Adjudicating the school, national and international competitions will be a panel of distinguished choral directors with a wealth of experience as international jurors.
Josep Vila i Casañas, Spain
Josep Vila i Casañas, born in Sabadell, Spain, is a conductor, composer and pedagogue, specialising in a cappella repertoire, as well as choral and orchestral literature.
Josep has served as the resident conductor of choirs such as the Orfeó Català choral society (1998-2016), the Radiotelevisión Española Choir (2007- 2010) and the Lieder Càmera Choir (1990-2006). He has also worked as a guest conductor with choirs and orchestras including the Spanish National Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir and the Choir of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In his role as a choral conductor, he has worked alongside leading orchestral conductors on the international music scene, including Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel.
As a composer, Josep’s main area of interest is music for voice and instruments, and he has written an extensive body of works for children’s and youth choirs, for mixed a cappella choirs and for choir and orchestra. Since 2005, he has taught choir conducting at the Catalonia Music High School and teaches workshops, seminars and masterclasses on a regular basis in a number of cities in Europe and Latin America.
Jürgen Budday, Germany
Jürgen Budday is Artistic Director and Founder of the Maulbronn Chamber Choir and was the Artistic Director of the Monestary Music Festival of Maulbronn at the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of Baden-Württemberg from 1979 until 2013. With the Maulbronn Chamber Choir he has won several first prizes in various festivals and competitions and released over 20 recordings, including 10 oratorios by G.F.Händel.
In 1998 Jürgen received the Cross of Merit of the BR Germany and in 2002 was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Choir Board at the German Music Council, thus having responsibility for the overall management of the German Choir Competition and acting as the Jury Chairman.
In 2011 he was appointed Professor by the Prime Minister of the state Baden-Württemberg and received the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Ring in 2013. In 2014 Jürgen was appointed Artistic Director of the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf and honorary citizen of the town of Maulbronn.
Jürgen regularly features as a juror on international panels of adjudicators.
Shane Lynch, USA
Shane Lynch is a noted conductor, composer, and music educator at Washington and Lee University (Virginia, USA), where he assumed the position of Director of Choral Activities in 2009. He conducts the University Singers, Cantatrici (women’s choir), and the Men’s Glee Club, and oversees Washington and Lee’s innovative and unique conductor mentorship/teacher preparation program.
Shane is a sought-after clinician, having worked with honor choirs in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. He is also noted for conducting large-scale productions, including operas, oratorios, and festival concerts.
An active composer interested in a wide variety of compositional styles and mediums, he has commissioned compositions ranging from art song to octavos to choral/orchestral works. His music is known for its wide tonal palette, integrated performance movement, and creative use of unusual texts. Shane’s composition Joseph and Grace premiered in Dublin, Ireland for the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising and recently won the 2017 National Collegiate Choral Organization composition competition, one of the highest honors for professional American choral composers.
Prior to his appointment at Washington and Lee, Shane served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities at Monmouth College (Illinois) and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin—Barron as well as several past positions in church music and teaching high school science.
Urša Lah, Slovenia
Urša Lah studied Musical Education at the Ljubljana Music Academy and Choral Conducting at the University of Tromsø (Norway).
With Mixed Youth Choir Veter, APZ Tone Tomšič University of Ljubljana and the National Radio Chamber Choir, she has been involved in many première performances, and won many first prizes, golden plaques, special prizes and conducting awards at national and prestigious international choral competitions, including the Grand Prix of Europe (Debrecen, 2008).
In recognition of her valuable work with choirs, Urša received the highest award of the Municipality of Ljubljana for cultural achievement in 2008, and in 2009 the award of Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for Cultural Activities. Urša now lives in Norway, where she conducts the Finnmark Opera Choir, the choir of the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and the chamber vocal ensemble of the Tromsø Music Conservatory. She teaches at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tromsø, is a lecturer in educational seminars for choral conductors, a frequent member of adjudicating panels at international choral competitions, a guest conductor of recognised ensembles and one of two artistic leaders of the international Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir.
Mark Duley, Ireland
Mark Duley was born in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and studied at Auckland University, the North German Organ Academy and Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatorium, where he was an organ pupil of Jacques van Oortmerssen.
Mark came to Ireland in 1992 and has held several major posts in the country, including Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Chorusmaster to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Pipeworks. As conductor and organist he has appeared with most of the major Irish ensembles, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the National Chamber Choir, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and his own chamber choir Resurgam. He has performed at many of Ireland’s premiere festivals, including the Wexford Opera Festival, the Cork International Choral Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the East Cork Early Music Festival and the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival. He has given organ recitals in all major Irish venues as well as in the UK and his native New Zealand.
Mark is one of Ireland’s best-known choral specialists, and he has led workshops and masterclasses for choirs and conductors in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. Aside from a busy freelance career, currently Mark holds the posts of Organist at the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas, Galway, Founder-Director of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum and Artistic Director of Resurgam.