"As President of the Republic of Korea, it is my pleasure and honor to give a heartfelt invitation all of you to attend this world-class festival of the human spirit united in song. Together with all Koreans, I await the chance to welcome the members of the global choral family. We can therefore expect that the 2002 Choir Olympics, a festival of joyful harmony, will significantly contribute to the friendship and reconciliation of all the people on this earth."
2nd Choir Olympics
Around 8,000 singers from 48 nations came to Busan to celebrate the second edition of the Choir Olympics and helped to establish this event as a constant in the worldwide choral calendars. In 25 categories 288 choirs sang in 324 competition appearances for 52 golden, 67 silver and 11 bronze diplomas in the Choir Olympic Qualification Round and for 54 gold, 102 silver, and 38 bronze medals in the Choir Olympic Competition. The most successful countries were China, Hungary, Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. 51 choir experts belonged to the international jury. Also in Korea a resolution was discussed and passed and handed over to Eskil Hemberg, Past President of the International Music Council (IMC) of UNESCO. Patron of the Event was Ahn Sang-Yong, Mayor of the City of Busan.
The Hall of the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO) was filled to capacity with more than 7,000 visitors of the Opening Ceremony. The festival with about 300 friendship concerts in various locations in Busan was a real crowd puller. On the 20 October, a concert with 10,000 visitors took place which was broadcasted by KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) on TV. 12 seminars on several topics concerning choral music were offered during the nine days of the event, some with a high number of participants.
This event lies in the past!
You are interested in participating in this event series? Then have a look right now at our overview, which provides information about when the event will be held the next time. There you can also find further dates and destinations of our events taking place worldwide.
- Ahn Sang-young (Republic of Korea), Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City
- Dho Young-shim (Republic of Korea), Chairperson of the Busan Choir Olympic Organizing Committee
- Hartmut Perschau (Germany), Mayor of Bremen, Representative of the 3rd Choir Olympics 2004, Bremen
- Chen Qilin (China), Former Director General of the Department of Social, Cultural and Library, Affairs of the Ministry of Culture
- Prof. Eric Ericson (Sweden), Honorary President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)
- Prof. Yoon Hak-won (Korea), Artistic Director and Conductor of the Incheon City Choral and World Vision Korea Children's Choir, Professor of the Music College, at Chungang Universitry
- Prof. Dr. Anatoli Avdlyevsky (Ukraine), President of the Ukrainian Music Council
- Dr. Gene Brooks (USA), Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association
- Dr. Kifah Fakhouri (Jordan), President of the International Music Council
- Prof. Maria Guinand (Venezuela), First Vice President of the International Federation for Choral Music
- Lászlo Heltay (Spain), Conductor, Clinician, Jury Member
- Eskil Hernberg (Sweden), President of the International Federation for Choral Music
- Don James (Canada), Music Director of the International Choral Kathaumixw
- Lupwishi F. Mbuyamba (Mozambique), UNESCO Regional Cultural Advisor for Africa
- Prof. Erwin Ortner (Austria), Dean at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
- Prof. Dr. Ronald Smart (Australia), Dean of the Australian Institute of Music
- Prof. Boris Tevlin (Russia), Dean of the Choral Department at the Moscow Conservatory
- Prof. Andrea Veneracion (Philippines), Advisor of the Philippine Federation for Choral Music
- Prof. Paul Wehrle (Germany), Past President of the International Federation for Choral Music
- Prof. Emil Yanev (Bulgaria), President Balkan Choral Forum
- Prof. Nie Zhong-ming (China), President of the China Choral Association
International Choir Olympic Committee (ICOC)
2002 Busan Choir Olympic Organizing Committee (BCOC) 2002
Busan Metropolitan City
Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Korea
Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, Korea
The Organizing Committee for Visit Korea
Korea National Tourism Organization
Korea Tourism Association
The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation
Education Department of Busan Metropolitan City
Kookmin Credit Card Co., Ltd.
Boeing International Corporation, Korea Branch
DaimlerChrysler Korea, Ltd.
The Westin Chosun Beach Hotel
We congratulate all singers to their great results! Many thanks to all choirs and ensembles for participating!