World Symposium on Choral Music
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.


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, Sweden, Finland, Estonia,1990
  • Vancouver, Canada,1993
  • Sydney, Australia, 1996
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1999
  • Minneapolis, USA, 2002
  • Kyoto, Japan, 2005
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008
  • Puerto Madryn, Argentina, 2011
  • Seoul, South Korea, 2014
  • Barcelona, Spain, 2017
  • Auckland, New Zealand, 2020: cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

WSCM IN 2023

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. 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.

IFCM and its community of singers can expect the experience of a life time in Doha in 2023. Qatar already embodies a “Symphony of Cultures” and look forward to adding the voices of the WCSM to Qatar’s rich, diverse and deep choral roots. Steeped in an ancient and proud tradition, Qatar is home to more than 160 nationalities. A kaleidoscore of local and foreign cultures that meet and meld, creating a vibrant and diverse community.

WSCM13 in Qatar in 2023 will be at a global hub, where the world’s culture meet, and ancient local tradition and modern innovation flourish side by side.

ICB Bulletin

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.

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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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