World Symposium on Choral Music

The International Federation for Choral Music sponsors this project in cooperation with a national organization, institution, or properly constituted committee in a host country. Whether world or regional, it is a meeting of the world’s most prestigious choral conductors and choirs.

Events of global proportion 
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.

An event important to the Choral Art
 The impact of the World and Regional Symposia on participating singers and conductors is significant. Past experience has shown that choir singers are immeasurably enriched through the sharing of music indigenous to their own country and by learning about music from other areas of the world. Conductors who attend, share a similar experience in that they have the opportunity to improve their skills by working with some of the most renowned conductor/teachers. This has an influence on what happens in making music with their own choirs in their respective countries. In addition, hearing repertoire sung by some of the finest choirs from throughout the world, conductors at Symposia are challenged to strive for higher levels of artistry.

An event that makes an important contribution to the organizing city, region or country 
The cultural, political, and economic impact of the World, and Regional Symposia on the host city can be substantial. Conservatively speaking, the city becomes a world or regional cultural focal point not unlike that of a sports event such as the Olympics and Pan American Games. Wide media coverage is virtually assured given the nature of the event. The potential economic impact is considerable since the event takes place during high tourist season.


12th Symposium on Choral Music, Auckland, New Zealand, 11-18 July 2020:

Applications are now open for Choirs and Presenters at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music



WSCM12 Administrative Committee:

  • Ki Adams (Canada), IFCM Board Member
  • Christine Argyle, (New Zealand), NZCF Representative
  • Lisa Davis,  (New Zealand), NZCF Representative
  • Juliet Dreaver, (New Zealand), NZCF Representative
  • Emily Kuo Vong (Portugal, USA, Macau), IFCM President
  • Gábor Móczár (Hungary), IFCM Vice-President

WSCM12 Artistic Committee:

  • Karen Grylls, (New Zealand), NZCF Representative
  • John Rosser (New Zealand), NZCF Representative
  • Tim Sharp (USA), IFCM Vice-President
  • Jonathan Velasco (Philippines),  IFCM Representative
  • Peter Walls, (New Zealand), NZCF Representative
  • Jean-Claude Wilkens (France), IFCM Representative