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Leave your Mark: Host the World Symposium on Choral Music in 2026
Published: Jul 08,2022

The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announces a proposal call to host the World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 2026). This triennial symposium is the peak global event in the international choral calendar. It draws together the world’s leading musicians, choirs, vocal ensembles, conductors, composers, clinicians and arts administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, workshops, seminars, presentations and networking opportunities.

IFCM has held 11 symposia in 14 world-class cities over the past 34 years. The first WSCM was held in Vienna in 1987, followed by Stockholm/Helsinki/Tallinn in 1990; Vancouver, 1993; Sydney, 1996; Rotterdam, 1999; Minneapolis, 2002; Kyoto, 2005; Copenhagen, 2008; Puerto Madryn, 2011; Seoul, 2014; Barcelona, 2017; (Auckland, 2020, canceled). IFCM policy states that locations will alternate between the five continents. The next WSCM will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 25-30 April 2023.

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 2026 symposium, please examine the guidelines HERE, 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 organization, institution, or consortium. A major partnership with other companies such as city/regional government, and convention tourist bureau, is highly recommended. 


How to submit

Download the application form HERE

Submit it to

Deadline for proposals is 15 September 2022.



  • September 15, 2022: Closing date for Proposal Applications
  • October 2022: Short-listed proposals selected by the IFCM Board
  • November – January 2022: IFCM delegation will meet with the Finalists and visit the proposed site.
  • End of January 2023: IFCM Board selects the Host of the 14th IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music 2026, Official Announcement of the WSCM2026 Host.


Download the Organizational Guidelines here.


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