Dr. László Nemes, Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music gave presentations on the world-famous Kodály method in several North American cities. This series of presentations, organized by the Hungarian Cultural Center New York in cooperation with the Consulate General of Hungary in Chicago and the Embassy of Hungary in Ottawa, provided an opportunity to further promote the famous Kodály method, the Hungarian music pedagogy practice, and the Hungarian choral art, on the American continent.

During the choral pedagogy workshops held the professor at McGill University Schulich School of Music in Montreal on March 18-19, the doctoral and masters students in the choir director program learned about Zoltán Kodály’s historic lifetime achievement in music pedagogy. The students had the opportunity to analyze different parts of Béla Bartók’s Cantata Profana Oratorio, and then to review the post-1945 Hungarian choral literature through such Latin and English masterpieces which can easily be performed in foreign practice.

Dr. László Nemes’ workshops in Montreal have further enriched the existing fruitful professional cooperation between McGill University and Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, and as a result, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Director of Choral Studies at McGill University Schulich School of Music will visit Budapest during the 2019-2020 concert season to conduct the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir who will perform contemporary Canadian and French composers’ musical compositions.