World Choral Day
World Choral Day is a holiday observed annually on the second Sunday in December, and it encourages choral groups around the world to gather and perform. A choral group, also known as a choir, is simply an ensemble of singers. Most choral groups have at least 10 people, and some can contain dozens of singers.
They feature a wide range of singers that can cover all the potential ranges of the human voice. This holiday is celebrated all over the world, as its name implies, so there’s no reason why a choir can’t celebrate it when it comes around each year.
The History of World Choral Day
World Choral Day was originally initiated by Alberto Grau—a conductor and composer from Venezuela—in 1990. He was not only one of the most influential choral composers in that country but also served as the Vice President of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). The IFCM held its general assembly in Helsinki in 1990, and this is when they created World Choral Day.
Some Quick and Fun Facts About Choirs
Okay, let’s go over some fun choir facts that we feel everyone can appreciate. We found out the following facts while researching this holiday and thought they would make a fine contribution to this article.
- The oldest choral repertoire surviving today dates back to Ancient Greece.
- According to research, singing is good for the body and the mind.
- The heartbeats of choir singers tend to synchronize with one another.
Observing World Choral Day
World Choral Day is observed all over the world, so everyone is encouraged to participate. People who are in choirs can perform, and those who enjoy choirs can listen to them. People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #WorldChoralDay online.