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Teaching the world to sing

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Michael J. Anderson

Michael J. Anderson will plan global events as president of the International Federation for Choral Music.

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Michael J. Anderson, director of choral and vocal studies, was elected president of the International Federation for Choral Music by representatives from around the world at the federation’s general assembly last month in Argentina.

During his three-year term, Anderson will work on global events like the first World Choral Summit in Beijing, China, in 2012, the second World Youth Forum in 2013 in the United States, and the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in 2014 in Seoul, Korea.

“When singers are put side by side, it has the potential of generating a unique level of openness and honesty. It pulls people together into a unified ‘one’ that transcends geopolitical and cultural boundaries,” he said.

He also will work with on other projects sponsored by the federation, including the World Youth Choir, World Choir Day, the Asia-Pacific Choral Summit, and Conductors Without Borders.

“At times like this, when everything seems uncertain, it appears that more people are turning to singing as an artistic outlet,” Anderson said.

The International Federation for Choral Music includes more than 2,000 choirs, organizations, businesses and singers on all continents.

It was founded in 1982 to promote exchange among choral musicians globally through conferences, master classes, a choral music database, the World Youth Choir, the World Choral Census, the International Choral Bulletin, and World Choral Day on the second Sunday of each December.

The federation is the official representative of choral music on the International Music Council of UNESCO.

Its website notes that “differences in culture, political ideology, race and language disappear when people sing together.”

Anderson has been interim president of the federation since April 2010.

“It will be a demanding, yet stimulating three years,” he said.


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