To the Organizers and Participants
Of the Fourth Children and Youth Choral World Championship
I am glad to welcome the participants and guests of the Fourth Children and Youth Choral World Championship!
Any creative contest gives rise to the spirit of unity and mutual understanding, it helps to know the culture and traditions of the peoples, to better understand and respect each other.
The project has traditionally given young talents a unique opportunity to rise to eminence in their art, and its openness and democratic spirit creates a special atmosphere of trust, of being involved in the lively and vibrant creative process.
I am confident that the Championship will launch the careers of many new bright stars, will give us a unique feeling of joy from hearing the children’s voices, and be an additional incentive to the development of contemporary choral art.
I sincerely wish inspiration and creative discoveries to all the participants of the Championship, and bright impressions from spending time with beauty – to its guests!
Yours faithfully,Chairman of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg
To the organizers and participants of the Children and Youth Choral World Championship
I cordially greet all the participants and organizers of the Children and Youth Choral World Championship, held for the fourth time in St. Petersburg and designed to nurture the best traditions of the national choral art in the younger generation.
It is not accidental that the city on the Neva was chosen as the venue of the competition. St. Petersburg has always been and remains a focal point of spiritual and cultural traditions, which are the basis for creativity, including music. No doubt your music Championship promotes the revival and development of choral culture, promotes the exposure of the young people to the best samples of national and world sacred music, and also serves the noble cause of strengthening the friendly relations between the choirs.
I would like to wish that all of us — both the young participants, their wise teachers and the audience – would perceive this championship not as just a chance to enjoy beautiful singing, but, above all, as an opportunity to spiritual elevation, professional growth, a valuable exchange of experience, which will be the basis for further development and augmentation of God-given talents.
I wish the participants and guests of the contest God’s help, success, fruitful cooperation and inspiration for new achievements pleasing to God.
With blessing, AMBROSE, Archbishop of Peterhof, Rector of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy
Dear friends and fans of choral singing!
I cordially greet the organizers, participants and guests of the 4th Children and Youth Choral World Championship!
It is nice to know that this choral festival opens a new page in the cultural life of the northern capital, making us meet new young talent.
This project of unique format aims to enhance and preserve the cultural heritage of local authors, stirring the interest of young audiences to choral art. It allows the audience to hear contemporary music and get acquainted with the composers who write for children and youth.
It is pleasant to note that this year many works by contemporary Petersburg composers are included in the repertoires of choral groups. And on the opening day of the Championship the massed choir of the participants will present premieres of new works by Yakov Dubravin, the composer whose songs for children and young people occupy a significant place in his work since the middle of the last century!
I have no doubt that the championship will bring true pleasure not only to the fans of choral music, but also show the youth of today that academic high art can be interesting, exciting and ready for the changing modern world.
I sincerely wish inspiration and creative discoveries to all the participants of the Championship, and bright impressions from spending time with beauty – to the guests of this holiday of music!
And let the strongest win!
Chairman of the Union of Composers of St. Petersburg, Art director of the «Petersburg Musical Spring» international festival, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, The Government of St. Petersburg Award winner, Professor
Dear fans of choral art!
I cordially greet the organizers, participants and guests of the Fourth Children and Youth Choral World Championship!
It is remarkable that the tradition of this event was born in St. Petersburg, a city with a mighty spiritual potential, Russia’s most important cultural center.
The format of a creative contest provides conditions for artistic creation and rapid development of professional skills of the younger generation.
Hopefully, fair competition and cooperation will help to identify important achievements in choral art, which may become a milestone in the development of the national choral culture. Choral music heard in this extraordinary forum will leave no one indifferent!
I am confident that the Championship will be held at a high level. Let each of the participants take with them unforgettable experiences, acquire new friends, so that the traditions of this festival may grow and develop in one of the most beautiful cities of the world — St. Petersburg!
Rector of the St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire, Award Winner of the International Competition, Artistic Director and Conductor of the A. Paulavichyus Youth Symphonic Orchestra,
Associate Professor A.N. Vasiliev
The Center of International Cooperation «Inter Aspect» would like to invite you to participate in The Second Children-Youth Choral World Championship to be held in St.Petersburg from 18 to 22 February 2015.
The purpose of World Choral Championship for Children and Youth is to detect and support gifted children and youth, to introduce young musicians to the spiritual heritage and world singing culture by means of the choral singing art. The Championship sets up conditions for creative communication and cooperation of children and youth choral collectives from different regions of Russia and foreign countries.
Participation in the Championship must facilitate preservation and development of choral singing traditions and help both participants and leaders of choruses in their creative growth, communication, increase of professional skills. In the process of the Championship, participants will have the possibilities to establish new creative contacts with each other, as well as with prominent workers of the singing art.
- Opening of new names and talents in children and youth choral singing;
- Making of creative atmosphere for communication of the Championship participants, establishing and strengthening of friendly relations with choruses from different countries, stirring up cultural exchange;
- Popularization of choral art and positive motivation of singing in a chorus;
- Increase of professional level of leaders (master classes, round table for leaders and meetings with jury members);
- Development of tolerance of youth, adequate understanding of other cultures, methods of self-expression and manifestation of human individuality;
- Development of volunteer movement among students of Conducting and Choral Departments, engaging them in the work with participants;
- Engaging of musical producers and managers in organization of the following touring and concert activity of the Championship participants.