CantaRode is a music festival and a league. This means that the program also contains two competition rounds. The participating choirs will be judged by a professional international jury. The jury for the 2021 competition will consisted of:
Brady Allred (United States, chairman)
Artistic director and conductor of the Salt Lake Choral Artists with 200 singers in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He worked as a music teacher and director of choir studies at the University of Salt Lake City. With his choirs he is regularly invited to perform in the U.S. and abroad. He also won various prizes, like the European Grand Prix international choir competition and the the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir competition in Germany.
Luc Anthonis (Belgium)
Musician, orchestra and choir master, music teacher and teacher for various instruments. He is musical director and conductor of various choirs and ensembles in Belgium, Latvia, Italy and Austria. Since 2007 he works for the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium). Luc Anthonis is a regular jury member at the international choral competition for young people in Neerpelt (Belgium) and the provincial choral competition of the provinces of Antwerp and West Flanders. Luc Anthonis is regularly asked as a jury member at various national and international choir competitions.
Maria Guinand (Venezuela)
For many years a familiar face as a conductor, teacher and manager in the world of choral music in South America. She is among others a music professor at Simón Bolivar University in Caracas. In Europe, too, she has earned her spurs at various festivals. She has also been a board member of the UNESCO International Music Council and vice-president of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). In 2000 her star rose to great heights when she conducted the world premiere of La Pasión Según San Marcos (the Marcus Passion).
John Fitzpatrick (Ireland)
For many years he was Festival and Artistic Director of the famous Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland. He was also head of the Cork School of Music and closely involved in Cork European Capital of Culture in 2005. He is a co-founder of the Irish Choral Organisation (AOIC) the Music Network. For many years he has also been involved in the Choral Festival Network (CFN) and Europa Cantat. He regularly serves as an adjudicator during several choral festivals. In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate at University College Cork.
Ambrož Čopi (Slovenia)
As a young composer he won several awards. Since 1999 he has been teaching at Art Grammar School in the Slovenian port city of Koper. He is the conductor of various choirs in Koper and Ljubljana and as such he also started several choirs himself. Together with the choir of the University of Primorska he won several gold medals and first prizes at national and international festivals, also in the Netherlands. He regularly serves as an adjudicator during various competitions.