Festival Information

  • Choralies 2016

    Lyon, France


    program: concerts, workshops, coachings for choirs, coachings for vocal groups
    reach: international
    target group: vocal groups, choirs

    History Founded in 1948 , declared of public utility in 1976, and recognized by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Associative Life, À Cœur Joie is networking over 500 choirs, 600 conductors and 15,000 choir singers all over France. Today, À Cœur Joie is committing to an approarch towards the future:

    – asserting its values of openness and excellency, its network encourages all repertoires and all vocal practices,
    – working for the vitality of choral singing while transmitting the richness of its legacy,
    – taking part into structuring the choral world through a regional, national, and international network,
    – encouraging the practice of the youth through diverse options: national choirs, meetings, training periods and ateliers.

    The Association’s missions
    – Favoring the information flow between members of the choral world thanks to modern communication tools;
    – Organizing manifestations, festivals, meetings, and choral singing concerts.

    The main activity of the association is the Choralies festival at Vaison-la-Romaine, organized every three years since 1953, and gathering over 5,000 choir singers for 10 days;
    – Offering training opportunities like congresses, training periods, and meetings;
    – Editing, promoting and diffusing the modern choral repertoire, aiming especially at the youth;
    – Representing amateur choral practices for public authorities, national, regional, local, and for cultural or choral organizations in France and abroad.

    Network structure The À Cœur Joie association is led by a national general assembly, an executive board, a musical council, and is represented by local associations split in 12 divisions. Each division is composed of volunteer musicians and administrators. The actual president is Jacques BARBIER. The national secretary is based in Lyon, and employs a dozen of people under the direction of Jean-Claude WILKENS. The association has its own publishing house, the Éditions À Cœur Joie, based in Lyon and employing four people. It is the main French choral editor. À Cœur Joie has a dense and active network.

    It’s a founding member, and holds a seat in the executive boards of:
    – European Choral Association
    – Europa Cantat, European organization gathering about sixty choral structures, regional and national, in over 40 countries.
    – Internatonal Federation for Choral Music, International association present in 80 countries, and in charge of organizing the World Symposium on Choral Music every three years, and numerous activities around the world such as Conductors without Borders.
    – Musica International, association tasked with developping and diffusing the world musical repertoire data bank (165,000 titles).
    – Cœurs en Chœurs, association working to offer choral practice to neglected audiences.
    – À Cœur Joie is also a member of the Choral Festival Network association, gathering over 50 festivals and choral singing competitions of great quality.