• Salzburg 17th International Cantus Music and Culture Festival

    Salzburg, Austria

"Meet Mozart" Choir Competition & Festival

Included in your festival packages
The Festival Ground Arrangements include:
  • 3-nights accommodation with buffet breakfast in 3* or 4* category hotels in Salzburg (located central or near the city center) or in a 3* Hoyel in the vicinity of Salzburg (approx 10kn outside Salzburg)
  • 3 dinners (snack-buffet on the arrival day, dinner at the hotel or restaurant on Friday and farewell dinner buffet on the last evening (excluding beverages)
  • Participation in the festival events (opening evening, festival concert, ecumenical celebration and farewell evening)
  • If booked in advance: participation in the Choir Competition "Meet Mozart"
  • Special guided tour for all choir directors of the "Autograph Room" at the Mozarteum
  • Guided city walking tour of Salzburg (approx. 3 hours)
  • Participation certificate for all attending groups
  • Official award ceremony on the farewell evening with live music, dancing and buffet dinner (excluding drinks) at the farewell evening
  • English speaking local escort during the festival stay

Costs are tailored to each individual choirs' requirements

Choir Directors Orientation Trip

CCI offer choir directors the opportunity to participate in an orientation trip in advance of each festival and competition to view the hotels, venues and restaurants and, for choirs with younger members, to perform risk assessments.

During the orientation trip, the director or representative of the choir has the opportunity to meet with the organisers and sponsors of the festival and to ask questions about all aspects of the trip. Choir directors can also discuss the choirs' unique requirements with the CCI representatives on hand. On the trip, CCI will answer directors' questions concerning such topics as instrumental accompaniment, size of stage, and performance information.

Please ask us about dates for the Salzburg Choir Directors Orientation Trip.

Competition Information & Rules

General Rules

  • Only non professional choirs may participate in the competition, although the choir director may be professional
  • The length of performance is limited to 15 minutes including getting on and off the stage
  • Choirs are welcome to register in two categories (at the most)
  • The song selection for the competition must be sung “a cappella”. One song title can be accompanied by 1 (own) instrument. Furthermore a piano is available to use on stage
  • Choirs attending the Festival category Z (non-competitive) may sing accompanied by 1 (own) instrument or use the piano, but one song is requested to be performed “a cappella”. All types of choirs such as female choirs, male choirs, mixed choirs as well as youth and young adult choirs are welcome to register in this category. There is no limit to the number of singers
  • Choirs attending the Festival category S (non-competitive) may sing all songs accompanied by own Instruments and may use the piano. All types of choirs are welcome to register in this category and there is also no limit to the numbers of singers.
  • The song choice for the competition must be approved of by the Festival jury in advance

Categories

Categories 1-6 are competitive categories. Categories 7 and 8 are non-competitive
  • Category F - Female-voice choirs
  • Category G - Mixed choirs (limited to maximum 40 active singers)
  • Category G1 - Mixed choir (more than 41 active singers)
  • Category M - Male-voice choirs (limited to maximum 40 active singers)
  • Category M1 - Male-voice choirs (more than 41 active singers)
  • Category J - Youth and young adult choirs (aged between 10 - 26 years)
  • Category S - Festival "The Sound of Music" (non-competitive)
  • Category Z - Festival (non-competitive)

Competition program / selection of songs

  • Your song choice should include songs from at least 2 different music styles
  • Compulsory songs are not named for this event (with the exception of festival category S
  • All music styles are permitted and asked for: Secular and sacred music of all epochs, experimental music, contemporary music, popular music, folksongs, Pop, Jazz, Swing, Blues etc.

Category Z – non-competitive festival category

  • Your selection of songs is free of choice and the duration of the performance is limited to 15 minutes including getting on and off the stage
  • One member of the jury will analyze the performance with the choir director and hand out a written evaluation to the choir.
  • No sequence of choirs will be determined in this category.

Category S – "The Sound of Music" – non-competitive festival category

  • Choirs are asked to sing the named compulsory song of their category taken from "The Sound of Music".. The further selection of songs is requested to also be taken from "The Sound of Music".
  • The duration of the performance is limited to 15 minutes incl. getting on and off the stage
  • One member of the jury will analyze the performance with the choir director and hand out a written evaluation to the choir.
  • No sequence of choirs will be determined in this category.

Compulsory songs for the festival category S - "The Sound of Music"

  • Female voice choirs: The lonely goatherd / arranged by: Mark Brymer
  • Mixed choirs: Edelweiss / arranged by: John Cacavas
  • Male voice choirs: The Sound of Music / arranged by: Clay Warnick

Please purchase the original music scores on your own (publishers: Hal Leonard Corporation).

We will gladly send you a sample of these upon registration.

Jury

The jury consists of well-known judges who are familiar with the work of choirs. The jury will evaluate the qual-ity of each performance according to their professional viewpoint of the technical performance and the artistic representation of the performed songs. The decision of the jury is final and secret until the results are announced.

On the basis of the quality of the performance the jury will divide the choirs attending the competitive catego-ries in individual categories into gold, silver and bronze and will determine the winner of each category.

  • Gold - excellent performance
  • Silver - very good performance
  • Bronze - good performance

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation criteria are based upon the general guidelines of the musical performance:

  • a) Technical Presentation: intonation, rhythmic, faithfulness to the music score and pronunciation
  • b) Artistic presentation: sound quality, dynamic, text interpretation, artistic impression. The parts of music which are performed by soloists, will not be evaluated, only the overall performance of the choir as a unity will be regarded for judgement.
  • c) For choirs performing in the festival categories S and Z (non-competitive / without evaluation) one member of the jury will analyze the performance of the choir with the choir director and hand out a written evaluation to the choir. No sequence of choirs will be determined in this category.

Competition Prizes

All participating choirs will receive a certificate of participation and a judgement sheet with remarks and notes by the jury. The winner of each category will receive a prize cup. The overall winner of the competition will receive a prize cup and prize money of €500.

The jury may furthermore decide to award further special prizes such as for outstanding conducting or for the best song choice.

Closing ceremony and joint singing of all choirs

The prize giving awarding including the announcement of the official results will take place during the closing ceremony. All competition choirs will also receive a participation diploma and the overall winner of the competition will receive a prize cup and a special money prize of Euro 500.

At the official ending of the awarding all choirs will jointly perform the song (canon) "Alleluja" by W.A. Mozart (from the motet for soprano and orchestra "Exsultate Jubilate".)

Competition Categories
The "Meet Mozart" International Choir Competition and Festival has seven categories. Six are competitive categories and the seventh category is non-competitive.

  • Category F - Female-voice choirs
  • Category G - Mixed choirs (limited to maximum 40 active singers)
  • Category G1 - Mixed choir (more than 41 active singers)
  • Category M - Male-voice choirs (limited to maximum 40 active singers)
  • Category M1 - Male-voice choirs (more than 41 active singers)
  • Category J - Youth and young adult choirs (aged between 10 - 26 years)
  • Category S - Festival "The Sound of Music" (non-competitive)
  • Category Z - Festival (non-competitive)
Sample Itinerary

Below is sample itinerary for those attending the "Meet Mozart" Choir Competition & Festival.

DAY 1

  • Meet your local English-speaking escort upon arrival at the airport for coach transfer to your hotel. On arrival at your hotel, your guide will assist with check-in after which the choir will have time to relax or can enjoy some independent sightseeing.
  • In the evening, attend the festival opening evening at the “Stieglkeller” Restaurant with buffet. Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 2

Daily schedule for the festival participants (non-competition).
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • In the morning rehearsals of all festival participants (music, dance, orchestra and choir groups) at the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum for the evening festival concert at the Mozarteum.
  • Meet with your local English-speaking guide in the afternoon for a 3- hour walking tour of the Old Town of Salzburg.
  • Early dinner at a local restaurant or at your hotel.
  • Evening Festival Concert takes place at the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg where each group will present a program of a maximum 15 minute duration.
  • Overnight stay at your hotel
Daily schedule for the choir competition participants
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Following meet with your local guide for a 3 hour walking tour of the Old Town of Salzburg. In the afternoon the competition begins at the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum. (Rehearsal will take place in the Wiener Hall)
  • Early dinner at a local restaurant or at your hotel.
  • Evening Festival Concert takes place at the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg where each group will present a program of a maximum 15 minute duration.
  • Overnight stay at your hotel

DAY 3

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Meet at the Salzburg Cathedral in the morning for set up and rehearsal.
  • Mass service for all participating groups at the Salzburg Cathedral (here each choir presents one selected piece)
  • In the afternoon, choirs perform an open-air concerts on one of the town squares or at the Mirabell Garden in Salzburg
Optional extra
  • Afternoon excursion to the province of Salzburg and Lake District featuring original sites of the movie “The Sound of Music”. Visit the Hellbrunn Palace, continue on to the Lake Fuschlsee to the town of St. Gilgen, located at the Wolfgangsee and then to the Lake Mondsee and visit the castle church there.
  • At the end of the excursion, visit the Leopoldskron Castle, a further site of “The Sound of Music”. Opportunity for the choirs / music groups to present themselves jointly in front of the famous castle.
In the evening:
  • Farewell evening with buffet dinner, live music and dancing, followed by awards ceremony and distribution of participation certificates.

DAY 4

  • Choirs depart Salzburg.

***Please note that this is a sample itinerary only. Actual itineraries are tailored to individual choirs on departure.***

Flights and transfers

Flights

Choir Contact International experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking.

Once you enquiry with CCI you will be given your own dedicated festival planner, and this planner will also assist you with the booking of flights for your group.

We use the most up-to-date modern technology for searching best fares including low cost carriers, allowing us to book you the best flights at the best fares for a fully co-ordinated service. We use both low-cost internet fares and our long-standing relationships with other carries to ensure that we can secure the best travel option for your choir.

We will advise you on luggage allowance and all details relating to your flight booking.

Airport transfers

CCI are happy to arrange airport-hotel-airport transfers for all choirs who have booked flights with us. Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange airport transfers where flights are not booked as part of the festival package.