Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and everything.Plato
If there is one thing that has the ability to unify the world, it is music. Throughout the centuries music has had the power to bring people together from many different cultural backgrounds and geographies all over the world, enhancing peace and social togetherness with the strum of a chord or hum of a note.
Music helps people to bond in many different ways, from making friends at different musical concerts to allowing adults and children to dance and have fun together in their own homes. If there is an aspect of talent that can be said to be universally wonderful, it must be to be musically inclined.
There are no words that can describe how powerful music can really be when shared in the cause of peace and togetherness. World Choral Day is dedicated to those very principles, a world-wide goal to bring peace and harmony through the musical arts.
Get ready to share, enjoy and celebrate World Choral Day!
History of World Choral Day
World Choral Day was established in Helsinki in 1990 by Alberto Grau, a composer, a teacher, and a choral director from Venezuela. The day was created within the framework of the 2nd World Symposium on Choral Music.
Alberto Grau is also the founder of the Director Schola Cantorum de Caracas, a Venezuelan choral group with which he has achieved quite a few major victories. In fact, this choral group was the basis for the creation of numerous development projects of musical art such as, among others, the Schola Cantorum Foundation of Caracas and Foundation Coral Cantemos movement.
Now, a few decades later, World Choral Day has become a global phenomenon and helps bring people together in peace and harmony through music. Because of this, World Choral Day has brought peace to many places through the music that they sing and the lessons that they teach.
Since the day’s creation, thousands of choirs have joined in from at least 50 countries all over the world to participate in this unique opportunity. This day overcomes differences based on politics, religion, background, race, ideology and anything else that could separate and divide humans and, instead, brings everyone together to sing with one voice.
Through music, it is possible to break down barriers between genders and cultures, and help to bring people together in social harmony. Everyone can celebrate this holiday and can give joy to the world with the sound of a world of seven billion voices gathered together in rapturous song!
How to Celebrate World Choral Day
Celebrating World Choral Day with the rest of the world can be something very simple or a bit more involved. Whatever the way, getting involved is the most important part. Try out some of these interesting ideas for observing World Choral Day with other people who love to sing:
Join in with a Choral Group
Choral groups from around the world raise their voices in united song, and World Choral Day is the opportunity to join voices with them. Events, festivals, sing-alongs, seminars, Days of Friendship and many other events have been organized over the past few years to help people get connected for World Choral Day.
Whether simply attending an event sponsored by this holiday or organizing one of your own in the community, music is a great way to celebrate the unity of mankind through the common tongue that is singing!
Listen to Choral Music
Of course, the best way to get connected is head over to a concert and listen to some choral music. However, if that’s not possible, don’t despair. Choral music can always be listened to from recordings. So cue up Spotify or another music platform and get to listening to some Choral music on this day. Start with some of these:
- Transcendental Voices: The Most Beautiful Choral Music Ever (2020)
This compilation album brings the best of a variety of choral music
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Then Sings My Soul (2006)
For more than 150 years, this choir has been delighting audiences with its choral sounds.
- Straight No Chaser: Under the Influence (2013)
A fresh take on choral music, this acapella group formed at Indiana University, Bloomington and performs covers.
- Choir of the New College, Oxford: Eight Part-songs, Op. 119: The Bluebird (2000)
These inspiring voices are led by Edward Higginbotham.
Organize a World Choral Day Event
Can’t find a World Choral Day event nearby that works? Then this might just be the opportunity to start one! Whether it’s a pop-up group of choral singers who join together in a public space (like the mall), or a more formal setting with a choir director and a concert venue, the point is to get those mouths open and voices singing!
Raise Awareness for World Choral Day
Even though it is three decades old, many people haven’t heard about World Choral Day and they might just need to! Sow some seeds of peace and good will this year by telling others about it. Listen to choral music at work and let coworkers know. Invite friends or family to attend a choral concert or, better yet, invite them to join in with the choir. The more people who know about World Choral Day, the more effective it will be toward breaking down barriers and getting the world singing together with one voice.