Upcoming 2017 Choral Events
The Summa Cum Laude International Festival
International Youth Music Festival
July 7-12, 2017 | VIENNA, AUSTRIA
The first Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival was hosted in July 2007. Already during its first year, it realized its two main objectives: to provide a unique platform for the world’s most talented youth choirs, bands and orchestras to perform in Vienna’s magnificent Musikverein and to set new standards in the festival arena. The SCL Festival has gained the broad support of the Austrian public and of many national and international decision makers in the field of politics and culture. Close ties have also been established to foreign embassies and international organization to make this a truly international event. Performing groups may compete with their peers in the “Summa Cum Laude Competition” or they may opt to participate in the non-competitive “Summa Cum Laude Celebration.”
Countdown to the 2020 Olympiad
July 7-12, 2017 | TOKYO, JAPAN
Treble and mixed choirs from across the United States will join with choirs from Japan to help celebrate the start of the countdown towards the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan. The Olympics’ ultimate goal is the cultivation of people and world peace through sports, a vision that also applies to music education and choral singing. Thus it is only fitting that choristers from across the U.S. will celebrate the World’s largest sporting event together with fellow musicians from across the Pacific by taking part in this grand Olympic Countdown Choral Festival.
Great Basilicas of Italy
July 2-7, 2017 | ASSISI & ROME, ITALY
“Great Basilicas of Italy” celebrates the artistic heritage of two of Italy’s most important churches. A Gala Concert Performance at the Basilica of San Francis of Assisi and participation in Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican will be a life-changing experience for singers from across the United States. Under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director Dr. Cameron LaBarr, the mixed festival choir will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and several pieces by Swiss composer Ivo Antognini. Mr. Antognini will join all festival participants as Composer-in-Residence in Assisi and Rome.
Requiem for the Living
June 24-30, 2017 | BAYEUX, FRANCE
This unique festival tour, aptly set in Normandy, promises to be an artistically rich, poignant and inspirational journey through an area of France, steeped in historical significance. Offering choirs the opportunity to perform a beloved large choral work in close collaboration with the composer, working with a French orchestra and one of the finest choral educators of our time, in iconic, historic sites, this festival tour will challenge and engage the hearts and minds of every participant and create profound memories to last a lifetime.
International Choral Festival
June 20-25, 2017 | LIMERICK, IRELAND
Limerick Sings hosts both Irish and International choirs for three days of non-competitive music and song. Participating in this unique event will give choirs the opportunity to present Informal Performances in various venues across Limerick City such as St. Mary’s Cathedral, and take part in a Gala Concert Performance with a Professional Irish Orchestra at the University of Limerick Concert Hall under the direction of Dr. André Thomas. The program also includes plenty of time to Exchange with Irish and European Choristers and a fun welcome BBQ that will include Irish Music, dance and food.
Pura Vida Costa Rica!
June 20-24, 2017 | SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
“Pura Vida Costa Rica,” a one of a kind festival experience, has been designed with three essential ideas in mind, Service, Singing and International Friendship. Combining exchange concerts with local choirs, an opportunity for community service and culminating in a festival of international song led by esteemed conductor, Dr. Cristian Grases, this festival is sure to excite the hearts and minds of all choirs that participate.
Eine Feste Burg
A Choral Celebration
In Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
June 17-23, 2017 | LEIPZIG, GERMANY
Prof. Rilling is a pre-eminent scholar and conductor of works by J.S. Bach and together with Dr. Anton Armstrong, Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, he will lead a Gala Concert Performance at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
- Sing as part of a highly select honor choir with a professional orchestra in the Thomaskirche, Bach’s church
- Perform Bach Cantata, Motets and other repertoire commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
- Be inspired and learn from Professor Helmuth Rilling and Dr. Anton Armstrong
- Experience the historical sights of the Reformation in Germany