2019 World Choral Conducting Competition, Hong Kong

A registration fee of EUR60 will be charged via a Paypal account or credit card upon submission of the Registration Form.

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Registration will be taken through the Online Registration Form here.

  • A registration fee of EUR60 will be charged via a Paypal account or credit card upon submission of the Registration Form. Please note that the application will not be processed until the payment has been received.
  • Applicants are required to upload a scanned copy of their passport’s information page for verification purposes.
  • Applicants are required to upload a video to Youtube or Youku and set it as Public. It should consist of their conducting of 3 contrasting pieces of their own choice, two of which should be recorded during a rehearsal, showing how the applicant works with a choir in a rehearsal setting; the 3rd piece should be a full performance in a formal setting. The applicant’s conducting must be clearly visible from a choir member’s point of view. The video should last no longer than 15 mins in total and applicants are required to enter the link to the video in the Registration Form.
  • Registration closes on 8 Jan 2019 23:59 GMT.
  • The Competition is open to conductors from all around the world.
  • Applicants should be aged 35 or below (on or before 15/07/2019).
  • The Jury for the Preliminary Selection will shortlist 12 candidates to compete in Hong Kong.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email starting from 1 March 2019.
  • By 5 April 2019, the 12 candidates who will compete in Hong Kong will be announced online.

  • Candidates will have to cover the costs of their own transportation to and from Hong Kong.
  • The Organiser will provide accommodation and local transportation in Hong Kong for the candidates.
  • For candidates who come from a country/region which requires a visa to enter Hong Kong, the Organiser will issue invitation letters or supporting documents as required but the candidate will have to pay for the visa application and other related fees.

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Jury of the Preliminary Selection

  • Brady ALLRED (USA)
  • Martin BERGER (Germany / South Africa)
  • Ragnar RASMUSSEN (Norway)
  • TOH Ban Sheng (Singapore)
  • Leon Shiu-wai TONG (Hong Kong)

Jury of the Competition

  • Chairman of the Jury: Prof. Péter ERDEI (Hungary)

Members of the Jury:

  • Brady ALLRED (USA)
  • Martin BERGER (Germany / South Africa)
  • Urša LAH (Slovenia)
  • Yang LI (China)
  • Zoltán PAD (Hungary)
  • Avip PRIATNA Mag.Art (Indonesia)
  • Ragnar RASMUSSEN (Norway)
  • Leon Shiu-wai TONG (Hong Kong)

Official Competition Choir

  • Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir
    • Founders and Artistic Directors: Prof. Ragnar RASMUSSEN & Prof. Urša LAH


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Event Description

The World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association is proud to present the inaugural 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition, which will take place in Hong Kong from 11–15 July 2019.

Joining hands with an international and versatile choir – Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir – and world-leading choral conductors in the jury, the competition searches for and aims to help talented and rising conductors of the next generation to establish an international conducting career, bridging the gap between professional training and professional life.

The Champion of the Competition will receive a concert engagement with the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir in the 2019/20 Concert Season. In addition to multiple cash awards totalling over HK$120,000, winners will also share opportunities to study with Professor Péter ERDEI, Dr Brady ALLRED and Professor Ragnar RASMUSSEN.

Registration is now open for conductors aged 35 or below. 12 candidates will be selected to enter the Competition in Hong Kong.


Arrival date: 11 July 2019
Departure date: 15 July 2019

Round One and Two: 12 & 13 July 2019 @ Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium
Final Round: Afternoon, 14 July 2019 @ Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Performance by the Champion with the Choir: Evening, 14 July 2019 @ Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

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World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association (WYCCAA)

Unit 03, 9/F, Park Commercial Centre, 180 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong


About the organiser

Building upon the more-than-20-year success of Hong Kong Treble Choirs’ Association and support from all over the world for more than 2 decades, World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association (WYCCAA) was founded by the renowned choral expert and conductor, Prof. Leon Shiu-wai TONG, in 2015.

WYCCAA is an international non-profit organization based in Hong Kong, supported by international maestros and advisors from 5 continents.

Experienced in hosting the flagship, premium and educational choir festivals, WYCCAA is committed to connecting the world through music. The goal is to build a platform for every choral music lover and professional to exchange music and ideas, and to celebrate peace and cultural diversity. Aside from choir festivals, WYCCAA regularly invites choral maestros to host charity workshops for choir conductors and teachers to enhance their conducting skills and techniques.

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This conference presents perspectives and perceptions of music education today by those who matter most – the students. Placing their views in the centre of the debate, this conference provides an evaluation of the democratic processes involved in teaching and learning music.

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11 August 2019 To 17 August 2019

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  • Ann Martin-Davis
  • Graham Fitch
  • Christine Stevenson
  • James Lisney
  • Karl Lutchmayer

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In 2018 the tutor presentations, Piano Matters, were especially praised for making the course even more attractive for performing participants and for observers as well. The three Piano Matters topics for 2019 are:

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