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EMCY General Assembly 2012 in Ohrid (Macedonia) The 28th General Assembly of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) took place successfully from 30th March to 2nd April 2012 in Ohrid, Macedonia.

The main topics of the General Assembly and accompanying workshops were: similarities, differences and cooperation between national and international competitions; the new EU Creative Europe programme; Volunteering at competitions; Expansion of EMCY (stylistic and geographical), and jury work. The results are summarised in the Ohrid Declaration.

The General Assembly also awarded Honorary Membership to Peter Weinstock from the Charles Hennen Concours, Netherlands, for his significant contribution to the work of EMCY over the past twenty years.
Our generous hosts, the National Competition of the United Music and Ballet Pedagogues of the Republic of Macedonia, ensured the smooth running of the event as well as a wonderful programme of concerts, sightseeing and celebrations. A highlight was the final of the national Macedonian youth music competition where the EMCY Prize was awarded to the trumpeter Senad Usein. He also performed at a European Concert which rounded off the weekend, alongside flautist Daniela Petkovska, a further Macedonian prize winner, and the Bulgarian Trio Appassionato, overall winner of the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians 'Concertino Praga' 2012. The opening and closing ceremonies were greeted by the Deputy Culture Minister of the Republic of Macedonia and the Deputy Mayor of Ohrid.

The General Assembly elected a new Board for the period 2012-2016.This consists of:
President: Paul Scholer – Luxembourg – Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes & European Competition for Young Soloists
Vice President (national competitions): Tomáš Mann – Czech Republic - National Radio Competition of the Czech Republic 'Concertino Praga' (also International Radio Competition for Young Musicians 'Concertino Praga')
Vice President (international competitions): Justas Dvarionas – Lithuania – International Balys
Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists and Violinists (also National Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas Piano & String Competition)
Board Member (national competitions): Valérie Loher Probst – Switzerland – Schweizer Jugendmusikwettbewerb
Board Member (international competitions): Boris Svetiev – Macedonia – International Competition for Young Musicians 'Ohrid Pearls' (also Competition of the United Music and Dance Teachers of Macedonia)
Two Stand-Ins were also elected, one for national and one for international competitions, who will join the board if a vacancy arises. These are Ulrich Rademacher (Germany – Jugend musiziert) and Alexey Sadykhbekov (Russia - International Competition for Young Pianists 'A Step Towards Mastery').

The new board, alongside Secretary General Claire Goddard who is based in the EMCY office in Munich, will now work to fulfil the tasks set by the General Assembly. Upcoming events include a range of concerts across Europe as well as a meeting for competitions working with non-classical categories October 2012 in Austria and a conference for national competitions November 2013 in Slovakia.

The European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) is the European umbrella organisation for around 50 national and international music competitions for children and young people. It was founded in 1970 as a union of national music competitions in order to develop the musical education and promotion of musical talents in the pre-professional area on a European level. Since 1992 international music competitions have also been able to become members. The office is based in Munich where EMCY is registered as a non-profit association. EMCY is a meeting point for highly talented young musicians and promotes and supports prize winners through invitations to European concerts, tours, and master classes.

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