Competition rules


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  1. Mundi Cantant” competition is open only to amateur choirs.
  2. Competition categories participation: Choirs can compete in an unlimited number of categories.
  3. Age limit and number of singers: Organisers require that a list of singers with their full name and date of birth is submitted in advance for choirs competing in categories limited by age.
  4. Instrumental accompaniment: In all competition categories at least one full composition must be performed “a capella”.
  5. Competition compositions: A list of competition pieces containing full names of composers, titles of pieces, cycles and durations must be submitted no later than the day of the application deadline. 5 hard copies of music scores must be sent by post as well as an electronic copy via email. The programme must be performed in the order stated on the list of competition pieces and as it is printed in the festival brochure.
  6. Competition compositions: If a choir competes in more than one category, a different repertoire must be prepared for each category. Each composition can be performed only once.
  7. Competition compositions: Transpositions or other unauthorised adjustments to the music must be indicated in the submitted score and organisers must be informed about this in advance.
  8. Competition compositions: Copies of scores are not given back, they will be stored in the festival archive.
  9. Sound amplification, sound engineering and piano accompaniment: Performances in all categories will be carried out without microphones or other amplification devices. An acoustic or electric piano will be available to give a starting note or accompaniment.
  10. Acoustic rehearsal at competition venue: The maximum time provided for an acoustic rehearsal of a choir at the competition venue is 10 minutes (including entering/leaving the stage). The rehearsal time is stated by the organisers. The rehearsal time is fixed and must be respected. If the time limit is exceeded, the rehearsal will be terminated by the organisers. If the given date or time of the rehearsal is not respected, no other rehearsal time will be arranged. Given the limited capacity of the competition venues, acoustic rehearsals will usually (but not exclusively) take place between 7:30 am and 10:00 pm one day before the competition performance of a given choir.
  11. Competition venue: Each choir must register with an authorised stage manager of a competition venue immediately after entering the venue. The stage manager will assign each choir their dressing room and a warm-up room. The maximum time in the warm-up room is 10 minutes. The minimum time for occupancy of the dressing room is 20 minutes, maximum will be limited by capacity and current utilisation of the dressing rooms. All participants are obliged to respect the time schedules at the competition venue and follow instructions of the organisers.
  12. Competition jury: Performances are judged by an international jury headed by the chairman of the jury. The decision of the jury is final.
  13. Evaluation system: Each judge has a maximum of 30 points at their disposal which are awarded according to the evaluation criteria. The final score is calculated as an average of the total number of points awarded by the jury. Based on the final score, choirs and ensembles receive an award in a corresponding award level . The golden and silver awards (medal) have ten levels (I – the lowest level; X – the highest level), and the bronze award has 8 levels (III – the lowest; X the highest). The awards are not limited in number.


Honourable mention I – II (1.00 – 2.99 points)
Bronze medal III – X (3.00 – 10.99 points)
Silver medal I – X (11.00 – 20.99 points)
Gold medal I – X (21.00 – 30.00 points)


  1. Evaluation documentation: After the announcement of results, choirmasters and conductors will have the opportunity to meet the jury that will give them feedback on their performance. The evaluation sheets of judges with comments will be available in electronic form after the festival.