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. 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.
Official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, the International Choral Bulletin is published quarterly in the four official languages of IFCM: English, French, German and Spanish. It is distributed in more than 80 countries on the five continents and is the official voice of choral music around the world.Read more
Our focus at the moment is to unite the choral calendars of international choral organisations. Meanwhile please consult the calendar of choral events published by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat here.Read more