YEMP4 – Young Event Management Programme

What does it take to organise a festival for thousands of singers? How to achieve a career as a choir manager or event organiser? After the success of 2009, 2012 and 2015, the festival EUROPA CANTAT will again offer a training programme for young, active and skilful organisers in the choral world – and beyond.

What is YEMP?

„YEMP is a fantastic opportunity to meet other like-minded arts enthusiasts from around the world” - Cathy (UK, participant of YEMP 2)

“So much more than a programme: great time, great opportunity, GIORNI FELICI!” - Iva (Serbia, YEMP 2 and Youth committee)

“A life- time experience!” - Nora (Sweden, YEMP 2)

YEMP is a two-week training course including lectures and training on the job. After a selection process, 25 young people aged 18 to 30 from different countries will be invited to participate in the programme. The young YEMPers, fully included in the organising team, will be testing themselves with roles of responsibility in the various offices of the festival, under the guidance of two coaches, one Estonian, and one international.

Selected young managers do not need to pay a participation fee but will have to cover their travel expenses. Free food and accommodation will be provided by the festival.

The application phase is over. Thank you everybody who applied and congratulations to the 25 chosen young managers!

With any question considering YEMP you can contact:


YEMPers will be trained under the guidance and mentoring of two coaches. They will be available to help and to evaluate the work of young managers. See down below who are the two coaches for YEMP4!

Plan of the training course

20th July 2018: arrival in Tallinn
21st - 22nd July: lectures and workshops on management skills and preparing the festival
23rd July - 4th August: training on the job for the final preparation and organisation of the festival EUROPA CANTAT with the support from two coaches:
23rd – 26th July: preparation phase
27th July-4th August: Festival EUROPA CANTAT XX Tallinn 2018
The participants of the course will work in one of the departments of the festival, taking responsibilities in the field of music planning, concert organisation, information services, communication, production, etc.
5th August: evaluation meeting, exchange of information and experience, final coaching
6th August: departure

Participation is only possible in the full programme


Selected participants will be informed in February. To secure your place in YEMP we will require to get a copy of the flight /train/Bus ticket in advance of the festival.

Online preparation

Selected participants will be asked to deal with a number of online tasks in advance of the actual training course, between February and June 2018. This will include watching videos of Webinars offered in the frame of the STAMP project (see It will be obligatory to watch the Webinar on Networking and cooperation within Europe and beyond ECA-EC will offer in this context, and if you are planning to apply, you can also directly sign up to follow the Webinar live on Wednesday, December 13th at 15.00, or to any of the other Webinars offered until December 2017.

You can find the list of Webinars on


Reka Balog

Réka Bálog (HU)
Chief programme manager & international executive of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra in Pécs, South of Hungary. After her studies in Budapest, France and the Netherlands, Réka returned to her hometown, Pécs to manage international cultural events related to the Pécs 2010 – European Capital of Culture project. Later she became Festival Office manager of the EUROPA CANTAT 2015 Pécs festival. Since autumn 2015 Réka works for the Pannon Philharmonic, running the international tours and highlight projects of the orchestra.

Kaisa Lõhmus

Kaisa Lõhmus (EE)
Kaisa has studied choral conducting in the Tallinn Music High School and cultural management in University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy. She has been member of the organising teams of Tallinn Music Week, Viljandi Folk Music Festival and Estonian Song and Dance Celebration. Currently Kaisa is working at the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians as concert producer, at the International Music Day as program coordinator and at Collegium Educationis Revaliae as a choirmaster and manager of the Girls' Choir of the Old Town Music House.


Special feature of the 2018 YEMP:

The 4th YEMP will be part of the project STAMP - Shared Training Activities for Music Professionals. STAMP responds to a need voiced by professionals in the music sector for greater professional training and the related process of lifelong learning and will aim at developing exemplary tools for vocational training (workshop models, guidelines for mentors and trainers), made available in an online platform, and improving employability and entrepreneurship within the music sector in Central, East and South Eastern Europe. STAMP is coordinated by the European Music Council – EMC and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. More on

In the frame of STAMP, the partners in the project shall be able to propose candidates from outside of the choral field, and five of them will be included in the 25 YEMPers. In addition the Estonian Academy of Music and the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat will cooperate with the EUROPA CANTAT festival and offer a training workshop for trainers, presenting YEMP as a win-win-model for the training of young managers. Further features in connection with STAMP will be a more intensive online preparation of the YEMP-participants which will include a series of streamed webinars prepared in the frame of STAMP.