2024 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival

2024 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival

This is a unique and international Music Event

2024 - A Whole New Theme

Global Roots of Music and Music as A Global Root

July 5- July 12, 2024

Vienna, Prague

About

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival

Founded in 2007 in the capital of music Vienna, Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival has received nearly 20,000 participants from 46 different countries and regions over the past years, offered an international music exchange platform for outstanding performers and ensembles from all over the world.

Proudly supported by Austrian Commission for UNESCO, having the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Alexander van der Bellen as Honorary Board, the festival has become one of the most acclaimed and prestigious youth music festivals in Europe.

Since 2021, SCL has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with ASDAN China to host Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (China), allowing more Chinese young performers to participate in this prestigious international event. In the past two years, three China National Rounds of Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival were successfully held online. Hundreds of students and ensembles from all over China participated in the 3-day online event, created and enjoyed music together.

In June 2023, 26 ensembles from 13 countries and regions gathered in Vienna to experience the unique atmosphere of this wonderful capital of music, leaving their musical footprints in Vienna, where every brick and tile witnessed a piece of history. We would like to invite all musical groups from different schools that have advanced to the national round of the festival to join this upcoming event in Vienna and Prague in the summer of 2024.

Finally, all talented young musicians could now gather together in Vienna and Prague, experience the power of music and the secret of culture at these two charming ancient cities located in the heart of Europe. Hereby, we sincerely invite all the ensembles and schools who have won the gold, silver and bronze prize in the past SCL Festival China National Rounds to join this prestigious international music festival this summer!

We hope to see you all in Vienna and Prague!

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (China) Committee

 

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Why us

Unique

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival is a unique international music festival for all young music lovers, offering both competitive and non-competitive performance opportunities, which underlines the uniqueness of the festival, its focus on all young performers, its wide range of stages,for every young music lover and the opportunity to perform in, 'Competition'and 'Celebration',making it very popular with young music lovers worldwide.

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival has received nearly 20,000 participants from 46 different countries and regions over the past years. In the summer of 2023, 26 music groups across the world gathered in Vienna to exchange and integrate with each other, creating an open and diversified exchange platform through music for outstanding performers and ensembles from all over the world, which makes the festival renowned in Europe for its internationalisation and scale.

International

Professional

Proudly supported by Austrian Commission for UNESCO,having the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Alexander van der Bellen, and Dr. Michael Ludwig, the mayor and Govenor of Vienna as Honorary Board, the festival also has invited well-respected jury members and workshop lecturers from Vienna Konservatorium. Besides, conductors and professors from the world's leading professional conservatories will guide each ensemble to improve their access to musical experience in Vienna.

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival aims to build a more comprehensive platform for the exchange of artistic performances and is open to groups worldwide in five categories: choirs, orchestras, bands, Summa Ensembles, and music+dance ensembles. Each ensemble can choose to participate in one of these categories, which allows every kind of music to be presented with its own unique style from different regions and cultures.

Category

Participation

Ensembles may choose to take part in the SCL Competition or in the SCL Celebration.
Competition:For the competition ensembles have to present certain compulsory music pieces, and compete with other ensembles to win the prizes.
CelebrationDo not compete with other ensembles, only perform at celebration part.

Social activities are the unique experiences that are always special for participants. Each participant interacts and collaborates with performers around the world during workshop rehearsals and performances. In addition, additional concerts, cultural and social dinners are well-organised to allow everyone to connect more deeply with each other throughout the festival.

Social

Significance

The festival offers a unique opportunity to perform on Vienna's most magnificent stages, not only can boost student's music skills, but also can build on their stage experience. These will evoke powerful emotions that then bring back memories in their musical life. And the exclusive certificate will help them to further their background in the future. Meanwhile, their social and communication skills will also be honed, and will have the chance to gain friendships within and across borders.

Participating Countries & Regions

  • Australia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greek
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Brazil
  • Malaysia
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Palestine
  • Belgium
  • The Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Bulgaria
  • Singapore
  • Puerto Rico
  • Slovak
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • the UK
  • China
  • America
  • Czech

Statements from Honorary Board

'The Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival once again brings young people from all over the world to Austria to communicate in the language of music and come to understand each other better. (…) I am very pleased that the Festival has already secured its place among the European music festivals, presenting a diverse and inspiring program each year. On that note, I warmly welcome the young artists and wish everyone involved great success and very pleasant memories to take home with them from Austria.'
 

Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen

Federal President of the Republic of Austria
'Vienna is recognised as the world capital of music. I am particularly pleased that in 2023, our city again lives up to its reputation as a place where musical expression helps people and nations appreciate the common ground they share. In challenging time like these, the universal language of music is all the more vital as it can truly reach people's hearts, awakening joy and hope in them like no other form of expression ever could. All me to with all participants of the Summa Cum Laude Music Festival the best of success for the festival and for their future careers in music. We look forward to seeing and hearing you again in Vienna - on the most prestigious stages of the world capital of music.'
 
 

Dr. Michael Ludwig

Mayor and Govenor of Vienna
‘Music is considered one of the most powerful languages of the world and manages again and again to overcome barriers of all kinds and therewith promotes dialogue among cultures and peace. With participants from different nations and continents the Summa Cum Laude Interntional Youth Music Festival makes also at the 15th festival an important contribution to the international musical exchange and promotes art education of teenagers, a key concern of UNESCO. Therefore, the Austrian Commission for UNESCO has taken on the patronage for the festival with pleasure and wishes all participants stimulating and excitng experiences in Austria. ’

Dr. Sabine Haag

President of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO

Honorary Board and Jury

Saul Zaks

Artistic Director; Head of Jury
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961 and living in Denmark, Saul Zaks is an international conductor and mediator who connects people from different cultures. He worked as the conductor of The Musicology Students Choir at the University of Aarhus, The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra. He gained a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award 2016 in the category Best Tango Album - "Sax to Tango". In 2018 he was appointed Artistic Director for SCL Music Festival in Vienna.

Christoph Ehrenfellner

Orchestra Jury, Workshop Lecturer
The Salzburg born conductor-composer-violinist has chosen 3 tracks to bring the fruits of a blossoming spirit to full exchange with our musical world. His partners are Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra etc. Elbphilharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, or Vienna Musikverein: in nearly all of the leading European Concert Halls the music of Christoph hrenfellner has won enthusiastic audience.

Hermann Pallhuber

Band Jury, Workshop Lecturer
Hermann Pallhuber completed his musical education at conservatories in Innsbruck and Vienna, after which he went on to further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and then again in Innsbruck. In October 2016, Hermann Pallhuber was awarded the professorship for conducting and direction of wind orchestras at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Mannheim.

Philipp Pointner

Orchestra and Band Jury, Workshop Lecturer
Viennese-born conductor Philipp Pointner started his career at Cape Town Opera/South Africa. There and at Gauteng Opera Johannesburg he is still a regular guest. He continued his way in Germany, where he was Erster Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Nürnberg for many years. He is guest at many European opera houses such as Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Köln, Volksoper Vienna etc.

Carolin Nordmeyer

Orchestra and Choir jury, Workshop Lecturer
Carolin Nordmeyer was born in Freiburg, Germany. From 2009-2017 she was engaged as the second Kapellmeister and assistant of the general music director at the Theater Augsburg, when she conducted the premieres of many operas. Carolin Nordmeyer is a lecturer in Opera Studies at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory Augsburg.Since 2013 she is chief conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra Munich.

Andy Icochea Icochea

Choir & String Orchestra Jury, Workshop Lecturer
Andy Icochea Icochea is a multi-faceted musician who regularly appears as an orchestral and opera conductor, choral conductor and accompanist, and whose compositions and arrangements are performed internationally. He has appeared in over 500 concerts in 29 countries and four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich and Berliner Konzerthaus. He currently serves as Music Director of Superar, a non-profit organization that provides high quality music instruction free of charge to 2000 children in six countries in central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he has served as Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys Choir and Artistic Director of Voices Boston and Harvard Pro Musica.

Artistic Journey

Opening Ceremony

All the ensembles will take part in the opening ceremony of SCL festival in the 800-year-old Stephan's Cathedral, the "heart of Vienna", to experience the endless fascination of music

2 workshops

Each ensemble will participate in two music workshops at the university of music Vienna, rehearse new program and refine old repertoire with worldwide leading professors and lecturers

2 concert performances

Perform once in the Golden Hall of Musikverein, where the annual Vienna Philharmonic New Year Concert was held, and once in the Smetana Hall or church, the centre of Prague's cultural life

2 additional concerts

2 additional performances in various venues in and around Vienna, gain stage experience and act as cultural ambassadors to spread your own music and culture to Viennese audience

3 culture & arts tours

3 musical, artistic and cultural tours in Prague and Vienna: to learn about the ancient history and cultural depth of Prague's old town, the World Heritage Site; to feel the artistic atmosphere of Vienna, the world capital of music, and visit House of Music, the interactive sound museum or the home/birthplace of famous Austrian composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert

Closing Ceremony

Perform or watch the Winners' Gala Concert at Vienna Concert Hall, attend the award ceremony and farewell reception at Vienna City Hall to end the unforgettable music & art journey

Step1:Grand Opening 开幕式

“至高荣耀”维也纳国际青少年艺术节艺术总监致辞,所有参与者初识相见,活动日程详细解析,工作坊团队分组并介绍排练流程

Stept2:Competition 竞演

为所有热爱表演艺术的年轻人提供才艺比拼的专业舞台,学员就已准备好的作品进行竞演,获奖者有机会受邀参加 2022 年 7 月在维也纳举办的 SCL 维也纳国际青少年音乐节,或直通英国课程局Ofqual官方认可的国际顶级戏剧认证——英国NEA英语戏剧表演与表达在线认证等级考试,最高可获得30UCAS(英国高等教育招生服务中心) 加分

Step3:Rehearsal Workshop 排演工作坊

所有参与者重组成团,在专业导师的悉心指导下进行3天集训彩排,相互学习、共同提升,合力完成全新艺术作品

Stept4:Celebration 庆典

排演工作坊的成果展示暨公开汇报演出,从合唱作品、交响乐作品、民乐作品到戏剧片段,各类团体将在专业舞台上尽情绽放,呈现精彩纷呈的演出

Stept5:Social Night 社交之夜

活动期间将举办游戏之夜、艺术舞会等社交活动,给年轻人提供交友和展现个人魅力的大好舞台,从正宗维也纳华尔兹到 Swing Dance、从 Hiphop 到 Disco,体验不同文化,在各式音乐律动中释放自我

Step6:Closing Ceremony 闭幕式

为艺术竞演和庆典表演各组别的获奖者举办颁奖典礼,颁发奖杯、奖牌及获奖证书,为每位参与者颁发证书

Festival Schedule

* The schedule below is a general schedule, a detailed schedule will be tailored to each ensemble

Morning Afternoon Evening
Day1 Arrival in Vienna, check in at hotel St Stephens Cathedral 

Welcome Ceremony

Conductor's Meeting
Day2 Explore Vienna Inner CityRing Road 

and one museum like Nuseum of fine 

arts or a famous composer house with English tour guide

Choir: Competition or Celebration at Musikverein 

Orchestra / Band / Summa Ensemble / Dance Ensemble: Concert Performance in Vienna 

or surroundings

Day3 Choir:Additional Concert Performance in Vienna or surroundings 

Orchestra / Band / Summa Ensemble / Dance Ensemble: Competition or Celebration at Musikverein

University of Music Vienna: 

Music Workshop 1

Day4 Explore 'The house of Music', the rst interactive museum of music 

in Austria with high-tech facilities

University of Music Vienna: 

Music Workshop 2

Day5 Free at leisure to relax Vienna Concert Hall: 

Group Picture

Gala Winners' Concert

Vienna Town Hall: 

Award Ceremony 

Farewell Reception

Day6 Travel from Vienna toPrague, check in at hotel in Prague
Day7 Explore the inner city of Praguethe UNESCO World Heritage Site including 

Charles Bridge and the magnicent medieval old town

Smetana Hall oChurch of Saint Simon and Jude

Concert Performance (Stage time app 10-15 mins for each ensemble)

Day8 Departure from Prague

Evaluation Criteria

The SCL Jury evaluates the ensembles according to the following criteria with maximum 40 points:

Choir

Technical criteria

intonation, choir sound, rhythm, dynamics

Musical-artistic

interpretation, style

Overall artistic impression

Overall artistic impression

Program selection

program selection, i.e. difficulty etc

Orchestra

Technical criteria

intonation, rhythm, dynamics, ensemble playing

Musical-artistic

phrasing, expressivity, spontaneity

Overall artistic impression

Overall artistic impression

Program selection

variety, contemporary piece

Band /Others

Technical criteria

intonation, rhythm, dynamics, ensemble playing

Musical-artistic criteria

phrasing, expressivity, spontaneity

Overall artistic impression

Overall artistic impression

Program selection

program selection, i.e. difficulty etc

Program Requirement

Additional Concert: The program can be freely chosen for around 25-55 minutes; Smetana Hall Concert or Church:freely chosen, 10-15 minutes; Dance Ensembles: Please contact us * All the performances can be the same program

Musikverein Program

Choir Orchestra Band Summa Ensembles
Competition 15-20 mins in total:
- 1 compulsory piece
- 1 piece by a composer of the ensemble's home country
- additional piece(s)
required in order to reach the minimum
playing time, to be freely chosen
20-25 mins in total:
- 1 compulsory piece
- 1 piece by a composer of the
ensemble's home country
- 1 piece of music in contemporary style
- additional piece(s) required in order to
reach the minimum playing time, to be
freely chosen
20-25 mins in total:
- 1 compulsory piece
- 1 piece by a composer of the
ensemble's home country
- additional piece(s) required in order to reach the minimum playing time, to be freely chosen
20-25 mins in total:
- 1 compulsory piece in a format
and instrumentation adapted to the
respective ensemble
- other pieces to be freely chosen, shall be sent to the artistic director to determine
Celebration Within a time period of max. 20 minutes the participants may present their freely chosen program on stage

Download Musikverein Program

Workshop Program

Choir Orchestra Band Summa Ensembles
Competition
- 1 compulsory piece for the competition
- 1 piece selected by the workshop lecturer (scores provided by
festival)
- 1 compulsory piece for the competition
- 1 compulsory piece for the workshop or
other piece (confirmed by the Artistic Director)
- 1 compulsory piece for the competition
- 1 piece from additional concert
program, confirmed by Artistic Director
1 compulsory piece for the competition
1 piece from additional concert program, confirmed by Artistic Director
Celebration 2 pieces selected by the workshop lecturer (scores provided by
festival)
2 compulsory pieces for the workshop or
change 1 compulsory piece to another piece (confrmed by the Artistic Director)
1 piece from Musikverein program
1 piece from additional concert program, both pieces to be confirmed by Artistic Director
1 piece from Musikverein program
1 piece from additional concert
program, both pieces to be confirmed by Artistic Director

Download Workshop Program

Award and Certificate

Competition

First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize of each sub-category

Award certificates for the prize winner ensembles of the competition

Participation certicates for every group and every participant

Diplomas for every participant for the workshops attended at the University of Music

Opportunity to perform during the Gala Winners' concert in the Vienna Concert Hall

“至高荣耀”维也纳国际青少年艺术节(中国站)参与证书

ASDAN Expressive Art 表演艺术认证
仅颁发给全勤且参与庆典演出的表演者

Qualification

Qualification

• Music ensembles that have participated in the SCL Festival China National Round in February 2022, July 2022, February 2023 and won Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize
•Schools with students who participated in the SCL Festival China National Round in February 2022, July 2022, February 2023 and won Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize, could send music ensembles to participate
•Other music ensembles that are interested please contact the organizing committee

Participation

Ensembles may choose to take part in the SCL Competition or in the SCL Celebration
Competition
:have to prepare compulsory pieces, and compete with other ensembles to win the prizes
Celebration:do not compete with other ensembles, only perform at celebration part
*Music + Dance will be celebratory, as varying ways of dancing from different times and cultures can' t be
compared in a competition.

Application

Venue

Vienna, Prague

Application Requirement

fill in application form, send it with the other application materials (biography of the ensemble and conductor, 2-3 performance videos within 4 years etc.) to the committee's email scl@seedasdan.org before the announced deadline

How to Register

Click the button "Sign up now" on the top right of the page,to complete the register and payment

Category

  • Choirs:Mixed Choirs / Female Choirs / Male Choirs / Children's Choirs (under 12 years old)
  • Orchestras:Symphony Orchestras / Chamber Orchestras with Winds / String Orchestras
  • Bands: Symphony Bands / Concert Bands / Big Bands etc.
  • Summa Ensembles: Dance Ensembles can either participate as such or in form of a "combined ensemble"
  • Dance Ensembles:

* minimum 10 pax

Schedule

From now until 15th February 2024

Registration

March 30, 2024

Registration Payment Deadline

April 15th, 2024

Scores Submit Deadline

July 5- July 12, 2024

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival

Previous Testimonials

Eine furiose Idee waren auch die Konzerte im Wiener Umland- oder noch weiter! So konnten wir auch Menschen erreichen, die nicht die Möglichkeit hatten nach Wien zu kommen. [...] Die Workshops an der Wiener Musikhochschule waren ein ganz besonderes Highlight für uns [...] Dass wir als Preisträger im Konzerthaus spielen durften, wird für uns alle immer ein hoch emotionales, unvergessliches Erlebnis bleiben! Die rauschende Party danach im Wiener Rathaus konnten wir so richtig genießen, und da war auch Gelegenheit mit den Ensembles Kontakt aufzunehmen, die nicht bei uns im Hotel gewohnt haben. Viele Fotos wurden gemacht, Visitenkarten und Adressen getauscht, man fühlte sich wie in einer großen Familie, die sich zu besonderen Anlässen trifft. [...] Das ist immer auch der Zeitpunkt Kritik anzubringen, aber ich suche und suche... und finde nichts!

Frau Ulli Büsel

Jugendkammerorchester Violinissimo (Germany)
It was an incredible night, and it was amazing to be amongst choirs and orchestras all performing at the Golden Hall because they love to play and sing. Once the prizes were announced, we enjoyed the night for what it was – young people from around the world brought together playing world-class music in a world-class hall. We congratulated each other, made friends from around the globe and proved to ourselves that anything is possible.

Jonny Robinson

Choir Member, Wesley Institute Choir, Australia
Being in Austria has been so much fun so far. I had lifetime experience musically playing in the Golden Hall and learning from world famous musicians, but the overall atmosphere has been the best part! The plazas, the massive market for classical music, and the obsessive people watching is a lot of fun. The small villages and the big city are equally interesting, and I can’t wait to see what’s coming up next!

Max

My favorite day was the 4th of July when we played in the most acoustically wonderful hall in the world, the Musikverein. It will remain in my memory forever.

Rob

Many people claim our American culture has taken over the world, placing McDonalds at every street corner in every country imaginable. While there are McDonalds in Vienna, it is uplifting to see a city, and an entire country with so much culture, history, and unique importance in the world. Vienna holds some of the last remnants of nobility, aristocracy, and most importantly, a culture based on classical performances every day of the week. Stepping outside in a city and hearing the music surrounding us is uplifting and inspiring. It is a joy to know that globalization has refused to take away the music in the world.

Danielle

Regional Consultants


Northern China

Northern China:

Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Shanxi, Hebei, Henan, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning

Ms. Zhang 13269709296


Eastern China

Eastern China:

Shanghai, Jiangsu

Ms. Wu 13166025498


Eastern China

Eastern China:

Zhengjiang

Ms. Wang 15618633087


Southern China

Southern China:

Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Fujian, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and overseas

Ms. Chen 15112530751


Western China

western China:

Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Yunnan, Guizhou, Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet

Ms. Li 18502808484


Central China

Central China:

Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Xinjiang

Ms. Xiao 1308662 9260

Q & A

What kind of ensemble format in the workshop?
Category:
- Choirs:Mixed Choirs / Female Choirs / Male Choirs / Children's Choirs (under 12 years old)
- Orchestras:Symphony Orchestras / Chamber Orchestras with Winds / String Orchestras
- Bands: Symphony Bands / Concert Bands / Big Bands etc.
- Summa Ensembles:f.e. Traditional Ensembles
What type of repertoire will the workshop rehearse?
The rehearsals for the choirs and orchestras will be arranged with reference to the compulsory repertoire, which have been announced.
Who will be the judges for the competition and the lecturers for the workshops?
The judges for the competition and the lecturers for the workshops have been announced, please check the official website for the information posted.
Can I apply for a refund after I have enrolled?

1. Withdrawal 60 days before the start of the project, subject to a deduction of 40% of the project fee.

2. Launching less than 60 days to more than 30 days before the start of the project is subject to an 80% deduction of the project fee.

3. Launching less than 30 days prior to the start of the program, then all program fees are non-refundable.

4. If the visa service fee has been added and the visa is refused for reasons other than personal reasons (e.g. falsification of documents, deliberate concealment, etc.), the full program fee will be refunded, excluding the visa service fee (RMB 2000). Please understand.

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