The German Choir Championship is a meeting for all choirs in Germany. In particular, the artistic quality, but also the social achievements of choral music in Germany will be strengthened in public perception and moved into focus.
Deutsche Chormeisterschaft 2020
Planning for the Deutsche Chormeisterschaft makes progess
New impetus for the German choral scene: In 2020 INTERKULTUR in cooperation with the city of Koblenz is organizing a national choir competition for the first time. With a new competition concept, the Deutsche Chormeisterschaft 2020 grants an exciting choral weekend in Rhineland-Palatinate that will inspire choirs and audiences alike.
Despite the worldwide covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the organizers are actually confident that the event will take place and, after months of restrictions affecting choirs worldwide, there will finally be an event and experience of community for the German choral scene in November.
In addition to the competition in the categories Mixed Choirs, Male and Female choirs, Children's and Youth Choirs, a top-class festival program provides numerous musical highlights such as an Opening Concert in the Basilica St. Kastor with the chamber choir of the Singschule Koblenz and the renowned ensemble "amarcord" from Leipzig.
The partnering city of Koblenz is centrally located and easy to reach for participating choirs from all over Germany. The concert venues are situated in the city within walking-distance and make anybody able to easily follow the concerts and competitions.
You are cordially invited to join us in Koblenz in November! The German Choir Championships offer the German choir scene once again the opportunity to meet, to mingle and to enjoy the joint choral experience.
Information on the current situation
Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, choir rehearsals, concerts and performances were only possible in digital spaces during the last weeks and months. Since the beginning of June, contact restrictions have been lifted throughout Germany and in some federal states choirs are already allowed to sing together again under appropriate hygiene conditions.
The city of Koblenz, INTERKULTUR and the artistic directors are confident that the 1st German Choir Championships will take place in Koblenz in November. Considering the current situation, a comprehensive safety and hygiene concept is currently being drawn up to guarantee the health and well-being of all participants.
The artistic committee has also decided on further additions to the previous call for entries, which should give all interested choirs a wide range of opportunities to on the one hand to compete with other choirs, but on the other hand give them all the possibilities of artistic, moral and pedagogical support. If desired by the choirs, the competition itself can take a back seat to the communal and advisory character.
The principle of the revised announcement is: MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY and consideration for the adapted rehearsal situations of the choirs.
- All choirs will receive free feedback from the jury directly after their competition performance.
- Choirs can decide until 2 weeks before the event whether they want to be evaluated or not.
- Each choir will have only one competition performance (excluding the Final). Choirs can decide whether they will perform their Diploma or Medal program. Only choirs which receive more than 85 points in the Medal competition will have the possibility to qualify for the Final.
- We would like to accommodate choirs, which are not yet able to plan at the moment, and extend the registration period until September 5, 2020.
- At the same time, in consideration of the current situation, we offer a free change and cancellation possibility up to 60 days before the event starts (September 5, 2020) in order to provide choirs with the highest possible planning security.
- An earlier application will still be rewarded: With immediate effect we will refund the participation fee for all choir conductors who register by 29 June.
- Due to the currently valid distance changes, the conditions of participation have been adjusted. Now choirs and ensembles can also participate with a minimum of 12 singers.
The competition for all choirs based in the Federal Republic of Germany will be held in 3 rounds:
Diploma Competition, Medal Competition and Final.
|In each round there are the following categories|
Children's and youth choirs*
With a corresponding number of registrations in category 4 it is possible to divide this category.
Suitable for choirs with little or no competition experience.
Choirs who receive a minimum score of 23.00 in this Diploma competition (see MUSICA MUNDI evaluation system) will be delegated to the Medal competition by jury vote.
Participating choirs will receive a gold, silver or bronze diploma for their participation in the Diploma competition.
Suitable for choirs who already have some competition experience and have been awarded first prize, gold medals or a similar award at national or international events within the last 3 years (proof required).
Choirs with the necessary proof can apply to participate in the Medal competition directly. The decision as to whether a choir is permitted to participate in the Medal competition directly will be taken after registration. Choirs that receive 23.00 points or more in the Diploma competition will qualify for participation in the
Participating choirs will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal for their participation in the Medal competition.
The two highest scoring choirs in each category of the Medal competition, with a minimum score of 85.00 points (see 100 point WCG system), will qualify for the Final.
The best choir in each category will be determined by majority vote of the international jury and a public vote. They will receive the title of “German Choral Champion 2020”.
Information on participation and competition rules:
I am very sure that these German Choir Championships will show that choral singing can be very modern and exciting - it can still inspire young and older people.
As a national choir meeting, compact on one weekend, the German Choir Championships in Koblenz will contribute to bringing new ideas and impulses to the choir scene.
Registration deadline: September 5, 2020
Out of consideration for the current situation in connection with COVID-19 INTERKULTUR has updated the cancellation conditions to offer choirs the highest possible planning security. All registrations for INTERKULTUR events between September and December 2020 can be changed or cancelled free of charge up to 60 days before the event.
A registration fee along with a participant fee per person are required to participate in this event (per choir and category).
The registration fee per category is €250. This amount is payable upon registration and must be settled with the INTERKULTUR e.V. association without deductions. Any bank charges shall be borne by the registering party.
Participants must pay a participant fee of €34 per active participant.
Passive participants can purchase entry tickets for individual categories or concerts.
If you need accommodation in Koblenz for your participation in the Deutsche Chormeisterschaft 2020, we are happy to refer you to the services of our partner agency M&C Music Contact GmbH. The booking of accommodation as a service of the agency is optional and has no influence on your participation in the event.
Accommodation offer (German)(660 KB)
Information on participation and competition rules
Please send the completed registration form by email to mail(at)interkultur.com. In addition, please print it out, sign it and send it to our office together with the other documents by post.
Registration Form [German](320 KB)
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Evening | greeting and opening concert
If required, individual competitions (diploma competition and medal competition) can take place from 18:00 onwards.
Morning | Diploma competition at four different competition locations, one competition location per category.
Afternoon | Medal competition at four different venues, one venue per category.
Late afternoon | Presentation of certificates and awards ceremony for choirs not participating in the finals.
Evening | Final with the 2 best choirs in each category of the medal competition.
Afterwards: Award ceremony, Handing over of the choir master certificates.
20:00 | Opening concert in the Kastor Basilica with the chamber choir of the Singschule Koblenz (conductor: Manfred Faig) and Amarcord
22:00 - 23:00 | Night program in the churches for choirs (which did not qualify for the final)
12:00 | Sunday programme in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle: performances of the selected ensembles and open singing with the audience
Morning | Workshops at the Landesmusikakademie Neuwied-Engers. Program details will follow. Performances of the guest choirs in church services
INTERKULTUR Association for the Promotion of INTERKULTUR e.V.
In cooperation with
City of Koblenz
Artistic Director German Choir Championships 2020
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß
INTERKULTUR Executive Committee
Günter Titsch (Germany)
Qin Wang (China)
Stefan Bohländer (Germany)
Dr. Christoph Wirtz (Germany), Secretary General
The ‘German Corner’ with its emperor, the Electoral Palace, kilometres of waterfront promenades, Stolzenfels Castle, the epitome of Rhine romance and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress overlooking the city. The spectacular cable car over the Rhine, the wine village, the Forum Confluentes... And much more: Koblenz is not only one of Germany’s oldest cities but also one of the most diverse.
Churches, castles, palaces and historic town houses tell the story of past times, while winding streets and squares invite you to stroll around and relax. The vineyards and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress also provide incomparable views over the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, keeping the romance of the Rhine alive.