Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festvial

The Summa Cum Laude Festival in Vienna is Europe’s premier global youth music festival for choirs,bands and orchestras.

Since its beginning the festival has always been under the auspices of UNESCO and the Austrian Federal President.


The festival is held annually in July in the two most important concert halls of Vienna, the Golden Hall ofthe Musikverein and the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus, it off ers an international environment where a
thousand young musicians enjoy intercultural exchanges.
Ensembles may participate either in the Competition or in the Celebration (non-competitive) Top Professionals from the international jury in the competition teach our Academy program at the University of Music and Performing Arts. Take advantage of the interactive workshops and informative lectures, as well as additional concerts with local audiences, including Vienna’s newest Hall “MuTh”, the concert hall of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Other events will be conducted in such famous venues as the St. Stephen‘s Cathedral and the City Hall in Vienna.
The true focus of the Festival is to create an environment where young musicians from all over the world can interact on an international level and build bridges amongst themselves.

SCL Festival Days

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Day 1- 

Registration and welcome ceremony at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral (all participants) Conductors´ kick-off meeting (all conductors)

Day 2 -

Choir competition and celebration at the Golden Hall of the MusikvereinIndividual concerts and performances in and around Vienna (all groups)

Day 3 -

Band and orchestra competition, celebration and special groups at the Golden Hall of the
Musikverein

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Day 4 - 

Individual concerts and performances in and around Vienna (all groups)
Choir, orchestra and band workshops at the University of Music in Vienna

Day 5 - 

Visit the House of music, an interactive sound museum
Lecture, preparation for Gala Winners’ Concert and group photo (all groups) Evening Gala Winners’ Concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus or the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Award ceremony & farewell reception

Day 6 - 

Departure to continue on your tour or home