Ohrid Choir Festival, the biggest choral event in south-east Europe is held in the end of August in Ohrid, Macedonia.
According to the selected choirs Ohrid Choir Festival 2010 is expected to be true choral holiday. More than 40 choirs are invited to participate from 20 countries. Ohrid will be the spot where the joy of singing together will be celebrated. We invite all people to feel power of the choral music.
The Festival is going to be held in the beautiful ambient in the Diamond hall of the Hotel Gorica. The concerts of sacred music are going to be held in the church St. Sophia.
The Festival has five sections:
Section 1 - "Open air" performances
Section 2 - Competition
Section 3 - Folk music
Section 4 - Sacred music
Section 5 - Pop music
In the "Open air" performances section - the choir is required to perform a 20-30 minute program of their choice at several outdoor public locations.
To participate in the Competition section, the choirs are required to perform a 15-20 minute program of their choice. Although, it is strongly recommended for the program to contain different styles of choral music and contain at least one composition by a Macedonian composer.
Since the program is intended to be vocal only, we will only allow you to have one or at most two compositions accompanied by instrument(s). The performances will be monitored by an expert jury that will rank the choirs on different aspects of choral performance. The best choirs will perform at the final concert where they will compete for the Grand Prix of the Festival. The choirs will be divided in several categories and subcategories:
Category A - children's choirs
(2/3 of the participants must be 15 or younger)
Category B - youth choirs (2/3 of the participants must to be 25 or younger)
Category C - adult choirs (2/3 of the participants must be older than 25)
Subcategories for categories B & C may be added if the number of interested choirs in either of these categories is more than expected.
The Folk music section is not competitive. The program must contain choral arrangements of folk songs or motives. The program should last 7-12 minutes. The choirs can be accompanied by instrument(s).
The Sacred music section is not competitive. The program must contain sacred songs. The program should last 7-12 minutes.
The Pop-music section is not competitive. The program must contain choral arrangements of pop songs. The program should last 7-12 minutes. The choir can be accompanied by instrument(s).