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

Via Musica
Vienna International Association for Music and Culture Exchange
Mauthnergasse 6/14
1090 Vienna
Phone/fax: +43-1-968 57 50

Festival Description

Via Musica (the Vienna International Association for Musica and Culture Exchange) is the organizer of the annual Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival taking place each year in early July in Vienna. Choirs, Orchestras and Bands have the opportunity to perform before an internationally renowned jury in one of the most prestigious music halls in the world, the Musikverein in Vienna. Youths below the age of 26 can experience unique workshops and external concerts and come into contact with their fellow peers.

Festival Dates July 7 - 11, 2012
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Festival Story:

The first annual Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival hosted by VIA MUSICA (Vienna International Association for Music and Culture Exchange) in July 2007 was a grand success. 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 Competition as well as the Celebration. Performing groups may elect to compete with their peers in the prestigious “SCL Competition” or they may opt to participate in the non-competitive “SCL Celebration.” Ultimately, all groups will perform in the Musikverein in Vienna, one of the world’s three finest concert halls, certain to be a highlight for the international participants and audience alike.

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


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