Host a WSCM
How to

The next call to host the WSCM13 in 2023 will be launched in September 2018.

This triennial symposium is the peak global event in the international choral calendar. It draws together the world’s leading musicians, choirs, conductors, composers, clinicians and arts administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, workshops, seminars, presentations and networking opportunities.

The International Federation for Choral Music has held 11 symposia in 14 world-class cities over the past 25 years. The first WSCM was held in Vienna in 1987, followed by Stockholm/Helsinki/Tallinn, 1990; Vancouver, 1993; Sydney, 1996; Rotterdam, 1999; Minneapolis, 2002; Kyoto, 2005; Copenhagen, 2008; Puerto Madryn, Argentina, 2011; Seoul, South Korea, 2014; and Barcelona, Spain, 2017. IFCM policy states that locations will alternate between the five continents. The 12th symposium will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2020.

Hosting a World Symposium brings high profile and prestige to the presenting city. The benefits accrue not only to the city and presenting partners, but to the musical growth and boosted economy of the region. If you and your institution are interested in hosting the 2023 symposium, please examine the guidelines, which give essential information about hosting a WSCM, a list of requirements that will need to be considered, and details on the conference setup and the responsibilities of the host country.

The proposal must come from a national choral organization. A major partnership with other companies such as city/regional government, convention tourist bureau, is highly recommended.


  • September 1, 2018: official launching of call to host the WSCM13 - 2023
  • November 30, 2018: Pre-Registration of Applicants (FILL THE FORM HERE)
  • January 31, 2019: Closing date for initial Proposal Applications
  • February 28, 2019: Short-listed proposals announced
  • March 2019: Short-listed Proposal Presentations to the IFCM Board
  • April-May, 2019: Announcement of winner of 13th IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music 2023

Download the Organizational Guidelines here

Questions 1 to 8 must be completed by all project proposals to the IFCM. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please answer each question as clearly and as briefly as you can. If approved, a contract will be generated for a signing between both parties that will include a statement that, at the end of the project a report and finalized budget must be presented to the IFCM Executive Committee for final approval. Questions 1 – 9 need to be completed for major projects such as IFCM World Symposiums, IFCM World Choral EXPOs, etc..
1. Who are you?

2. Project Description

3. Rationale / Goal

4. Artistic Rationale

5. Role of IFCM

6. Timeline

7. Personnel

8. Budget (which must balance)

Please provide a realistic estimated budget for the project - clearly notating administrative, production and professional artist costs and levels of support from all contributors.
In summary:

9. Reportage / outcomes

If successful, status reports to the IFCM Executive Committee will be according to a pre-agreed timeline.

10. Proposals for major projects such as IFCM World Symposium of Choral Music, IFCM World Choral EXPO, VOICES projects, etc

ICB Bulletin

Official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, the International Choral Bulletin is published quarterly in the four official languages of IFCM: English, French, German and Spanish. It is distributed in more than 80 countries on the five continents and is the official voice of choral music around the world.

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Global Choral Calendar

Our focus at the moment is to unite the choral calendars of international choral organisations. Meanwhile please consult the calendar of choral events published by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat here.

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