EVA Talk

“Wow, that was really awesome! I’ve been zooming with my choirs for a long time and I’m not unimaginative either, but that was fireworks, heart-warming and beautiful :-)”

Gabriele Hartung about Merel Martens’ EVA Talk

The European Voices Association invites you to talk with us about the evolution of the a cappella scene, about desires and visions and about what it takes to advance them further.

We have joined forces to connect singing people’ in Europe and to give many people the opportunity to participate in events, workshops and concerts, to develop and make new friends.

Second Online EVA Talk

The Intelligent Choir and Vocal Painting

20 April 2021, 19:00 CET

Jim Daus Hjernøe


This time we will welcome Professor Jim Daus Hjernøe, the director and leading head of the European Voices Award-winning RAMA Vocal Center (RVC). As an internationally sought-after lecturer, excellent musician and ensemble leader, he lives the pursuit of innovation. With the RVC, Jim has simultaneously created an international network that carries the ideas, the methods and the creative potential all over the world.

Jim has also developed the “The Intelligent Choir” methodology (TIC). The “Intelligent Choir” consists of singers who themselves take responsibility for the musical creative process.

With “Vocal Painting” (VOPA), Jim has further developed Walter Thompson’s “Sound Painting” for improvisation with the voice and created a powerful tool for musical work in an ensemble.

Jim will give you a first impression on TIC and VOPA and about the possibilities to learn more about it for around 60 minutes. Thereafter will be time for questions and answers.

First Online EVA Talk

Online Choir Rehearsals
Methods, Exercises and Games

1 March 2021, 19:00-20:30 CET

Merel Martens


For some time now choirs are rehearsing online with tools like Zoom or Jamulus. Even if ma­ny singers and conductors have lots of experiences now they might be interested in learning some new things.

The purpose of our EVA Talk in this new format is to provide vocal ensemble singers and choir leaders with concrete tips and inspiration, to maintain continuity for your group or choir during times of physical distancing.

Merel will teach you for around 60 minutes. Thereafter will be time for questions and answers.

Merel Martens founded the Vocal Leadership educational programs at the Codarts conservatory in Rotterdam, Ne­therlands in 2015.

Merel’s work with award winning vocal groups such as Pitch Control, MAZE, The Junction, Dutch Organic Choir and VOÏSZ Vocal Projects breaks new ground in vocal mu­sic around the world as well as in her home country.

Münster Vocal Festival 2019

27 September 2019, 16:00-17:00
Aula am Aasee, Münster, Germany

Jim Daus Hjernøe

Aarhus Vocal Festival 2019

31 May 2019, 13:00-14:00
Kammermusiksalen, Musikhuset, Aarhus, Denmark

Host: Karin Mueller
Special guest: Jonathan Minkoff (USA)

The focus of the talk was the announcement of the takeover of the database of acappella-online.de by EVA. This led to a discussion about the necessity of such a database in times of social media. This necessity was affirmed because platforms like Facebook etc. work with algorithms, filter bubbles arise and no historical documentation takes place.

In the discussion it became clear that the choral scene worldwide has to struggle with similar problems such as: too few male voices in the ensembles, no generally valid description of the relatively young music style Pop/Jazz / Contemporary / Rhythmic Music, classical music usually considered to be of higher quality.

Through our guests from Asia (Christine Liu and Clare Chen) and America (Jonathan Minkoff and J. D. Frizzell), differences were also addressed, such as the lack of choral tradition in Asia or the lack of mixed-age choirs in the USA.

EVA has set itself the task of maintaining acappella-online.de and continuing to make it accessible to all interested parties – true to our self-image as an organisation that organises and provides information rather than people and groups.