Festival Internazionale Corale Verona Garda Estate
The International Choral Festival Verona Garda Estate celebrates 15 years of activity! 15 intense years, full of goals and promises for the future!
The terrible ordeal of the Pandemic is finally behind us, as are the many consequences that also put a strain on choral activities worldwide.
Sadly, a second tragedy has plagued the world over the past year: in addition to the humanitarian crisis, the war in Ukraine also prevents many friends, lovers of choral singing, from travelling and joining us in singing.
To all these distant friends we express our deepest solidarity and hope that the reasons for peace will soon prevail over the brutality of war.
With over 450 choirs from all over the world and more than 1200 concerts, the Festival is considered one of the largest choral events in Europe. The objectives and spirit of the Festival (to give choirs the opportunity to meet other choirs and share choral music with them) have always been pursued and achieved in every edition: we want this to be repeated again this year!
In thanking and welcoming to Italy all the choirs whose presence will make the Festival even more prestigious, I would like to greet in particular the youth choirs from different countries. They represent the brightest hope, not only for the future of choral singing and music in general, but also and above all, for a better world.
The International Choral Festival Verona Garda Estate, unlike other major national and international choral events, is distinguished by the special festive atmosphere that characterises the meeting of friends gathered to enjoy music. Choirs spend their days meeting other musical groups, hold four concerts and visit different cities together.
Veneto and Lombardy boast a unique heritage, rich in history and centuries-old traditions, the result of the encounter of different cultures and peoples.
Since the first edition, the Festival has been conceived and structured as a four-day concert tour through the major cultural and artistic cities of the two regions. The choirs will thus be able to socialise and share their musical experiences, preparing one or more pieces that will then be performed together in concert.
The variety of musical venues, the choice of events on offer, as well as the vast repertoire and the quality of the performances, elevate the Festival to an authentic opportunity for different cultures to meet in the spirit of universal brotherhood, harmony and peace.
- First session: Mon 26, Thu 29, Fri 30 June, Sat 1, Sun 2 July
- Second session: Thu 6, Fri 7, Sat 8, Sun 9 July
- Third session: Thu 13, Fri 14, Sat 15, Sun 16, Mon 17 July
- Extraordinary session: Tue 8, Wed 9 August
Number of partecipating choirs: 23
Conductor Mark O’Leary and Juliana Kay
Exaudi is a choir of young adult singers (aged 18 – 30) from Melbourne, Australia. It is one of the six choirs of the Young Voices of Melbourne organization.
The singers are students and young professionals in a range of disciplines united by their love of singing fine music at a high level. Exaudi tours regularly within Australia and has toured internationally to Singapore-Malaysia (2016) and Scotland-Ireland (2019). Exaudi’s last CD, With Waiting Breath, was released in December 2018. Exaudi is conducted by Mark O’Leary and Juliana Kay, and accompanied by Julia Piggin.
Mark O’Leary OAM has worked with young choirs for nearly 40 years. He is the Director of Young Voices of Melbourne which he founded in 1990 and has been Gondwana Voices’ Principal Guest Conductor since its first season in 1997. He has been on more than 45 national and international tours and has made 16 Cd recordings with Young Voices of Melbourne, Gondwana Voices and Exaudi. He publishes choral music for young singers in the YVM Choral Series and is the creator of the Sight Singing School website and books, used in more than 50 countries. He is a Churchill Fellow, an Honorary Life Member of Kodály Australia and was awarded an OAM by the Australian Government for services to choral music in 2018.
Juliana Kay is a Melbourne-based conductor, composer and teacher with a deep-rooted love for choirs and choral music. Equally at home working with children, community groups and professionals, Juliana rehearses with at least 250 singers every week. She is the director of Exaudi youth choir, assistant conductor of Young Voices of Melbourne and Head of Choral at St Catherine’s School. In 2018 she also founded innovative chamber choir Choral Edge, which sees her regularly experimenting with multimedia performances and theatre collaborations. Juliana strives to create music that is both engaging for singers and memorable for audiences. Her compositions are performed regularly by choirs across Australia and are available through the publisher SingScore.
South West Opera Company
Conductor Marguerite Monagle
The South West Opera Company (SWOC) started in 1986 in Bunbury, Western Australia. Bunbury was then a town of 30,000, and has since more than doubled in size.
SWOC has presented solo, ensemble and choral material from different genres in concerts ever since, with major productions of operas, operettas or musical plays most years since the Bunbury Entertainment Centre was built in 1990. We aim for excellence in all aspects of our performances, from singing to sets, costumes, choreography and artistry. Providing opportunity for young people is also a company priority, and since 2010 we have done this through 3 groups additional to the adult chorus: two junior choirs, for primary and secondary school children, and a musical theatre group. These groups contribute regularly to Company concerts as well as putting on their own. SWOC also produces oratorio concerts every other year, and these, together with our major stage shows and our annual Christmas concert, draw on local players for the orchestra. SWOC is an amateur company, relying on local, unpaid performers. Our major productions are pleasingly successful, and in recent years productions of Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and other popular shows have drawn large and appreciative audiences.
In 2013 SWOC took a small group to England who gave concerts in village churches, and this is our second overseas venture. The group in Verona numbers 18 who were keen to have a winter holiday in Italy, and this is the company’s first serious venture into the world of a capella singing.
Conductor Christa Lindner
Die TonTauben (the name contains a pun: actually it means “clay pigeon“; however, “Ton“ has got two meanings – clay or sound, tone)
The ladies‘ vocal ensemble was founded in the year 2011. At the moment the group consists of seven singers and one presenter. We sing a capella, and our songs are set for at least four up to seven voices. Rehearsals are once a week, before performances the frequency may be higher. The lady singers meet in a private place in Winden (Burgenland, Austria). Christa Lindner is the founder and leader of the vocal ensemble, Silvia Hofmann the representative.
Traditionally we arrange at least one concert in summer and one around Christmas; occasionally we are asked to sing at birthday parties, weddings or funerals. The absolute highlights were our taking part in the casting show “Die große Chance der Chöre“ on ORF and our live performance on the radio. In addition, we have produced one CD with the title „Juwelen der Weihnacht“.
Our trademark is the variety of our repertory. We sing old hits, Viennese songs enhanced by choreographic movements and humorous texts, and rather unfamiliar Christmas songs. The music is often newly arranged and adapted to our group by our leader Christa Lindner, and partly the texts are rewritten or English lyrics translated into German.
Every year we make a journey together. Apart from other destinations we went to Rome, Hamburg, Krakau and Amsterdam, where we sang songs whenever possible. Most important to us is the harmony within our group as well as the pleasure we get from singing – that is what our audience experiences when we give a performance.
Coro Les Pastoureaux
Conductors Philippe Favette & Xavier Devillers
Les Pastoureaux (literally: “The Shepherd Boys”), also known as the Petits Chanteurs de Waterloo, are a boys’ choir established in 1974 in Waterloo, Belgium.
The choir is composed entirely of boys, aged 7 to 14, who sing the soprano and alto parts. They are supported by young men who sing the tenor and bass parts. With more than 1,000 concerts given in Belgium and on tour around the world, Les Pastoureaux have acquired considerable experience and an international reputation.
Since Christmas 1974, Les Pastoureaux traditionally perform a series of concerts during the Christmas season, in Brussels and Wallonia. Their numerous concerts include collaborations with artists such as the famous bass-baritone José van Dam. Les Pastoureaux are regularly guests of private events, including most notably performances at the Royal Palace of Brussels and the Royal Castle of Laeken as well as their collaboration to the official show for the changeover to the euro on 31 December 2001. On several occasions, soloists of Les Pastoureaux have taken part in opera productions, at the National Opera of Belgium ‘La Monnaie’ (Brussels) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York).
Les Pastoureaux have performed at various music festivals, in Belgium and abroad (Poznań, Lake Como, Vienna, Salzburg). In 2017, they represented Belgium at the first ever Eurovision Choir of the Year contest in Riga, Latvia. In 2018, they were invited to join a major international production of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, including a concert at the Berliner Philharmonie, alongside the German and French national youth orchestras and choirs from England, Germany and Poland. In recent years, Les Pastoureaux have been regularly asked to perform in film and television productions. Last year, they were also invited by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra to sing the music of the film The Lord of the Rings live during the film screening.
Les Pastoureaux have an wide-ranging repertoire. It includes not only works of the great classical masters but also those of older or more modern ones, as well as some lesser-known pieces from the Middle Ages or Renaissance. Their most recent recordings includes Noël!, a selection of Christmas carols; Around the World, featuring a wide range of folk songs collected by Les Pastoureaux during their many travels; and an album entirely devoted to the works of Gabriel Fauré. Their latest release, recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, presents two masterworks by Vivaldi, Gloria RV 589 and Dixit Dominus RV 595.
Musical work and group spirit are at the heart of Les Pastoureaux’s project. In practical terms, choristers meet weekly in sectional rehearsals and twice a month in tutti rehearsals. In summer, Les Pastoureaux go on a international concert tour. They’ve been to Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States
Chœur Amivoix de Varennes
Conductor Claude-Marie Landré – Pianist Paulina Gubniskia
Founded in 1983, the Chœur Amivoix de Varennes is now counting more that forty SATB chorists.
The repertoire is wide to cover sacred songs, world and popular music as well as local Quebec French language repertoire.
Our regular Monday evening practices are very dear to all members, singing within a joyful atmosphere, concentration at the upmost, high endorphyn level and maximum stress relief; devine sensation …
Two public performances are scheduled per year, one during spring and the other in December. The Choeur is masterfully directed by Mrs. Claude-Marie Landré and piano accompaniment assured by Mrs. Paulina Gubniskia .
We are proud and honored to represent the province of Québec at the Verone festival, event that we have been waiting for with great impatience and feverishness for the past two years.
We hope that our performance and repertoire will allow you to appreciate our Quebec specific colors and culture and will generate interest for you to visit our beautiful country.
We are more than a group of chorists , essentially we became a group of friends singing from our heart in a single voice ; this is the Choeur Amivoix de Varennes .
Conductor Minna Liettyä- Tyni
Pori Ladies Choir was founded in 1945.
Throughout its history, its basic principle has been to maintain and promote the Finnish female singing tradition in a goal-oriented way and promote well-being. The choir practices regularly and actively cooperates with other cultural organizations in the region. The choir's repertoire consists of music as a whole, from modern works to classical traditions. Since 2016 the choir director has been MA, Musician Minna Liettyä- Tyni.
Coro da Camera Proosit
Conductor Minna Liettyä-Tyni
Proosit at a glance
Proosit is a chamber choir from Merikarvia, small pearl of the west coast of Finland.
Traditional ensemble has roots back to 1988, when small group of skilled singers decided to ground a mixed choir. Name ”Proosit” means a local beautiful old fashion brooch. During over three decades, choir has gathered diverse repertoire and thus it can serve music from various genres; classical pieces, traditional Finnish music, choral and gospel, rhythm and pop-music, movie themes, just name it.
Currently there is twelve members in choir, eight females and four males. From 2021 choir is led by Minna Liettyä-Tyni.
Proosit performs actively. Traditional Christmas and Easter concerts in chapel and church and other concerts are well known and anticipated by locals. One of the most ambiguous project was the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, which was presented in Merikarvia church. Proosit has also visited choir festival in city of Vaasa and Eurajoki in many years. Proosit wants to find innovative and new features in its performances. For example, there might be some theatre play elements combined with the choir pieces or concert place can be exotic. One of the most extraordinary concert places, also for the singers, has been an ice hall, where choir was performing with skates on! Also, concert has been given from small rocky island when audience has been listening from the boat nearby; just to mention few.
This all is summarized with slogan of the choir, which, by free translation, states
“Proosit – “Bigger than its size”
Ensemble Vocal du Golo
Conductor Antoine Cancellieri – Pianist Virgile Ferjoux
The Golo Vocal Ensemble, made up of around forty men and women choristers, all voices register combined. All of them willing to learn choral songs and being part of a living community where conviviality, solidarity and friendship are key factors .
Their first lived concert took place officialy on January 2000.
The Ensemble is directed by :
Antoine Cancellieri Choir Leader , Alain de Carmejane President, Virgile Ferjoux Pianist
We used to sing various registers , including
Sacred songs, Classical compositions, Unholy contemporary song , Popular and traditional songs from around the world, Corsican typical old and current repertoire
We used to be part of many concerts in Corsica of course, on the French mainland, as well as in Monaco, and often in Italy Marcellina, Rome, Gubbio etc.
We also dédicate our activity to conduct religious events , weddings, funerals, patronal feasts etc…
We enjoy to see you soon
Choeur d’Hommes Liederkranz
Conductor Ludovic Sutter and Raphaël Braun
The men’s choir “Choeur d’Hommes Liederkranz” was founded in 1912 in Attenschwiller, a small town in southern Alsace, France, around one passion: a cappella singing at four voices, and one ambition: to promote male choral singing through quality performances.
In 1977, Raymond SUTTER, following in his father's footsteps, took over the leadership of the choir and breathed new life into it. In January 2017, his son Ludovic as well as Raphaël BRAUN were appointed to co-choirmasters, and Raymond was elevated to the rank of honorary choir director.
Developing a very eclectic repertoire, both religious and secular, in French and in many other languages, the choir has produced several records and CDs and is frequently requested to perform in Alsace and far beyond.
The choir is often invited to perform at festivals and competitions, and also likes to organize its own singing festivals, bringing together groups from all over Europe.
It has been the subject of several television reports. It regularly performs with other choirs or orchestral formations, thus offering listeners an even wider musical palette.
In 2012, the male choir celebrated its centenary with, among others, the organization of the International Festival of Choral Singing “Caelicantus”, and last year it proudly celebrated its 110 years of existence. On this occasion, the choir gave a great gala concert.
The “Choeur d’Hommes Liederkranz” is delighted to participate in the 2023 edition of the International Festival of Lake Garda in Verona and have the chance to meet other choirs from all over the world, but also to discover a very beautiful city and a wonderful region.
Männerchor des Fränkischen Sängerbundes
Conductor Hermann Freibott
From the project choir of the year 2014 “Männerchor meets Symphonieorchester” the men’s choir of the Franconian Singers’ Association was reconstituted in 2015.
Under the musical direction of the lecturer Hermann Freibott from the JuliusMaximilians-Universität Würzburg, a male choir was formed in targeted rehearsals, which consciously sees itself as a supra-regional choir from Franconia under the umbrella of the Franconian Singers' Association FSB under its president Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Brusniak.
The choir is currently 30 singers who come from all over Northern Bavaria and meet once a month at different locations in Franconia.
The choir aims to work on male choir literature in the best possible sound quality and to present it in public performances.
The first appearances were in Bad Kissingen, together with the “youth symphony orchestra”, and in Erlangen, with the “Bavarian Lawyers' Orchestra” with works by Edvard Grieg, "Landerkennung" and Johannes Brahms, "Rhapsody for Alto Solo and menchoir" and by Anton Bruckner, "Trösterin Musik."
The choir took part in large choir festivals in Weiden and Coburg and organized masses in churches all over Northern Bavaria.
The spectrum of male choir literature ranges from classics such as Anton Bruckner, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Friedrich Silcher to the modern.
An essential feature of the choir today is the goal of working on unknown works of male choir literature in particular. So we had the performance of the Mass in d minor, Op. 22 (1868) by Luxembourg composer Laurent Menager (1835–1902) in Speyer Cathedral and in Luxembourg Cathedral in 2018 and 2019.
A current focus is the development of unknown works by the Franconian composer Valentin E. Becker, with his Requiem in c minor Op. 64 serves as an example. The sources from the Singer Museum in Feuchtwangen in particular offer a wealth of male choir literature that has not yet been published.
Karl Kraft del Augsburger Domsingknaben
Conductor Julian Müller-Henneberg
Karl-Kraft-Choir of Augsburger Domsingknaben (Augsburg Cathedral Boy Choir) (DEU)
The Augsburger Domsingknaben are the renowned cathedral boy choir at the Dome of Augsburg.
They were founded in 1976 and gained a quick and lasting reputation among the finest boy choirs worldwide, thus becoming an integral musical ambassador for the city and diocese of Augsburg.
The Karl-Kraft-Choir is one of the two major concert choirs of the Augsburger Domsingknaben and principally involved in the local liturgy and its festive services, like the Christmas mass, priestly ordination and the ceremonial service for the former Bishop of Augsburg, St. Ulrich. The repertory of the choir includes sacred choir music – masses, motets and cantata ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary composers – as well as secular choir music. Competently tended to by their choral conductor Dr. Julian Müller-Henneberg, the Karl-Kraft-Choir is devoted to maintaining the musical legacy of the composer and former cathedral organist Karl Kraft (1903 – 1978). In 2022, the choir gave a performance at the “International Wolfegger Concerts”, which was broadcast as part of the ARD Radio Festival, and sang in various churches and concert halls throughout Germany and beyond.
Dr. Julian Müller-Henneberg
Dr. Julian Müller-Henneberg was born in Stuttgart, received his musical upbringing at the Stuttgarter Hymnus Chorknaben, pursued a degree in Church Music (A) and Organ (Concert Exam) at the Music Colleges of Lübeck and Augsburg as well as Musical Science Studies at the University of Innsbruck, where he completed his doctorate in 2015 with a thesis on the composer and former organist Karl Kraft. In 2006, after being appointed Assistant Master of the Chapel even during his studies, he assumed outright responsibility for the church music of the Dome parish in Augsburg and remained in charge of it for six years. He then became a full-time choir conductor and voice coach at the Augsburger Domsingknaben in 2012 and was officially named “Cantor of the Dome” in 2017 by Bishop Dr. Konrad Zdarsa. Dr. Julian Müller-Henneberg is married and a father of five children.
Close Shave Chorus
Conductor Sarah Shorter
Close Shave Chorus is an acappella group that has sung and entertained Scottish audiences since forming in the late 1980s as a small group of friends who loved the harmony of the 4 part male voice.
The singers live near Glasgow and are about 20 men. They have grown in strength since they came under the direction of the talented Eoin Millar, a highly respected figure in jazz and music circles in Scotland. Their repertoire (over 100 songs in their catalog) is drawn mainly from the Great American Songbook and most of the arrangements they sing are written by Eoin, giving the group their unique sound and making them the envy of many other choirs. The group is the current holder of the Glasgow Music Festival's Orpheus Trophy for best choir overall, and also won the best male choir award at the International Choir Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland.
This trip to Italy will be our first venture abroad, and we are delighted to take part in such a wonderful festival.
Conductor Idan-Chaim David
‘Vocalicious’ is a female vocal ensemble conducted by Idan-Haim David. The ensemble, founded in Israel at 2017…
includes 20 women, performing original adaptations (Acapella or Based on piano accompaniment) of a variety of popular, Hebrew and English songs, a few surprising medleys and more.
Corale San Pancrazio, Montichiari (BS)
Conductor Gianfranco Rocca
Founded in 1995 under the direction of M. Gianfranco Rocca, the San Pancrazio Choir actually counts 60 singers.
Born as a parish chorus, it is strongly active in the Santa Maria Assunta Parish animating the Liturgical functions.
The Choir repertoire ranges from the 15th century till our days, going through compositors such as Palestrina, Bach, A. Scarlatti, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and English carols, folk songs, rearranged modern songs and Gospel. Beside the liturgical engagement the choir performs also a concert activity by participating to different events and obtaining great appreciations for the preparation and its vocalism.
In the latest years it has elaborated its polyphonic repertoire through the study of important themes for orchestra and Chorus only. Some real examples are :
Credo, Gloria, Magnificat od A. Vivaldi, Missa brevis et solemnis, Missa Brevis in do maggiore, Missa Brivis in sol maggiore of Mozart, Alleluia and Amen of Handel.
The Choir receives not only the Montichiari inhabitants affection but also a wide spread approval.
The San Pancrazio Choir performed also several experiences on the National Territory.
• In April 2013 , it was invited to solemnize the Sunday Santa Messa Vespertina in the San Pietro Cathedral in Rome.
• In April 2015, it had the opportunity to sing in the Basilica Inferiore of Assisi and in October of the same year in the Basilica dei Frari and in the famous Basilica of San Marco in Venice.
• In March 2017 , it was also invited to solemnize the Sunday Messa Vespertina in Duomo of Siena.
• In March 2019 , our Choir had the possibility to sing in Monte Oliviero Maggiore Abbey and Duomo of Pienza
• In April 2016 it also performed outside of Italy, with the concert in Wagna and the accompaniment of the Sunday messa Vespertina in Leibnitz, Austria .
Since 2013 the San Pancrazio Choir has been participating to the Festival Internazionale Corale Verona Garda Estate and in 2014 joined the U.S.C.I. of Brescia
Coro polifonico Femminile di Portoscuso
Conductor Nadia Fois
The Coro Polifonico of Portoscuso was founded in 1993 thanks to the will and passion of a group of singing and polyphony lovers.
Firstly, the choir was created with a mixed formation, but after a few years it established as a female choir.
Currently, the choir is formed of 20 singers and it is conducted by Fois Nadia. The Choir has realized many concerts both in Sardinia, their homeland, as well as in Italy and in other cities of Europe. The Coro Polifonico has participated in many choral festivals, such as Music and Friends in Prague, Vienna, Festival Pusteria, Festival al Sole della Sardegna. They also have many relations to other choirs, establishing twinning with Italian and foreign ones, such as Krakow, Nice, Lucca, Versilia. Their repertoire ranges from medieval music, to sacred and profane music from the Renaissance. They also include a variety of Gospels and Spiritual, contemporary music, excerpts from Opera, and popular songs from their beloved Sardinia’s culture and tradition
Coro Lirico San Giovanni
Conductor Andrea Cristofolini.
The “Coro Lirico San Giovanni” debuted in June 2008 in Monza with the “Messa di Gloria” by Giacomo Puccini.
His lyrical vocation led him quickly to establish itself in numerous concerts, performed with orchestras and conductors of national and international fame. Since its inception, the choir has been directed by Maestro Nicola Tumicioli and Nicolò Dal Ben. Since January 2023 the choir has been led by Maestro Andrea Cristofolini.
The repertoire of the Coro Lirico San Giovanni includes the most famous songs for Choir and Orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet, J. Offenbach, Gaetano Donizetti, Pietro Mascagni, Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, P. Iljic Tchaikosky and Mikis Theodorakis, and others, as well as unforgettable pages of the most beautiful scores, composed by one of the most famous Italians in the world, Ennio Morricone, recently awarded the oscar, and Florian Hans Zimmer.
The full choir his vast devoting great attention to sacred music, performing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Georg Friedrich Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Lorenzo Perosi, Antonio Salieri, Antonio Vivaldi, Benedetto Marcello and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and many more.
The Choir has also faced an unusual repertoire for a Lyric Choir, such as jazz, swing and blues, with resounding success with critics and the public, in the year 2014 in collaboration with the Orchestra Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica "City of Verona".
The Choir has also made her debut in costume works such as BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA by Rossini and CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA by Mascagni, directed and stage design by Luigi Barilone, in the city Guastalla (RE), in the city Rovereto (TN) and in the city Valeggio sul Mincio (VR), and in autumn 2016, in two other prestigious investments at Teatro Ristori Verona, still with BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA by Rossin and DON GIOVANNI by W.A. Mozart.
The Choir has performed in the city of Fiume (CROATIA), at the Italian Community of Fiume, for some years now holding a fruitful exchange of reciprocal visits.
The Conductor Andrea Cristofolini, born in Marebbe (Bolzano), graduated in piano at the Bolzano Conservatory of Music.
He then continued his studies at the Vienna Academy of Music, specializing in composition and orchestra conducting.
He taught orchestral exercises for two years at the Trieste Conservatory.
From 1985 to 2021, he worked at the Fondazione Arena di Verona, first as maestro di sala and prompter and then, since 1995, as maestro del Coro.
He has carried out an intense concert activity as a pianist, devoting himself mainly to contemporary and chamber music, performing in many countries in Europe.
Numerous radio recordings have been made.
Schola Cantorum di Breganze (VI)
Conductor Martina Pettenon
The Breganze’s Schola Cantorum has been founded during the end of ’40s by Don Piero Carpenedo, turns his choral activities mainly in the animation of liturgical celebrations of Breganze’s Parish and participate in musical events organized by Cultural Associations.
It’s repertoire consists mostly of sacred music. Recently, the team has performed in some choral concerts accompanied by the youth orchestra “Officina Armonica”
The Breganze’s Schola Cantorum is directed since 1992 by Maestro Martina Pettenon, graduated in violin and viola at the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto, and in instrument’s didactic at the Vicenza’s Conservatory
Corale di Roncà (VR)
Conductor Erzsebet Illes
The name of our Choir is given by the dedication of our parish church, in Roncà. Roncà is a small township in Alpone valley, the easternmost valley in province of Verona.
The S.Maria Annunziata Choral Group was born around 1945 as a three male voices choir. As years passed by the original male choir was flanked by a female choir group. At that time they used to perform latin liturgical chants only. The blending of the two choral groups brought to the genesis of the four-part choir.
It was certainly most important for a small township such as Roncà, having experienced dark times because of the WW2, to be able to meet weekly to enjoy music, musical culture and brighten up the liturgy.
A merry novelty brought a change to the choir in 2007: the new responsible presbyter of the Parish Community was a professional musician.
Under his leadership and thanks to his proficiency and experience, the choir refined its techniques, improved the colours of its voices and -apart from providing service during the Holy Communion- started arranging concerts alongside to other local choirs.
The choir repertoire includes about a hundred pieces, from Haendel to Bach, Giuseppe Verdi to Mozart. It also includes pieces from contemporary artists such as the Dutchman Jacob de Haan, Marco Frisin and our fellow Bepi De Marzi.
The choir currently counts 25 voices, who meet once a week to practice. In our community we believe that to broadcast music is to broadcast culture, as “not by bread alone does man live”.
Coro Città di Soave (VR)
Conductor Federico Donadoni
The “Coro Città di Soave” has been founded in the year 1970 and now is composed by 36 male singers.
The Chorus has taken many concerts whether in Italian Regions or abroad
in 14th European Countries: France, Austria, Luxemburg, Spain, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and two times in Brazil invited by the Italian Community of Rio Grande do Sul and made one long playing record and three CD.
Every year organizes a “Concerto di Primavera”, a “Concerto d’Autunno” and an important European Festival, with the participation of Choirs coming from Europe and America, arrived this year to its 48th edition.
The Chorus is directed, since January 2022, by the new conductor Federico Donadoni, professor at Conservatory of Mantova and Verona.
He is specialized Assistant of Operas at Arena of Verona.
From January 2023 the new president is Dr. Daniel Costa.
Coro Polifonico di Ruda (UD)
Conductor Fabiana Noro
Founded in 1945, the Italian male voice choir has sung all over the world and performed in prestigious concerts in Russia, North and South America, Asia and almost all over Europe.
Guardian of the Friuli-based musical tradition, the Italian male choir collaborates with the main Italian orchestras to implement particular symphonic-choral projects and publishes the series 'Organs and organ traditions in Friuli Venezia Giulia'. The choir published about 20 CDs and participated in the most important Rai (Italian Radio and TV) broadcasts and those of several private tv and radio stations.
Fabiana Noro - graduated in piano at the “J. Tomadini” Conservatory in Udine under the guidance of professor Umberto Tracanelli – has been conducting the Italian male choir since January 2003. With this choir she won four major prizes at the 39th national competition of Vittorio Veneto 2004; the absolute first prize in the Romantic Music category at the 9th Tallinn International Competition in Estonia and a second prize at the Grand Prix.
In 2005 she was awarded the second prize under the Polyphony Category at the 53rd International Competition in Arezzo, and in 2007 with the same choir, she won four major prizes at the Anton Bruckner international competition in Linz. She was then awarded the Olympic laurel at the World choir games in Graz (2008) and Shaoxing (2010).
In 2009, at the prestigious Franz Schubert competition in Vienna, she won 4 major prizes including the Grand Prix and the "Franz Schubert" prize for the best performance of a song written by the same author. A third prize was won at the Derry International Competition (Ireland) in 2014, whereas in Malaga (2015) the Male Choir won all four major prizes and the Grand Prix. A similar result was achieved in 2016 in Lloret de Mar-Barcelona, and in 2017, the choir won at Matera the absolute first prize and the Abaco prize for the best performance of a musical piece written by a contemporary author ('Madonìe' by Giovanni Sollima).
Noro also performed in numerous concerts in Italy and abroad (Slovenia, Switzerland, France, Hungary, China, and Japan) as a pianist of internationally-renowned singers, including Bonaldo Giaiotti, Alfredo Mariotti, Vincenzo Bello, Lella Cuberli and numerous others.
She has been a collaborating Master of numerous specialization courses for opera singers, including those held by Maestro Claudio Desderi on Mozartian works and those held at Katia Ricciarelli's opera academy in Desenzano del Garda. Since 2001 he has been a master class pianist of Ms. Raina Kabaivanska with whom she performed in several concerts.
She was awarded the Moret d'aur (the most prestigious prize in Friuli-Venezia Giulia awarded by a jury of journalists and music critics) and the 'Segno donna' prize for her artistic activity.
The Italian male choir is made up of 24 members.
Coro El Castel di Sanguinetto (VR)
Conductor Federico Donadoni
The choir El Castel di Sanguinetto born in 1974 , by a group of friends in love with music and in particular with choral singing .
The choir born as an “Alpine choir”, made of male’s voices only and of a classic mountain and war’s songs. The time passes and the choir extends the repertoire to popular songs about Venetian Lands and femail voices enter in the group. With the current director Federico Donadoni , the choir bring a more modern repertoire. The concerts activity is full of exibitions in Italy and abroad for many important festival and conveign. Some of them were in Munchen, Vienna , Budapest, Spalato, Dubrovnick, Zagabria and Hungary.
Coro Sid Addir Babay Fluminimaggiore (Sardegna)
Conductor Massimo Atzori
Born in September 2004, and registered and established as a cultural association and musical since October 2009.
The name of the choir is not random, it was linked to the cult that took place in the Valley of Antas, site of the Punic Roman Temple that located three kilometers from Fluminimaggiore. This way we wanted to highlight the historical and prehistoric importance of our territory, linking it to the musical culture to make this example of union is a good omen for all, in the hope that cultural differences are in the music a meeting point. . The Polyphonic Choir has participated both in June 2011 than in June 2013, at the International Festival HOCHPUSTERTAL in Trentino Alto Adige representing the whole of Sardinia, in September 2012 took part in the 3rd International festival of Folklore held in Pineda de Mar in Spain, and It is performed in different parts of Sardinia. Organize important character Regional initiatives. To be highlighted: the Christmas choir festival "to the star", and on August 07, the exhibition "a star" night with the participation of various choirs, August 27, 2013, organized a large demonstration in Fluminimaggiore called "cantendi tottusu learn "with the participation of seven choirs totaling 168 singers come from all over Sardinia In December 2014-2015-2016-2017 he has participated in Cagliari at solidarity concert called "CHRISTMAS IN Businco". He attended the International Milazzo Festival in Sicily in April 2017. He participated in the year 2021 and 2022 in the international festival "AL SOLE DELLA SARDEGNA". He has achieved in recent years more than 200 concerts and has a vast repertoire ranging from classic to modern, contemporary, traditional folk not only Sardinian. Counts in its repertoire pieces from Sardinian musical tradition, reworked by artistic director and premiered in various concerts. THE PRESIDENT DIANA SERGIO THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MASSIMO ATZORI
Coral Polifónica Cristobal Pastor d’Onil
Conductor Francisco Pastor Sempere
The choir began its activity in 1957 under the direction of D. Cristóbal Pastor Sempere. Initially, formed only by white voices, just to give greater solemnity to the masses of the local Festivities.
The following year the male voices are incorporated and the repertoire is extended with popular music from different ages and styles.
This new phase, allows the choir to participate in festivals and competitions, as well as to dedicate itself to the folk song, integrating into the local folk dance group. Between the decades of the 70s and 80s, and consecutively, the Choir performed eleven concerts of Sacred music on the occasion of Holy Week. He also participated several times in the Provincial Christmas songs of Rojales, among other actions.
As for his record, it is worth mentioning the third and fourth National Prize with the Choirs and Dances group held in Madrid in 1963 and 1965 respectively; as well as two third prizes in the Provincial Competition of Christmas song of Rojales, in 1981 and 1982.
Since 2013, the choir has resumed the Sacred music concerts that began in past decades thus interpreting great works of the choral symphonic repertoire such as Mozart's Requiem Mass and Schubert Mass in G Major. Likewise, since this year, it organizes the “Villa de Onil Coral Festival” in the autumn. In September 2015, the choir has participated in Valencia in the “Valencian Choir Day” representing the province of Alicante.
At present and since October 2011, Cristóbal Pastor has given the direction of the choir to Mr. Francisco Pastor Sempere, his son.