• Verona Choir Competition

    Verona, Italy

Verona Choir Competition

Included in your festival packages
  • 4 nights in a 3* hotel situated south of Lake Garda (twin room with private bathroom, buffet breakfast and evening meal)
  • Participation in the competition including all charges
  • Participation in the opening concert
  • Half day sightseeing in Verona (excludes any entrance fees payable locally)
  • Day trip to Venice including a boat ride
  • Reception with an Italian Choir
  • Monetary Prize in Category 2
  • Closing ceremony with snacks and wine, presentation of certificates for all choirs and a cup for every placed choir
  • Translation service throughout the stay
Testimonials from choirs who attended the festival

“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

Competition Information & Rules

The Verona Choir Competition is for non-professional choirs only.

Categories of participation

  • Mixed choirs
  • Male choirs
  • Female choirs
  • Youth & Young Adult choirs (Aged 8-24 years)

Length of performance

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”

Music

Categories of Competition

Choirs can choose to compete in one of the following categories:

1.) Church and/or Secular Music without Compulsory Composition

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.

2.) Church and/or Secular Music with Compulsory Composition

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.

3.) Folk songs

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’.

4.) Jazz, Pop, Swing, Blues etc.

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.

5.) Youth & Young Adult Choirs (Aged 8-24 years)

In this category, the song repertory is free of choice from cat. 1, 3 or 4.

Compulsory Composition

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.

Mixed choir compulsory composition

"Ave Maris Stella" F. Anerio

Male choir compulsory composition

"O Bone Jesu" M.A. Ingegneri

Female choir compulsory composition

"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

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:

  • a) Gold (special prize) - 91 to 100 points (Group 2)
  • b) Gold - 91 to 100 points
  • c) Silver - 75 to 90 points
  • d) Bronze - 60 to 74 points
  • e) Certificate of - up to 59 points

Participation

  • Gold Award = Excellent performance
  • Silver Award = Very good performance
  • Bronze Award = Good performance

The points awarded to each choir during the assessment are subject to international choral competition rules including:

  • a.) Technical presentation, intonation, wording, rhythmic, faithfulness to the music score and pronunciation.
  • b.) Artistic execution, timing, agog, dynamic, text interpretation, faithfulness to the type of music. Please note that the parts of music performed by soloists will not be judged. Only the overall performance of the choir as a unity will be regarded for judgement.

Awards

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”.

Choirs performing the compulsory composition in their category will be awarded additional prizes as follows:

  • a.) Special prize for the best mixed choir in category Gold Euro 500,—
  • b.) Special prize for the best male choir in category Gold Euro 500,—
  • c.) Special prize for the best female choir in category Gold Euro 500,—

The jury is at liberty to award the following prizes in addition to the above prizes:

  • a.) The best overall choir at the Verona festival
  • b.) For the best conductor at the Verona festival
  • c.) For the best performance of an Italian score

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.

Competition Categories

Categories of participation

  • Church and/or Secular Music without Compulsory Composition
  • Church and/or Secular Music with Compulsory Composition
  • Folk songs
  • Jazz, Pop, Swing, Blues etc.
  • Youth & Young Adult Choirs (Aged 8-24 years)
Sample Itinerary

Below is the most popular itinerary of the CCI Family of Choirs who have attended the Verona Choir Competition.

DAY 1

  • On arrival in Verona, you will be met by a local guide for transfer by coach to your hotel. Your local guide will be with your choir throughout your stay in Verona to assist you with all choral activities
  • Your choir will have free time in the afternoon to explore the Lake Garda area
  • You will enjoy a group dinner at your hotel before transferring by coach to the opening ceremony in Teatro Filarmonico in the city of Verona
  • At the opening ceremony, all choirs are welcomed by representatives of the city and province of Verona and by the hosts Associazione Gruppi Corali Verona. You will then enjoy a concert organised especially for this festival performed by participants of local choirs
  • Coach transfer back to your hotel following the ceremony

DAY 2

  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning followed by coach transfer with your guide to Verona to perform in the competition at the Teatro Nuovo.
  • You will have free time for lunch in Verona following your performance. Your choir can also enjoy listening to some of the other participating choirs perform, and hear choral traditions from around the world.
  • In the afternoon, your guide will take you on walking tour of Verona showing you all the main points of interest
  • Coach transfer back to Lake Garda in the late afternoon.
  • Your choir will have dinner at the hotel restaurant in the evening

DAY 3

  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning before heading out on a full-day tour to Venice, one of the most unique cities in Europe. During the tour, enjoy a boat ride on the Canale Grande to the San Marco Square and enjoy a short walking tour of the city of Venice - “The city of canals”
  • Free time in the afternoon to visit other points of interest in Venice
  • Your choir will have dinner at the hotel restaurant in the evening

DAY 4

  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning followed by coach transfer with your guide to Verona where a reception if organised for all choir directors
  • After the choir directors reception, the official closing ceremony takes place at the Teatro Filarmonico.
  • The closing ceremony begins with the Awards Ceremony, where trophies and plaques are presented to winning choirs. The presentation is followed by performances of the choirs who have placed in the gold level. All choirs are attend a reception with snacks and beverages. The Closing Ceremony ends with a grand procession through the city of Verona to the Roman Arena, where all choirs will join together to sing Va Pensiero, Inno Alla Gioia and Amazing Grace.
  • When the closing ceremony, choirs transfer by coach back to their hotels where dinner is arranged in the hotel restaurant.
  • After dinner, head off to a nearby village to participate in a friendship concert with a local Italian choir, giving you the opportunity to meet with the choir members and to exchange cultural values with an Italian Choir
  • Transfer back to hotel at end of the evening

DAY 5

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in the morning
  • Check-out by 11:00 am
  • Free time until departure

This is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.

Choir Directors Orientation Trip

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.

Dates for the Orientation for the 2010 Days of International Choral Music in Verona

  • 08 October to 11 October 2009

Dates for the Orientation for the 2011 Days of International Choral Music in Verona

  • October 2010 - dates to be announced
Flights and transfers

Flights

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.

Airport transfers

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.