9th European Academy for Choral Conductors

The European Academy for Choral Conductors in Fano (Italy) is a biannual professional masterclass open to participants from all over Europe. It is organised by Feniarco (Italian National Federation of Choral regional associations) in partnership with ECA-EC (European Choral Association – Europa Cantat).
The Academy is a professional masterclass open to experienced choir conductors. It is possible to register as active participant or as auditor. Participants will be maximum 20 active conductors who will work for the first three days of the Academy. From the fourth day on, 10 advanced level pupils will perfect themselves for the final concert. The other 10 conductors will attend the lessons as auditors. The active participants will work with a high level pilot-choir during the whole Academy. At the end of the week, on Saturday September the 2nd, there will be a concert conducted by the best participants of the masterclass.
The working language will be English.

Musical programme

This edition’s theme is Wonder & reflection in choral music and the chosen compositions want to produce a sensation of wonder, bringing the auditors out of the defined space-temporal context and, at the same time, producing a deep reflection about the texts.

In details, this is the musical programme:
James MacMillan (1959) – Miserere
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Warum ist das Licht
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) – O sacrum convivium
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) – Agnus Dei
Frank Martin (1890-1974) – Songs of Ariel
Sverre Bergh (1915-1980) – And death shall have no dominion
Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) – Miserere (rev. E. Correggia)

The course will develop different aspects related to choir conducting, focusing on the relevance of the rehearsal’s techniques, on the performance and on the interpretation, providing useful advices for a correct use of the voice.


Participation fees range from 100 to 230€ and a 15% reduction for participants under 27 years old. ICA/ICV members get a reduction as indirect members of ECA-EC.

Deadline for application is 31st May 2017.

Further information: visit  → Feniarco Website