UNESCO Choir and Orchestra


The UNESCO Choir welcomes singers of all levels of experience and voices to join us in September at the start of the new musical year!

Founded in 1990 by Maestro Jorge Lozano-Corres and under his leadership until March 2017, the UNESCO Choir and Orchestra performs at official ceremonies and events at UNESCO including the General Conference and in various locations within Paris (the Churches of Saint Louis des Invalides, Saint Sulpice, Saint Germain des Prés , the Madeleine and the Temple de Passy), to the benefit of humanitarian causes, inter alia Les Ecoles de l’Espoir.

The Choir and Orchestra has also performed at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and in 2015 undertook a musical tour in the World Heritage site of Oaxaca, Mexico to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO by promoting its core objective of building peace and intercultural dialogue.

Since April 2017 the Choir Director is Connie Glessner and the Musical and Artistic Director is Cyrille Kirilov. The Choir, which currently numbers approximately 45 members, includes active and retired UNESCO staff members, interns, members of Permanent Delegations, Embassies, NGOs and outside organizations.

The Choir plans to give at least two concerts each year. For the 2018-2019 Season, preparations are under way for a concert in the Hemicycle of the Palais de l’Europe at Strasbourg as part of the 70 years’ celebration of the Council of Europe.

Choir members are asked to endeavour to attend at least one rehearsal each week.

These take place in room A 30 (below Room IX in the main Fontenoy building) every Monday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm and Thursday from 1 pm to 2:15 pm.

The UNESCO Chorus and Orchestra is self-financed.

A yearly subscription fee, for the 2018-2019 season, which may be paid in three instalments, is applied to all singers as follows:

  • Active and retired UNESCO staff members, Permanent Delegations, Embassies, NGOs, outside organizations: €260
  • Couples: €485
  • Member of the STU: €230
  • Interns/Students: €125.

To apply and for further information please contact the Choir Committee by email or telephone 0643559455.