A total of 213 children and young people aged between 6 and 25 give life to the five choirs of the Escola Coral de l'Orfeó Català, an educational, artistic and social project which provides them with a comprehensive vocal and musical training.
The Escola Coral is the youth academy of the Orfeó Català. A journey which begins at the age of six in the Cor Petits and continues with their time in the Cor Mitjans and the Cor Infantil. Young people complete their vocal and musical training when they join the Cor de Noies or the Cor Jove de l'Orfeó Català, a stage which will involve six more years of intensive musical training.
An artistic and professional team made up of enthusiastic conductors, pianists, and singing and musical language teachers ensure the vitality of the project. An unstoppable rhythm and one which in recent years has developed into a project committed to society.
With an intense annual musical activity, the Escola Coral is a uniquely pioneering project in the country, and is sponsored by the Fundación Banco Santander.
In the youth area, the singers in the Cor Jove and the Cor de Noies receive singing classes from a team of teachers who, in coordination with the choir directors, work to ensure a level of vocal excellence both at individual level and in the choir as a whole.
At the children's stage it is the director of the choir himself who teaches singing concepts to small groups during partial rehearsals. These work exclusively on the voice, and pupils who wish to learn an instrument must do so outside the Escola.
The singing teachers for the Cor Jove are Esteve Gascón, Toni Gubau, Anaïs Oliveras i Elisenda Arquimbau.
Ulrike Haller and Oriol Rosés are the singing teacher for the Cor de Noies.
Musical language classes
As well as singing in the choirs, the choristers receive specific training in musical language, with the primary aim of working on sight reading and ensuring fluent reading to enable them to approach the repertoires performed by the choirs. In the first two years, in the Cor Petits of the Orfeó Català, musical language is learnt together with choir rehearsal, and from the Cor Mitjans inwards singers receive specific classes in musical language.
The Escola Coral consists of 8 levels of musical language which are studied during the childhood stage.