International Choral Festivals & Competitions
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|2 - 6 May||
7th Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2018, Spain
|2 - 6 May||
14th International Choir Competition and Festival Bad Ischl – Bad Ischl, Austria: Already for the 14th time, the International Choir Competition and Festival will take place in Bad Ischl. International and renowned jurors and choral experts will evaluate the vocal performances and help the choirs with words and deeds during the Evaluation Performances. Apart from the competitions in the Kongresshaus, the event also includes Gala Concerts, international Friendship Concerts as well as performances during masses.
Early Bird deadline: September 25, 2017
|6 - 9 May||
ON STAGE in Stockholm, Sweden|
As a city where choral traditions are rooted deeply, Stockholm makes an ideal choral destination. Sweden boasts 200 years of exceptional choral music history and Eric Ericson´s vision of the cooperation between amateur and professional singers has become reality in the Stockholm’s unique choral scene.
Registration deadline: December 11, 2017
|9 - 13 May||
Helsingborgs Körfestival in
Sweden’s choirs rank among the world´s best ensembles and determine the level of international choir competitions in many years. A great music festival awaits you in Helsingborg, one of the most exciting places at the northern Baltic Sea. The city’s cultural life is thriving in recent years: Fans of classic, Jazz and modern music regularly find what they’re looking for. Helsingborg is further one of the few cities in Sweden that has long and beautiful beaches, located just a few minutes’ walk away from the centre.
Early Bird deadline: October 9,
|10 - 13 May||
13th Cantate Budweis . The Southern Bohemian region of Budweis (Ceské Budejovice) stands world-wide for the excellent quality of the beer, manufactured there since centuries. And where you find beer, there is singing too – today you can find numerous vocal ensembles in Budweis and surrounding, presenting the tradition of the music and the singing.
Situated in the land triangle between the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria, this region is still a personal tip. Multiplicity places of interest, a hospitality atmosphere in the historic districts of Budweis and Cesky Krumlov, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
We are looking forward to meet you in Southern Bohemia! Visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/cantate-budweis.html
|12 - 14 May||2nd Lorenzo De´ Medici International Choral Festival, Florence, Italy Florence – cradle of the Renaissance, renowned throughout the world as a UNESCO World Heritage city, with its immeasurable heritage of history, architecture and art – forms the stunning backdrop to to these remarkable festivals.. For more details visit http://www.florencechoral.com/festivals/lorenzo-de-medici-choral-festival/|
|18 - 20 May||
The London Sangerstevne - A Non-Competitive Festival for all Choirs, sacred or secular, large or small, singing a repertoire of their own choice - Each participating choir performs a programme of their own choosing lasting up to 12 minutes in one of the four festival concerts on the Saturday (unless they have chosen not to come on this day). A grand piano is available for accompaniment. All participating choirs have the opportunity to distribute their own promotional literature.
A charge of £5 per singer is being made. Entry for audience members will be free, but there will be an ongoing collection to contribute to the cost of organising the Sangerstevne. An entrance charge for audience members may be made at the Friday and Sunday concerts, depending on the wishes of the host churches. For singers, having paid the initial £5, there is no additional charge for singing at other concerts. More details from http://www.pnms.co.uk/sangerstevne/english/english_2018.html
|23 - 27 May||
9th Venezia Music Festival 2018, Italy
|24 - 27 May||
ON STAGE in Florence,
Registration deadline: January 8, 2018
|25 - 28 May|
Cantate Croatia: Pula, one of the oldest cities in Istria and known for its amphitheater and the harbour city of Rovinj: vibrant cities with diverse cultural activities, surrounded by islands, offer a millennium of history, culture and recreation. During Friendship Concerts in churches or concert halls meet choirs from several countries. Full of atmosphere are the old churches, simple looking from outside, and with a splendid interior. They are the place for church services and church concerts at Sunday morning. The musically highlight is the common concert of all participating choirs in the centre of Pula. The magnificent concert hall from the imperial-royal period is the right frame for such an event and brings impressions from the Croatian cultural history to the choirs. The social highlight is the Farewell-Dinner at the last evening in one of the hotels directly beside the sea. A large cold and warm buffet, included drinks (beer, wine and non-alco) and a music band bring within a short time a buoyant spirit to all choirs. This farewell dinner is the best place to communicate with many singers from other countries.
More information http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/cantate-croatia.html
|30 May - 3 June||
4th Sing'n'Joy Vienna and 31st International Franz Schubert Choir Competition - Vienna, Austria: Already for the 31st time, the Franz Schubert Choir Competition and Festival will take place in the European Capital of Music, Vienna. The Sing'n'Joy concept focuses on the traditional Schubert competition but also features intercultural meetings and performances in Friendship Concerts. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25
|1 - 3 June||Sing Along Concert Paris – World Festival Singers - Paris, France The last years have proved, that the Sing Along Concert by the Berlin Radio Choir was not only a good idea, but with constantly 1.300 singers from all over the world a manifested grand in Berlins’ musical life. In year 2018 the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey and singers from all over the world are invited to perform Georg Friedrich Handel´s "Messiah" in the new Philharmonic of Paris.|
|6 - 10 June||
8th International Robert Schumann Choir Competition and Festival - Zwickau, Germany: The International Robert Schumann Choir Competition and Festival, which in 2018 celebrates its 8thanniversary, revolves around Schumann’s compositional works and his contemporaries while focusing not only on the cultivation, but also on a new interpretation of these great 19th century works. The event is a very special one taking place at the same time with the celebration of Schumann’s 206th birthday on June 8.
Early Bird deadline: November 6, 2017
|7 - 10 June||9th International Krakow Choir Festival CRACOVIA CANTANS
We invite all choirs for 9th edition of our festival in Krakow (Poland 7-10.06.2018).
As almost 250 choirs from past editions we wish you to have wonderful performances and meet other choirs from around the world. See you in Krakow.
Please send applications before 15.11.2017
More information you can find on our website www.krakowchoirfestival.pl
|18 - 20 June||
Associazione Musicale ROMAinCANTO – Rome (Italy)
The enthusiastic praise of the large audience attending
the music festival "Rassegna Musicale ROMAinCANTO", the concerts of "Musica
e Meditazioni" and other special events organized by our association,
spurs us to carry on our activity. Our wish is to support and divulge
the wide variety of sacred choral literature with a special
consideration for Rome´s music tradition.
For more information please visit www.romaincanto.com/rassegna_musicale_en.asp
|21 - 25 June||International Choral Festival, Coast Rica Registration now open. For a brochure visit http://www.choralfestcostarica.org/CostaRicaInternationalChoralFestival/ChoralFestEngl2018.pdf|
|25 June - 2 July||
Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival USA - Washington, DC
Established in 2011 and hailed by the Washington Post as “true harmonic convergence,” Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival is an exuberant celebration of choral music from around the world. In 2018, the festival program will continue offering participating choirs multiple workshops led by international professional choirs, cultural exchanges and meaningful outreach projects opportunities. In addition, participating choirs will perform shared concerts in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, and will take part in a massed choir grand finale concert conducted by Scott Tucker, The Choral Arts Society of Washington Artistic Director. Brochure | Serenade! VIDEO
|27 June - 1 July||
4th Budapest Music Festival 2018, Hungary
|30 June - 18 July||
Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival South Africa-Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, Cape Town, Safari
Produced annually since 2009, this incredible, life-changing festival features diverse international touring choirs in extraordinary venues with enthusiastic audiences, making for what the Cape Times calls “the largest international choral gathering in South Africa.”
The 10th annual Ihlombe! has paired up with the biannual World Choir Games in Tshwane (Pretoria) to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of South African revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela. We have adjusted our festival dates so that those choirs interested in participating in both festivals may do so. Click HERE To learn how to combine Ihlombe! into your World Choir Game experience. Brochure | Ihlombe! VIDEO
|4 - 14 July||
10th World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa
The World Choir Games invites all non-professional choirs of the world to participate. The Games offer fair and realistic competition to experienced competitive choirs as well as choirs with relatively little international experience. The World Choir Games offer The Champions Competition and The Open Competition. These two competitions allow choirs the opportunity to participate at the appropriate level.
Choirs who choose not to be placed in competition, but seek to be part of the international experience of the can participate in the non-competitive evaluation activities.
Early Bird deadline:
September 15, 2017
|6 - 11 July||
12th SCL Festival: The Summa Cum Laude Festival Vienna is Austria’s premier global youth music festival for choirs, bands and orchestras taking place every July in Vienna’s most important concert venues: The Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus and the MuTh Concert Hall of the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir.
Visit our website for further information: www.sclfestival.org
|10 - 13 July||2nd Leonardo Da Vinci International Choral Festival, Florence. Italy Florence – cradle of the Renaissance, renowned throughout the world as a UNESCO World Heritage city, with its immeasurable heritage of history, architecture and art – forms the stunning backdrop to to these remarkable festivals.. For more details visit http://www.florencechoral.com/festivals/leonardo-da-vinci-choral-festival/|
|12 - 15 July||
12th International Choir Competition 2018 Miltenberg. The International Choir Competition of the district of Miltenberg is now one of the most traditional international choir competitions and, in addition to Marktoberdorf, the only one in Bavaria. We are once again expecting top-class participation from all over the world. In the past choir competitions it has been shown again and again that not only the excellent and high-quality choir singing inspires the people from near and far, but especially the close interpersonal contact of the guest choirs with the local population. We will also understand this choir competition, the foreign guests of Germany and of course especially of Bavaria to inspire. Information about rules and regulations are available online as is the application form: http://www.chorwettbewerb-miltenberg.de/AusschreibungundAnmeldung2018.aspx
|18 - 22 July||
Toscana Music Festival 2018 10th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Tuscany (Italy)https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-festival-of-choirs-and-orchestras-in-tuscany-italy.phtml
|5 - 8 August||2nd Andrea Del Verrocchio International Choral Festival, Florence. Italy Florence – cradle of the Renaissance, renowned throughout the world as a UNESCO World Heritage city, with its immeasurable heritage of history, architecture and art – forms the stunning backdrop to to these remarkable festivals., For more details visit http://www.florencechoral.com/festivals/andrea-del-verrocchio/|
|22 - 26 August||
Paris Music Festival 2018 8th International choir and orchestra festival in Paris (France)
|24 - 27 August||
Norwegian Church Music Festival - Places available for tenors only singing candlelight choral evensong each day, primarily early music.Full information available from JNMR84094@gmail.com
|5 - 9 September||
Praha Music Festival 2018 9th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Prague (Czech Republic)
|12 - 16 September||
2nd Corfu International Festival &
Choir Competition in Corfu, Greece|
Supported by the Corfu Choir Union, the "2nd Corfu International Festival & Choir Competition" will bring choral singers from all over the world to the capital of the Ionian Islands in 2018 again. A very special highlight will be offered to participating choirs that would like to extend their stay for another day in Athens: The world famous Athens Concert Hall "Mégaron Mousikis" will open its doors and gives interested choirs a stage in the Greece capital.
Early Bird deadline: February 12, 2018
|13 - 16 September||
ON STAGE in Lisbon, Portugal|
No other European capital has such an intriguing mix of the old and the new, or so many contrasting faces, making this a city for unhurried exploration and a place to get lost in and discover its many distinctive sights and characteristic images. The World Heritage Belem Tower is to Lisbon what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, and along with the marvellous Jeronimos Monastery, Vasco De Gama´s resting place are a must-see in one of Europe´s most soulful capitals, with sunsets on the sea.
Registration deadline: April 23, 2018
|22 - 26 September||ISTRAMUSICA in Porec, Croatia
Over the course of one month, between 9 September and 8 October 2017, we will arrange all your concerts – however impressive or intimate in scale. We organize workshops and arrange opportunities to meet with other choirs from around the world. We provide support for your rehearsals from distinguished world-class guest conductors and provide a stage for the talented people from your own ranks. And let's not forget the spectacle and popular international choir competition, which will be the event´s spectacular grand finale.
|26 - 30 September||
9th Isola del Sole in Grado, Italy|
The sunny island of Grado and its numerous venues, short walking distances and a historic city centre as well as manifold touristic sights within the region of Trieste and Venice represent the perfect place for a meeting of international choirs. Apart from participating in the competitions all choirs can dare to take part in the exciting experiment to swap conductors for a Friendship Concert and perform under the direction of another international conductor.
Early Bird deadline: February 26, 2018
|3 - 7 October||
Cracovia Music Festival 2018
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL BERLIN 2018
Choral events organizes the 6th INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL BERLIN 2018. The Festival will take place at the beautiful concert hall of the Universität der Künste Berlinon Friday, the 5th of October 2018.
|16 - 17 October||
CHORAL CONTEST & FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2018
CHORALEVENTS will organize the Choral Contest & Festival NEW YORK. The Concerts will take place at the amazing "Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at the SYMPHONY SPACE NEW YORK".
Festival date: Tuesday, the 16th of October 2018
Regarding the Contest: 2 self chosen music works will be adjudicated by an international jury. Regarding the Festival: Awards for best conductor / best repertoire / best presentation / best soloist singer
WE OFFER COMPLETE ARRANGEMENTS ! Changing the length of your stay is possible. ONLY PARTICIPATION IS ALSO POSSIBLE !
Website for more info: http://www.choralfestivalnewyork.com
END OF REGISTRATION: 1 MAY 2018
|18 - 22 October||
Lago di Garda Music Festival 2018
|18 - 21 October||
Cantate Catalunya Barcelona: Enjoy culture, singing and sun! Performances in the famous Sagrada Familia, a matinee concert and friendship concerts in the center of Barcelona. Individual extensions possible with accommodation on the beach to enjoy the last summer days. Performances of the choirs are a matinee concert over the rooftops of Barcelona, a very special experience. Friendship concerts take place in the lively centre of the city in various concert halls or churches. A special experience is the common concert of all participating choirs: Each choir presents himself with a song of their choice in the Crypt of the Sagrada Familia, the landmark of the city and next to the tomb of the brilliant Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. In memory of Gaudi, the choir directors put down put flowers at his tomb before the common final song. This is followed by a dinner with music and singing with Catalan gastronomy and hospitality.
Sightseeing in Barcelona round off your stay within late-summer temperatures. Optionally, the accommodation takes place in the centre of Barcelona or in cost-favourable hotel on the Costa Barcelona; all hotels are classified in the 4-star category. For more information visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/cantate-catalunya.html
|24 - 28 October||
7th Canta al mar – Festival Coral Internacional - Calella/ Barcelona, Spain: The festival "Canta al mar" has become an essential activity in INTERKULTUR´s event calendar. All concert and competition venues in Calella are within walking distance and can therefore be combined ideally with a pleasant stroll through the historic center - a great way for choirs to meet, sing together in Friendship Concerts and get to know other nations and their individual traditions.
Early bird deadline: March 19, 2018
International Choral Festival Barcelona 2018
|1 - 4 November|
Cantate Dresden: With a short performances in the famous Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), friendship concerts and a common concert in the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) with more than 800 years musically tradition - an exceptional setting for this choir meeting under the patron is of the President of the Saxon State Parliament. Choirs from different nations meet at friendship concerts in and around Dresden on Friday and at a common concert with all participants, which is the musically highlight of these days. At the end of the common concert, all choirs sing a special composition with the name “Cantate Dresden” which has been composed especially for this choir festival. The evening is planned with a Saxonian dinner with all choirs. For more information visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/cantate-dresden.html
|1 - 5 November||
Wien Music Festival 2018
|8 - 11 November||
ON STAGE in Prague, Czech Republic|
Prague has been described as a diamond among pearls and as the Paris of the 90s. The Gothic jewel of the kingdom of Bohemia, capital of today’s Czech Republic, Prague has been called the most picturesque city in the world. The ancient splendour and beauty of Prague is sure to leave an everlasting impression on your imagination.
Registration deadline: June 18, 2018
|15 - 18 November||Advent Sing Bratistlava The city offers many attractions and cozy pubs. In the environment of Bratislava there is the town Modrá, which is one of the wine producing areas in Slovakia.
At the main square in Bratislava there is a Christmas Market from mid-November with a stage on which a wide cultural program is offered. Advent concerts in concert halls or the magnificent baroque churches in Bratislava with several choirs will be a highlight of the stay together with a folklore evening which shows the musical temperament of the Slovaks. For more information visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/advent-bratislava.html
|23 - 26 November||Advent Sing Prague Since 1999, the Prague Advent Sing is organized by music&friends without interruption with more than 40 Czech and foreign choirs every year. The organization of concerts at the central Christmas Market at the Old Town Square during the weekends is done by music&friends including the planning, presentation and assistance. One of the most beautiful squares in Europe is the Old Town Square, home of the central Christmas Market with a nice open-air stage. Many people come here to listen to Christmas carols from choirs from different countries. Available are locked containers, a multilingual presenter and a sound system. Extraordinary concert halls for the Advent concerts are the Music Academy HAMU in the Liechtenstein-Palace and the art deco-style hall of Hlahol, one of the oldest choirs in Prague, where Smetana has been one of the first choir directors. At the end of each concert all choirs sing a common song. Concerts in churches in Prague: The Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square (built 1732-1737) is every year the main place for church concerts. Church services can be planned at the weekends - in the famous St Vitus Cathedral and other churches. For more information visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/advent-prague.html|
|28 November - 1 December||
9th Winter Choral Festival 2018 - Hong Kong All amateur choirs are invited to meet other choristers for 4 days in Hong Kong to partake in competition, friendship concerts, workshops, educational clinics and cultural exchanges.
|4 - 9 December||
4th Misatango «Misa a Buenos Aires» in La Habana The choir festival Misatango brings latin american “joie de vivre” to eminent concert halls! Live your passion and participate in the Misatango Choir Festival in Havana. Unfold your talent, sing and perform together with other choirs from all over the world.
Visit our website for further information: www.misatango.com
|6 - 9 December||
Badenia Advent Music Festival 2018
|7 - 11 February||
International Choir Competition Maastricht 2019 - Maastricht, Netherlands: Amateur choirs from all over the world are invited to join the competition in various categories and experience the vibrant cultural life and open-minded, international atmosphere in the host city, located at the crossroads of Belgium and Germany. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - email@example.com - www.interkultur.com
|14 - 18 February||
2nd Sing'n'Joy Princeton - Princeton (NJ), USA: According to the motto ”Sing'n'Joy” Princeton will feature both choral competitions and numerous concerts, varied meetings between participating choirs as well as master classes with international choral experts. One of the event’s highlights will be the ensembles of the Westminster Choir College, that will showcase their superior skills at a special concert. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.interkultur.com
|15 - 19 May||6th Vietnam International Choir Competition - Hội An, Vietnam: Since the outstanding success of the first event in 2011 INTERKULTUR organizes biannually the International Choir Competition Vietnam in the city of Hội An. From that time on the event has been increasing and has now become an inherent part of international choir tours. The setting of the competition is located directly at Hội An’s coast and provides a stunning panorama for the performances. In cooperation with the Vietnamese central government, the provincial government of Quang Nam and the city council of Hội An INTERKULTUR offers choirs from all parts of the world the possibility to discover the beauty of this country and to combine this exciting journey with a participation in an international choir competition. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - email@example.com - www.interkultur.com|
|19 - 23 June||
7th International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival - Linz, Austria: The Upper Austrian city of Linz already proved to be a perfect host by presenting the 1st INTERKULTUR Choir Olympics in 2000. Since 2007 the city invites every two years choirs from all over the world in order to sing at the International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival. The festival offers choirs from all parts of the world the possibility to participate in the competitions as well as in friendship and gala concerts. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.interkultur.com
|3 - 7 July||
11th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition - Wernigerode, Germany: The colorful city in the Harz mountain range attracts visitors with its unique charm of medieval architecture and moreover with its musical characteristics. Furthermore this competition, named after Johannes Brahms, puts a musical focus on this German composer and the German romantics of the 19th century. Numerous advanced trainings offer interested choirs outstanding possibilities of mutual learning and professional training e.g. with evaluation performances and individual coaching. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - email@example.com - www.interkultur.com
|5 - 10 July||
13th SCL Festival: The Summa Cum Laude Festival Vienna is Austria’s premier global youth music festival for choirs, bands and orchestras taking place every July in Vienna’s most important concert venues: The Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus and the MuTh Concert Hall of the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir.
Visit our website for further information: www.sclfestival.org
|17 - 20 July||Missoula International Choral Festival, Montana The International Choral Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship, and goodwill through choral music. The International Choral Festival is a non-competitive event produced by volunteers in a beautiful mountain setting that connects musicians from diverse cultural traditions with regional audiences and local community hosts.|
|3 -10 August||
4th European Choir Games - Gothenburg, Sweden: In 2019 the 4th edition of the event will once again take place and explore a new destination: Sweden – nation of choristers! With approximately 600 000 singers, choir singing is one of Sweden’s most popular movements and the country is thus a perfect location for this international singing event. Gothenburg, the country’s second largest city, is a genuine music city where music is close to people’s hearts. It has a lively alternative music culture and big arena stages. Culture and the arts take center stage in Gothenburg. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.interkultur.com