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Welcome to modfestivals - the Marktoberdorf Whitsun Festivals!

The former car district code MOD, which is now valid again, is still the informal abbreviation for the town - so the big concert and theatre hall of the town was named MODEON and now our name is modfestivals!

Marktoberdorf, district town in the beautiful Allgäu region, near the Alps, 100km south west of Munich, becomes the meeting point of the world wide choral scene once a year!

Each year around Whitsun (midth/ end of May) we bring together choirs and ensembles from all over the world for two different outstanding festivals of highest international reputation.

• in the even years the festival Musica Sacra International
• in uneven years the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf

Please find on these sites current information of the coming festivals, impressions and videos of former festivals and all participating ensembles. Please find out more about modfestivals and get in contact with us. We are looking forward to your visit and your feedback.

Your Festivalteam

Impressions of the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf

Do you want to bring back the unique atmosphere of the wonderful days in Marktoberdorf to your mind or rewatch individual pieces of the choirs? 

You can find a comprehensive selection of pictures in our gallery - also available for download.

Furthermore you will find videos of all competition entries as well as recordings of the concerts on our youtube-channel of modfestivals at the end of October. 


15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2017

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For the 15th time, the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf will be bringing choirs from all over the world next year to the Allgäu region. The competition is, however, much more than an artistic test of strength for the choirs taking part. As well as a choral competition at the highest international level it is the meeting together of people through music and an exchange of expert views and experience which are in the foreground during the festival period. The choirs will perform together in evening concerts in the region’s most beautiful churches and halls, excursions together, a choral meeting and last but not least the evening celebrations in the festival tent will all offer the singers from different parts of the world the chance to exchange views and get to know each other. The final SchlussaCHORd concert with contributions from all the choirs taking part will present a musical firework.

The Federal Union of German Choral Associations (Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Chorverbände e.V.) invites choirs from all over the world to apply for a chance to take part in the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition 2017 from June 2nd to the 7th 2017. In 2017, the competition will be carried out in two categories:
A – Mixed Choirs
B – Popular Choir Music.

For the first time, therefore, pop and jazz choirs will have the chance to present themselves in Marktoberdorf.

The evaluation will be in two competition rounds – a compulsory programme of max. 20 minutes and a free programme of max. 10 minutes – before an international jury. The maximum number of singers allowed in the competition performances is 32. In addition to prize money for the first three prize winners, thanks to the generous support of a number of partners there will also be a number of special prizes which include a free recording session for a famous classic label. In addition, all choirs admitted to take part will have the opportunity to receive an hour’s coaching with one of the internationally experienced jury members.
Choirs can apply to take part with the necessary material until October 14th 2016. Information as to whether or not your choir is admitted to take part will be sent out at the very latest by November 30th 2016.

Here you will find all application information.


Furthermore we advise interested choirs to participate at the following festivals:

CantaRode Kerkrade, Netherlands - International Choral Festival & Competition, May, 25 - 29 2017

7th Harmoniefestival Lindenholzhausen, Germany, May, 25 - 28 2017

10th International Choir Days Mainhausen, Germany, June 7 -9, 2017

International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf and Musica Sacra International are members of:

Choral Festival Network - the international network for choral competitions and festivals