Jury

CantaRode is a music festival and a league. This means that the program also contains two competition rounds. The participating choirs will be judged by a professional international jury. The jury for the 2019 competition is currently being compiled. To get an impression, the jury of CantaRode 2018 consisted of:


John Damsma (The Netherlands, chairman)

is a Dutch choir and orchestra conductor, arranger, choir coach and juror at various festivals for both choirs and instrumental ensembles. Artistic leader Dutch Choir Festival (NKF), Jury chairman Dutch Choir Festival (NKF), Member artistic committee European Youth Festival (EMJ) Neerpelt in Belgium, Juror EMJ 2016 – vocal, Member artistic committee ‘CantaRode’, Jurylid International Youth Music Festival Bratislava

 

 


Brady Allred (United States)

is artistic director and conductor of the Salt Lake Choral Artists with 200 singers in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He worked as a music teacher and director of choir studies at the University of Salt Lake City. With his choirs he is regularly invited to perform in the U.S. and abroad. He also won various prizes, like the European Grand Prix international choir competition and the the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir competition in Germany.

 

 


Luc Anthonis (Belgium)

is a musician, orchestra and choir master, music teacher and teacher for various instruments. He is musical director and conductor of various choirs and ensembles in Belgium, Latvia, Italy and Austria. Since 2007 he works for the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium). Luc Anthonis is a regular jury member at the international choral competition for young people in Neerpelt (Belgium) and the provincial choral competition of the provinces of Antwerp and West Flanders. Luc Anthonis is regularly asked as a jury member at various national and international choir competitions.

 

 


Maria Guinand (Venezuela)

is an internationally known and valued choir conductor from Venezuela. She studied music in England. She works, among other things, as dean of the faculty of music at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas. She also works as a conductor of various choirs in Venezuela and Europe. She used to work for the music council of UNESCO and as vice-president of the International Choir Federation IFCM. She also organized several choir festivals. She worked with famous orchestras.

 

 


Robert Sund (Sweden)

is a Swedish composer, conductor, psychologist, sociologist, musicologist, music pedagogue and singer. He studied at the University of Uppsala. After working as a clinical researcher and psychology teacher at the university for a number of years, he studied music pedagogy and choir conducting. He has been working as a teacher for choir and ensemble directors in Stockholm for many years. He also acts as a conductor himself. He is also often asked as guest conductor in Sweden and abroad. He conducted in Vienna, Buenos Aires and Havana. He was also a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, in Washington (U.S.) and in Düsseldorf in Germany. He is conductor of the National Federation of Swedish Singing Associations. As a conductor and composer, Sund received numerous prizes and awards. As a composer he wrote vocal music, choral works (with orchestra) and works for wind orchestra.