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The 2012 Conference Organising Committee invited musical ensembles of all specialties of music to submit applications to perform during the Conference.

Concerts performed by ensembles are extremely important as a way to share the music of different genres, styles and cultures during the Conference.

List of accepted Performing Groups (60 PERFORMING GROUPS, FROM 23 COUNTRIES)

Congratulations to the following ISME 2012 Performing Groups have been selected and have confirmed participation in the 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education

AustraliaQueensland Conservatorium Saxophone OrchestraEducational instrumental group
BrazilChoro Ensemble - UFRJBrazilian Choro
BrazilDuo Reis BarbeitasPopular and Classical Brazilian music
BrazilHausmusik BrazilBrazilian Folk Music
BrazilJamem5Brazilian(dance) Music
CanadaBrockton World Music EnsembleStudent-composed contemp cross-cultural
CanadaHarmonie Con BrioWind Ensemble
Canada/GreeceFACE Chamber OrchestraClassical
ChinaAngel Voices ChoirChoral
ChinaDongli Caiju Peking Opera Troupe of Beijing Zhao Dengyu Middle SchoolChinese Opera
China, Hong KongHKIEd Handbell EnsembleHandbell
CyprusAe Phonae (voices)Choral
Cyprus"Polyfonia" Chamber ChoirChoral
EstoniaMeero MuusikEthnic music
GermanyHfMDK Jazz ChoirJazz, Pop, Spiritual/Gospel
GreeceChildren's Choir of PoligirosChoral
GreeceInoroTraditional/Folk a capella, Epirus, Greece
GreeceSt. Cyril & Methodios Children's and Youth ChoirChoral SS(S) AA(A)
GreeceAncient Greek Instruments Orchestra "Orpheus' Harmony" (Orfeia Harmonia)Ancient Greek Music Ensemble
GreeceAristotle University, Department of Musical Studies Choir
GreeceArsakeio school music ensembleMusic Ensemble
GreeceMET Wind Quintet Quintet
GreeceTETTIX of Rizopoulou ConcervatoryChildren's Opera
Greece World’s Music – Music Secondary School of ThessalonikiRebetiko & Tango Music
GreeceNew Conservatory of ThessalonikiChildren's Symphony Orchestra & Choir
GreeceXpause quartetString Quartet
HungaryHungarian Folk EnsembleHungarian folk music
IcelandReykjanesbaer Music School Big BandJazz Big Band
IranKhamooshPersian classical music
KenyaKenyan Boys ChoirNon-Western
MexicoMakochi DulcemelosMexican music and chamber music for Salterio
Namibia!Gabzella PerformersTraditional
NigeriaMUSON Diploma ChoirAfrican/Indigenous Choral music
RussiaKamchatka choirRussian and classical choir musik
RussiaRussian Quartet 'Kamchatka'Russian Folk and Classical
SingaporeDrum ProdigyHealth Drumming (Special Needs)
South AfricaAfrica and the Diaspora TodayMarimba
South AfricaSimply Bluea capella ensemble
South Africa/NigeriaOtu Egwu odi nanaIntercultural Instrumental Ensemble
SpainBanda Del Recreo (Break Band)Jazz-Rock
SpainCor L'Eliana-CanyadaChoral
SpainCoral Allegro ONCE ValenciaLatin music, pop & jazz.
SpainCum Jubilo AbesbatzaChoral a capella (mixed voices)
SpainLux Bella-MusaexiMusic and scenic recreation
SwedenHåkan Rydin TrioJazz
Swiss/CzechEOSLute and voice
TurkeyAlegria Chamber ChoirRenaissance to Contemporary, sacred, folk
TurkeySžrnağme "Secret melody"Traditional Turkish Music
TurkeyTurkish Music EnsembleTraditional Turkish Music
UKIndian RagasSouth Indian Classical ragas
UKRobert Smyth Jazz BandBig Band Jazz
UKSoul PatrolSoul
UK/AustraliaWolfson College ChoirChoral Classical (non-auditioned)
USADelaware SteelClassical, Jazz, Caribbean
USADonald Sinta QuartetContemporary Classical Saxophone
USAFirst Flight Saxophone QuartetSaxophone Quartet performance
USAJazz SIG GigJazz
USANew PageClassical, Contemporary
USAUniversity of Delaware ChoraleChoral
USA/GreeceId-Dinja EnsembleNeoClassical/Avantgarde

GREEK Groups performing at the 2012 OPENING CEREMONY

  • Ancient Greek Music Ensemble Orpheus' Harmony (Orfeia Harmonia)
  • Polyphonic voice Ensemble Dioni
  • Anatolia College Alumni Association Chorale
  • Plaza Ensemble
  • Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • Maria Thoidou - Greek singer & her university students
  • Chronis Aidonidis - traditional music Greek singer
  • Children of the art & creation workshop "Anemoskala"
  • Dancing groups from Cultural and Embellishing Association of Kifisia-Votsi
  • Laografikos Omilos Papafi (Folklore Society)

GREEK Groups performing at the 2012 GREEK NIGHT

  • Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
  • New Hellenic Quartet
  • Plaza Ensemble and Manolis Hatzimanolis
  • Mariza Koch
  • Kroustophono Street Band
  • Traditional Greek Wind Brass Ensemble
  • "Idea Gi" (traditional ensemble from Crete)
  • Laiko-Rebetiko Group "From World's Music" (Music Secondary School of Thessaloniki)
  • Psyche & Soma - Matthaios and Konstantinos Tsahouridis
  • Traditional Dancing group

Selection criteria

The selection of Performing Groups was conducted in accordance with ISME policies on musical and cultural diversity, and aimed to offer delegates the opportunity to broaden their musical experience.

  • The number of local and international performing groups selected depends not only on their quality, but on available venues and performance opportunities;
  • Priority has been given to demonstrably high standard amateur groups, young/learning performers and groups working in, or emerging from, an educational context;
  • Selection of the groups has been based, according to the aims of the conference, on high standards, diversity of repertoire and geographical representation.


As requirements may differ from country to country, it is important that the Director should check details as soon as possible. Although ISME will do its best to assist, neither ISME nor the Local Organizing Committee can be held responsible for visas not granted by the Greek Embassy in your country.

Additional information regarding visa requirements can be found in the 'About Greece' conference page.

Travel arrangements & insurance

ISME has contracted a travel organiser that specialises in international music and arts performing groups. This company, MKI/ABC, is the sole ISME-approved service provider for ISME Performing Groups. The Harpers have been taking performing groups to ISME Conferences since 1978 and attended all but one since then!

The company will offer to secure travel on commercially reasonable terms for each Performing Group to and from the ISME World Conference 2012, including, but not limited to: taking reservations, providing professional travel advice, confirming itineraries, booking travel, taking payment, issuing travel documents, accommodation bookings, confirming and making changes as required and issuing invoices. Use of this service is optional to Performing Groups.

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