This contest invites for the participation:  Choirs and vocal studios, theaters  artists and designers as well as individual performers – soloist

Italy, Pesaro

2023

23-26 April

2024

21-24 April 

2025

27-30 April 

International choir contest “WORLD OF CHOIRS” is an international event organized for development, spreading and popularization of choral singing. Choirs from all over the world meet on the same stage as rivals but in a warm, friendly atmosphere to demonstrate not only their mastery but also their culture, uniqueness of choral singing. Not only widely experienced choirs can participate in the competition but also those for which participation in a contest of such scale will become a new step and motivation for developing of their talents. It perfectly suits the events of this kind. Also we cannot help noticing that you’ll be surprised while reading the list of the judges of this contest.

The geographical location of the city of Pesaro (Pesaro) in the Marche region is beautiful. Even on the hottest summer days You can feel a light cool breeze here. The beauty of its coast is ideally complemented by an old embankment and the view of green hills. This city was the birthplace of such celebrities as Lodovico Zacconi (1555-1627), musician, musical theorist; Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) – famous composer, author of the operas “The Barber of Seville”, “Cinderella”, “Italian in Algeria”, “William Tell” and many others; Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004) – opera singer (lyric soprano); – and many others


As an organiser of international choral festivals and competitions, Fiestalonia appeared as a result of our enthusiastic work, constant search for new ideas and the desire to replace the traditional festivals with more perfect and comfortable ones.
The exceptionally high quality of the festivals is guaranteed by the promise given by the team of Fiestalonia. Our company is strong thanks to our employees, each of whom is a highly qualified professional and a positive person. We create our festivals as stunning and emotionally charged events that invariably remain in memory as the most vivid life impressions.
We realise that, as a flagship of the industry of organisation of festival events, we have the opportunity to influence the established models of festivals through the introduction of the highest standards and innovations. We focus on quality, we think it is the most important and intrinsic value. We have achieved the position that Fiestalonia festivals personify the refinement embodying the best traditions of international cultural meetings.


All of our programs consist of two parts:

1. Participation in the competition and festival
2. Participation in the Festival without competing in the competition*.

* For those who don’t want to participate in the competitive program, but wish to participate in the festival. They will still participate in the other festival activities including: joint rehearsals, workshops and master classes, where they receive advice and an official certificate from the renowned international experts during a brief discussion in an open and friendly atmosphere. Non competing participants will also perform at international friendship concerts combining different kinds of art.
Communication with other participants, an open exchange of experience as well as a lot of master classes with internationally recognized experts, will certainly bring you to a whole new level of creativity!

6 reasons why you need participate in this contest


NOMINATIONS

A

Children’s choirs.
Choirs’ structure:

  • small chamber (12-16 persons)
  • middle (24-60 persons)
  • big (70-120 persons)

А1 mixed А2 partially mixed А3 homogeneous.
Age groups:
1st  – 7-14 years old
Optional musical composition with an accompaniment.
Optional musical composition – a capella


B

Academic singing.
Choirs’ structure:

– small chamber (12-16 persons)
– middle (24-60 persons)
– big (70-120 persons)

B1 mixed B2 partially mixed B3 homogeneous.
Age groups:
2nd – 15 – 25 years old
3rd – 25 – 40 years old
4th – 41 years old and older

For homogeneous male or female choirs; mixed and partially mixed choirs: 
– optional musical composition with an accompaniment.
– optional musical composition – a capella 


C

Church singing.

Choirs’ structure:
– small chamber (12-16 persons)
– middle (24-60 persons)
– big (70-120 persons)

С1 mixed С2 semi mixed С3 homogeneous.
Age groups:
2nd – 15 – 25 years old
3rd – 25 – 40 years old
4th – 41 years old and older

Optionally two religious choral musical compositions of different types and epochs.


D

Folklore (authentic) singing.
Choirs’ structure:
any.

D1 mixed D2 semi mixed D3 homogeneous.
Age groups:
2nd – 15 – 25 years old
3rd – 25 – 40 years old
4th – 41 years old and older

Ensembles perform typical for their country program – two musical compositions which represent vocal traditions of their country. Correspondent choreography and stage performance are also possible. It’s advisable to sing in traditional costumes. In case if there is no music notation, please prepare a short description of the program in English.


E

Pop – jazz – gospel – spiritual.
Choirs’ structure:
any.

E1 mixed E2 semi mixed E3 homogeneous.
Age groups:
2nd – 15 – 25 years old
3rd – 25 – 40 years old
4th – 41 years old and older

Gospel –Spiritual (or comparable musical traditions of a religious character) Pop – modern (musical compositions from the field of popular musical styles)  Accompaniment including electronic instruments is acceptable. Vocalists’ improvisations are advisable but not obligatory. Instrumental solo shouldn’t exceed the limits as only the choir’s singing will be evaluated. Acoustical amplification of choir’s or instrumentalists’ sound is possible. A choir will be provided with the equipment corresponding to the place of the contest. Fulfillment of technically difficult demands as i.e. using a headset or individual microphones for each singer etc. cannot be guaranteed. If headsets or a complex audio mixing are needed, it is recommended to bring them with you. 


F*

Academic singing, folk, spiritual singing, jazz

Structure:
— Soloists, duets, small forms 3-5 people
— Soloists, duets, small forms 3-5 people

F1 – Soloists, F2 – duets, F3 – small forms 3-5 people, F4 – vocal ensembles 6-11 people.
Performed one piece a cappella or with music (on a choice of artist)
Age groups:
F1 – Soloists, F2 – duets, F3 – small forms 3-5 people, F4 – vocal ensembles 6-11 people.

1st – 7-10 years
2nd – 11-12 years
3rd 13-15 years
4th – 16-20 years
5th – 21 – 25 years
6th – 26 – 40 years
7 th – 41 and older
8th – mixed age category

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

The total time of a performance cannot exceed 10 minutes.

Organ
We provide an electrical piano Yamaha Arius YDP 143 keys 88 with two functions of organ.
1st function Church Organ – typical sound of organ with the register 8 feet, 4 feet, 2 feet. It suits for performing of the church music of the baroque period.
2nd function Church Organ – sound of a full organ basihyal which is often associated with “Toccata and Fugue” by Bach J.S.
SCORES

We ask you to bring 5 copies of the sheet music of each musical composition which is going to be performed. One copy is to be given to the providers of the contest. It’s important that after their publication the choral compositions may be performed just according to the originals of the music notations or to the authorized copies. The copies are to be certified by a stamp and a text only for the jury’s rehearsal during the contest and after the contest they will be eliminated.
Each sheet music should be printed on paper to be handed in.

JURY & EVALUATION CRITERIA

Information about members of the jury of the contest “WORLD OF CHOIRS” will be published later.

The jury has the right
  • not to award all the prizes; 
  • to share prize among performers;
  • to award special prizes to teachers for outstanding achievements;
  • to make a decision about breaking a performance which exceeds the bounds of the regulations;
  • the jury evaluates the participants on one hundred-point system, the final result is made up of the average quantity of the received scores and the average value of the progress scores;
  • the jury’s decisions are final and are not subject to review.
Evaluation criteria
  • intonation;
  • choral sound;
  • correspondence to the music notations;
  • general artistic impression.
PRIZES

The jury evaluates the participants on 100-point scale.

Regarding the genres of performing and nominations the awards are distributed due to seven age groups
  • participants who received up to 70 points become prize winners (copper diploma);
  • participants who received from 70 to 79 points – prize winners of the third degree (bronze diploma);
  • participants who received from 80 to 89 points become prize winners of the second degree (silver diploma);
  • participants who received from 90 to 99 points become prize winners of the first degree (gold diploma);
  • participants who received 100 points become winners of the grand prize of the contest WORLD OF CHOIRS (platinum diploma).

* Awards and certificates will be given to all the choirs from the providers of the contest. Each choir is given a personalized certificate in the form of engraving on a special base for its contribution into the cultural international relations. Each team head and sponsor will be given a personalized thank-you letter on the official numbered letterhead of the kingdom of Spain. Special trophy cups are provided for the winners.

PROGRAM OF STAY

1st day:
– check-in to a hotel from 14:00 pm;
– meeting with the organizers of the contest;
– registration of the participants, presentation of the excursion programs;
20:00 – dinner.

2nd day:
8:00 – breakfast;
13:00 – rehearsal;
15:00 – beginning of the concert;
21:00 – dinner in the hotel.

3rd day:
8:00 – breakfast;
18:00 – beginning of the concert;
giving out of the awards;
20:00 – dinner.

4th day:
8:00 – breakfast;
– check out from the hotel at 10:00.

✅ ATTENTION! Organizers have opportunity to modify the program.
✅ ATTENTION! We can provide you with a transfer from airports and train stations to the hotel and back. Ask our managers for the price: info@fiestalonia.net
INCREASE the number of days of your stay and we will organize an excellent excursion program for you! The price of additional days is indicated in the “price” section. For detailed information on excursion programs, you can check with our managers by mail: info@fiestalonia.net
BOOK an excursion program in advance, ask our managers for details about our excursion offer: info@fiestalonia.net

* If you miss the lunch due to excursions or performances you have to ask for dry rations at the reception of your hotel the day before.

WHAT IS INCLUDED INTO THE PRICE
  • 4 days and 3 nights in a three-star hotel;
  • half board, buffet (breakfast and dinner) + water;
  • two concerts: competitive viewing; Gala Concert with award ceremony;
  • certificates and trophy cups from the contest providers;
  • thank-you letters for profesors and sponsors;
  • festival fee;
  • master classes are possible;

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • Soloists pay 60 Euros extra.
  • Duets pay 50 euros per duo.
  • Small forms of 3-5 people pay 40 euros per group.
  • For each additional nomination for soloists, duets, small groups up to 12 people – surcharge 20 euros/person.
  • For participation in the additional nomination for groups of 13 persons and more – surcharge 250 euros per group.

FREE PLACES

Each 25th group’s participant gets a pack of our services for free!*

*All the list of the assignable services you can find in the section “What is included into the price”.

Attention: We can provide you with a transfer from airports and train stations to the hotel and back. Ask our managers for the price: info@fiestalonia.net
Attention: Check out from the hotel at 10:00.
* Price does not include tourist tax.
Tourist tax is paid directly by the client directly to the hotel at check in: in Spain – 0.5 Euro / person / night

Extra services

  • Original pictures from the contest, gala concert and the award ceremony on a flash drive;
  • Photo services during the trips/excursions. Photoshoots for groups and soloists;
  • Concertmaster;
  • Hair stylist (Make up and hairstyle);
  • Master classes from the Spanish art workers;
  • Assisting Translator. (accompanying person);
  • Video shooting of a contest/gala concert.

* All the extra services are provided on demand. They should be requested minimum 3 days before the beginning of the contest. The prices of the extra services are to be specified from our managers.

Extra trips

  • Rome
  • Venice
  • San-Marino
  • Florence
  • Urbino
PRICES
▪️accommodation in a triple room €258 /a person – extra day €49/a person
▪️accommodation in a double room €294 /a person – extra day €56/a person
▪️accommodation in a single room €390 /a person – extra day €92/a person

* All the rooms in these hotels are reserved as the applications for participation and payment are received. After these hotels are fully booked, you may be offered alternative options for hotels at higher prices. Don’t miss the opportunity and arrange the trip now!

ATTENTION: For accompany who do not perform and do not take part in workshops – a 10% discount is given on the package price and a 5% on each additional night.

FEATURES OF THIS FESTIVAL&CONTEST

Why is it worth participating in this contest

  • it is one of the biggest choir contests;
  • impressive opening and closing ceremonies;
  • the system of evaluation which guarantees the highest quality of judging;
  • trainings, master-classes, round tables with the leading specialists and tutors in the field of choral singing;
  • half board, buffet (breakfast and dinner) + water;
  • official international numbered certificates with the results of the contest are given not only the dance teams, but each individual participant is also given a personalized certificate;
  • team heads and sponsors are given personalized thank-you letters;
  • each choir is given a personalized certificate for its contribution into the cultural international progress in the form of engraving on a special base;
  • possibility of solo performances.
PERIOD OF ACCEPTING THE APPLICATIONS
  • the last day of receiving of the applications is for 30 days before the beginning of the festival;
  • the last day of payment is for 21 days before the beginning of the festival;
  • terms and conditions of the agreement are to be requested from our managers.

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