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Meeting - Lecture
On May 12th, at 7:00 pm, Naregatsi Art Institute in Yerevan will host a meeting- lecture with composer Vahram Sarkissian.
During the meeting, the composer will talk about his career, the development of musical language, its influences and the modern reality of Canada, presenting the results of the studies made in the sphere of contemporary vocal throughout the last 3 years.


b244a8_aa2d6a99d64e43b8ba84c08df7d76441Vahram Sarkissian - The Colors of the human voice: rediscovery
Lecture at the 11th Symposium on Choral Music, Barcelona, Spain

July 24, 14:30h
July 25, 11:00h

  • What are the real sound production capabilities of the human voice?
  • How can we expand the technical component of choral singing?
  • What can we observe, learn and possibly borrow from world's diverse singing practices?
  • How feasible are vocal extended techniques in a choir?


the-esoterics-seattleWinners announced for the 2016-2017 competition
The Esoterics is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016-2017 POLYPHONOS choral composition competition. A panel of four judges reviewed each and every anonymously submitted score to settle upon the winners of three separate awards: one national (U.S.) composer, one international composer, and one young composer under the age of 30. Each awardee will receive a US$1,000 commission for a 5-minute new work that The Esoterics will premiere at the POLYPHONOS Concert in October of 2017.  The winners will also receive funds for travel and lodging to the premiere of their work next year. The Esoterics extends its sincerest thanks to all who applied to this competition. Once again, the judges’ decision was a difficult one. We hope that those of you who were not selected will enter again next year.

Vahram Sargsyan, Montréal, Québec (International Composer)
Daniel Sabzghabaei, Baltimore, Maryland (National Composer)
Conrad Asman, Cape Town, South Africa (Young Composer)



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