"Due to the circumstances and severe restrictions that the choral scene has faced in recent months - and continues to face - it is very important to INTERKULTUR, the city of Koblenz and the artistic management team to be able to offer a new perspective for choirs to come together, sing together and compete in the city of Koblenz without extensive travel and overnight stays."
Deutsche Chormeisterschaft 2021
Open Stage - It's all about being part of it!
The German Choir Championship - Open Stage invites choirs from November 26 - 28, 2021 to sing and perform together again after a long period of silence. In an open competition, the choirs of the Federal Republic can once again measure themselves against each other, present themselves to the public and also to the jury of experts.
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has silenced choral music for a long time and also severely affected the planning of the first German Choir Championship - but the current crisis will gradually pass. It is now more than ever the aim of the organizers to strengthen and promote choral singing in Germany and to give the singers a stage again.
All choirs and smaller ensembles of all performance levels based in the Federal Republic of Germany are cordially invited to Koblenz on the first weekend of Advent. Taking into account the applicable safety regulations, the choirs can compete directly, receive feedback from the renowned expert jury in open consultation rounds and enjoy a sonorous start to the Advent season together.
The city of Koblenz, as the partner city of this event, is centrally located and easy to reach from all over Germany, which makes it possible for many choirs to participate even without an overnight stay. All venues are within walking distance of each other, so that concerts and competitions can be easily followed.
People want to sing in community again and not just come together virtually. And this possibility shall be given still this year at the German Choir Championship - Open Stage under consideration of the valid hygiene and safety regulations!
You are cordially invited to join us in Koblenz in November! The event will again offer the German choral scene the opportunity to meet, get to know each other and enjoy the common choral experience.
What you should know!
This video is available in German only.
Children's and Youth Choirs
Three freely chosen compositions of different character and from at least 2 epochs are to be performed. Works from the Advent repertoire of the choirs may also be integrated into the competition program.
- Number of singers: at least 4
- Singing time: The singing time should be a minimum of 8 minutes and a maximum of 12 minutes.
- Accompaniment: A maximum of 1 work may be accompanied.
A detailed description of the competition categories can also be found in the booklet available for download:
Participant Information [German](1.7 MB)
The jury reserves the right to nominate up to two choirs to participate in the competition for the Grand Prize. The winner of this competition will receive the Grand Prize of the German Choir Championship 2021.
- Program: Two freely chosen a cappella pieces. One of the two pieces may not have been performed by the choir in the competition performances of the event. Both pieces must be confirmed by the Artistic Committee.
- Singing time: The singing time should be maximum 8 minutes.
All choirs that do not wish to participate in one of the competition categories will have the opportunity to present a maximum 15-minute program consisting of 3 pieces to the jury.
After the completion of the program, there will be a short, internal consultation of the choir experts. Finally, the program will be discussed with the choir in an open and friendly atmosphere. The choir will receive advice for future participation in international competitions.
- Number of singers: unlimited
- Singing time: maximum 15 minutes
- Accompaniment: possible for all works
- Total duration: 45 minutes
"I am confident that the German Choir Championship will be able to take place in Koblenz in November, in accordance to all hygiene regulations. We will prove that choir singing can be very modern and exciting and that it can enthuse people, both young and old!"
"Freely following the motto „It's all about being there!“, it is important to the organizers to promote the German choral scene, to give them a chance to finally stand together on one stage again and to present choral singing to the public with new strength."
Registration deadline: September 15, 2021
An earlier registration will still be rewarded: we will refund the participation fee for the choir director to all choirs that register by June 30, 2021.
Participation in this event requires payment of the registration fee (per choir and category) and a participation fee per person. The registration fee for each activity (advisory round, competition category) is 250 EUR. This amount is due immediately with the respective registration and has to be paid to the Förderverein INTERKULTUR e.V. without any deductions. Any bank charges will be borne by the client.
The bank details for the payment of the registration fee are as follows:
Account holder: Förderverein INTERKULTUR e.V.
Name of the bank: Deutsche Bank
Bank code: 513 700 24 Account number: 015 218 100
SWIFT-Code (BIC): DEUTDE DB 513
IBAN for EU countries: DE06 5137 0024 0015 2181 00
Reason for payment: D212+name of choir or ensemble (please fill in completely!)
Participants pay a participation fee of 25 EUR per active participant. This fee includes organizational costs as well as reduced tickets for the opening event.
The participation fee can be refunded without deduction for cancellations until September 26, 2021. Thereafter, cancellation fees will apply in the following increments:
- until October 16, 2021: 30% of the participation fee
- until November 16, 2021: 50% of the participation fee
- from November 17, 2021: 100% of the participation fee
Passive participants can buy tickets for individual categories or concerts.
Choirs (singers and accompanying members) are required to organize their own transportation. The costs are covered by the participating choir.
If you need accommodation in Koblenz for your participation in the Deutsche Chormeisterschaft 2021, 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.
Information about participation and competition rules
Participant Information [German](1.7 MB)
Please send the completed registration form via email to mail(at)interkultur.com. Additionally please print it, sign it and send it via post with the other registration documents to our office.
Registration Form [German](350 KB)
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City of Koblenz
Artistic Directors Deutsche Chormeisterschaft 2021
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß
Project management and public relations
Local project management
INTERKULTUR Executive Committee
Dr. Christoph Wirtz
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