World Choral Day
World Choral Day

An international choral event to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding!

Thousands of choirs have joined in the celebration of World Choral Day on or around the 2nd Sunday in December in the past twenty years. Millions of singers across the globe have been involved in World Choral Day concerts, festivals, sing-alongs, choral seminars, Days of Friendship and other events.

The World Choral Day is an initiative of Alberto Grau from the Latin American Vice-Presidency of the International Federation for Choral Music, proposed and approved by the General Assembly of IFCM held in Helsinki in August, 1990, within the framework of the 2nd World Symposium on Choral Music:

"The world is living through severe and continuous crisis of self destruction. There are no possible reasons that can justify these actions. The majority of the human race wants to live in peace with dignity. It is time to show, with more power and strength, that our choral family contributes, through music to break down the artificial barriers product of politics, different ideologies, religious differences, and racial hatred that separate human beings. We must be able to show that MUSIC, the divine art, is more than the mere search of formal perfection and interpretative beauty, music should serve to extol the values of solidarity, peace, and understanding. We cannot work isolated, we have to make all possible efforts to have our voices heard and to let music work its own paths of communication.”

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New Anthem 2022-2023

The winning pieces of the IFCM 2022 International Choral Composition Competition were selected in March 2022. The winning piece in the World Choral Day category was selected among 19 scores by a jury composed of international choral experts. The World Choral Day has now its official anthem for the next two years (2022-2023): On the Road of Life by Chris Artley, New Zealand. Download the score here.


Sing for peace, choirs of the world

Galvanized by our solidarity with all who are impacted by aggression and hostilities around the world, especially the current war in Ukraine, we call upon the global choral community to raise their voices to Sing for Peace. Join this special edition of World Choral Day, now and until December, to uphold and defend the values of unity, peace, and understanding!

We encourage the participation of the millions of singers worldwide who have contributed previously to the World Choral Day and extend a warm invitation to those who are joining us for the first time. Share your voice through collective singing to show the world that singing together with love and compassion is one of the most powerful tools we can use to achieve peace!


IFCM International Choral Magazine

Official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, the International Choral Magazine 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.

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Global Choral Calendar

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.

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