The next call to host the WSCM12 in 2023 will be launched in August 2018.

This triennial symposium is the peak global event in the international choral calendar. It draws together the world’s leading musicians, choirs, conductors, composers, clinicians and arts administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, workshops, seminars, presentations and networking opportunities.

The International Federation for Choral Music has held 11 symposia in 14 world-class cities over the past 25 years. The first WSCM was held in Vienna in 1987, followed by Stockholm/Helsinki/Tallinn, 1990; Vancouver, 1993; Sydney, 1996; Rotterdam, 1999; Minneapolis, 2002; Kyoto, 2005; Copenhagen, 2008; Puerto Madryn, Argentina, 2011; Seoul, South Korea, 2014; and Barcelona, Spain, 2017. IFCM policy states that locations will alternate between the five continents. The 12th symposium will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2020.

Hosting a World Symposium brings high profile and prestige to the presenting city. The benefits accrue not only to the city and presenting partners, but to the musical growth and boosted economy of the region. If you and your institution are interested in hosting the 2023 symposium, please examine the guidelines, which give essential information about hosting a WSCM, a list of requirements that will need to be considered, and details on the conference setup and the responsibilities of the host country.

The proposal must come from a national choral organization. A major partnership with other companies such as city/regional government, convention tourist bureau, is highly recommended.

August 1, 2018: official launching of call to host the WSCM13 - 2023
December 31, 2018: Closing date for initial Proposal Applications
March 2019: Short-listed proposals announced
April 2019: Short-listed Proposal Presentations to the IFCM Board
May 2019: Announcement of winner of 13th IFCM World Symposium on Choral
Music 2023
Download the Organizational Guidelines here