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SINGER SELECTION

Meet the singers selected for the 2024 World Youth Choir Session

The international jury meeting for session 2024 took place in Berlin, Germany between 12-15 of January. During these days the jury selected the best singers from over 160 candidates. After many hours of listening to the numerous recordings and evaluating the applicants, the international jury finally chose 93 singers from 45 countries to be part of the World Youth Choir 2024 session.

Selection criteria

The selection was made by an international jury composed by the artistic director of the 2024 session - Jörn Hinnerk Andresen - and a jury representative from each of the three World Youth Choir patron organisations: Victoria Liedbergius on behalf of the European Choral Association, Burak Onur Erdem on behalf of the International Federation for Choral Music and Sasho Tatarchevski on behalf of Jeunesses Musicales International.


The singers that were selected for the 2020 World Youth Choir session cancelled due to covid, and will still be under the age limit by the time of the session in 2024, were directly invited to join the session.


The process was conducted 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. Furthermore, 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, to amplify the diversity of countries represented in the World Youth Choir.


The choice was often hard for the jury and the singers selected have now a heavy responsibility being part of the 2024 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.

Acknowledgments

The World Youth Choir Foundation would like to acknowledge all our partners, recruiters, alumni and audition supervisors that helped audition over 200 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.

SELECTED SINGERS

Soprano section

Adriana Nube, Peru

Aisulu Amangeldy, Kazakhstan

Chanya Maneewan, Thailand

Djurdjica Babic, Serbia

Dögg Magnúsdóttir, Iceland

Elena Hristova, Bulgaria

Emily Parker, Canada

Felicitas Grunden, Germany

Gloria Agwata, Kenya

Inés Regina Magaña Ruiz, Mexico

Josefina Legarra, Uruguay

Joyce Bastos, Brazil

Kara Ann McBain, USA

Karen Fernanda Tapia Robles, Mexico

Kata Csicsics, Hungary

Lin, Tzu-Hsin, Taiwan

Linnéa Sirborn, Sweden

María del Mar Pans Vayà, Spain

Maša Prah, Slovenia

Öykü Küçük, Türkye

Pui Ying (Tiffany) Lui, Hong Kong

Queena Chan, Hong Kong

Userova Yulduz Urakbaevna, Uzbekistan

Viktória Széchy, Hungary

Yuka Tokuda, Japan

Section Leader:

Carly Wingfield, USA 

Alto section

Aleksandra Galkina, Estonia

Ania Suri, Canada

Aoife O'Brien, Ireland

Brigitta Dyah Utami Immanuella, Indonesia

Charmaine Gan, Malaysia

Clarita Jimena Quispe Poma, Peru

Dariia Holiatina, Ukraine

Felicity Afia Awuah, Ghana

Ilaria De Bortoli, Italy

Joanna Śnieg, Poland

Lára Ruth Clausen, Iceland

Liu, Ying-Jie, Taiwan

Maria Teresa Casuso Guinart, Spain

Melvin Apiyo, Kenya

Merly Priscila Martínez Moreno, Venezuela

Olivia Catherine Kern, USA

Rabea Vockeroth, Germany

Rebecka Ryd, Sweden

Robysell González, Venezuela

Seiichi Kamimura, Japan

Sydelle Gonsalves, India

Tsui, Hei Lam, Hong Kong

Section Leader:

Pınar Çanakçi Çavdur, Türkye

Tenor section

Adrian Lozano Perez, Spain

Andrea Caruso, Italy

Angel Lizarazo, Venezuela

Bernad Adika Onyango, Kenya

Bryan Phoenix Tamayo, USA

Daniel Terence Ryan, Ireland

Emanuele Piras, Italy

Gaito Kubota, Japan

Jian Zhen Lee, Malaysia

José Francisco Bermúdez Rubio, Venezuela

Kevin Hernandez Toledo, Mexico

Marcello Sanchez, Peru

Marius Thiault, France

Moses Torgbor Torto, Ghana

Oğulcan Gökalp, Türkye

Oliver Dalton, Canada

Tomoki Hosaka, Japan

Section Leader:

Raimer Gil, Venezuela

Bass section

Aurélien Lefèvre, Belgium
Edvin
Morell, Sweden

Emmanuel Annan Dadzie, Ghana

Ferenc Sipos, Hungary

Francisco Bourgeois, Venezuela

Gerardo Alberto Vásquez Ortega, Mexico

James McKeown Obeng-Gyasi, Ghana

José Miguel de Almeida, Portugal

Josep Arnau Barberà Foronda, Spain

Juan Pablo Suescún Villafañe, Colombia

Kai William Leung, Canada

Kobe Lefebvre, Belgium

Lanselle Xaris Lindo Nantes, Philippines

Luca Zink, Germany

Massinos Elias Graba, Switzerland

Pablo Morales, Spain

Ricardo Morales, Guatemala

Ryuichi Katagiri, Japan

Santiago Alberto Barrios Grau, Colombia

Seth Passah, Ghana

Tobias Matej Mistelbauer, Austria

Yi-Hsiu Chung, Tawain

Section Leader:

Nathan Tax, Netherlands

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 2024 programme or fails to confirm their attendance.

 

The World Youth Choir 2024 session is organised by:

 

 

 

With the support of:

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