Koor&Stem is a non-profit organisation that supports more than 1000 choirs, 35.000 singers and conductors across Flanders. We bring people together through song, create education opportunities and promote fresh perspectives on the future of choral life.
Education & training for choirs
During our repertoire days and choral events, singers can come discover new pieces, sing through music, delve deeper into a certain genre, etc. But they sing as well; the singers often get a lot of tips about using their voices, their posture and so much more.
Networking plays an important role for us. Singers can meet each other to practice a song, have a nice chat, get a bite to eat and something to drink during a choir café, a choral day, a children’s choir gathering or a youth choir gathering.
Every choir is unique: the sound, the repertoire, the appearance, the composition, etc. Koor&Stem offers choirs the chance to develop. A choir coach comes by upon request to actively work with a choir on vocal training, choir sound, repertoire, performance...
The Koor&Stem choral consultants are available every day to provide advice or offer assistance. Member choirs can always ask these consultants any questions they may have or they can visit our website to find the answers to many frequently asked questions.
Choir board members can attend sessions on all kinds of practical administrative subjects, such as legislation on association structures, volunteers, copyrights, communication, etc. Singers can also brush up on their practical skills, during a basic course on solmisation.
Stemband Magazine is the quarterly magazine published by Koor&Stem. It contains interviews with famous and less-famous conductors and singers, repertoire tips, articles about what’s going on in the world of choral music, news and a calendar.
Koor&Stem has developed national and international partnerships with organisations within and outside the choral world: art centers, educational organisations, foundations, care homes for the elderly, ... Get acquainted with some of our projects and events.
World Choir Games 2020
The region of Flanders with the cities Antwerp and Ghent will host the 11th World Choir Games. The event, which is also considered the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’ will take place from July 5-15, 2020 and attract thousands of singers from Europe and all over the world.
In the heart of Europe
20 years after the foundation of the World Choir Games in Austria (2000) the international choral world will once again celebrate the world’s largest international choir competition in the heart of Europe. Antwerp and Ghent are the main hosts for the World Choir Games 2020 and promise top-class venues, fantastic choir concerts and unforgettable experiences!
With three official languages and a wealth of local dialects, Belgium is a great crossroad of cultures and thus a perfect host for the largest international choir competition in the world. Thousands of international participants will be warmly welcomed and immediately feel at home when bringing their music and cultures to Flanders in summer 2020.
The World Choir Games invites all non-professional choirs of the world to participate. The Games offer fair and realistic competition to experienced competitive choirs as well as choirs with relatively little international experience. The World Choir Games offer The Champions Competition and The Open Competition. These two competitions allow choirs the opportunity to participate at the appropriate level.
Choirs who choose not to be placed in competition, but seek to be part of the international experience of the can participate in the non-competitive evaluation activities.
Early bird deadline: September 16, 2019
Registration deadline: December 2, 2019
Koor&Stem offers courses and workshops for conductors, houses a library and publishes scores and songbooks - go visit the webshop! The dedicated website Koorklank.be promotes Flemish choral music and their composers.