Choir Festivals & Choir Competitions

Choral Trips

11th World Peace Choral Festival Vienna 2020

International Choir Festival and Competition for children`s and youth choirs

from 15 to 20 July 2020

foto: Uniart Media, Vienna

fotos/logo: Uniart Media, Vienna

Founded in 2008 the World Peace Choral Festival wants to promote music as an instrument for world peace. Gerald Wirth, Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys’ Choir also serves as Artistic Director of the World Peace Choral Festival. Under the motto “Coming together to sing, singing for a better future”, the World Peace Choral Festival aims at providing a platform for children and young people of different countries to perform, to communicate and to create a better intercultural understanding. The festival follows the idea of supporting intercultural dialogue and cultural exchange between the different nations while music is regarded as a universal language which has the power to overcome cultural boundaries and to unify people.

Highlights of the festival are the opening ceremony at the St. Stephan´s Cathedral, choir performances at the United Nations Headquarters and the gala concert in the Concert Hall of the famous Vienna Musikverein.

The repertoire of the participating choirs covers classical and folk’s music, sacred music and contemporary music as well. The choirs choose between two categories they can participate in: the “competition category” and the “celebration category” (non-competitive category).

Choirs who choose the celebration category will participate in master classes conducted by renowned music professors, conductors and experts on choral music. Choirs who decide in favor of competition category will be judged by a jury, consisting of internationally renowned music experts. The common events are open to all choirs participating in the World Peace Choral Festival and mainly consist of concerts and performances at some of Vienna’s finest churches, famous concert halls, cultural and social institutions, but also of a BBQ party at a Viennese restaurant.

Be inspired by the spirit of the World Peace Choral Festival and enjoy an unforgettable stay in Vienna with your young singers.


Our proposed program for your choir tour

Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Arrive in Vienna

Attending choirs arrive in Vienna and meet their local assistant at the booked accommodation.
In the evening group dinner at your accommondation.

Thursday, 16 July 2020
Opening Ceremony of the Choir Festival and "Voices of Peace" Concerts

Breakfast at your accommodation.

In the afternoon the opening ceremony at St. Stephan´s Cathedral takes place. (All choirs are welcome to attend the opening ceremony as audience)
In the evening “Voices for Peace”- concerts
In some of Vienna’s finest churches or famous concert halls, the choirs are invited to perform  one concert of this category (Duration 15 min. per choir).

Friday, 17 July 2020
Concert of Peace at the Headquarter of the UN and "Music without Borders" Concerts

Breakfast at your accommodation.

At the invitation of the United Nations in Vienna, all attending choirs will have the chance to perform in front of the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna (VIC) for diplomats and international guests. Each choir is requested and invited to sing one traditional song from their country by way of presentation (one song, duration max. 4 min.).

“Music without Borders” (part 1)
Concerts in cultural and social institutions in the afternoon

Saturday, 18 July 2020
Workshops at the at the University of Music and Performing Arts and Competition Concerts, Barbecue Party

Breakfast at your accommodation.

Master classes at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
From morning until afternoon: For the choirs participating in the celebration category (the non-competitive category), workshops will be organized at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Mr. Gerald Wirth, the artistic director of the Vienna Boys Choir and the artistic director of the festival, and his colleagues will coach the choirs with different themes and techniques. Each choir will attend an individual workshop of approx. 2 hours.
Choir Competition in the MuTh concert hall of the Vienna Boys Choir
From morning until afternoon: The choirs attending the choir competition have the opportunity to rehearse. Following the choirs will perform in front of the jury, consisting of renowned choir directors and experts. After their competitive performance, each choir will attend a short workshop and receive a feedback by the jury.

Following the competition in the afternoon, the prize award concert will take place in the MuTh. All attending choir in the category competition will receive different awards (Gold, Silver, Bronze etc.) and perform at the concert.

“Music without Borders” - Concerts in cultural and social institutions (part 2)
In the afternoon the choirs are invited to perform one concert in the “Music without Borders” category.

Barbecue party
In the evening a barbecue party will take place where all participants of the festival can sing, dance and celebrate together aside from enjoying food and drinks. An Austrian folk music group will accompany the event through the evening.

Sunday, 19 July 2020
Closing Ceremony of the Choir Festival with Gala Concert in the Concert Hall of the Vienna Musikverein

Breakfast at your accommodation

The rehearsals and gala concert will take place in the famous "Golden Hall" of the Vienna Musikverein the whole day. The attending choirs have the opportunity to watch the rehearsal and the performance of the famous Vienna Boys Choir. The gala concert will be one of the highlights of this youth festival that all choir members will remember for a long time (Duration: 6 minutes / 2 songs per choir). Following distribution of certificates to all attending choirs. All participating choirs will join together and sing one of the group songs.

Donation sales to the UNICEF

Choirs participating in the festival may join the initiative and sell their choir souvenirs and merchandising articles in the lobby of the Vienna Concert Hall during the rehearsal and Gala Concert. This way the choirs may promote their music and donate to children in need. The sales income will be donated to UNICEF. UNICEF Austria welcomes the goodwill acts of the choirs and will issue a certificate to each donating choir.

Monday, 20 July 2020 Depart Vienna

After Breakfast depart Vienna 

The program is subject to change!

Included services for your choral trip

  • 5 nights including breakfast in the requested hotel / youth hostel accommodation
  • Dinner on the arrival day
  • Participation in the choir festival or choir competition according to the program including all fees (opening ceremony, performances in the "Voices of Peace" and "Music without Borders"- category, concert at the United Nations Headquarters, gala concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein)
  • Participation in master classes for choirs attending the festival category
  • Barbecue party
  • Participation certificates for all attending choirs of the festival
  • Awards and cups for the participants of the competition category
  • English-speaking local escort during the festival stay
  • 1 free place in a more-bedded room based on a minimum of 30 participants


The arrival and departure is to be carried out independently.
Depending on your travel arrangements we can gladly assist you with booking ground transportation (local Austrian coach) to/from the airport Vienna and for all local festival transfers.

Request an individual offer for this trip