Milestones in the History of IFCM

The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) works to strengthen cooperation between national and international organizations and individuals in all aspects of choral music.

allread clapThrough its world and regional symposia, conducting master classes, the World Youth Choir, choral music database (Musica), ChoralNet website, World Choral Census, International Choral Bulletin, World Choral Day, Conductors Without Borders, and many other projects, IFCM fulfills its purpose regularly.

IFCM has achieved important results:

  • 1982: Creation of the IFCM in Namur, Belgium
  • 1987: First World Symposium in Vienna, Austria
  • 1988: First issue of the World Choral Census
  • 1989: Opening of the International Center for Choral Music in Namur, Belgium
  • 1990: First session of the World Youth Choir
  • 1992: First issue of the International Choral Bulletin in 4 languages
  • 1992: First World Choral Day
  • 1993: First IFCM master class in Namur, Belgium
  • 1993: Publication of "Cantemus 1", Song Book and CD
  • 1995: First Regional Symposium in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1996: ChoralNet becomes the IFCM official web site
  • 1997: IFCM 15th Anniversary festival in Namur, Belgium
  • 1998: IFCM creates Musica International Association with the CAPA in Strasbourg, France
  • 1999: Opening of an International IFCM Headquarters
  • 2000: First conference of the Commission of Choral Conductors in Altea, Spain
  • 2000: First conference of the Commission on Ethnic Choral Music in Puerto Rico
  • 2002: Publication of IFCM cookbook!
  • 2004: Opening of the IFCM Asia Pacific Regional Secretariat in Busan, South Korea
  • 2004: "Songbridge" becomes a project of International Federation for Choral Music
  • 2006: First World Assembly for Choral Conductors Associations in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2007: First "Asia Pacific Cantat" in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2007: IFCM 25th Anniversary festival “Namur en Chœur”, Belgium
  • 2008: First Forum "Youth, Art & Management"
  • 2008: Creation of the project "African Children Sing!"
  • 2008: Creation of the project "Choral Conductors Without Borders"
  • 2009: Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the World Youth Choir in Örebro, Sweden
  • 2010: First International Composition for Choral Composition "A Choral Work for Peace"