|We were able to spend a lovely time together
with everyone who made the trip from abroad here in the ancient
Japanese city of Kyoto. The symposium ended up far surpassing
our original expectations.
Our choral friends assembled here, including the choirs that
were invited, as well as the audience, were able to turn the
auditorium, the International Conference Hall, and the roadside
leading up here all into "places of music." These past eight
days have been truly wonderful.
In Japan, we have also realized that our traditional forms of
music are connected to both our present and our future. We have
resolved to continue to study these forms of music intensely.
I would like to give my sincerest thanks to those participants,
choir members, and instructors who have made the trip to this
symposium from abroad. In addition, I would also like to thank
our Japanese friends. You were all able to raise an extraordinary
amount of money in the fundraising drive that was held throughout
the country, and were also graciously willing to host community
concerts and satellite concerts. And I am especially proud of
those of you from here in Kyoto and the Kansai region for your
unfailingly calm and efficient preparations for this symposium.
Once again, I would like to thank everyone for being a part
of this symposium. And thank you all for bringing us so much
happiness and joy.
I sincerely hope we will be able to see each other again at
the next Symposium on Choral Music, in Copenhagen.
populi, cantus mundi. Cantus omnibus unus.
Chairperson, Executive Committee, 7th
World Symposium on Choral Music
President, Japan Choral Association