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Application info

Here you can download the application info for the 13th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf
Mai 17 - 22, 2013 and the DETAILED APPLICATION FORM requested for applications!



Application form


The International Chamber Choir Competition Markt­oberdorf is intended to bring together the world’s best choirs in order to provide them with the opportunity, not only to compare with each other but also to discuss choral literature from the individual countries, interpretation, styles, voice-training and techniques. In order to achieve both aims, the programme is so arranged that the individual choirs will have a chance to work together on a common work, under the baton of a renowned conductor, as well as participating in the competition. The main aim here is an international meeting with music as the central theme.


The International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf is supported by the Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Chorverbände (BDC), which incorporates the five following choral associations:
    •    Allgemeiner Cäcilienverband für Deutschland (ACV)
    •    Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ)
    •    Internationaler Arbeitskreis für Musik (IAM)
    •    Verband Deutscher KonzertChöre (VDKC)
    •    Chorverband in der evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (CEK)

The competition is subsidized by:
    •    The German Federal Minister for Cultural Affairs and the Media
    •    The Bavarian Ministry for Science, Research and Culture
    •    The Ostallgäu Regional District
    •    The Town of Marktoberdorf, and many more...


A committee made up of representatives of the BDC and other experts supervises the Competition and selects the choirs. It also selects the compulsory piece and the jury members and awards the prizes in cooperation with the head of the jury.

Categories 2013

    •    Mixed choirs
    •    Mixed Youth choirs
A choir should not have less than 16 and not more than 36 singers.
The minimum age for singers in Category B is 14 years, the maximum age 21 years.
Reference date is May 19, 2013.

Schedule 2013

Preliminary timetable (subject to changes)

Friday, May 17, 2013: Arrival of the choirs, Opening concert
Saturday, May 18, 2013: 1st lap Competitions, Concerts in the region
Sunday, May 19, 2013: 2nd lap Competitions, Concerts in the region
Monday, May 20, 2013: Singing in church services, Excursions, Concerts in the region
Tuesday, May 21, 2013: Announcement of the results, Prize-giving ceremony, Final concert
Wednesday, May 22, 2013: Departure of the choirs

Competition Programme / Time limits

The competition consists of two Competition laps:
In the 1st lap, the competition programme may only include “a cappella” works. A maximum of 3 obligate percussion instruments can be permitted by the Committee. Please send us a copy of the score. The total duration, from the beginning of the first piece until the end of the last piece - not just the singing time! - must be between 20 and 25 minutes. The performance time will not be interrupted by applause.

For each category, choirs will be expected to perform one compulsory work.

Category A: Max Reger: Frühlingsblick op. 39, 3 (1899)

(available at: Carus-Verlag, Stuttgart; Carus 40. 256/30,

Kategorie B: Hugo Distler: Der Feuerreiter op. 19 (aus Mörike-Chorliederbuch)

(available at: Bärenreiter-Verlag, BA1528,

Within the time limit, each choir has to perform at least one work in each of the following styles:

    1.    Renaissance / Early Baroque
    2.    19th / 20th Century (Romanticism / Impressionism)
    3.    20th / 21st Century (composed after 1950)

One of these styles will be covered by the compulsory work. The choir has complete freedom in its choice of additional works within the maximum performance time of 25 minutes (including the compulsory work). It is allowed to reduce the number of singers up to 50% maximum for Renaissance and Early Baroque repertoire (minimum 16 persons) - avoiding soloist singing. Maximum one work written by the conductor is admitted. In the 2nd lap of the competition, the choir can choose freely a 10 minutes performing time programme. This may also include instrumental accompaniment and dance.


The jury consists of seven expert adjudicators. The assessment will be based on the following aspects:

    •    technical performance:

intonation, rhythm, phrasing, accuracy with respect to the written notes, pronunciation

    •    artistic performance:

timing, agogics, dynamic flexibility, text-interpretation, accuracy of style, choral sound The decisions of the jury are final and may not be legally challenged. The members of the jury are not allowed to reveal details of their assessments or the content of the discussions. A diploma showing the level of achievement will be given to each participating choir.


Each category will be endowed with three prizes. The Committee of the International Chamber Choir Competition reserves the right, in consultation with the jury, to share as well as to change the amounts of the prizes.

1st prize 3.500 Euro
2nd prize 2.500 Euro
3rd prize 1.500 Euro

Special prices 2013

The jury can award at least four Special Prizes:


  1. Special Prize Carl Orff-Foundation Diessen am Ammersee • 1.500 Euro for the best interpretation of a choral work which has its World Premiere at the International Chamber-Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2013 (World First Performance).
  2. Walter and Charlotte Hamel-Foundation • 1.000 Euro for the best interpretation of the compulsory piece in the Mixed Youth category.
  3. Gustave Charlier-Anna Maroye - Prize, sponsored by M. Noël Minet • 500 Euro for the best interpretation of a religious choral work in the competition.
  4. Pro Musica Viva Strecker-Daelen - Prize • 500 Euro Conductor’s prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary choral work in the competition.

Terms of participation

  1. Only choirs which have been officially admitted to the competition can participate. To apply for admission, they have to fulfil the following conditions:
  2. The members of the choir must be amateurs, i.e. the majority must not earn their living by singing.
  3. Choirs from music academies and conservatories are allowed to participate.
  4. All participating choirs are obliged to be present in Marktoberdorf during the entire period from May 17 - 22, 2013 and to participate in the competition events, common rehearsals and concerts. With their application, the choirs agree to the rules and conditions of the competition, to recordings and broadcasts in sound and television as well as any other sound or visual recordings (and any copies thereof) being made in connection with the competition. By accepting the rules and conditions the choir surrenders all rights resulting from such recordings to the organizers.
  5. Choirs which won a first prize at the 12th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2011 are excluded from taking part.
  6. Conductors and others interested in attending the event or the special seminar for choral conductors must apply by March 5, 2013.

Admittance / Choice

The Committee of the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf is responsible for the admission of choirs to the competition. Applications for admission require the following documents:
    1.    A short history of the choir and the conductor
    2.    A list of the choir’s repertoire and a photo (min. 300 dpi, 10x15 cm)
    3.    A list of important concerts performed at home and abroad
    4.    A list of any previous participations and successes in competitions and festivals
    5.    An audio cassette or CD or audio files (mp3...) with A-cappella-recordings of the choir in the last 2 years - (live if possible; about 30 mins.; with a list of titles, composers and composers' dates of the pieces). The recording must contain at least one work in each of the following styles:
    ◦    Renaissance / Early Baroque
    ◦    19th / 20th Century (Romanticism / Impressionism)
    ◦    20th / 21st Century (composed after 1950)
    6.    An application form
    7.    The planned competition programme incl. times
    8.    Proposals for one or more concert programmes of about 25 minutes each (sacred and/or secular and/or folklore, the latter in national costume if possible), with or without instruments.

Accommodation / Meals

All meals for the choirs as well as accommodation in rooms with several beds or in host-families in Marktoberdorf or its surrounding area are provided free of charge for the duration of the competition only (May 17 - 22, 2013). If requested, help can be given in organising additional concerts in the period before or after the competition.

Travel costs

The cost of the journey to and from Marktoberdorf must be borne by the choirs themselves.

Special program

As the aim of the event is not only to compete, each choir is expected to perform in extra concerts (e.g. a sacred and a folklore-concert) with a programme of approx. 25 minutes in Marktoberdorf or the surrounding area, together with two other participating choirs. 
An excursion will provide choirs with the opportunity to enjoy the countryside, churches and castles (e.g. Neuschwanstein) of the region. All choirs are also cordially invited to participate in singing at church services on Whit-Monday.


Deadline for applications: Last day for arrival of all requested material is October, 13th, 2012.
Admission: Choirs will be admitted until December 31st, 2012.