1st International Choral Conducting Competition of Preveza

4-6 July 2022 at Preveza

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the Preveza Choral Festival is organizing the biennial International Competition of Choral Conductors. Which will take place during the 4th-5th July 2022. In a wonderful atmosphere and ambience, ten selected conductors will showcase their skills of working with top Greek choirs Children’s Choir ‘’Armonia’’ Preveza, Voci Contra Tempo and Ambitus Choir. The competition will take place at Cultural Centre of Holy Metropolis and be judged by a jury of seven internationally renowned conductors.


1. Participation

The competition is open for choral conductors born after July 1987.

Competition is organized in three rounds:

– Children Choir (1st Round),
– Female Choir (2nd Round),
– Mixed Choir (3rd Round-Finale).

Official language of the competition is English.

Competition is open to a public audience (except the afternoon rehearsal with the choir for the final concert). Competitors can not attend the round in the hall if competing.

2. Application materials

Deadline for application: May 6th, 2022.

Required documents:

By email prevezachoralfestival@gmail.com

– CV (biography)
– An interesting picture in high resolution

By post or WeTransfer to prevezachoralfestival@gmail.com
– A DVD of a concert and a rehearsal – the choir conducted by the competitor.
The conductor has to be clearly seen, not only from far away.
The recording should be at least 15 minutes long. Recording day may not be prior to July 4th, 2020.

– Recommendation letter of a conducting professor or a reputable choral expert or the national choral organization in your country

Jury and Marks

1. Members of the jury and work of the jury

The jury will consist of 7 esteemed members, choral music experts from Greece and from abroad.

President of the jury:
Gary Graden (USA, Sweden)

Members of the jury:
Vytautas Miškinis (Lithuania)
Theodora Pavlovitch (Bulgaria)
Javier Busto (Spain)
Ambrož Čopi (Slovenia)
Rosie Mastrosavva (Greece)
Aggeliki Ploka (Greece)

Every member of the jury will score the choir with a numerical estimate up to 100 points in each Round. Taken into account when evaluating: the manual technique of the conductor, concept of the rehearsal with the choir, interpretation, contact with the choir.

The performance in the finals will consist of the evaluation of the jury and the choir.

Namely in the ratio of the jury 80%, the choir 20%.

2.The declarations of the results

The names of the participants will be announced two hours after the end of each round. The results of the competition will be publicly announced after the final concert of the competition. The decisions of the jury are final. Appeals are not possible. Each conductor will also receive a written opinion of the performance from each member of the jury.

Special offer (50% off for active participants of Choral Conductors Competition of Preveza).

The 5th Seminar / Masterclass 4th-6th of July 2022 will also take place during the Choral Conductors Competition, where participants will be able to meet composers (Javier Busto, Ambrož Čopi, Vytautas Miškinis, Salvo Gangi, Giuseppe de Rosa) and upgrade their interpretations with members of the international jury.

International Choral Conductors Competition

Monday July 4th, 2022

9:00 a.m. Arrival, registration.
10:00 a.m. Draw of order.
10:30 a.m. I. Elimination round (Children’s Choir ‘’Armonia’’ Preveza).
2:30 p.m. Announcement of competitors for Semi-finals. Draw of order and compositions for Semi-finals.
6:00 p.m. II. Semi-finals (Female Choir Voci Contra Tempo).
9:00 p.m. Announcement of competitors for finals. Draw of order and compositions for finals.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

3:00 p.m. III. Finals / part 1 – Rehearsal with Ambitus Choir.
8:30 p.m. III. Finals / part 2 – PUBLIC CONCERT (Ambitus Choir).

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022


*The organizer holds the right to make changes in the schedule according to the number of participants in each category. The other participants will be informed of any changes in time.

Awards and Plaquettes, Diplomas

All the participants will receive a diploma of participation. Special diplomas for participation in Semi-finals and Finals will be also given.


Category – A/Choral Conductors
1. Place 1.000,00€, the festival medal and diploma
2. Place 700,00€, the festival medal and diploma
3. Place 500,00€, the festival medal and diploma

In case there is a number of conductors that achieve the same number of points, the monetary prize will be equally distributed among them.

Special Awards:

The jury can award:
– Special Award for the most inspiring conductor,
– Special Award for well-thought-out pedagogic approachwith the choir (1st and 2nd Round),
– Special Award to themost perspective young conductor (born after July 1997) of the competition,
– Special Award the best performance of obligatory composition (Finals),
– Special Award to the best Greek conductor.

By prepositions of the jury, additional prizes may be awarded.

The award of the choir
for the most charismatic choral conductor at the Final concert of the 1st International Choral Conductors Competition of Preveza 2022, chosen by the Ambitus Choir (practical prize).

More information at www.armoniachoir.gr