International Choir Competition
Zadar ~ Croatia
24 ~ 27 May 2018


11th International Choir Competition


Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, choral singing enthusiasts,

It is a great pleasure for us to invite mixed, women's and men's amateur choirs to participate in the 11th International Choir Competition in Zadar that will take place from May 24 to 27, 2018.

The choirs will perform in front of the international expert jurythat consists of five members, all renowned and distinguished experts in choral music. The competition will be based on one-stage performance. The best choirs will be awarded an Abbess Čika’s Cross, while three choirs with the highest number of points will compete for the Grand Prix of the City of Zadar in the amount of HRK 20,000.

Download: Invitation 2018



Thursday, 24 May 2018

Arrival of choirs

Opening Ceremony, St Anastasia’s Cathedral at 9 p.m.


Friday, 25 May 2018

Acoustic rehearsals



Saturday, 26 May 2018


Presentation of competition awards, Awards ceremony

Competition for the Grand Prix of the City of Zadarat 7 p.m.


Sunday, 27May 2018

Possibility of singing during a Eucharistic celebration

Departure of choirs



Competition is open to choirs consisting of amateur singers exclusively, on the basis of the Programme Committee’s acceptance of the application form and attachments.

The choirs compete in three categories: mixed (at least 16 singers), men’s or women’s (at least 12 singers).

Obligatory parts of choirs' programmes are:

  • One composition of a composer born in the 16thcentury or earlier
  • One composition of the contemporary choral expression
  • One composition from the choir's national repertoire of music production
  • One or more compositions to the choir's choice

It is recommended that choirs include at least one composition by a Croatian author; the best such performance shall be awarded with the special Award of the Croatian Composers’ Society.

Duration of choir programmes is limited within the range of 15 minutes (minimum) to 20 minutes (maximum).

All compositions are to be interpreted in the language of the original and à capella. If compositions are not performed in the original tonality, the Jury should be notified of that.



Applications for the Competition will be open from October 1, 2017 until February 1, 2018.

Choirs will apply by submitting an application form that will be published on the official website of the Competition

Registration fee of HRK 750 (approx. € 100 per choir) should be paid to the organiser's account after the confirmed acceptance from the Programme Committee.

In the following months we are going to publish details on the rules and awards of the Competition.

We are cordially looking forward to seeing you in Zadar.


Administrative Council of the International Choir Competition Zadar

  • International Choir Competition Zadar Croatia
  • Concert office Zadar
  • Poljana Šime Budinića 3
  • Kneževa palača, 1. kat
  • 23000 Zadar, Croatia
  • +385 23 627 762
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