the use of the piano.

Your registration process involves the submission of your choir performing a song live and will be used as a gauge for performance selection at the choral showcase in the cloisters of Mosteiros dos Jerónimos. The selection to perform at the choral showcase is final and cannot be contested.

Artistic Panel

Artistic Director

Dr. Paulo Vassalo Lourenço, Portugal

Director of Choral Studies at the Lisbon’s Superior School of Music
Artistic Director

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Born in Lisbon in 1969, Dr. Paulo Lourenço is one of the leading choral conductors in his country. He is the Head of the Choral Music Department at the Lisbon’s Superior School of Music where he conducts the Chamber Choir, teaches choral literature, conducting and vocal technique. Dr. Lourenço was the youngest Conductor of the Portuguese Youth Choir/Jeunesse Musicale (1990-1995) and the artistic director of the Ricercare Choir (1995-2002) and Regina Coeli Choir (2007-2009). More recently, he sat on the panel of adjudicators for the 1st and 2nd Winter Choral Festival held in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

In 1994, he founded the acclaimed Portuguese "a cappella" group TETVOCAL (11 CD's recorded including EMI, RCA/Victor, BMG and others) from which he was awarded with several prizes including Radio and TV. A CCM alumni in Choral Conducting, Dr. Lourenço has been a guest conductor and clinician in several European countries and in the USA. He dedicates a substantial part of his work in performing contemporary music including more than 80 premieres of Portuguese composers in the last 15 years and the Portuguese premiere of Arvo Pärt's Passio with the Hilliard Ensemble (Lisbon 1998).

Dr. Lourenço’s future engagments include concert tours in Israel conducting the Israeli New Vocal Ensemble and guest choirmaster at the Gulbenkian Choir prepraring Honneger’s “Jeanne d’Arc” to be conducted by Simone Young.

Dr. Lourenço was awarded the 1st Prize at "Certamen Internacional de Villancicos de Navidad" Madrid-Spain 1999 2nd Prize at "Certamen Internacional de Corales Polifónicas Ciudad de Sevilla" Spain 1998 both with the Ricercare Choir. He is also the President of the Vocalizze-Music Association and founder and Artistic Director of Vocalizze Festival and International Guitar Festival of Lisbon.

Artistic Panel

Judges & Clinicians

Dr. Eugene Rogers, USA

Director of Choirs and Associate Professor of Conducting
University of Michigan
Artistic Co-Director and Adjudicator

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A two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, a 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, and a 2015 GRAMMY® Award nominee, Eugene Rogers is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to being the founding director of EXIGENCE, Dr. Rogers is the director of choirs and an associate professor of conducting at the University of Michigan.

At the University, Rogers leads the graduate choral conducting program, conducts the chamber choir, and administers the program of over eight choral ensembles. His choirs have toured throughout China, South Africa, and the United States and have appeared at national and regional conferences. In December 2017, Musical America named Rogers one of the top 30 “Movers and Shapers” Professionals in North America. His past appointments include being director of the Michigan Men’s Glee Club, Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota), the Boys Choir of Harlem, Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois), and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir). In 2013, Rogers co-managed the production of the joint CD Ye Shall Have a Song with the Michigan, Yale, and Harvard Glee Clubs, a collaboration celebrating America’s three oldest collegiate choirs.

In 2015, Mark Foster Publishing began the Eugene Rogers Choral Series, a series featuring emerging composers who specialize in contemporary classical and folk music traditions. In 2011, Rogers traveled to and studied the choral traditions of East Africa (Tanzania) and subsequently published editions of Tanzanian choral music under the Hal Leonard World Music Series. As a singer, Rogers has performed with the World Youth Choir, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, and the May Festival Chorus in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rogers holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in choral music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting from U-M. He currently serves on the board of Chorus America and as the national chair of Diversity Initiatives for the American Choral Directors Association.

Ms Lim Ai Hooi, Singapore

Artistic Director, SourceWerkz
Founder and Artistic Director, ONE Chamber Choir

 

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Ai Hooi’s philosophy for choral music and teaching stems from her view that a fulfilling musical journey is one that is filled with sincerity, love and excellence. She uses the creation of music as a platform to share and infuse her values and beliefs in her singers, and inspires them to use the beauty of music to craft experiences that touch the hearts of the audience.

Ai Hooi actively contributes to the growth of the local choral scene, through nurturing younger choral conductors and choristers. On top of conducting several local secondary and junior college choirs, Ai Hooi established ONE Chamber Choir, a young adult choir. ONE entered into a partnership with the Song Lovers Choral Society in 2010 (formerly known as Lee Howe Choral Society), to form its youth wing. Since its establishment, ONE has presented unique experiences to its audiences through challenging conventional choral performances and exploring new dimensions to choral delivery under the artistic leadership and vision of Ai Hooi. Recently, the choir achieved the 2nd Prize of the Mixed Choirs category at the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2017, as well as the Special Prize of the Carl-Orff-Stiftung Diessan am Ammersee for the best interpretation of a choral worked premiered at the competition for “The Emigrant” by Wolfram Buchenberg.

She has also been the conductor of the Hwa Chong Institution Choir since 2000 which has achieved numerous accolades over the years, including emerging Champion in the Mixed Choir category at the 5th World Choir Games 2008, achieving the title Absolute Winner (top choir across categories) at the Festival of Songs Olomouc, and the Prix du public (Public prize) at the 2010 Florilège vocal de Tour.

Ai Hooi also co-founded Sourcewerkz PL to further her calling to teach, touch and transform the larger choral community and its audience. To date, Sourcewerkz has organised the Winter Choral Festival in Hong Kong since 2010 and Festival Coros de Verão in Lisbon since 2012, as well as various workshops with international choral clinicians. In 2014, she conceptualised and directed the 1st Singapore International Choral Festival and since then, SICF has played host to over 10,000 choristers and is now in her sixth iteration.

Mr Pedro Teixeira, Portugal

Artistic Director, Officium Ensemble
Adjudicator

 

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Pedro Teixeira is one of Europe’s foremost choral conductors. Between 2012 and 2017 he held the title of choral director of Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, where in addition to preparing large-scale symphonic and choral works, he was noted for fine-tuning the choir’s sound through a series of a cappella concerts.

Born in Lisbon, Pedro attained a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, gaining much performance experience as the artistic director of Grupo Coral de Queluz (2000-2012) and Eborae Musica (1997-2013). Since then, he has become widely known in the choral world for his insightful and sensitive performances. Pedro specializes in building and maintaining the core sound, pureness of vocal emission and musicality of choirs with whom he works.

Pedro’s ongoing interest in early music led him to form Officium Ensemble, a professional vocal group dedicated to the research and interpretation of Portuguese Polyphony of the 16th and 17th centuries. Since 2000 he has performed widely with Officium Ensemble in prestigious early music festivals such as Oude Muziek (Utrecht), Laus Polyphoniæ (Antwerp), won prizes internationally (including “Most promising conductor of Tonen 2002”) and has recording projects planned. In addition to his interest in renaissance music, Pedro is dedicated to contemporary music and, as the director of Ricercare Choir in Lisbon, presents several world premieres per season.

After singing in its renowned choir for several years, in 2011 Pedro was invited to prepare programmes with Coro Gulbenkian, Lisbon, and continued his collaboration as an invited conductor until 2014. Recent work with Coro Gulbenkian included Bach’s B Minor Mass, Verdi’s Falstaff, Händel’s Solomon and MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. As a singer, Pedro has performed throughout Europe, the USA, South America, Africa, and the UK, with groups such as Coro Gulbenkian, A Cappella Portuguesa, and Coro Gregoriano de Lisboa, with whom he continues performing as a soloist.

Pedro is also in demand as a teacher of choral conducting. For 20 years he has been the artistic director of the international workshop Evora Cathedral Music School and now also leads several masterclasses and summerschools. These include Victoria 400 in Barcelona (with Peter Phillips, Ivan Moody and Jordí Abelló) and Early Music Morella - International Course on Medieval and Renaissance Music, where he leads the vocal ensemble workshop. He also teaches choral conducting and chamber music at Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa and Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.

Pedro’s continued activity as choirmaster have led to several invitations as international adjudicator in choir competitions and festivals, namely Lisbon (Lisbon Summer Choral Festival), Hong-Kong (Winter Choral Festival) and Badajoz (Gran Premio Nacional de Canto Coral - Spain).

Pedro has prepared choirs in collaboration with conductors such as John Nelson, Joana Carneiro, Enrico Onofri, Lorenzo Viotti, Víctor Pablo Perez, Riccardo Muti, Paul McCreesh, Lawrence Foster, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Recent highlights include Haydn’s Creation, Britten’s War Requiem and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé at Auditorio Nacional de Musica (Madrid), Verdi’s Falstaff at Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon) and Verdi’s Requiem at Teatro Real de Madrid.

In addition to his ongoing projects with Officium Ensemble and Coro Ricercare, in 2018 Pedro returned to Coro Gulbenkian to prepare and conduct his own programme Alma at the auditorium of Fundação Gulbenkian. Concerts with Officium Ensemble will include a return to Utrecht Early Music Festival (Oude Muziek) and Laus Polyphoniæ in Antwerp, as well as further projects with Coro Gulbenkian and others.

A two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, a 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, and a 2015 GRAMMY® Award nominee, Eugene Rogers is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to being the founding director of EXIGENCE, Dr. Rogers is the director of choirs and an associate professor of conducting at the University of Michigan.

At the University, Rogers leads the graduate choral conducting program, conducts the chamber choir, and administers the program of over eight choral ensembles. His choirs have toured throughout China, South Africa, and the United States and have appeared at national and regional conferences. In December 2017, Musical America named Rogers one of the top 30 “Movers and Shapers” Professionals in North America. His past appointments include being director of the Michigan Men’s Glee Club, Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota), the Boys Choir of Harlem, Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois), and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir). In 2013, Rogers co-managed the production of the joint CD Ye Shall Have a Song with the Michigan, Yale, and Harvard Glee Clubs, a collaboration celebrating America’s three oldest collegiate choirs.

Ai Hooi’s philosophy for choral music and teaching stems from her view that a fulfilling musical journey is one that is filled with sincerity, love and excellence. She uses the creation of music as a platform to share and infuse her values and beliefs in her singers, and inspires them to use the beauty of music to craft experiences that touch the hearts of the audience.

Ai Hooi actively contributes to the growth of the local choral scene, through nurturing younger choral conductors and choristers. On top of conducting several local secondary and junior college choirs, Ai Hooi established ONE Chamber Choir, a young adult choir. ONE entered into a partnership with the Song Lovers Choral Society in 2010 (formerly known as Lee Howe Choral Society), to form its youth wing. Since its establishment, ONE has presented unique experiences to its audiences through challenging conventional choral performances and exploring new dimensions to choral delivery under the artistic leadership and vision of Ai Hooi. Recently, the choir achieved the 2nd Prize of the Mixed Choirs category at the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2017, as well as the Special Prize of the Carl-Orff-Stiftung Diessan am Ammersee for the best interpretation of a choral worked premiered at the competition for “The Emigrant” by Wolfram Buchenberg.

Pedro Teixeira is one of Europe’s foremost choral conductors. Between 2012 and 2017 he held the title of choral director of Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, where in addition to preparing large-scale symphonic and choral works, he was noted for fine-tuning the choir’s sound through a series of a cappella concerts.

Born in Lisbon, Pedro attained a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, gaining much performance experience as the artistic director of Grupo Coral de Queluz (2000-2012) and Eborae Musica (1997-2013). Since then, he has become widely known in the choral world for his insightful and sensitive performances. Pedro specializes in building and maintaining the core sound, pureness of vocal emission and musicality of choirs with whom he works.

Pedro’s ongoing interest in early music led him to form Officium Ensemble, a professional vocal group dedicated to the research and interpretation of Portuguese Polyphony of the 16th and 17th centuries. Since 2000 he has performed widely with Officium Ensemble in prestigious early music festivals such as Oude Muziek (Utrecht), Laus Polyphoniæ (Antwerp), won prizes internationally (including “Most promising conductor of Tonen 2002”) and has recording projects planned. In addition to his interest in renaissance music, Pedro is dedicated to contemporary music and, as the director of Ricercare Choir in Lisbon, presents several world premieres per season.

After singing in its renowned choir for several years, in 2011 Pedro was invited to prepare programmes with Coro Gulbenkian, Lisbon, and continued his collaboration as an invited conductor until 2014. Recent work with Coro Gulbenkian included Bach’s B Minor Mass, Verdi’s Falstaff, Händel’s Solomon and MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. As a singer, Pedro has performed throughout Europe, the USA, South America, Africa, and the UK, with groups such as Coro Gulbenkian, A Cappella Portuguesa, and Coro Gregoriano de Lisboa, with whom he continues performing as a soloist.

In 2015, Mark Foster Publishing began the Eugene Rogers Choral Series, a series featuring emerging composers who specialize in contemporary classical and folk music traditions. In 2011, Rogers traveled to and studied the choral traditions of East Africa (Tanzania) and subsequently published editions of Tanzanian choral music under the Hal Leonard World Music Series. As a singer, Rogers has performed with the World Youth Choir, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, and the May Festival Chorus in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rogers holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in choral music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting from U-M. He currently serves on the board of Chorus America and as the national chair of Diversity Initiatives for the American Choral Directors Association.

She has also been the conductor of the Hwa Chong Institution Choir since 2000 which has achieved numerous accolades over the years, including emerging Champion in the Mixed Choir category at the 5th World Choir Games 2008, achieving the title Absolute Winner (top choir across categories) at the Festival of Songs Olomouc, and the Prix du public (Public prize) at the 2010 Florilège vocal de Tour.

Ai Hooi also co-founded Sourcewerkz PL to further her calling to teach, touch and transform the larger choral community and its audience. To date, Sourcewerkz has organised the Winter Choral Festival in Hong Kong since 2010 and Festival Coros de Verão in Lisbon since 2012, as well as various workshops with international choral clinicians. In 2014, she conceptualised and directed the 1st Singapore International Choral Festival and since then, SICF has played host to over 10,000 choristers and is now in her sixth iteration.

Pedro is also in demand as a teacher of choral conducting. For 20 years he has been the artistic director of the international workshop Evora Cathedral Music School and now also leads several masterclasses and summerschools. These include Victoria 400 in Barcelona (with Peter Phillips, Ivan Moody and Jordí Abelló) and Early Music Morella - International Course on Medieval and Renaissance Music, where he leads the vocal ensemble workshop. He also teaches choral conducting and chamber music at Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa and Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.

Pedro’s continued activity as choirmaster have led to several invitations as international adjudicator in choir competitions and festivals, namely Lisbon (Lisbon Summer Choral Festival), Hong-Kong (Winter Choral Festival) and Badajoz (Gran Premio Nacional de Canto Coral - Spain).

Pedro has prepared choirs in collaboration with conductors such as John Nelson, Joana Carneiro, Enrico Onofri, Lorenzo Viotti, Víctor Pablo Perez, Riccardo Muti, Paul McCreesh, Lawrence Foster, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Recent highlights include Haydn’s Creation, Britten’s War Requiem and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé at Auditorio Nacional de Musica (Madrid), Verdi’s Falstaff at Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon) and Verdi’s Requiem at Teatro Real de Madrid.

In addition to his ongoing projects with Officium Ensemble and Coro Ricercare, in 2018 Pedro returned to Coro Gulbenkian to prepare and conduct his own programme Alma at the auditorium of Fundação Gulbenkian. Concerts with Officium Ensemble will include a return to Utrecht Early Music Festival (Oude Muziek) and Laus Polyphoniæ in Antwerp, as well as further projects with Coro Gulbenkian and others.

Mr Māris Sirmais, Latvia

Head of the Department of Choir Conducting, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music
Adjudicator

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Māris Sirmais is a name well known in the world of choral music – he is also an active supporter and developer of Latvian choral culture, a charismatic conductor able to inspire thousands of amateur choristers at the Song Festival as well as professional musicians. Sirmais is generating ideas non-stop – usually grand projects are the result. He is also an ardent Latvian patriot of wide international scope when it comes to his work.

Artistic Director of the State Choir Latvija since 1997, Māris Sirmais has also reared one of the most splendid symbols of the Latvian choral culture, the Youth Choir Kamēr… he conducted since its foundation in 1990 to 2012. Head of the Choir Conducting Department at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Sirmais is also a jury member of international contests in choir singing and conducting. A recipient of the Order of the Three Stars, the Honorary Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Sirmais has received many titles and awards for his achievement in culture and his contribution in making Latvia known throughout the world. Māris Sirmais has appeared with the State Choir Latvija and choir Kamēr… in many prestigious European festivals, where he also has given master-classes and workshops.

Māris Sirmais obtained a Bachelor’s degree in conducting from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, later pursued studies in orchestra conducting at College of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

He has collaborated with such acclaimed soloists as Maxim Rysanov, Kristīne Blaumane, Egils Siliņš, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Julius Berger, Gidon Kremer, Nicolas Altstaedt, Douglas Webster, Inese Galante and others. He has regular performances with Latvian National Opera Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, State chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga, chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, Moscow chamber orchestra Musica Viva, Umeå Symphony Orchestra and string orchestra Helsinki Strings.

Ms Nuria Fernendez, Spain

Artistic Director and Founder, VokalArs
Adjudicator

 

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Nuria Fernández Herranz obtained her degree in Choral Conducting and Conducting Pedagogy at the Dániel Berzsenyi Tanárkepzö Föiskola in Szombathely (Hungary) with the highest honours and simultaneously she studied Choral Conducting at the Ferenc Liszt High Academy of Music in Budapest.

She has a PhD in Humanities from the Carlos III University of Madrid where she designs and manages choral projects which are points of reference within the Spanish choral scene: the University Choir, the Children Program of Scenic Music (1999-2008) and the Choral Conducting Course.

She has taught choral conducting in higher education for over twenty years and many choral conductors have studied with Nuria Fernández. She is currently a choral conducting lecturer at the High Conservatory of Music in Castilla-La Mancha.

She is also artistic director and founder of VokalArs, a renowned and prestigious choir in the current choral scene. This group is characterized by the novelty of its artistic proposals and a concept of timbered sonority with its own personality.

Her choirs have won various prizes, as well as national and international recognition. She has performed multiple premieres of choral and scenic music in main concert halls and she is frequently invited as member of jury to national and international choral festivals. She is also regularly invited to lead different artistic projects in Spain and abroad.

Māris Sirmais is a name well known in the world of choral music – he is also an active supporter and developer of Latvian choral culture, a charismatic conductor able to inspire thousands of amateur choristers at the Song Festival as well as professional musicians. Sirmais is generating ideas non-stop – usually grand projects are the result. He is also an ardent Latvian patriot of wide international scope when it comes to his work.

Artistic Director of the State Choir Latvija since 1997, Māris Sirmais has also reared one of the most splendid symbols of the Latvian choral culture, the Youth Choir Kamēr… he conducted since its foundation in 1990 to 2012. Head of the Choir Conducting Department at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Sirmais is also a jury member of international contests in choir singing and conducting. A recipient of the Order of the Three Stars, the Honorary Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Sirmais has received many titles and awards for his achievement in culture and his contribution in making Latvia known throughout the world. Māris Sirmais has appeared with the State Choir Latvija and choir Kamēr… in many prestigious European festivals, where he also has given master-classes and workshops.

Nuria Fernández Herranz obtained her degree in Choral Conducting and Conducting Pedagogy at the Dániel Berzsenyi Tanárkepzö Föiskola in Szombathely (Hungary) with the highest honours and simultaneously she studied Choral Conducting at the Ferenc Liszt High Academy of Music in Budapest.

She has a PhD in Humanities from the Carlos III University of Madrid where she designs and manages choral projects which are points of reference within the Spanish choral scene: the University Choir, the Children Program of Scenic Music (1999-2008) and the Choral Conducting Course.

She has taught choral conducting in higher education for over twenty years and many choral conductors have studied with Nuria Fernández. She is currently a choral conducting lecturer at the High Conservatory of Music in Castilla-La Mancha.

Māris Sirmais obtained a Bachelor’s degree in conducting from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, later pursued studies in orchestra conducting at College of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

He has collaborated with such acclaimed soloists as Maxim Rysanov, Kristīne Blaumane, Egils Siliņš, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Julius Berger, Gidon Kremer, Nicolas Altstaedt, Douglas Webster, Inese Galante and others. He has regular performances with Latvian National Opera Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, State chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga, chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, Moscow chamber orchestra Musica Viva, Umeå Symphony Orchestra and string orchestra Helsinki Strings.

She is also artistic director and founder of VokalArs, a renowned and prestigious choir in the current choral scene. This group is characterized by the novelty of its artistic proposals and a concept of timbered sonority with its own personality.

Her choirs have won various prizes, as well as national and international recognition. She has performed multiple premieres of choral and scenic music in main concert halls and she is frequently invited as member of jury to national and international choral festivals. She is also regularly invited to lead different artistic projects in Spain and abroad.

Competition

Rules & Regulations

As there are unique aspects to the festival, please ensure th.at you read the rules and regulations very carefully. In event of a dispute, the English version of the Rules and Regulations will be the relevant version.

Festival Coral de Verão is only open to non-professional choirs i.e. members cannot be earning their living through singing. Participating choirs can be from conservatories or music academies.

Choirs should not have less than 16 members to compete, with the exclusion of the conductor and accompanist. There is no upper limit to the number of participants a choir may have. Special allowances can be made on a case-by-case basis, do email the organisers for any special requests and permissions.

There is no limit to the number of categories a choir may compete in. The categories in the competition are as below:

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Category Age Limit
A: Equal Voices A1 14 years and below
A2 19 years and below
A3 Open
B: Mixed Voices B1 19 years and below
B2 25 years and below
B3 Open
C: Western Sacred C Open
D: Jazz, Gospel, Pop D Open
E: Folklore E Open
F: Performance (Non-Contesting)

For each category, there is no restriction on the number of songs sung with or without original accompaniment. Due to staging restrictions, all accompaniment has to be acoustic only. Choirs are required to prepare three songs subject to the following requirements:

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Category Requirements
Category A1 and B1 One composition/arrangement by a composer of the choir’s country or region
One composition/arrangement by a composer not of the choir’s country or region
One free choice
Category A2 and B2 One composition/arrangement by a composer born before 1870
One composition by a living composer at the time of application
One free choice
*At least one piece sung in these categories have to be a cappella.
Category A3 and B3 One composition/arrangement by a composer born before 1750
One composition by a living composer at the time of application
One free choice
*At least one piece sung in these categories have to be a cappella.
Category C One sacred piece by a composer born between 1500 – 1750
One sacred piece by a composer born in or after 1751
One set piece as selected by the artistic panel
Category D Three free choices in two or more styles in this category
Category E Three folk songs from the choir’s country/region
There is no restriction on the number of songs sung with or without live accompaniment.
Category F Choirs taking part in this category will be considered as non-contesting choirs. Judges will only provide comments on their performance and they will not be graded as per the competition scoring system and will not be eligible for the Grand Prix
Three varied songs of the choir’s choice

Participants must not exceed the age limit of a particular category in the year of the competition, in this case 2020. However, a maximum of 15% of the total choir members can exceed this limit provided there is a valid reason that must be accounted for to the organisers. There is no age restriction on participants competing in the Open Categories.

The intended competition repertoire including song title and composer must be submitted to the organisers together with the application for confirmation from the Artistic Committee that the category requirements are met. There will be no change in programme once it has been approved. Choirs competing in multiple categories should have a different set of programme for each category, i.e. songs should not be repeated for different categories.

All participating choirs are individually responsible for honouring copyright and performance rights of the songs. Each choir is to submit 5 original copies of each performance piece to the organisers for purpose of adjudication upon registration on 26th June 2020. Theses scores should be labeled clearly with the choirs name for purpose of redistribution post-competition. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in demerit points or disqualification from the competition.

All published choral works may only be sung using original copies. The use of unauthorized/reproduced copies is strictly prohibited.

The pure singing time limit for each category is as allocated. This time limit excludes the time incurred by applause or by stage entry/exit. In the event the allotted time limit is exceeded, a penalty will be imposed based on the time exceeded and at the discretion of the jury.

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Category Singing Time Limit
A: Equal Voices A1 12 minutes
A2 15 minutes
A3 15 minutes
B: Mixed Voices B1 12 minutes
B2 15 minutes
B3 15 minutes
C: Western Sacred C 15 minutes
D: Jazz, Gospel, Pop D 15 minutes
E: Folklore E 15 minutes
F: Performance F 15 minutes

All songs performed for the competition must be performed in the original key in accordance to the score submitted. No transpositions are allowed unless approved by the artistic committee prior to the festival.

With the application, all participating choirs agree to recordings and broadcasts in sound or television as well as any other recordings made in conjunction with the festival. Any use of unauthorised video or sound recording, amplification of voices or instruments other than the setup provided at the venues is strictly prohibited.

Competition

Adjudication & Evaluation

The jury panel consists of five judges. The decision of the jury is final. Original scoring sheets will be provided to the choirs after the competition. Upon tabulation of scores, the highest and lowest combined score among the judges will be excluded and the choir will be awarded points based on the average of the three remaining scores.

The assessment of the choirs will be on a 100-point scale based on the following criteria:

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Artistic Performance Fidelity to score and Interpretation
Phrasing and Musicality
Choice of Programme
Overall Artistic Presentation
Technical Performance Blending and Balance
Pitch and Sense of Rhythm
Tone Colour
Choral Sound

Each song will be scored on 50% on Artistic Performance and 50% on Technical Performance. An average of the 3 scores will be taken as the final score. A diploma indicating the level of achievement will be presented to the choir during the announcement of results.

Depending on the total achieved points, the jury shall award the following:

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Rank Gold Silver Bronze
I 80 – 81.99 60 – 61.99 40 – 41.99
II 82 – 83.99 62 – 63.99 42 – 43.99
III 84 – 85.99 64 – 65.99 44 – 45.99
IV 86 – 87.99 66 – 67.99 46 – 47.99
V 88 – 89.99 68 – 69.99 48 – 49.99
VI 90 – 91.99 70 – 71.99 50 – 51.99
VII 92 – 93.99 72 – 73.99 52 – 53.99
VIII 94 – 95.99 74 – 75.99 54 – 55.99
IX 96 – 97.99 76 – 77.99 56 – 57.99
X 98 – 100 78 – 79.99 58 – 59.99

The jury can award special prizes if they deem a participating choir or conductor to deserve so.

Competition

Grand Prix Competition

The Grand Prix Competition will take place on 29 June 2020 in the Grande Auditório, Centro Cultrual de Belém. Grand Prix Finalists will be selected at the discretion of the jury, and may or may not include all Category Champions. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be contested.

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Choirs selected for the Grand Prix Competition are required to sing two songs up to a maximum performance time of 10 minutes based on the following criteria:

  • A new piece not performed before in the competition rounds
  • Either a song previously performed from the category of competition that won the choir a place in the Grand Prix, or another new piece

 

Choirs selected for the Grand Prix are to submit 5 original scores of both pieces to the organisers for the purpose of adjudication on the day of the Grand Prix.

Grand Prix Finalists will be ranked based on their performance and the top two choirs with the highest average rank among the panel will be awarded the following prizes:

Grand Prize: €4,000
Runner-up Prize: €2,000

In the event of a tie, the Artistic Director of the festival will cast the tie-breaking vote. The jury reserves the right to not award the Grand Prize if artistic level is not met.

Registration

Registration & Application

The registration fee for international choirs is a one-time charge of €250 which includes competition in up to two categories. Additional categories of performance will be at €200 each category. The deadline for the registration for Festival Coral de Verão 2020 is 29th February 2020. These fees are non-refundable and payable upon application to take part in the festival.

Choirs that send in their completed registrations before 31st December 2019 will get an early bird discount of €100 and only pay €150 for registration. Please note that individual festival fees still apply.

Every festival application must be accompanied by the items in the list below, failing which the application would not be considered complete.

  • A short biography of the choir and conductor (each with a maximum of 15 lines or 1000 characters)
  • Photograph of choir and conductor in high resolution (minimum file size of 1 MB)
  • Recent choir performance video (YouTube or video files) as an audition for the outdoor performance showcase at Jerónimos Monastery. Selection is based on merit and decided for by an independent panel of choral clinicians.
  • Completed application form and registrations fees

Choir Performance Repertoire is due on 31st March 2020 and must include:

  • List of choir’s competition repertoire and performance time
  • List of choir’s concert outdoor performance repertoire and performance time
  • English write-ups or translations of songs not in English or Latin

The festival fee per person (including conductor and accompanist) is €80 and will include

  • Entrance to International Choral Competition at CCB
  • Minimum of 2 Concert Performances at Various Landmarks in Belém
  • Choral Clinic with one jury
  • Meet-the-Jury and Score-Reading Session (Conductor Only)
  • Entrance to Closing Concert and Award Ceremony
  • Festival Guide for official programmes for the duration of the festival (4 days)
  • Competition HD Video Recording of choir uploaded to Festival Coros de Verão YouTube Channel
  • A limited selection of High-resolution Photographs of the choir
  • Final Cocktail on 26th June 2020
  • Festival Programme Book
  • Official Festival Certificate (1 per competing category)
  • Adjudicator’s Original Written Comments

Accompanying members of the choirs can purchase a spectator pass at €60 per person which gives entry to (Competition Performance, Outdoor Performances, Grand Prix and Award Ceremony, Final Cocktail)

Entrance to Opening Concert and Choral Showcase at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is first-come first-served based on tickets obtained at the ticket office on the actual show day. No ticket reservation is allowed as concerts are free to attend for the general public.

Terms and Conditions of Payment: The deadline for the payment of the festival fees is on 30th April 2020. After which, any cancellations will incur a 100% cancellation fee with no refund given.

All meals and travelling expenses (airfare, coach, transfers etc.) are to be borne by the participating choirs. Each choir is advised to take out the necessary insurance coverage to cover all third party risks.

You highly advised to arrange your own accommodation. Alternatively, you may want to approach the festival organisers to manage your hotel arrangements which will include a service fee. Do indicate your preference on the registration form.

2-way Airport transfers are available for reservation at €450 (49-seater). If you require more than 1 bus, additional costs will apply.

HD Videography and Photography will be taken by our photographers throughout the festival. If you wish to have an original softcopy of all photographs and videos taken of your choir’s competition performance during the festival, you can purchase the full media from us at €190 and a download link will be given to you after post-production is complete. Do indicate your preference in the application form.

Participants

Participating Groups

Destination

Lisbon

Festival Coros de Verão (Summer Choral Festival) is held in the capital and largest city of Portugal, Lisbon. Being Europe's second-oldest capital, Lisbon was once home to the great explorers like Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama, over time becoming a truly global city due to her importance in finance, commerce, trade, entertainment, arts and culture.

In 1755, a massive earthquake together with fires and a tsunami devastated much of Lisbon. Under the guidance and vision of the Marquise de Pombal, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Lisbon was rebuilt from the ground up with new architecture that had anti-seismic features in what is now known as the Pombaline style of architecture.

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The new city was rebuilt with well laid out grids and streets in the Baixa area and is now what you would see in Lisbon today. The heart and soul of the great age of exploration, modern tourists will discover the beauty of the picturesque capital, where rolling hills, the Tagus River and Atlantic Ocean flank the shoreline. 

The activities of the Summer Choral Festival are concentrated in the Belém cultural district where modern architecture juxtapose with Manueline-style monuments. The serene inner cloisters of the 16th century UNESCO World Heritage Site Mosteiro dos Jerónimos will feature as a backdrop for participants of the festival to perform in; this is in contrast to the modern auditorium of the Centro Cultural de Belém where participants will partake in competition. Located also in this district is where you can find the world famous and original Portuguese egg tarts or Pastéis de Belém.

The festival is also part of the annual Festas de Lisboa festivities organised by EGEAC. Held in June, the festival is a time where tourists and locals alike converge in Lisbon in a month long celebration of local and foreign art, music and culture. The streets, chapels, squares and various art venues come alive with an explosion of art and music in an annual celebration you would not want to miss.

For more information about Lisbon, do visit the official website of Turismo de Portugal at http://www.visitlisboa.com/

Videos

Festival Highlights

Results

2019 Past Results

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Coro Infantil do Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa Portugal 82.11 GOLD II

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Voblaninas del Conservatorio del Nalón Spain 74.44 SILVER VIII

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Coro Juvenil da AMAL Portugal 76.11 SILVER IX

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Female Choir Liepos Lithuania 78.78 SILVER X

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Coro de Câmara do Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa Portugal 84.11 GOLD III
2 Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife Spain 85.78 GOLD III

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Nova Era Vocal Ensemble Portugal 81.67 GOLD I
2 Academic Choir France Prešeren Kranj Slovenia 75.00 SILVER VIII
3 Coro de Câmara Outros Cantos Portugal 64.00 SILVER III

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Nova Era Vocal Ensemble Portugal 82.00 GOLD II
2 Academic Choir France Prešeren Kranj Slovenia 72.33 SILVER VII

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Jazz Vocals Germany 78.11 SILVER X
2 SOLinSI Portugal 74.44 SILVER VIII

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S/N Choir Country Score Award
1 Female Choir Liepos Lithuania 86.00 GOLD IV

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Most Expressive Solo Performance
Cristian Bartolomé Botau - Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife

Contact

Festival Organiser


Mr Quee Ming, Seah
Director | Managing
SourceWerkz Pte Ltd, Singapore

Mr Quee Ming, Seah
Director | Managing
SourceWerkz Pte Ltd, Singapore

Bank

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Please note that for all bank transfers, the choirs are responsible for all charges both locally and from the receiving bank (in this case, SourceWerkz Pte Ltd’s bank account). Please ensure that the option to “Pay for all charges” are checked before you submit the bank transfer. If you are unsure, please check with your bank to ensure no more additional payments will be incurred later. Thank you.

EUR Account
Bank Name: Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
Name of Branch: North Branch
Bank Number (IBAN): 7339

Branch Address: 460 North Bridge Road #01-00 Singapore 188734
Beneficiary’s Name: Sourcewerkz Pte Ltd
Beneficiary’s Account Number: 503-111130-201
Swift Code: OCBCSGSG