Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival

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Country and Region AustriaVienna
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Festival Contact Information

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival
Presented by Via Musica
Mauthnergasse 6/13
A-1090 Vienna
Phone: +43-676 62 849 62
Contact person: Mr. Jürgen Partaj

Festival Description

Taking place every July in Vienna’s two main classical concert venues, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus, it offers an international environment where a thousand young musicians enjoy intercultural exchanges and build bridges that span continents. Ensembles may participate either in the Competition or in the Celebration (non-competitive). Form the international juries in the Competition and teach our Academy program at the Vienna University of Music. Enjoy interactive workshops and educational lectures, additional concerts with local audiences, and pre-and post-concert tours in Europe.

Festival Dates July 4 - 9, 2014
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Festival Story:

The first annual Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival was hosted by VIA MUSICA (Vienna International Association for Music and Culture Exchange) in July 2007. Already during its first year, Vienna’s new global festival realized its two main objectives: to provide a unique platform for the world’s most talented youth choirs, bands and orchestras to perform in Vienna’s magnificent Musikverein and to set new standards in the festival arena.

In 2008, the four-day Summa Cum Laude Festival was expanded to include both the Summa Cum Laude Competition as well as the Summa Cum Laude Celebration: Performing groups may compete with their peers in the prestigious “SCL Competition” or they may opt to participate in the non-competitive “SCL Celebration.” Ultimately, the finalists perform in the Musikverein in Vienna, one of the world’s three finest concert halls.

The Summa Cum Laude Festival offers all performing groups the opportunity to participate in unique workshops. These workshops offer an inspirational occasion where individual groups as well as combined ensembles may qualitatively enhance their musical knowledge under the tutelage of distinguished lecturers. Furthermore, performing groups are invited to represent their home country and share its respective music to the Austrian public during additional concerts taking place in and around Vienna.


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