The Games are hosted biennially (every even year) in a pre-select city across the globe, where choirs compete in selected categories. In 2012, for instance, there were 23 categories, and in 2016 there were 29 categories, among them “Senior Choirs” and “University Choirs”. The Games consist of competitions in two classes (Champions and Open), festival concerts, artistic workshops, and various ceremonies. During the competition, choirs compete for gold, silver, bronze, or “Successful Participation” awards. Medals are awarded in the Champions Competition, and diplomas are awarded in the Open Competition.Click here to find more info. The choir that attains the highest point and a gold medal in a category during the Champions Competition is awarded the title of “Champion of the World Choir Games” for that category.
As part of the festival aspect of the Games choirs may also choose to participate in artistic workshops featuring renowned choral instructors, as well as friendship concerts and free public concerts where choirs share their music with choristers and audiences from different parts of the world. Ceremonies that form part of the Games include opening and closing ceremonies where up to 20 000 choristers join in a single venue, as well as the award ceremonies where the outcomes of the Open Competition and Champions Competition are announced. During the proceedings of the Games, the host for the next edition of the Games is usually also announced.