Naša pesem Choir Competition


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Naša pesem
Partizanska 5, SI-2000 Maribor
Phone386 (0) 2 234 2117
Fax386 (0) 2 234 2112
Organised byMusic Programme, Public Fund for Cultural Activities
 Maribor Branch
Frequencybiennial (2020 postponed due to COVID-19 situation)
Festival dates23.4.2016 – 24.4.2016
20.4.2018 – 22.4.2018
Mihela Jagodic, Independent Adviser for Vocal Music
Phone386 (0) 1 241 0525
Fax386 (0) 1 241 0536

Launched in 1989 by the Maribor branch office of the Public Fund for Cultural Activities, the Naša pesem ("Our song") Choir Competition is a national event held first annually with the support of the Municipality of Maribor. In 1992 the organisers extended the competition to the international level. The competition was then upgraded with the International Choral Competition Gallus, with which it alternates every two years.

Course of competition

Following an opening concert, each year around 20 choirs compete for gold, silver, and bronze plaques and diplomas at four competition concerts, which usually culminate in a final concert by the best choirs. After each concert, a so called CEZURA! Time for choral talk is organised. It is usually led by recognised conductors and the conversation usually covers choral trends, preparations for the competition, international competitions, concert programmes, and so on. There are 5 jury members each year, 3 of them are Slovene.

Obligatory programme

The obligatory programme for participants mustn't be longer than 16 minutes and has to include two original Slovene choral compositions, a motet, and a piece of choice. One of the pieces can be performed with instrumental accompaniment, solos are allowed in reasonable lengths.

Since 2004 the competition has been followed by a programme entitled 'A Totally Different Song', which features innovative approaches to singing.

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