International Choir Competition, Grand Prix and Festival

International Choir Competition, Grand Prix and Festival

San Juan, Argentina

June 17 - 20, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE: San Juan Canta has scheduled its next edition for June 2021. However, we clarify to those interested that it can only be done if the general and sanitary conditions post COVID-19 allow us to guarantee the health of all those involved in the possible programming : Jurors, participating choirs, organizers and public.


The International Choir Festival SAN JUAN CANTA will take place in San Juan, Argentina, between June 17 - 20, 2021.

Its main headquarters will be Auditorio Juan Victoria, located at Avenida 25 de Mayo 1215 oeste (San Juan)

It is a non-competitive festival, for mixed, female, male and/or chamber choirs. Children and youth choirs are also welcome. A concert circuit in Auditorio Juan Victoria and other concert halls, museums and other cultural spaces of the province will be organized.

A concert circuit will be prepared in the Juan Victoria Auditorium and in various concert halls, museums and other spaces in the city and the surrounding departments.

The Artistic Committee will select the choirs that will participate in the Festival based on the documentation and demos received.

The choirs will participate in three concerts:

a) Two Choral Fraternity concerts, in a hall to be assigned, with a maximum duration of 35 minutes;
b) in Auditorio Juan Victoria, with a maximum duration of 15 minutes of stage time (from the beginning of the first piece until the end of the last one - not just the singing time)

The Jury can invite a choir of the Festival to participate in the final Grand Gala Concert on Sunday, June 20, 2021.


To apply, you must complete the application form in all its fields.

Registration deadline: March 25th, 2021.

Note: the organization does not provide instruments for concerts, except those of Auditorio Juan Victoria (piano and organ).

The material sent will not be returned.

All the applicants must wait for their admission notification from the Artistic Committee.


The repertoire to be performed in the Festival’s concerts will be chosen freely by each choir.

The repertoire proposal may be modified until April 25, 2021. No program changes are allowed after said date. Dances are not allowed on the stage of Auditorio Juan Victoria, nor amplification or encores.

The use of traditional instruments is admitted. The use of traditional or folkloric clothing is also welcome.

The organization does not provide instruments nor have any responsibility towards its transportation and care.

Mandatory work out of competition:

All choirs SAN JUAN SING (in Festival, Competition and Grand Prix) must necessarily participate in the closing concert performing "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It must be studied in advance, it will be previously rehearsed and it will be interpreted as a closing work of SAN JUAN CANTA conducted by a prestigious guest professional.

Any doubt about these requirements will be answered by the previous consultation with the President of the Artistic Committee Prof. María Elina Mayorga ([email protected]) or will be resolved by the Jury. The decision will be final.


Choirs will be notified of the selection results by April 1, 2021.

The complete list of participating choirs will be informed via e-mail and spread out publicly in the press and internet.

A merit order of the applicants will be established so in case of cancellation of any of the selected choirs another one is called to fill that vacancy.


Selected choirs for the Festival must ratify their participation until April 20, 2021 through a reliable communication sending a participation commitment letter to the Artistic Committee ([email protected]) and a copy of the bank deposit of the definitive application fee.

The selected choirs must send until May 10, 2021 a representative video of the choir in high resolution of no more than one minute, which will be used to promote the event.


The application fee consists of a total of 65 USD per person excluding the conductor. That includes:

  • Welcoming cocktail.
  • Welcoming dinner for the conductor and one guest with the Organizing Committee, the Jury members and the guest professors in a special location.
  • Credentials.
  • Informative schedule.
  • Touristic brochures.
  • Bilingual assistance (English / Spanish) for the participant choirs.
  • Concert at Auditorio Juan Victoria, one of the the most famous concert halls in South America, distinguished by its perfect acoustics.
  • Grand piano Steinway & Sons y J. W. Walker organ at your disposal at Auditorio Juan Victoria.
  • Free access to all concerts.
  • Jury and invited professionals of recognized international prestige.
  • Closing concert, under the baton of a prestigious conductor of international renown.
  • Participation certificates.
  • Participation trophy elaborated by a local artist.
  • Courtesy gifts for the conductors.
  • Farewell cocktail.
  • Audiovisual coverage broadcasted on the YouTube channel of San Juan Canta.

Payment dates:

One payment: 100% of the application fee, or
First payment: 25 USD (US Dollars) | April 20, 2021
Second payment: 25 USD (US Dollars) | May 10, 2021
Third payment: 15 USD (US Dollars) | June 5, 2021

The banking information will be provided after the confirmation of participation. We expressly emphasize the fact that participation is only possible if payments have been made in full and on time. Late payments can affect the benefits of your participation.

No refunds will be made for any reason.


Completely on each choir's own expense, from and to their original city and during their stay in San Juan.

For organizational and logistical reasons, the choirs must make their hotel reservations through the official agency of San Juan Canta, Turismo Vittorio. The agency will offer hotel alternatives in single, double, triple, multiple rooms in categories of 2, 3, 4 and 5 stars at your choice according to your possibilities.

To know the prices and arrange your hotel accommodation, please contact Turismo Vittorio. Payments for accommodation must be made directly with the official agency.


1) Compulsory activities:

a) Accreditations: Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 11:00 to 12:00 am at Club Sirio Libanés.
b) Welcoming cocktail: a brief performance of each choir on Thursday, June 17, at 12:00 am.
c) Choral Fraternity concerts (two in total) in schools, museums and other locations.
d) Gala Concert at Auditorio Juan Victoria on Thursday, June 17, at 8:30 pm.
e) Rehearsals of the mandatory work.
f) Closing Ceremony by all choirs and Grand Gala Concert (performance of the winning choirs at Auditorio Juan Victoria) and Closing joint performance of the mandatory work: Sunday, June 20, 2021.

2) Optional activities:

Conferences and workshops open to conductors, singers and other musicians who wish to participate individually. These activities are optional for the participants, so they will have to complete the corresponding application form.

Concert tours:

Choral contacts in other provinces and neighboring countries are offered to choirs who wish to additionally perform other concerts before and / or after the Competition, thanks to the members of the South American Choral Path.

GENERAL SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Thursday, June 17:

Arrival of the delegations.
Morning and afternoon: Choral fraternity concerts.
From 11:00 to 12:00 am: Accreditations at Club Sirio Libanés.
12:00 am: Welcoming cocktail at Club Sirio Libanés.
Soundcheck (to be confirmed)
8:30 pm: Festival Gala Concert at Auditorio Juan Victoria.

Friday, June 18:

Morning and afternoon: Choral fraternity concerts
Soundcheck (to be confirmed)
8:30 pm: Competition - Category Choral Universal Repertoire, at Auditorio Juan Victoria. Open to the public.

Saturday, June 20:

Morning and afternoon: Workshops and conferences.
Morning and afternoon: Choral fraternity concerts.
Soundcheck (to be confirmed)
11:00 am: Competition - Category Popular, Folk and/or Traditional Music at Auditorio Juan Victoria. Open to the public.
Rehearsal of the mandatory work (to be confirmed)
6:00 pm: notification of the winning choirs of the Competition (both categories)
Soundcheck (to be confirmed)
9:00 pm: Grand Prix performances at Auditorio Juan Victoria. Open to the public.

Sunday, June 20:

Morning and afternoon: Workshops and conferences.
Morning and afternoon: Choral fraternity concerts.
Soundcheck (to be confirmed)
4:00 pm: Rehearsal of the mandatory work.
5:00 pm: notification of the winning choirs of the Grand Prix.
9:00 pm: Closing Ceremony and Grand Gala Concert of the Winners at the Auditorio Juan Victoria. Closing joint performance of the mandatory work conducted by a prestigious guest conductor.
Farewell cocktail.

Monday, June 21:

Free morning and afternoon: optional touristic and recreational activities.
Departure of the choirs and special guests.


The choirs commit to respect this Basis and Conditions and to accomplish all of the programmed activities, not being allowed to perform any other concerts in San Juan other than those that take part in the Festival.

It is compulsory to respect punctuality and attendance to all of the Festival’s activities, as well as the obligatory deference towards performance duration.

In case that a visa or other entry paperwork is needed, each choir will be responsible for those.

The organization will help the applicants by sending an official invitation letter to anyone who requires it.

There will be no reimbursements under any circumstances after the definitive application.

The organization may modify the activities and schedule for reasons of force majeure.

When applying, all the choirs and artists involved yield absolutely and freely to the organizers all legal rights to photograph and record all performances; as well as to produce CD and/or DVD, publish and/or broadcast through any means their performances, among other aims.

The organizers take no responsibility for any kind of accident, disease, loss of luggage or other traveling risks that could occur during SAN JUAN CANTA, International Choir Festival and Competition. We suggest taking all precautions through travel insurance that foresees any medical and/or legal situation before your arrival in San Juan.

Any interpretation concern will be resolved on the official drafting in Spanish.

Any situation not considered in this Basis and Conditions will be resolved unilaterally by the Organizing Committee and its decision will be final and unappealable.

SAN JUAN CANTA meets the quality standards established by IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) and CFN (Choral Festival Network) for International Choir Festivals and Competitions.

Registrations are open

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