International Choir Competitions

The 10-category competition will be adjudicated by a Jury of more than 20 choral music experts from all around the world, including WYCCAA Vice Presidents Dr. Brady ALLRED, Prof. Martin BERGER, Dr. Milan KOLENA, Mr. Da-peng MENG, Prof. Ragnar RASMUSSEN, Asso. Prof. Urša LAH, Dr. Zoltan PAD, Prof. Zimfira POLOZ and many more.

The competition comprises two rounds, Category Competitions and Competition Finals. Champion awarded with Gold Award or above in each category will enter the Competition Finals. The Grand and Cash Prizes will be awarded based on their performances at the Finals, which will be voted by the Jury of the Festival.

Category Competitions

Category Children’s Choir Youth Choir
A1

(SA Voices)

A2

(SA Voices)

B1

(SA Voices)

B2

(TB Voices)

B3

(SATB Mixed Voices)

Time Limit (min.) 8 10 15 15 15
Age 12 or under 16 or under 29 or under 29 or under 29 or under
No. of Competition Pieces 2 3 3 3 3
Repertoire Requirements 1 Piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region 1 Piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region 1 Piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region 1 Piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region 1 Piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region
1 Piece of free choice 1 Piece outside the Choir’s home country or cultural region 1 Piece outside the Choir’s home country or cultural region 1 Piece outside the Choir’s home country or cultural region 1 Piece outside the Choir’s home country or cultural region
1 Piece of free choice 1 Piece of free choice 1 Piece of free choice 1 Piece of free choice

 

Remarks N/A At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella

 

Category Contemporary Music Folklore Show Choir Ensemble Singing Adult Choir
C D E F G
Time Limit (min.) 8 8 10 10 10
Age

 

29 or under 29 or under 29 or under 29 or under At least 50% of the Choir members aged 29 or above
No. of Competition Pieces 2 2 No Limitations 2 2
Repertoire Requirements 1 Piece composed after 1950 & in contemporary style 2 Folksongs from the Choir’s home country or cultural region

 

 

No limitations on the pieces, style, type of performance, drama, staging, choreography or way of performing the choral pieces 1 Piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region 1 Piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region
1 Commissioned piece written specially for the participation in this Festival 1 Piece of free choice 1 Piece of free choice
Remarks At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella N/A At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella
  • There are no limitations on gender for all categories except for Category B.
  • For Category B1, only female singers shall be allowed. For Category B2, only male singers shall be allowed. For Category B3, both male and female singers are required.
  • There are no limitations on combination of voices for Categories C, D, E, F and G.
  • Marks will be deducted if the performance exceeds the time limit.
  • Number of Team Members
    • For Categories A, B, C, D, E and G, the minimum number of singers is 25 persons excluding the conductor, accompanists and dancers who are not singing. There is no upper limit for the number of singers for these categories.
    • For Category F, the lower and upper limit for the number of singers are 8 and 16 respectively, excluding the conductor and accompanists.

Awards and Prizes

Choirs will receive a certificate indicating the results of the Category Competitions and have a chance to meet the Jury. The Awards will be presented according to the score obtained.

Awards Range of Scores (Out of 100)
Platinum 94.5 or above
Gold 79.5 – 94.4
Silver 64.5 – 79.4
Bronze 49.5 – 64.4

 

Grand Prize Cash Prize
The Choir of the World Trophy HK$ 40,000
Jury’s Prize HK$ 20,000
Best Interpretation HK$ 10,000
Best Folk Song Performance HK$ 10,000
Outstanding Conductor Award HK$ 5,000
Category Champions HK$ 3,000
Best A cappella Performance /
Best Stage Effects /
Musica Connection Audience Award I/ II /