I am very excited that this world competition featuring choirs from almost 50 countries will be held about an hour from where I live between July 4-14! More than 360 choirs have registered to participate. The Games are the signature event of INTERKULTUR, Germany-based organization that produces choral events all over the world. This is the 7th Games, and the first time it's being held in the United States.
How does the competition work?
There are 23 musical categories – 11 the first week of competition (July 5-7) and 12 the second week (July 11-13). There is The Champions Competition for choirs who qualify and The Open Competition for choirs who apply and are accepted by INTERKULTUR. Some choirs will come the first week and then leave. Some will stay for both weeks because of when their categories compete. Other choirs will arrive before the start of the second week.
The Champions Competition is judged by a panel of seven international adjudicators who will score each choir. Based on that score, a choir may receive a gold, silver or bronze medal. The gold-medal winner with the highest score is named Champion of the World Choir Games in their category. These are announced at the various Awards Ceremonies.
The Open Competition is judged by a panel of five international adjudicators who will score each choir. Based on that score, a choir may receive a gold, silver or bronze diploma. These are also announced at the various Awards Ceremonies.
Please let me know if any of your local choirs are participating.