The World Symposium on Choral Music is a one-week event organized every three years, with Regional symposia organized in alternate years. They occur in a prominent and attractive city that has the facilities, financial support and managerial structure to successfully plan and administer a major international or regional event. A local organizing committee works in collaboration with the Executive Committee of IFCM.?World and Regional Symposia promote artistic excellence, cooperation and exchange, by bringing together the finest choirs and choral leaders for performances, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and choral reading sessions.

    The next IFCM WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON CHORAL MUSIC will be in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Under the theme “The Colors of Peace”, the IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music will bring together choirs from all over the world, choral musicians, composers and publishers to share and celebrate diversity and artistic excellence of our global choral community. The ‘colors’ symbolize the pluralism of international choral life. Various choral structures and sounds, educational models, training and management, conducting and composition techniques will be the essence of the concerts, workshops, lectures and roundtables presented during the Symposium. In building a world of ‘peace’, choral music plays a fundamental role encouraging harmony, listening and mutual respect, joining forces and wills with solidarity and the mingling of different cultures. We want to contribute to this noble goal with the help of the most human expression of music: singing!

    Main subjects of the Symposium: • What is the connection between the past and the present in choral creativity? • How can conductors continue to learn and what is that? • Who builds the choir and how? • What additional extra-musical resources are available? Should your choir apply? Choirs of all shapes and sizes, from all corners of the globe can apply to perform at the world’s greatest non-competitive international choral event. Think how you would consider using the theme in your program.

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