150 choir conductors gathered together to save the choral art of Moldova

07 April 2014
The prise of 50 thousand lei, offered by Edelweiss Foundation in the framework of Gala Performance Award (December 2013) was used by the Choral Music Association and Musicians’ Union to organize a national conference for choir conductors. The vent took place on April 5th and was a total success, uniting 150 choir conductors from all 33 regions of Moldova.
150 choir conductors gathered together to save the choral art of Moldova
The prise of 50 thousand lei, offered by Edelweiss Foundation in the framework of Gala Performance Award (December 2013) was used by the Choral Music Association and Musicians’ Union to organize a national conference for choir conductors. The vent took place on April 5th and was a total success, uniting 150 choir conductors from all 33 regions of Moldova.

Conference participants discussed issues related to choral music from educational and management stand point , resulting in elaborating a concept paper that will be sent to central and local public authorities.

“Edelweiss Foundation supports talented people and artists from the Republic of Moldova, which promote culture through their day by day activities. The choir conductors’ conference, organized in Moldova for the very first time, enhances the importance of choir art”, mentioned Lara Moraru, the Executive Director of Edelweiss Foundation.

Vlad Plahotniuc, the representative of the Foundation, referred to the biggest problem that artists in this area face today, namely the reduction of more than 10 times of the number of choirs in the country in the past 20 years. The president of Choral Music, Elena Marian pointed out that in the 90s there were 170 choirs in Moldovan villages, while today the number of choirs dropped to 92.

Secretary General of the UNESCO National Commission of the Republic of Moldova, composer Constantin Rusnac, who moderated the event, stressed the need to reinvigorate choirs, especially in school. “Choirs must exist in every village and in every school," said Constantin Rusnac.