October 30th – November 3rd, 2021
Vienna, Austria (Europe)
The Summa Cum Laude Festival Vienna is Austria’s premier global youth music festival for choirs, bands and orchestras. It takes place in Vienna’s most important and most beautiful concert venues: The Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus and the MuTh Concert Hall of the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir – offering an international environment where more than 1.000 young musicians enjoy intercultural exchanges and build bridges that span continents. Top professionals form the international juries in the Competition and teach our Academy programme at the Vienna University of Music. Enjoy interactive workshops and educational lectures, additional concerts with local audiences, and pre-and post-concert tours in Europe.
One of the central aims of the festival is to provide a unique international atmosphere. Every participating musician enjoys 5 festival days full of incomparable experiences. Vienna - also known as the “world capital of music” - and its concert halls offer the perfect environment to achieve this aim. As a matter of course, the interaction with local residents is also a vital part of the festival. Every ensemble will have the possibility to present themselves and their musical programme to a local audience in Vienna or in the surrounding areas.
All participating choirs, orchestras and symphonic bands can choose to either take part in the “Competition” or the “Celebration” which is non-competitive. All competing ensembles are encouraged to prepare their own music programme to complement the requiered music pieces given by the festival’s jury. Another requirement is that one music piece in the repertoire has to come from the home country of the respective ensemble, which makes the performances at the festival even more international. Please find all information about the required music pieces on our website choosing your respective category: www.sclfestival.org/categories
In addition, the Summa Cum Laude Festival is proud to offer an extensive Academy programme to all ensembles as an integral part of their participation. The programme includes two workshops with renowned professionals from our international festival jury that take place in the Vienna University of Music. Every musician of course receives a certificate after completing the workshops.
The 2021 edition of the festival celebrates the 15 years that the festival exists, and also puts a focus on Igor Stravinsky – who died 50 years ago – in some competition pieces and a lecture for the participants.
Due to a range of determining factors we had to change our originally scheduled date. So the SCL Festival will take place from October 30th 2021 – November 3rd 2021.
We would like to emphasise how happy and grateful we are to announce the next SCL Festival after a year of lockdowns, isolation and cultural austerity. We are so much looking forward to a Festival full of music and joy, full of live and musical encounters!
Concerts-Austria – Artistic Office of the Summa Cum Laude Festival
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Universitätsring 8 – 1010 Vienna, Austria
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