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11th INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION May 24-27, 2018 Zadar, Croatia

CARDINAL SINGERS (USA) – WINNERS OF THE 11TH INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION IN ZADAR!

26.05.2018

The choral weekend of the 11th International Choir Competition in Zadar ended in a cheerful and festive atmosphere with the awards ceremony and the competition for the Grand Prix of the City of Zadar on Saturday, May 26, in the Croatian National Theatre Zadar.

Louisville University Cardinal Singers (USA) enthralled both the International expert jury that consisted of Jasenka Ostojić, president (Croatia), Zapro Zaprov (Macedonia), Damijan Močnik (Slovenia), Davor Bobić (Croatia) and Christian Balandras (France), and the big audience at the competition and at the final awards ceremony.

In the category of mixed choirs Cardinal Singers, led by their conductor Kent Hatteberg, have won 95 out of possible 100 points, and have won the Abbess Čika’s Golden Cross!

In the competition for the Grand Prix of the City of Zadar, the American choir competed with Glasis Chamber Choir (Slovenia, led by conductor Ernest Kokot), who won Abbess Čika’s Silver Cross, and with the Christophorus Cantorei (Germany, led by conductor Michael Nonnenmann), who won the Abbess Čika’s Bronze Cross.

Having achieved the absolute victory, the Cardinal Singers performed again causing a standing ovation of the audience.

The second prize in the category of mixed choirs was won by the following choirs: Stockholm University Choir (Stockholm, Sweden), Academic Choir of the Faculty of Mining and Geology of the Technical University in Ostrava (Ostrava, Czech Republic) and the Choir of the Arts Academy in Split (Split, Croatia).

The third prize in the category of mixed choirs was won by Zoranić Croatian Choral Society (Zadar, Croatia), Palma Academic Choir of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia), Schola Cantorum Mixed Vocal Ensemble (Split, Croatia), and Josip Štolcer Slavenski Choir (Čakovec, Croatia). A certificate of participation in this category was awarded to Mater Libertatis Vocal Ensemble (Zagreb, Croatia).

In the category of women’s choirs the second prize was won by Schola Cantorum Women’s Vocal Ensemble (Split, Croatia) and Samoborke Vocal Ensemble (Samobor, Croatia). The third prize in this category was won by Dangė Women’s Choir (Klaipėda, Lithuania).

The Croatian Composers’ Society, represented by the Croatian composer Davor Bobić, awarded their Charter for the best performance of a Croatian composer to Schola Cantorum Women’s Vocal Ensemble (Split, Croatia) for the performance of “Zdravo Marijo” by Vlado Sunko.

Last weekend, the citizens of Zadar have had the opportunity to enjoy the competition for the first time in the Bersa Brothers Concert Hall of the Rector’s Palace and in direct transmission on large displays in front of the Rector’s Palace. Moreover, the choirs also performed in promenade concerts on the Roman Forum, on People’s Square, Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. The choral singing was ubiquitouson the streets and squares of Zadar; but, it has been particularly joyful at the final party for all participants in the Zadar “Ledana”.

We would like to thank the City of Zadar for their absolute support and Zadar Nautical School and Zadar Archdiocese for their help.

The next competition is to take place in May 2020!

With kindest regards,

Organisers of the International Choir Competition Zadar

May 26th, 2018

Second day of the Competition

26.05.2018

The following choirs were singing:

Schola Cantorum Mixed Vocal Ensemble (Split, Croatia), Palma Academic Choir of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia), Mater Libertatis Vocal Ensemble (Zagreb, Croatia), Josip Štolcer Slavenski Choir (Čakovec, Croatia), Samoborke Vocal Ensemble (Samobor, Croatia), Mixed Choir of the Arts Academy in Split (Split, Croatia) and Schola Cantorum Women’s Vocal Ensemble (Split, Croatia).

May 25th, 2018

First day of the Competition

26.05.2018

The following Choirs were singing: 

Chamber Choir Glasis (Markovci, Slovenia), Women’s Choir Dangė (Klaipėda, Lithuania), Academic Choir of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava (Ostrava, Czech Republic), University of Louisville Cardinal Singers (Louisville, U.S.A.), Zoranić Croatian Choral Society (Zadar, Croatia), Christophorus Kantorei (Altensteig, Germany), Stockholm University Choir (Stockholm, Sweden)

Choir of the Slovenian Philharmonic opened 11th International Choir Competition Zadar!

26.05.2018

The choir thrilled with a sophisticated and expressive performance, and the enthusiastic audience got up on their feet and rewarded him with long applause!

You can download catalogue for 11th International choir competition

18.05.2018

You can download catalogue for 11th International choir competition

Evening of Zadar choir music

13.05.2018

The schedule for 11th International Choir Competition has been released

30.03.2018

The schedule for 11th International Choir Competition has been released. You can find it with terms of acoustic rehearsals and promenade performances in the following link.

14 CHOIRS WILL PERFORM ON 11TH INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITON

14.02.2018

Dear choral music lovers,

we can proudly announce that 14 applications were submitted for the 11th International Choir Competition in Zadar.

All 14 choirs from Slovenia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, USA, and Croatia have passed the Programme Committee selection and have been invited to Zadar to participate in the Competition.

We are looking forward to a great competition for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Abbess Čika’s Cross in two categories: A -  mixed choirs, B - women’s or men’s choirs.

You can find the list of the competitors in the following link.

The Slovenian Philharmonic Choir with its conductor Sebastjan Vrhovnik is performing on the opening ceremony of 11th International Choir Competition in Zadar!

14.11.2017

On Thursday, May 24th 2018 at 8 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Anastasia a concert by Slovenian Philharmonic Choir will be held on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the 11th International choir competition.

The Slovenian Philharmonic Choir was established as a professional choir under the name the Slovenian Chamber Choir in 1991. It is led by Sebastjan Vrhovnik.

This 40-member choir, which has been part of the Slovenian Philharmonic since 1998, performs an average of 35 concerts each season, and as many different programmes. It focuses primarily on a cappella compositions from various musical periods, which feature especially in the Philharmonic’s Vocal Series, but it also collaborates with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as other Slovenian and foreign orchestras, in the performance of vocal-instrumental works.

The Slovenian Philharmonic Choir is frequently involved in recording projects. Its substantial discography numbers more than 80 compact discs in the collections Musica sacra Slovenica and Slovenska zborovska glasba, presenting an anthological selection of Slovenian choral music, both sacred and secular.

Sebastjan Vrhovnik mastered the choir conducting at the Music Academy in Graz in 2008.. Since 2014., he has been employed as a lecturer for choir conducting at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He is the head of various workshops in Slovenia and abroad, and is a member of numerous juries at competitions. He has won numerous first prizes and special prizes at competitions in Slovenia and abroad and has recorded numerous sound carriers with the most famous Slovenian ensembles.

At the concert in the acoustically impeccable space of the Zadar cathedral of St. Anastasia, everyone is welcomed.

Entrance is free of charge.

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