1. Each year in June, the International Choral Festival in Tuscany, Italy attracts choirs from as far off as South Africa and Asia. The festival is set in the picturesque Tuscan spa town of Montecatini Terme, nestled between the rolling hills of Pistoia. The festivities begin on Thursday night as choirs form a procession and walk to the Torretto Spa for the Opening Ceremony. Guests enjoy a traditional Tuscan Flag Throwing Ceremony and performances by local choirs.

    Choirs perform three concerts while participating in the festival; first at the Tettuccio Spa, then in the town’s main plaza, Piazza del Popolo, for a large local audience, and finally for a church congregation on Sunday morning. Between performances, choirs may visit the nearby towns of Florence, Pisa, or Lucca. Additional trips can be arranged for your choir to cities such as Siena or San Gimignano.

    The Festival’s closing ceremony takes place at the stunning Villa Medici, founded by Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Guests enjoy a traditional four course Tuscan dinner. The evening culminates with a group sing under the stars in the Villa’s gardens. Enjoy singing with a diverse selection of choirs in a beautiful Tuscan setting!

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  2. Visiting ensembles will be welcomed to this historic region of Italy by local musicians, city authorities, and host organization officials. Festival concerts take place in breathtaking venues throughout the cities and towns of the areas surrounding the southeast of Rome.

    Sing together with local Italian choirs as well as choirs from around the world during four exciting days of choral music and cultural exchange. The Festival of Peace and Brotherhood facilitates a deeper sense of respect and understanding between cultures through the common language of music.

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  3. Vienna is where Mozart found inspiration, Strauss wrote his famous waltzes, and where Beethoven, Schoenberg, Berg, Haydn, Schubert, Liszt, and Bruckner lived and performed for decades. Now it is your turn! Join the International Advent Sing in Vienna and share your choir’s music in this incredible city of music and culture!

    Perform concerts in Vienna’s prestigious City Hall, where Strauss first presented the waltz to the world and Pavarotti, Carreras, and Domingo performed. Sing in the gilded Abbey of Melk, considered the most stunning example of Baroque architecture in Europe, and share holiday songs at the festive Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, where a seven-year-old Mozart played for Empress Maria Theresa. Become part of a quintessential European Advent season!

    Exchange with other choirs attending the festival from around the world and hear their unique musical presentations. Soak up the ambiance and magic of the season as you stroll the festively adorned streets of the city and browse the many Christmas Markets for souvenirs and specialty items from Austria. Enjoy a traditional dinner in the 800-year-old wine village of Gumpoldskirchen.

    Take this opportunity to bring your choir to the home of classical music in Europe and add your voices to this festive celebration of the Holiday Season.

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  4. Perform before an international panel of esteemed judges in Verona’s historic Teatro Nuovo at this friendly choral competition. Receive valuable feedback from the jury and compete for a cash prize and trophies. Everyone returns home a winner, with new choral friends from around the world! In addition to the adjudication, individual concerts and Friendship Concerts with Italian hosts round out this exciting performance opportunity.

    Each day of the Festival is filled with music and sightseeing. See Juliet’s House in Verona, believed to be the inspiration for the famous balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Spend a day in Venice discovering sites such as St. Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge and gondolas along the Grand Canal.

    Join us for this incredible choral opportunity!

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  5. Located on the western coast of Africa, Ghana is one of the most beautiful and culturally exciting countries on the continent. Ghana’s rich tradition of choral music makes it a perfect destination for the African Choral Festival. Learn about Ghanaian arts, music, and culture while performing alongside local choirs at unique and historic venues for large Ghanaian audiences.

    Visit the capital city of Accra, regional villages, and the historic port of Cape Coast. In each region you will meet and mingle with members of the community. Performance venues include the National Theatre, churches, the Cape Coast Castle, and local villages and schools.

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Music Contact International represents European, American, Caribbean and African cities and music associations which sponsor invitational festivals and competitions. These exclusive festivals are offered by invitation by these music organizations or local

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Music Contact International represents European, American, Caribbean and African cities and music associations which sponsor invitational festivals and competitions. These exclusive festivals are offered by invitation by these music organizations or local government authorities. Music Contact International can assist your ensemble in attaining an invitation.

Imagine hundreds of choristers and instrumentalists gathering in a small Tuscan vineyard town to spend four days sharing music together; or gathering in Vienna during the season of Advent to perform for the local Viennese people amidst the holiday celebrations. This is what our festivals offer – the chance to come together in one city with musicians from around the world to perform with one another.

Select the type of festival that best suits your group. Some festivals are adjudicated, providing an opportunity to perform for a panel of esteemed judges, such as the Days of International Choir Music in Verona. Some are focused on youth performers, such as the Young Prague Festival. Many festivals offer the opportunity to join voices and perform under the direction of a prominent director in a massed sing performance such as Cantus Salisburgensis in Salzburg.

Each festival offers the the highest quality venues, exchanges with foreign choirs, exciting Opening and Closing Ceremonies and four-star quality hotels and services. Many of the festivals we represent also offer Complimentary Orientation programs for the directors.

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