Applications now open for Summa Cum Laude Festival 2020

The Summa Cum Laude (SCL Festival), Austria´s Premier Global Youth Music Festival for Choirs, Bands and Orchestras is accepting applications for 2020.

The SCL Youth Music Festival gathers young talents from all over the world in Vienna, the capital of music, to perform together on some of the world´s most famous stages. Taking place every July in Vienna’s two main classical concert venues, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein and the Wiener Konzerthaus, the festival offers a truly international environment where a thousand young musicians speak the universal language of music, enjoy intercultural exchanges and build bridges that span continents.

Being one of the few festivals designed for choirs, bands and orchestras at the same time, the SCL Youth Music Festival offers a variety of options: Ensembles may participate either in the Competition or in the non-competitive Celebration. In addition to the competition or celebration we offer workshops within the SCL Academy. Top professionals form the international juries in the Competition and teach the Academy program at the Vienna University of Music. Follow the link Categories to see all the details that apply to you whether you are a choir, a band, an orchestra or a special performance group.

Enjoy interactive workshops and educational lectures, additional concerts with local audiences, and pre-and post-concert tours in Europe.

The 14th SCL Festival takes place between July 10-15, 2020.

Competition or Celebration? It’s up to you! You can choose if you would rather participate in the competition or the celebration of the Festival. Either way the Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival offers you the unique opportunity to perform on Vienna´s most magnificent stages.

The competition will be held in the prestigious Golden Hall of the Musikverein and judged by a selection of top music professionals, all well-respected and well-known internationally. On the last day of the Festival – as one of the highlights – the participating groups selected by the jury will perform their best work before an international and local audience in the Musikverein or in the Konzerthaus.

For the competition, ensembles have to present certain compulsory music pieces.

Application to the SCL festival is open to young musicians of all nations below the age of 26. A maximum of 10% of the participants may be between 26 and 30 years of age. Conductors and piano players accompanying the choirs are not subject to the age limit.

The following steps are necessary for a successful application:

  • Application containing all required materials and payment of the registration fee.
  • Acceptance to the Festival within 2 weeks after receipt of all materials required by the 15 February 2020.
  • Deposit payment of the package fee within 4 weeks after acceptance.

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