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of the World Youth Choir 2019

The international jury meeting was hosted at the Drac Occitanie building in Toulouse, France, between the 11th and 14th of March. The jury members, representative of the three patron organisations (IFCM, ECA-EC and JMI), together with the conductor of the session, selected the best singers from 250 candidates. After many hours of listening to the numerous recordings and evaluating the applicants, the international jury finally chose 56 singers from 27 countries to be part of the World Youth Choir 2019 summer session in France and Portugal.

The selection was made taking into account the artistic and musical quality of each candidate through all the audition files submitted: voice range, sight reading abilities, vocal technical skills, ability to prepare a piece and voice performance throughout. The jury also took into consideration the complementarity of the voices of the singers selected, in order to create a cohesive group (in each section and for the whole choir) and, whenever possible, amplifying the diversity of countries represented in the World Youth Choir.

The choice was often tricky for the jury and the selected singers have now a heavy responsibility being part of the 2019 session. Many others could be also part of the choir and not being selected does not diminish their skills. The jury members invite all of them to continue vocal training to improve their musical abilities and performance and - for those who have not reached the age limit - to audition again next year.


Soprano section

First Soprano:

Anna Campmany Duch, Spain

Chloe Kiely, Ireland

Felicitas Ammer, Germany

Hannah Martin, USA

Mayuko Tsushida, Japan

On Ying Angela Yiu, Hong Kong/China


Second Soprano:

Angéla Mészáros, Hungary

Carly Wingfield, USA

Cecile Kretz, France

Eilis Dexter, Ireland

Giulia Faria, Brazil

Lucía Muniagurria, Argentina

Maria Fernanda Gonzalez, Peru

Zala Strmole, Slovenia

Section Leader:

Patricia Flury, Switzerland

Tenor section

First Tenor:

Benjamin Done, Canada

Ciaran Fennelly, Ireland

David Medrano, Brazil

Emanuele Petracco, Italy

Kevin Hernández, Mexico

Raimer Gil, Venezuela

Robert Pirk, Estonia


Second Tenor:

Aljaž Bastič, Slovenia

Felipe Da Paz Soares, Brazil

Francisco Santos, Portugal

Jacob Luellen, USA

Korbinian Krol, Germany

Lukas Gunawan Arga Rakasiwi, Indonesia

Section leader:

Gert Pottas, South Africa

Alto section

First Alto:

Aniangi Vieira, Venezuela

Elyse Delaney, Canada

Greta Andersberg, Sweden

Siri Bengtsson Marklund, Sweden

Stephanie Piatek, Germany

Sterre Decru, Belgium


Second Alto:

Ana Arán Parra, Spain

Daan van der Schaft, The Netherlands

Eleriin Müüripeal, Estonia

Florgyneth Pérez, Venezuela*

Hongling Ma, Taiwan

Nele Erastus, Estonia

Nicole Franco Ralón, Guatemala

Yumi Sasaki, Japan

Section Leader:

Shannon Elizabeth Romba, USA

Bass section


Ardak Bukharbekov, Kazakhstan

Bryan Chong, Malaysia

Elias Aaron Johansson, Sweden

Frederic Schikora Tamarit, Spain Guilherme de Almeida, Brazil/Portugal

Hugo Gjelsvik Herman, Norway

Thomas Vandenabeele, Belgium



Alberto Palacín Fernández, Spain

Brian Dungan, Ireland

Graeme Climie, Canada

Hao-Chun Hsu, Taiwan

João Martins, Portugal

Michael Gernert, Germany

Roy Aboagye Djan, Ghana*

Troy Robertson, USA

Section Leader:

Guilherme Roberto, Brazil

All the singers have been contacted and the selected singers will take part in the session pending submission of their signed confirmation of attendance. The short-listed reserve singers will be contacted in case any of the selected singers is unable to take part in the World Youth Choir 2019 programme or fails to confirm their attendance.

* Post-session note: Both Florgyneth Perez Duc (Venezuela) and Roy Aboagye Djan (Ghana) were set to participate but, due to unforeseen reasons independent to the organisation, were not able to take part in the session.


The World Youth Choir would like to acknowledge all our partners, recruiters, alumni and audition supervisors that helped audition over 250 singers for this year’s edition of the programme. The recruitment process could not have been carried out without their invaluable help and for this we would like to publicly thank them.

We also thank the World Youth Choir jury and conductor for carrying out the hard task of listening to all the audition files and performing a fair and balanced selection of talented singers which will integrate the choir this year.

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