ICVT 2017


Press Release   •   Jan 13, 2017 15:41 CET

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (January 13, 2017) –– ‘The Future of Singing’ is the title of the International Congress of Voice Teachers 2017 (ICVT 9) to be held in Stockholm, August 2-6, 2017. The conference venue is the newly-built Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and the programme includes seminars and master-classes by global names in voice teaching and singing.

The theme of the congress, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, is "The Future of Singing. Tradition and Science in Harmony". This will be the ninth time the ICVT is arranged and the first time in Sweden. The congress is hosted by the Swedish Association of Singing Teachers and Voice Therapists SSTPF, internationally known as VoTS, Voice Teachers of Sweden, which is one of the world's oldest associations of voice teachers, founded in 1933.

”By looking at both tradition and science, we want to highlight the use of the voice in song and speech, from the untrained voices of children to the highest professional level. We will do this by connecting with current voice research in acoustics, medicine, physics and pedagogy. The importance of choral singing will also be featured,” says Ann-Christine Wilund, President of SSTPF.

ICVT2017 will offer an extensive programme of workshops, master-classes, lectures and concerts. Among the keynote presenters are such names as voice teachers and pedagogues Janice Chapman, Monica Groop, Håkan Hagegård, Helena Jonason, David Jones, Barbro Marklund, Aija Puurtinen, George Shirley and Bo Skovhus, choir pedagogue and conductor André de Quadros, historian and dramatist Stefan Johansson, plus scholars and academic researchers Dr. Matthias Echternach, Professor Johan Sundberg and Professor Sten Ternström. For more information please see www.ICVT2017.com

In addition to the regular congress programme, delegates will be invited to a gala reception given by the City of Stockholm at the City Hall. There will be a tour of the Royal Palace as well as a concert of ‘Royal Music’ in The Hall of State. Delegates will also have the possibility to attend a performance of Mozart’s opera ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Drottningholm Theatre.

”We will be welcoming our delegates and participants to a country with a proud singing tradition. Jenny Lind, Christina Nilsson, Jussi Björling, Birgit Nilsson, Nina Stemme, Peter Mattei and Loa Falkman are some of the principal exponents in the classical field. In the world of musical theatre and popular music we can mention Peter Jöback, Helen Sjöholm, ABBA, Carola and many, many more,” says Ann-Christine Wilund.


Ann-Christine Wilund, President SSTPF, tel. +46-70-746 73 82, e-mail: ann-christine@wilund.net web: www.icvt2017.com

ICVT, International Congress of Voice Teachers, has previously been held in Strasbourg in 1987, Philadelphia, 1991, Auckland, 1994, London 1997, Helsinki 2001, Vancouver 2005, Paris 2009 and Brisbane 2013. The theme of this year's congress in Stockholm is "The Future of Singing. Tradition and Science in Harmony".

The Swedish Association of Singing Teachers and Speech Therapists, SSTPF, was founded in January 1933 and today has about 200 members throughout the country. SSTPF aims to promote and develop the art of song and speech, as well as maintaining high standards of quality and contributing to the further education of its members. The association is represented in international organizations such as the IMC (International Music Council) and EVTA (European Voice Teachers Association).