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Canada shines bright at the World Symposium on Choral Music 2023

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The Vancouver Youth Choir (VYC) performing at the 2023 World Symposium on Choral Music. Photo credit: Meghan Hila

Choral Canada was proud to represent Canada's group singing community at the 2023 World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM) in beautiful Istanbul, Türkiye last week.

Our Executive Director Meghan Hila and President-Elect Xavier Brossard-Ménard were in attendance, and managed the Choral Canada booth at the WSCM Expo Hall. Here, they showcased Canadian choral repertoire from various Canadian publishers, shared information with students about post-secondary choral arts studies in Canada, invited delegates from the around the world to attend PODIUM 2024 in Montreal, spread the word on the Benefits of Singing Campaign, and promoted the Vancouver Youth Choir`s concert and the featured composers.

We also hosted a reception with the Vancouver Youth Choir for Canadian delegates and special guests. Lastly, we attended as voting members at the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)`s General Assembly and we are pleased to announce that Ki Adams has been voted on the IFCM Board of Directors, representing Canada. Congratulations, Ki!

For more information on the World Symposium on Choral Music, please visit:

Special thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting Choral Canada's participation at the 2023 WSCM and to the Vancouver Youth Choir for co-sponsoring the reception. 

A selection of photos from our time at #WSCM2023:

Top left: Composer Sherryl Sewepagaham showcases her works with delegates Elise Bradley and Jono Palmer from NZ.
Top middle: Choral Canada's table at the WSCM 2023 Expo Hall.
Top right: Canadian composers Shireen Abu-Khader, Hussein Janmohamed, and Katerina Gimon pose with the Vancouver Youth Choir WSCM 2023 poster.

Middle left: Students excited to learn about opportunities to study the choral arts in Canada.
Middle middle: Singers from featured choir Le Chant Sur La Lowé (Gabon) visit the Choral Canada booth.
Middle right: Some Vancouver Youth Choir singers visit the Choral Canada booth.

Bottom: Meghan Hila attends the 2023 International Federation for Choral Music's General Assembly led by Iva Raduvolic, Secretary General; Emily Kuo Vong, President; Dominique Lecheval, Treasurer.

Photos taken by Meghan Hila


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