For details read the following Articles of Association and contact the secretary.

Johann Baptist Wanhal Association – Articles of Association


Johann Baptist Wanhal (1739-1813), in Czech Jan Krtitel Vanhal, was one of the greatest composers of the late 18th century. His compositions were performed everywhere and numerous printed editions of his works appeared in his lifetime.

Boldly original and possessed of formidable powers of invention, Wanhal was highly regarded by his professional colleagues, including Haydn and Mozart, both of whom performed his works.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Wanhal’s long and successful career is that he worked as a freelance musician, teaching, performing and composing either on commission or for publication.

His acute understanding of the society in which he lived and worked is reflected in his vast musical output which ranges from fiery, complex symphonies to small piano pieces for beginners.

The remarkable range and diversity of Wanhal’s music and his importance as composer is not widely recognized today. This situation will change only slowly-if at all-unless a programme of research, publication, performance and recording is conceived and coordinated at the international level.

The bicentennial of Wanhal’s death (2013) provides an immediate point of focus for these activities which shall be facilitated by the creation of the Johann Baptist Wanhal Association.

Whereas the preceding statement has been made, the undersigned (at least three persons):

  1. Prof. Paul Bryan, musicologist, The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickert Rd., Durham, North Carolina, 27 705 USA
  2. Dr. Allan Badley, musicologist, 22 Kakariki Avenue, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
  3. lic. HEC Pavel Svacinka, economist and musicologist, Chemin d’Eysins 34, CH-1260 Nyon
  4. Dipl. chim. Blanka Svacinka, chemist, chemin d’Eysins 34, CH-1260 Nyon

and any natural person or legal entity who have adhered to the present charter, form hereby an association governed by the latter and the Articles 60 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code, and establish herewith its charter in the following way :

Article 1: Appellation

The appellation is : Johann Baptist Wanhal Association (hereafter “JBWA”).

Article 2: Mission

The JBWA is dedicated to the promotion of the composer’s works by any appropriate means.

Article 3: Headquarters

The JBWA has its headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland). However, they can be located outside of Switzerland, but always in the secretary’s office. If that is the case, the Society remains governed by the Swiss Law.

Article 4: Duration

The JBWA duration is unlimited.

Article 5: Means of Action

To fulfill its mission, the JBWA acts by any appropriate means, but not limited to:

  • research and catalyst thereof,
  • incentives or subventions to publishing houses to commission and publish scholarly editions of the composer’s major works,
  • concerts, recordings, broadcasts,
  • conferences, symposia.

Article 6: Members – Subscription Charge

Any natural person or legal entity approving the aforesaid articles 2 and 5 may be a member of the JBWA. The applications for admission are addressed at any time by mail or e-mail with the electronic signature to the Committee which accepts new members and informs the General Meeting. Any association member is authorized by the Law to resign, provided that he informs the Committee six months before the calendar year’s end or business year’s end, should it be the case. The members paying an yearly subscription charge (see herebelow) have 60 (sixty) days term for settlement after the call by the Committee. If necessary, a sole reminder with 30 (thirty) days deadline is dispatched.Should the funds not be received , the member is automatically removed from the Society’s membership. The outgoing members (if applied) owe to the JBWA the pending subscription charges, inclusive that one of the current year. Moreover, they lose all rights to the association capital. The member’s capacity is untransferable and does not pass down to heirs. The alteration of the JBWA mission cannot be imposed upon any member.

The JBWA is composed of:

  • founders
    Shall be considered as founders all those who paid an amount at the foundation equal to 5 (five) times of the first subscription charge due by active members. Afterwards, they pay on a regular basis a yearly subscription charge.
  • active members
    Shall be regarded as active members all those who paid an annual subscription charge of… … , to be fixed every year by the Committee.
  • associated members
    Shall be considered as associated members all those, either natural persons or legal entities, who show a marked interest in the JBWA. They have no right to vote, paying, nevertheless, an annual subscription charge.
  • honorary members
    Shall be nominated by the Committee and choosen among the persons who render or rendered distinguished services to the JBWA. They attend the General Meeting without having to pay a yearly subscription charge.

Article 7: Resources, business year, accounts

The JBWA resources are constituted by:

  • ordinary and extraordinary subscription charges paid by its members
  • donations, legacy
  • proceeds of events organized by the association
  • amounts received for services provided by the society
  • subsidies of legal entities
  • collections

The business year begins on the 1st of January and finishes on the 31st of December of every year, unless otherwise stated by the Committee. The accounts are managed by its treasurer and audited by two auditors appointed by the General Meeting which must approve their report before granting the acquittal to the Committee. The association liabilities are guaranteed by its assets, excluding any commitment of its individual members.

Article 8 (and following): General Meeting

The General Meeting is a supreme authority of the JBWA.

Article 9

The General Meeting is exclusively competent:

  • to adopt and modify the charter. The modification requires the two thirds majority of members attending the meeting
  • to elect, re-elect and confirm (if nominated ad interim by the meeting or co-opted by the Committee) the Committee members
  • to appoint two auditors for two calendar or business years’period which cannot be repeated again
  • to approve reports, accounts and to vote the budget
  • to grant acquittal to the Committee, as well as the auditors final discharge
  • to take a position regarding the other projects on the agenda
  • to disband the JBWA by the 2/3 majority of members attending the meeting

There is no proxy vote.

Article 10

The Committee sets up the date, convening the General Meeting at least 30 (thirty) days in advance. It may convoke an Extraordinary General Meeting whenever it deems it useful. Moreover, the convocation takes place if 1/5 of the qualified members make a request. The members have to inform the Committee on any address change in due time.

Article 11

The President or another Committee member chairs the Meeting.

Article 12

The decisions of the General Meeting are taken by the simple majority of present members. In the case of parity vote, that one of President is determining.

Article 13

The General Meeting can take place on the discreet basis, i.e. even in the physical absence of all members. In such a case the proposals on the agenda, accepted in writing by the qualified and absent members are worth decisions of the General Meeting. The Committee always convenes the General Meeting sending to members an appropriate agenda and afterwards the relevant minutes.

Article 14

The voting is performed by a show of hands or in accordance with the rule of Article 13.

Article 15

The General Meeting takes place at least once a year, on the Committee invitation.

Article 16

The agenda of the annual General Meeting comprises imperatively:

  • the Committee report about the JBWA activities during the past year,
  • the treasurer’s and auditors reports,
  • the budget approval,
  • the reports and accounts approvals,
  • the election, re-election and confirmation of the Committee members, election of auditors,
  • individual proposals.

Article 17

The Committee is obliged to place on the agenda any proposal of one member presented in writing at least 15 (fifteen) days prior to the General Meeting.

Article 18 (and following): The Committee

The Committee manages the JBWA and takes all steps to fulfil its mission at the best.

Article 19

The Committee is composed of 9 -11 members (odd number) elected by the General Meeting. The elected members resolve themselves into the Committee. The latter holds a meeting whenever it is useful and can do so on the discreet basis as per Art. 13 by analogy.

Article 20

The JBWA binds itself by a collective signature of two Committee members appointed by the Committee.

Article 21

The Committee is entrusted with the following tasks:

  • to take action with a view of reaching the Society purpose,
  • to convene ordinary and extraordinary General Meetings,
  • to accept new members,
  • to make sure that the charter is applied properly, to draft regulations, to manage the Society assets.

Article 22

The Committee keeps the JBWA accounts which are submitted for every business year to two auditors elected by the General Meeting. These ones shall report to the latter. If the Article 13 is applied, the said report is sent to the mail or e-mail secretary’s address. In the latter case, with the electronic signatures.

Article 23

The Committee can commission any member or any third person, but within a time limit.

Article 24

Any travel and accommodation expenses incurred by a member in connection with Committee or General Meetings are on the member’s own account.

Article 25: Auditors

Two auditors elected by the General Meeting check the association accounts and report to the latter.

Article 26: Dissolution

In the case of the JBWA dissolution, the winding up is assured by the Committee. The eventual profit shall be allocated to a body pursuing analogous goals.

“Moreover, the Articles 60 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code apply”

The present Articles of Association have been adopted by the constituent Assembly of November 30, 2009, in Nyon.

In the name of Association

President: Dr. Allan Badley
Secretary: lic. HEC Pavel Svacinka