The Early Music Platform Forum 2018 took place at the VOX Early Mus Strategic Partnership Project Multiplier Event at the University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, on 25-26 May 2018

Early Music Platform Preparatory Working Group:
• Peter Nelson (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen) – Chair
• Johannes Boer (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag)
• Thomas Drescher / Kelly Landerkin / Federico Sepúlveda (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel)
• Greta Haenen (Hochschule für Künste Bremen)
• Terrell Stone (Conservatorio di Musica “A. Pedrollo”, Vicenza)
• Elina Mustonen (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)
• Francis Biggi (Haute École de Musique de Genève)
• Claire Michon (CESMD de Poitou-Charentes de Poitiers)

The AEC preparatory working groups members work on the preparation of AEC events on voluntary basis. The AEC Preparatory Working Groups are all formed by coopting active individuals in the relevant field of specialization within AEC member institutions. Proactivity, as well as geographical and gender balances are the applied criteria to guarantee the diverse and dynamic character of the groups, who should ideally recreate the diversity of AEC members institutions. Working group members are financially supported by their home institutions, which cover their travel and accommodation expenses to the working group meetings and to the actual event.

Thinking Out of the VOX

In collaboration with the Multiplier Event of the VOX Early Mus Strategic Partnership Project

Early Music educators are constantly striving to elevate methodical processes and procedures in new, unconventional ways of thinking. Dealing with subjects over a long period of time and using perspectives from various sides helps to develop the tools necessary for the rapid changes in the music profession. The need of the higher music education sector to adapt to an increasingly international music market, and the demands of the profession for more complete and specialised performers’ portfolios creates a desire to think out of the “VOX”.

The VOXearlyMUS is an ERASMUS+ collaborative project which has spent the past three years investigating the need to adapt and also to regard different points of view and approaches in vocal early music. The project focuses on cross-border cooperation in the field of vocal Early Music teaching as a tool to strengthen the quality of Higher Music Education. The AEC Early Music Platform 2018, organised in connection with the Multiplier Event of the VOXearlyMUS strategic Partnership Project in Bucharest, gives the opportunity to explore and disseminate the outcomes of this project and, from there, starting a broader reflection on Early Music education today.

The highlights of this conference at the National University of Music Bucharest are the presentation of the VOXearlyMUS project intellectual outputs: the Curriculum design & development Handbook and DVD for joint master programmes on early music small vocal ensembles and 2. VOX early MUS – mastering excellence. Another important objective of this project is strengthening the mobility and cross-border cooperation via the transnational character of the project’s specific activities and partner institutions. On this topic the AEC EMP will offer presentations on International collaborations in Early Music – three models presented by Terrell Stone, Niels Berentsen and Adrien Buciu. Following this there will be the opportunity to be involved in breakout group discussions on International collaborations and Educating ensembles.

In addition to this there will be a panel discussion of the VOX partners ; National University of Music Bucharest – Coordinator (Romania), Royal Conservatoire, The Hague (Netherlands),”Joseph Haydn” Conservatory, Eisenstadt (Austria),”Arrigo Pedrollo” Conservatory of Vicenza (Italy),”Arrigo Boito” Conservatory of Parma (Italy),Association of European Conservatories – AEC (Belgium),Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica – Rome (Italy), National Choir Association – Bucharest (Romania) headed by Claire Michon. Musical presentations and concerts will take an important place at this conference as well as speeches and discussions on pertaining subjects.

We invite you to join us at the National University of Music Bucharest for this unique opportunity for representatives from conservatoires and musical organisations to meet and collaborate on a topic that concerns all in improving the quality of higher music education of Early Music. Let’s take a new look at our world and start thinking out of the VOX.


In collaboration with the Multiplier Event of the VOX Early Mus Strategic Partnership Project

National University of Music Bucharest

Thinking Out of the VOX!

FRIDAY 25th May

11.00: Students Meeting

12:30: EMP Working Group Meeting – for EMP wg members only

14:00: AEC Participants Registration

Networking with refreshments

14:15: Tour of the National University of Music

15:00 – 15:30: Opening Event

Musical Introduction by students

Welcoming words by:
Diana Asinefta Mos, Rector of the University
Angela Sindeli, Vox Project Manager
Peter Nelson, EMP Chairman

15:30 – 16.30: Plenary Session I: VOX Early Mus Presentation of the project intellectual outputs: handbook and dvd

by Isaac Alonso de Molina, Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Nicolae Gheorghita, National University of Music Bucharest

16:30 – 17:00: Networking with Refreshments

17:00 – 18:00: How can HMEI can contribute to shape the market?

Interview to Giovanni Conti, Festival Cantar di Pietre and Francis Maréchal, Fondation Royaumont by Francis Biggi, Haute école de musique, Genève

18:00: Pre-concert snacks

19:15: Press Conference of the VOX early mus project

20:00: Concert: Preludiu and Bizantin Chant


10:00- 10:45: Musical Demonstration of Bizantin Chant by Nicolae Gheorghita

10:45 – 11:30: Panel Discussion of VOX Partners moderated by Claire Michon, external evaluator of the VOX Early Mus Project and EMP working group member, Poitiers

Claudia Graziadei, student at the Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Pedrollo
Theodor Valentin Iliescu, student at the National University of Music in Bucharest
Fabio Ferrucci, professor at the Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito, Parma
Ruth Fraser, project manager at Royal Conservatoire in The Hague
Angela Sindeli, project manager at the National University of Music in Bucharest

11:30 – 12:00: Networking with Refreshments

12:00 – 13:00: Jean Yves Haymoz: improvised counterpoint speech and demonstration

13:00 – 14:30: Networking Lunch

14:30 – 16:30: Musical Introduction

International collaborations in Early Music – models presented by:
Terrell Stone, Conservatorio di Musica ‘Arrigo Pedrollo’, Vicenza
Niels Berentsen, Royal Conservatoire The Hague
Adrien Buciu, EEEMerging Project, National University of Music in Bucharest

Breakout group discussion on:

  • International collaborations
  • Educating ensembles

16:30 – 17:30: Information Forum

Networking with Refreshments at the Information Market

17:30 – 18:00: Closing Session

Music Introduction

  • News from the AEC
  • Closing Remarks

Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive

19.00: Dinner offered to EMP international participants and VOX partners

Meeting point 18:50 at the entrance hall of the University