International Federation of Choral Music in Jerusalem

International Federation for Choral Music Conference
September 16-20, 2006
Jerusalem, Israel

Hallel, the Israel Choral Organization is hosting. also:
Israel Ministry of Education and Culture
Israel Music Department of the Cultural Directorate
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jerusalem Music Center
Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center

A very exciting and interesting event is taking place in Israel before the High Holidays. If any of you are not totally immersed in preparations for the High Holidays and/or will be visiting relatives in Israel for the holidays, the letter below about the program may be of extreme interest to you. The letter is written by Professor André de Quadros who is the head of the Music Department at Boston University and the chair of the Multicultural and Ethnic division of the International Federation of Choral Music. Below is his letter:

“On behalf of the Ethnic and Multicultural Commission, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to participate in, or present at, the Voices of Jerusalem Conference of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).
In a world that develops nuclear weapons, deals with increasing terrorism, and abuses its environment, choral singing is one of the most powerful unifying forces. Differences in culture, political ideology, race and language fade when people of all backgrounds become one voice that creates a global family.
IFCM holds a mission of facilitating international communication through choral music, particularly in bitterly divided parts of the world.
The conference will be held in Jerusalem, Israel on 16-20 September, 2006 and will be a veritable feast of workshops, concerts and lecture demonstrations focusing on Jerusalem as a center for three great Abrahamic religions, traditions and cultures: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact me at (617) 353-8789 or
Yours faithfully
Professor André de Quadros
Chair, Multicultural and Ethnic Commission of IFCM

For information on applying to participate or present, contact Maya Shavit at

About the International Federation for Choral Music
IFCM was founded in 1982 for the purpose of facilitating communication and exchange between choral musicians throughout the world. IFCM holds a mission of facilitating international communication through choral music, particularly in bitterly divided parts of the world.
IFCM is fulfilling its purpose through its world and regional symposia, conducting master classes, World Youth Choir, Choral Music Database (Musica), ChoralNet website, World Choral Census, International Choral Bulletin, World Day of Choral Singing and many other projects.

IFCM is the official representative of choral music on the International Music Council of the UNESCO. The Council recognizes that there are perhaps more people in the world participating in choral music than in any other group activity and that choral musicians need an organization such as IFCM to encourage and facilitate international communication and cooperation.