12th World Symposium on Choral Music

RNZ interview with John Rosser

Recently the World Symposium on Choral Music 2020 Artistic Director, John Rosser, was featured on Radio New Zealand’s Standing Room Only show, in conversation with presenter Simon Morris. 

The two discussed Rosser’s journey thus far with World Symposia - from a life-changing experience in Copenhagen in 2008 to Barcelona for WSCM2017 to pairing WSCM2020 with a theme central to Aotearoa, New Zealand: People and the Land (He Tangata / He Whenua). 

During the interview, Rosser shared a few highly-anticipated presentation topics and performances, though he said it’s nearly impossible not to rave about all of the presenting and performing attendees! 

Listen to the full interview here.

“For lovers of the power of the human voice - which is pretty much all of us, certainly on this show! - this is a highly anticipated event." - RNZ Standing Room Only Presenter, Simon Morris

“I feel as though this is by far the most contemporary Symposium...you wouldn’t find anyone talking about these topics 8-10 years ago...every single one of these 24 choirs is top-notch.” - John Rosser, WSCM2020 Artistic Director

Presentations mentioned during the interview:

Choral Singing in Prisons presented by Jamie Hillman with André de Quadros (USA)

Helping Disadvantaged Youth through Choral Singing presented by Barkev Taslakian (Lebanon)

Welcoming Transgender And Non-binary Singers presented by Rachel Inselman with Richard Robbins and Andrea P. Herrera (USA)

Explore the wide range of presentations covering ‘topics of the minute’ and cornerstone subjects from the forty top international presenters here

Performing choirs mentioned during the interview:

Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley (USA)

Pop-up Detmold (Germany)

Portland State Chamber Choir (USA)

Houston Chamber Choir (USA)

Nordic Voices partnering with the Norwegian Youth Choir (Norway)

Batavia Madrigal Singers (Indonesia)

Learn more about these, and other performing choirs, here


Disclaimer: the interview mentions only a small portion of the highly anticipated concerts and presentations. Stay tuned for more highlights in the coming months…

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