A platform to learn more about choral music

Workshops, Clinics & Scholarship

Different renowned experts in choral music will hold workshops before competition. Participants from all corners of the world can enjoy a comfortable platform to share the joy of choral music.

Choral Conducting Master Course

Legendary Maestro of European Choral Conducting - Dénes Szabó

Dénes Szabó
  • A leading light in Hungarian choral music, who demonstrates Zoltán Kodály's and Béla Bartók music in the most genuine way
  • Owns dozens of records
  • Under his baton, Cantemus Choirs and Pro Musica Girls' Choir have attained over 50 world-champion titles
  • The winner of the European Grand Prix
  • Granted Hungarian Cultural Heritage Award in 2004

As the first Conducting Master Course in 2013 Hong Kong International Youth and Children's Choir Festival received wide acclaims from conductors and choral lovers, we invite Dénes SZABÓ, one of the world most sought-after European maestros, to conduct the master course and Cantemus Pro Musica Girls' Choir to give the demonstration in the 2015 event again. Not only will participants get the golden chance to work with this world-class choir, active participants will conduct the Cantemus Pro Musica Girls' Choir and perform in the graduation mini concert.

Dénes SZABÓ was born in Makó, Hungary in 1947 and is a tremendous figure in Hungarian and international choral world. He studied music in Szeged, Miskolc and Budapest and subsequently began his teaching career at the Zoltán Kodály Primary School in Nyíregyháza. He founded the Cantemus Children's Choir in 1975 which later developed into a choral institute and began to operate as an independent artistic organization with three choirs in 2004. Under his baton, the choirs have won numbers of awards and championships in different important international choral contests, which made him an authority of the Kodály method.

In recognition of his artistic achievements and dedicated work in music education, Dénes SZABÓ was awarded the Ferenc Liszt-prize in 1985, the Bartók Béla – Pásztory Ditta Prize in 1993, the Kossuth Prize in 2000 and the Hungarian Cultural Heritage prize in 2004. Lately, he received the Artist of the Nation Award in 2013 and 2014 consecutively.

Jebsen & Co. Choral Arts Youth Scholarship

The choral standard in Hong Kong is on the rise recently. Some local choirs have participated in different international choral competitions and received excellent results. In 2015 Festival, we are fortunate to have Jebsen & Co. Ltd. to grant the “World Youth and Children's Choir Festival – Jebsen & Co. Choral Arts Youth Scholarship”. The scholarship intends to support the young choral conductors, composers and choirs to go overseas or to invite international renowned choral experts to Hong Kong for cultural exchanges. It also aims to offer opportunities to the young artists to expose to the international choral field to widen their horizons. Hopefully, the choral standard in Hong Kong will be improved in the long run.

Eligible Applicants

  1. Applicants must be holders of HK Identity Card.
  2. Individual or group applicants are both acceptable.
  3. Group applicants must be a choir with members of age 29 or under.
  4. Individual applicants must be either choral conductors or composers and age 40 or under.
  5. The total amount of scholarship is HK$40,000.
  6. Maximum individual awardees will be limited to seven whereas group awardees will be four.

Documents to be Submitted

  1. A proposal describes the use of the scholarship. It can be used to enhance the choral exposure of the applicants by attending international choral events, master classes or workshops, or by inviting choral experts to Hong Kong to conduct classes etc. A report is required after the completion of proposed project.
  2. A reference letter which shouldn't be written by any member in the Assessment Panel.
  3. Record of relevant works or competition results, performance and professional contribution.

Assessment Panel

Wing-wah CHAN JP Deputy Director (Academic & Professional Programmes),
School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE)
Darwin CHEN SBS Vice President, UNESCO Hong Kong Association
Honorary President, The Hong Kong Children's Choir
Fan-fu CHOW MH Experienced Cross-strait Art Critic
Barbara FEI SBS Permanent Honorary President, Hong Kong Treble Choirs' Association
Honorary Advisor, Hong Kong Treble Choir
Johnny M. POON Professor and Head of Department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University
Leon Shiu-wai TONG President, Hong Kong Treble Choirs' Association
Artistic Director & Principal Conductor, Hong Kong Treble Choir
Richard Yip-fat TSANG Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Nancy YUEN Head of Vocal Studies, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Bianca WONG Group Human Resources and Corporate Communications Director, Jebsen & Co. Ltd.

Awardees

Elector List

Elector Biography

Press Release

Workshops

Martin BERGER
(South Africa)
Get Moving: Dance, Rhythm and Arrangement of South African Choral Music A taste of music from different parts of the world. Exploring new repertoires for your choir.
Brady R. ALLRED
(USA)
Songs of America: Spiritual, Broadway and Folklore
Cristian GRASES
(Venezuela)
Latin American Fiesta: Introduction of Latin American Choral Repertoire
Soma SZABÓ
(Hungary)
Magic of Kodaly Methodology Expert of Kodaly methodology will demonstrate this magic.
Chen Yi
(China)
Meet the Composer: Chen Yi and her choral music World renowned composer Chen Yi introducing her own choral works.
Mark A. CARPIO
(Philippines)
A Path to Win: Keys to Successful Competition Programming Wondering the difference between competition and performance repertoires? Experienced conductor of European Grand Prix for Choral Singing will share the secret of choosing repertoires for competition.
Ganlin
(China)
The Advance Direction and Development of Contemporary Chinese Choral Arts Chinese contemporary composer will share his insight in the direction of Chinese choral arts.
Lyn WILLIAMS & Sydney Children’s Choir
(Australia)
Rehearsal Techniques: Focus on Children’s Choral Training Founder and conductor of Sydney Children’s Choir will explain the difference of children and youth choral training.
Mikael WEDAR & S:t Jacobs Youth Choir
(Sweden)
The Swedish Sound: Voicing and Demonstration Champion of European Grand Prix for Choral Singing 2014 demonstrates their supreme technique of voicing.
Jacob SWINDELLS & The Oxford Gargoyles
(United Kingdom)
Vocal Techniques in Contemporary Jazz A Cappella Repertoire Jazz A Cappella vocal band demonstrates a cappella techniques including vocal percussion.
Yin NG & Jessie CHEUNG
(Hong Kong, China)
Sharing Session of Choral Composing and Writing Composer and lyricist of "I Sing Out the Sound of the World" share their experience of writing music.
Representatives of International Choral Festivals World Extravaganza: Significant Choral Festivals of the World Representatives of different Festivals will introduce the traits of their Festivals and the latest news. Let’s be informed and prepared to play a role in the choral world.

Workshop Admission Fee

HKD$100 per session