Verona Choir Competition
“A big thank you in organising our Verona trip. It was fantastic and we were thrilled to bring home a bronze award also. Thanks again.”
Rita Ellis on behalf of The Cameron Singers, Ireland
“Thank you for helping me to organise a great trip (to Verona). Everyone really enjoyed it, the accommodation was very good and the staff in the hotel were very friendly and helpful. Being awarded silver in the competition was, of course, an added bonus. Our courier for the trip was Miruska Dressel-Bujnicky and she was absolutely fantastic. She did everything she could to make the visit enjoyable for everyone; was very flexible regarding arrangements and yet ensured that we were always in the right place at the right time. When Miruska realised that many people were already very familiar with Verona, she arranged to substitute the walking tour with a trip to Lake Garda. Miruska was also very supportive of us during the competition, during the closing ceremony and for our visit to the Italian choir. I’d really appreciate if you could pass on these comments to Choir International, she really is a treasure. The host choir put on a great night for us and if the bus hadn’t been waiting for us at the end of the night, I don’t think most of our choir would have got home until Monday. Thank you again for all the hard work you put into making the trip a success and I will certainly be recommending to the choir that we use you again when we plan our next trip abroad.”
Úna on behalf of Cantairi Avondale, Ireland
The performance length is limited to 15 minutes for each choir. “Performance time” is Defined as “from the beginning of the first song to the end of the last song”
Choirs can choose to compete in one of the following categories:
The programme selection should include music written in classical “vocal Polyphonic”, music from the renaissance and the period of the romantic style with one composition from the 20th century. A folk song from your country or origin is suggested. This category has to be sung predominantly ‘a cappella’ (without instrumental accompaniment). If the original score includes accompaniment, then the use of a piano is required.
The programme selection should include music written in old classical “vocal polyphonic”, music from the renaissance and the period of the romantic style and one composition from the 20th century. A folk song from your country or origin is suggested. This category has to be sung predominantly ‘a cappella’ (without instrumental accompaniment). If the original score includes accompaniment, then the use of a piano is required.
The emphasis in this category is on folk songs. Instruments, necessary for Accompaniment i.e. Guitar, Piano etc. are allowed, but the majority of the performance should be performed ‘a cappella’.
This category is open for choirs specializing in this type of performance. The emphasis is on the choral arrangement of the music. Show parts, choreographic elements and instruments are permitted but the choir must perform at least one piece purely ‘a cappella’. In this category, the overall impression will be noted in the evaluation.
In this category, the song repertory is free of choice from cat. 1, 3 or 4.
Choirs competing in Category 2: Church and/or Secular Music with Compulsory Composition are given the opportunity to perform within their allowed time a compulsory composition forwarded to them by the jury, which will then be judged specifically.
"Ave Maris Stella" F. Anerio
"O Bone Jesu" M.A. Ingegneri
"I lieti amanti e le fanciulle tenere" F. Anerio
The points given to each choir during the assessment are subject to international choral competition rules.
The jury consists of seven internationally renowned judges. Four of these will be Italian and three from other European countries. The jury can award up to 100 points for each choir:
All choirs named in the above award categories will receive a goblet, a certificate of participation, a judgement sheet with remarks and notes by the jury, a commemorative present and a video tape with clips of the “International Choral Festival”.
When booking please state the category/categories in which the choir wishes to be judged in. Mixed choirs, consisting of a male and a female choir can compete additionally in the male and female category.
This is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.
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.
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.
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.