INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION ZADAR
International Choir Competition
Zadar ~ Croatia
21st and 22nd May 2021
About the Competition

RULES OF COMPETITION 2021

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 Competition will be held in two ways: live and via video recordings.

Live Competition Rules

The choirs compete in three categories:

  • Category A: mixed choirs (at least 16 singers)
  • Category B: men’s or women’s choirs (at least 16 singers)
  • Category C: vocal ensembles (maximum 15 singers)

* N.B. The total number of singers allowed on stage will be determined in accordance with the current epidemiological safety measures and will be announced on the International Choir Competition website.

Obligatory parts of choirs' programmes are:

  • One composition of a composer born in the 16th century 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 perform one composition by a Croatian author.

Duration of choir programmes is limited within the range of 12 minutes (minimum) to 18 minutes (maximum), starting from the beginning of the first composition until the end of the last composition. Choirs that do not meet this requirement shall be awarded negative points.

Three choirs with the highest total score, regardless of the category they compete in, continue the competition for the GRAND PRIX OF THE CITY OF ZADAR in the amount of HRK 15,000. The Grand Prix programme shall include at least one composition that has not been performed in the first part of the competition. Other compositions may be repeated. The total duration of the programme from the beginning of the first composition until the end of the last composition shall not be longer than 10 minutes.

All compositions are performed in the language of the original and à capella.

The competing choirs are required to participate in the outdoor review part of the programme, at the attractive locations in the city centre, with a free choice of programme within the duration of 15 to 20 minutes.

The organizer reserves the right to make sound and image recordings during the Competition.

Rules of competition via video recordings

The choirs compete in three categories:

  • Category A: mixed choirs (at least 16 singers)
  • Category B: men’s or women’s choirs (at least 16 singers)
  • Category C: vocal ensembles (maximum 15 singers)

Obligatory parts of choirs' programmes are:

  • One composition of a composer born in the 16th century 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 perform one composition by a Croatian author.

Duration of choir programmes is limited within the range of 12 minutes (minimum) to 18 minutes (maximum), starting from the beginning of the first composition until the end of the last composition. Choirs that do not meet this requirement shall be awarded negative points.

A video recording of the choir is required in which sound is integrated, clear and audible, and the recording is done in a space with no echo. The performances of the choir and the conductor must be entirely visible and all singers must be encompassed by the camera. The performance is to be recorded live and without later corrections. All compositions of the competition programme are performed in sequence and without interruptions in recording. The recording shall not be older than 90 days from the day of the beginning of the Competition and shall be sent no later than 21 days before the beginning of the Competition. Recordings that do not meet these requirements shall not be taken into consideration.

All compositions are performed in the language of the original and à capella.

The organizer reserves the right to publish sound and image recordings during the Competition.

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