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The 13th IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music 2023 goes to... Qatar!
Published: Jul 31,2019

Following the successful presentation of the bid by the Qatar National Choral Association, the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) is very excited to announce that the world’s most prestigious, non-competitive choral event will take place in Doha, Qatar in 2023.

The lengthy and detailed application process to determine the winning bid spanned the past 12 months, with extensive examination by the IFCM of all details of the city, the venues, levels of support and the commitment of the local choral, musical and cultural life to mount such a large undertaking. Through this decision, IFCM addresses a geographical and cultural region that has thus far been hidden on the global choral map and we are looking forward to an exciting exploration of the musical treasures of the Middle East and Central Asia. The Symposium in Qatar provides IFCM and the WSCM 2023 hosts with the opportunity of creating a new network and enhancing on exchange and cooperation within and beyond this area.

The international choral community through the IFCM congratulates the Qatar National Choral Association on their winning bid and wishes them every success and support in their preparations for this unique event in 2023.

Every three years since 1987 the World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM) has brought the finest choirs, conductors, presenters, composers, and choristers from around the globe together to share in a celebration of the art and community of fine choral singing. The WSCM has been presented in cities around the globe including Barcelona, Puerto Madryn, Seoul, Copenhagen. Kyoto, Minneapolis, Rotterdam, Sydney, Vancouver, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Vienna  and preparations are now well underway for the 12th WSCM in Auckland, 11-18 July 2020.

The New Zealand team behind WSCM 2020 is thrilled with the response from the international choral community so far. Registrations are already coming in fast and they are looking forward to welcoming the many delegates, choirs and presenters to Aotearoa New Zealand next July. Remember that all IFCM members are elligible for a discount on their registration fee. Register now!

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