WSCM2020, July 11-18 2020, Auckland New Zealand

Application for Choirs

Should you apply?

Applications are open to anyone. WSCM2020 is looking for a range of choirs – of high quality but varied size, age range and style – from right across the globe. While this is a non-competitive festival, selection for the Symposium carries real prestige and offers successful choirs a wonderful opportunity to perform on the world stage.

Our theme

The theme of WSCM2020 – ‘People and the Land’ – derives from the expression tangata whenua (literally “people of the land”), a name the indigenous Māori of New Zealand use of themselves and a concept that sits at the heart of NZ culture in general. We want to explore at the Symposium the relationship humans have with the land that supports them: the sense of identity they derive from it and the tensions that may arise out of it. Here is the full theme description, including a by-no-means-exhaustive list of ways in which it might be taken.

We hope that the theme will be interpreted freely and with flair by participating choirs, and we would encourage them to draw from a broad range of repertoire and styles in their programming.

Making an application

You will need to:

  1. describe your choir
  2. name your choir’s contact person and supply their details
  3. upload the following documents or files:
  • a biography (Word or PDF) and digital photograph of your choir
  • a biography (Word or PDF) and digital photograph of your conductor
  • written comments on your ensemble from two respected musicians in your region (Word or PDF)
  • two proposed programmes for WSCM2020, the first of 40-45 minutes and the second of 20-25 minutes. List the title, composer’s name and approximate performance time for each piece (Word or PDF)
  • a digital copy of a printed programme/brochure from a concert presented within the last year
  • high-quality stereo MP3 recordings of THREE choral pieces, of no more than 15 minutes’ total duration. Longer choral works may be in the form of excerpts. All recordings must have been made on or after 1 January 2016
  • OPTIONAL: a link to a filmed recording of one of your pieces in performance, uploaded to a private YouTube or Vimeo account or similar platform.


Each choir invited to present at WSCM2020 will be expected to sing in at least two concerts and will receive a half-week registration, local transportation within Auckland, and four nights’ accommodation and meals (or a maximum daily meal allowance – to be determined).

APPLICATIONS CLOSE at midnight (GMT) 31 October 2018.

Invitations to perform at WSCM2020 will be sent out later in 2018.

For further information on the World Symposium on Choral Music 2020, visit

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