Festival schedule

15 July
16-22 July
23 July
24 July

Arrival and registration day: time to meet Vilnius and settle into your new temporary home!

Ateliers start at 9 am on 16 July; we will work on our Atelier programs every day of the festival, but don’t worry – we will leave some free time for you to explore the gorgeous city of Vilnius, too. Detailed hourly schedule will be available right before the festival.

Final performance day! We will all gather for an unforgettable concert featuring some of the best children’s choir conductors on the planet.

Departure day: time to hug your new friends and carry your memories back home!

15 July

Arrival and registration day: time to meet Vilnius and settle into your new temporary home!

16-22 July

Ateliers start at 9 am on 16 July; we will work on our Atelier programs every day of the festival, but don’t worry – we will leave some free time for you to explore the gorgeous city of Vilnius, too. Detailed hourly schedule will be available right before the festival.

23 July

Final performance day! We will all gather for an unforgettable concert featuring some of the best children’s choir conductors on the planet.

24 July

Departure day: time to hug your new friends and carry your memories back home!

Daily schedule

Morning
Midday
Afternoon
Evening

After a yummy breakfast in your accommodation or in town, you will have 3 hours of inspiring Atelier rehearsals.

Time to regain the energy! Have your lunch either together with all participants (choose festival meals for that) or on your own.

This is when we explore: time for Open Singing and non-choral activities! Scroll down to read more about those.

Choir-to-Choir Concerts: the best chance to showcase your usual repertoire and see what other children's choirs have prepared! Don't forget to have some dinner before - again, either with everyone else or on your own.

Morning

After a yummy breakfast in your accommodation or in town, you will have 3 hours of inspiring atelier rehearsals.

Midday

Time to regain the energy! Have your lunch either together with all participants (choose festival meals for that) or on your own.

Afternoon

This is when we explore: time for Open Singing and non-choral activities! Scroll down to read more about those.

Evening

Choir-to-Choir Concerts: the best chance to showcase your usual repertoire and see what other children's choirs have prepared! Don't forget to have some dinner before - again, either with everyone else or on your own.

Ateliers

Every morning, our participants will gather to Atelier rehearsals, where they will learn new music and prepare for their final performances.

Open Singing

Every afternoon, we will all gather in one of the magical courtyards of Vilnius Old Town to sing our hearts out – each participant will get a Song Book and try singing some fun and easy songs right there on the spot, together with hundreds of new friends!

Non-Choral Activities

When we get a little bit tired of singing, we will explore music in other ways! What does singing in a choir do to your brain? Is it true that singing and rowing both use the same muscles? What do singing, mathematics and chemistry have in common? We will make our own instruments and carry out experiments; make music with every day objects and put our phones to good creative use!

Choir-to-Choir Concerts

Our evenings will be dedicated to listening – a core skill for any good choir singer! Choirs will have an opportunity (if they wish) to perform their usual programme in breathtaking halls around Vilnius. These concerts will be the perfect opportunity for you to share your favourite music from home!

Study Tour

This is a special format for choir conductors – regardless of whether you’re coming with or without your choir, you can join an international group of colleagues and explore the festival from a professional point of view. What are the main techniques used by each Atelier conductor? What are the best choral singing practices in various countries? These and other topics will be discussed every day in our Study Tour.

All of the above pictures are from the Europa Cantat Junior 2011 Pärnu (Estonia) – thanks to Urmas Luik!