The Choral Festival includes both the choral contest and a series of concerts in the churches and concert halls of Tallinn. Artistic Director of the Festival is Heli Jürgenson The festival is organised by Estonian Choral Association.
1. The contest is open to amateur choirs in all choral categories (mixed, chamber, female, male, children's and youth choirs).
2. The contest is held in the following categories: • Mixed choirs (at least 30 singers) • Chamber choirs (16 - 32 singers) • Female choirs (at least 16 singers) • Male choirs (at least 16 singers) • Children’s choirs (at least 16 singers, born after 26.04.1998. 10 % of the choir can be over this age on the day of the competition, but not older than 18.) • Youth choirs (at least 16 singers, born after 26.04.1994. 10 % of the choir can be over this age on the day of the competition, but not older than 25.) • Early music (until Baroque Period included, at least 16 singers) • Contemporary music (composed after 1980; at least 16 singers) • Folk song (at least 16 singers)
3. Category held with the minimum of 3 participant choirs.
4. Each choir may participate in several categories, with the approval of the Festival Artistic Commission.
5. Performing time in each category is 9-12 minutes.
6. Competition program in the categories of mixed, chamber, female and male choirs: - Compulsory piece - A song by a composer of the choir’s native country, composed after 1980 - Music of the choir’s own choice One song in the program allowed with accompaniment. Percussion instruments (without tuned pitch) may be used also in other pieces. At least one song a cappella.
7. Competition program in the categories of youth and children’s choirs: - A song by a composer of the choir’s native country, composed after 1980 - Music of the choir’s own choice One song in the program allowed with accompaniment. Percussion instruments (without tuned pitch) may be used also in other pieces. At least one song a cappella. To enter the competition, choir singers need to be equipped with an identity card (with a photo) issued by a competent authority. This document must be shown before appearing on stage.
8. Competition program in the category of early music: - Motet by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina or Tomás Luis de Victoria - Early music (until Baroque Period included) of the choir’s own choice
9. Competition program in the category of contemporary music: - Compulsory piece - Music of the choir’s own choice composed after 1980 If applying for the contemporary music category, please send the scores of the chosen works (one copy) with your registration form!
10. Competition program in the category of folk song: - at least one folk song arrangement from choir’s native country - at least one folk song arrangement a cappella - folk song arrangements of the choir’s own choice
11. Piano and organ will be available on the stage. If your choir will use any other instruments for accompaniment, please inform the organisers about that in the registration form.
12. The Festival has the right to use radio and TV recordings at their own discretion excluding any fees to the participants.
13. All rounds are open for audience.
14. If needed, the organisers have the right to merge categories or not open one if it lacks sufficient number of choirs.
1. Choir performs a program of their own discretion excluding pieces performed in the 1st round.
2. The performance time is 12 - 15 minutes.
3. The contestants (no more than 6 choirs) will be chosen by the jury from amongst the choirs who have received at least 90 points of the total of 100 in the style category round.
4. All groups who are participating are expected to have prepared for the Grand Prix. The refusal to participate will result in disqualification.
Jury and assessment
1. The choirs will be assessed by a 5-member international jury.
2. In the 1st Round, the jury will assess interpretation, technical acuity and the difficulty of the program (max 100 points).
3. Jurors will give written comments for each choir, which participants will get during 2 month after the competition, with their points.
4. The jury has the right to award the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize in each category, with the respective scores of 90, 80 and 70 points of the total of 100. The jury has the right to award special prizes and/or redistribute the prizes at their own discretion.
5. In case a choir exceeds the time limit for more than 30 seconds, each extra minute will equal to 1 minus point in the total score. The same rule applies in case of shorter performance time.
6. The winner of the Grand Prix round will be chosen by simple majority.
7. The decision of the jury is final and will not be submitted to further discussion.
1. Only amateur choirs can participate in the competition. The choristers must be the permanent members of the group.
2. Each choir will submit the following documents by 31 October 2014 at the latest: • short annotation (1900-2006 characters) of the choir and the CV of the conductor(s) in English • photos of the choir and the conductor(s) • a completed registration form • a recent (recorded not earlier than 01.01.2013) audio recording of a concert (minimum length 15 minutes) • a copy of the participation fee payment receipt • the scores of the chosen works (one copy) if registering for the contemporary music category. Please send annotation and photos by e-mail!
• Each choir will cover their travel and accommodation expenses. • Each choir will transfer the registration fee of 200 € for first category and 150 € for each following participation category onto the account of Estonian Choral Association. Returnable if the choir should not be chosen to participate. The bank fees will be covered by the payee. • The final date of registration is 31 October 2014 (date of postage). The artistic board will announce the final list of participant choirs by 30 November 2014 at the latest. • By March 23, 2015, each choir is required to submit the scores of the works which will be performed in the competition (5 copies, not to be returned). The sets of scores should be filed in the order they are going to be performed. The Estonian Choral Association will not be held responsible for the authenticity of the scores. • The choirs have also opportunity to give a concert (program about 15 minutes) with sacred or secular program. • To enter the competition, singers of children’s and youth choirs need to be equipped with an identity card (with a photo) issued by a competent authority. This document must be shown before appearing on stage.
Prizes in children’s and youth choirs’ categories: I koht / 1st Prize 1000 € II koht / 2nd Prize 700 € III koht / 3rd Prize 500 €
Prizes in other categories: I koht / 1st Prize 1300 € II koht / 2nd Prize 1000 € III koht / 3rd Prize 600 € Grand Prix: 3000 €
Male choirs Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) Periti autem op. 115 (in Latin; Edition Peters)
Female choirs Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) O bone Jesu and Adoramus te from cycle "Drei geistliche Chöre" (in Latin; Breitkopf & Härtel, Carus Verlag)
Mixed choirs Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) O salutaris hostia (in Latin)
Chamber choirs Charles Villiers Standford (1852-1924) Justorum animae op 38 nr.1 (in Latin)
Contemporary music Work commissioned from Tõnu Kõrvits, score available in Estonian Choral Association from April 2014
Contact: Eesti Kooriühing / Estonian Choral Association Roosikrantsi 13 10119 Tallinn Eesti / Estonia