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2021 World Choir Festival
Artistic Director: Prof. Leon Tong


THE 2021 World Choir Festival was successfully held on 12th – 13th June 2021. It was the first online festival organised by WYCCAA since the pandemic. We are very happy that it is supported and participated by 50 international jury members and almost 200 choirs.


Each choir had an opportunity to meet one-to-one with a jury member of the category competition, receiving the results and valuable feedback. We also streamed 4 masterclasses and 3 concerts by world-leading choirs such as Vesna Children’s Choir (Russia), Sofia Vokalensemble (Sweden), and 5 outstanding choirs from Hong Kong and Mainland, China. In addition, a showcase concert of 24 selected “Gold Award” competition performances was presented as well.


In the Final Competition, 13 choirs competed for the “Choir of the World Award”, Jury’s Prize (both came cash prizes), and 15 Grand Prizes. All competition results are posted below.


We are very happy to report that the programmes over the weekend had over 70k views across Chinese and international streaming platforms.


If you wish to revisit the 2 public programmes, please visit the links below:


Showcase of selected Gold Awards performances (concert starting at 15:22):



Final Competition:











The World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association (WYCCAA) is excited to launch the 2021 World Choir Festival! The event is split into two Phases and welcomes choirs & individual delegates from all over the world to participate.

Phase 1 is the Category Competition held online for choirs (application period: 11 Jan to 17 May 2021), judged by a panel of 10 international jury members, presenting Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards to each choir.

Phase 2 is an online choir festival (tentatively dates: 12 & 13 June 2021). Activities include “Meet the Jury”, results announcement, presentation of specially recorded/edited concerts and masterclasses videos, as well as a “Final Competition” where a panel of 47 international jury members will vote for the Grand Prizes and Cash Awards of the Festival.


Registration period and method
Registration is open from 11th Jan to 17th May 2021.
Choirs: submit the application form here 
Individual Delegates: please submit the application form here

After submission, we will send you an invoice for payment.

Registration fees
For choirs (first category): USD 30 per singer, conductor, accompanist
For choirs (second category): a flat fee of USD 600 for the whole choir regardless of no. of singers
For individual delegates: USD 120 per person

An exclusive discount is applicable for the choir who registers first from its country, enquire within! 

Event Schedule

Jury Members of the Category Competition

Schedule _ for 17May.PNG

Concert & Performing Choirs


The Competition will be held online and has two rounds: Category Competition and Final Competition. 


The Category Competition will be adjudicated by 10 jury members. Different awards will be presented according the marks given to each video. Choir representatives are invited to "Meet the Jury" online during the Online Festival in June. ​Champion of each category will enter the Final Competition.


Jury Members of the Category Competition

Video requirements


General Requirements

  • The video should be recorded in high-definition (HD) with clear picture and sound; and be made in .mp4 format

  • The time limit applies to the total length of the video, extra materials will not be marked.

  • Please upload the video(s) to both YouTube and Google Drive, and provide permanent links on the application form for the organiser/jury to view/download.


Specific Requirements for Categories A1 to G2


  • The video will have to be recorded on or after 1 Jan 2021, where the entire choir sings together in one physical space (as opposed to recording each singer individually like a Virtual Choir).


  • At the start of the video, the conductor (or leader of a vocal ensemble) must make the following announcement in front of the choir:
    Today is [date]. The [name of choir] records a performance for the 2021 World Choir Festival.


  • The video must be recorded in one single take (starting from the announcement till the end of the last piece) and cannot be edited afterwards.


 Specific Requirements for Category H – Virtual Choir


  • This category is designed for the choirs whose members are unable to sing together due to the pandemic.                                                                                

  • The video should be produced specifically for this competition (i.e. it has not been released previously)

  • There are no specific requirements or restrictions on the production of the video


Specific Requirements for Category K


  • This category is designed for the choirs whose members are unable to sing together due to the pandemic.                                                                    

  • The video will have to be recorded within 2017-2020, where the entire choir sings together in one physical space (as opposed to recording each singer individually like a Virtual Choir).

  • The video of each piece should be recorded in one single take.



Adjudication and Awards

Jury Members of the Category Competition will evaluate the overall artistic quality of each video and present diplomas according to the following scale:


Certificate of Participation: 49.5-59.4 marks

Bronze Award: 59.5-69.4 marks

Silver Award: 69.5-79.4 marks

Gold Award: 79.5 marks or above


The choir that receives the highest mark in a category will enter the Final Competition and receive a “Category Champion” certificate.


Each finalist will choose 1 piece from their Category Competition video for the “Final Competition”, where over 40 international jury members will vote for the “Choir of the World” Award (including cash prize HKD 40,000), Jury’s Prize (including cash prize HKD 20,000) and the following Special Awards.


-    Best Interpretation

-    Best Folk Song Performance

-    Best Stage Effects

-    Best A Cappella Performance

-    Best Conductor

-    Best Youth Conductor

-    Best Piece Selection

-    Most Enchanted Performance

-    Best Solo Singer

Jury Members of the Final Competition