SCL2021 HG 2021:  15th SCL Festival - Anniversary



We are proud to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our festival and would be happy if you join us in this special festival edition. Throughout its 15 years of existence the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival’s core mission has always been to build bridges between young musicians from all over the world and we are quite confident that we have succeeded. 
As of now (end of 2019) 347 ensembles from 45 countries have participated over the years and have brought joy and music to Vienna’s foremost and famous stages.

While the festival has grown up so have some of our previous participants who – in some cases – even returned as a conductor. But before we start singing our own praises here are some statements from former participants:

  • "It was my first time participating in it and my choir and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. For me, it had been the best festival I have ever attended. ... Another kudos to your organisation was the fact that even though we were a children’s choir, we were treated with equal dignity and respect."

    Ms Bee Na Lim (Conductor / The St Margaret’s Primary School Choir, Singapore)

  • "The concert yesterday was amazing! We were able to see the festival winners and it was really great! The atmosphere was splendid and also the artistic features. Your festival is really high-level, the organization and also the artistic part."

    Janka Rychlá (Conductor / Pressburg Singers, Slovakia)

  • "I have been a professional musician for 30 years, and I finally know how to play a Viennese Waltz! Thank you Summa Cum Laude Festival!"

    Diana Anderson (Musical Director)

  • "I wanted to thank you for an incredible experience that our choir had in Vienna! It is hard to express the joy, excitement, sense of accomplishment and pride our children felt after we left Vienna."

    Rita McLeod (Saskatoon Children's Choir, Canada)

  • “It was an incredible night, and it was amazing to be amongst choirs and orchestras all performing at the Golden Hall because they love to play and sing."

    Jonny Robinson (Choir Member / Wesley Institute Choir, Australia)

  • "My favorite day was the 4th of July when we played in the most acoustically wonderful hall in the world, the Musikverein. It will remain in my memory forever."

    Rob (Excerpt of the Blog of the Toledo International Youth Orchestra, USA)

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SCL 2021

The festival will take place: 2021, July 2nd - 7th

 

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Besides being marking Beethoven's 250th anniversary of birth in 2020 we also commemorate Stravinsky's 50th anniversary of death in 2021. You will see both events reflected in the list of compulsory pieces.

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And Action please!

From 2021 onwards we are including Film Music as a part of the artistic program of the SCL Festival both at the Competition and the Celebration. Film Music related works will be included in a number of categories of the festival. The idea is to highlight the importance of the performance of Film Music by underlining its qualities as an integrated genre of Art Music.

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As we would like to encourage film music within the Festival we compiled an "inspirational list"- just a few suggestions. Check them out!

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Early Bird discount registration for the SCL Festival 2021 will end October 31, 2020

More information about the application
Plan your experience of a lifetime - the SCL Festival team is looking forward to welcoming you!

 

Compulsory pieces 2021

CHOIRS:


Mixed Choir:

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971):   Ave Maria (02:00)
www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Stravinsky-Igor-Ave-Maria-SATB/933731

Eric Whitacre (*1970):   Oculi Omnium (02:45)
www.musicroom.com/de-de/product/musch79046/eric-whitacre-oculi-omnium-satb.aspx

Fanny Hensel (1805 - 1847):   From “Gartenlieder” (op. 3): 5. Abendlich schon rauscht der Wald (01:45)
www.doblinger.at/de/Artikel/Gartenlieder-op-3.htm/

 

Treble Choir:

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959):   Missa São Sebastião, Kyrie (03:30)
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/missa-so-sebastio-digital-sheet-music/20466156?narrow_by=sao+sebastiao

Jude B. Roldan:   O Sanctissima (03:15)
www.halleonard.com/product/140717/o-sanctissima

 

Male Choir:

Ola Gjeilo (*1978):   Ubi Caritas (03:00)
www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Gjeilo-Ola-Ubi-Caritas/2152684

Rosephanye Powell (1962):   Non Nobis Domine (03:00)
 www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Powell-Rosephanye-Non-Nobis-Domine-TTBB-choir/2272963

 

Children’s Choir (up to the age of 12):

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764):   Hymne à La Nuit (02:30)
(arr. by Laurent de Rillé, as used in the movie “Les Choristes”)
www.stretta-music.com/rameau-rille-hymne-a-la-nuit-nr-461456.html

Paulina Isomäki (*1964):   From “Missa Sanctae Catharinae”:
1. Kyrie, 2. Gloria, 4. Agnus Dei
(03:30)

sulasol.fi/en/nuottikauppa/missa-sanctae-catharinae/

 

ORCHESTRAS:


Symphony Orchestra:

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971):   Symphony no. 1 in E flat, op.1, 2nd movement (Scherzo) (05:50)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.kalmus.com/product_detail.php?id=39118

 

Chamber Orchestra with Winds:

W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791):   Symphony no. 40 in G minor (KV 550), 1st mov. (07:00)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.breitkopf.com/work/9280/symphonie-nr-40-g-moll-kv-550

 

String Orchestra:

W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791):   Serenade No. 13 in G major, KV 525 (“Eine kleine Nachtmusik”), 1. Allegro (05:30)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.breitkopf.com/work/4550/eine-kleine-nachtmusik-g-dur-kv-525

 

 

BANDS:

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971):   From the Firebird Suite: Berceuse & Finale (arr. by Robert Longfield) (06:30)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/firebird-suite-sheet-music/3438075

 

 

SUMMA ENSEMBLES:

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971):   Pulcinella-Suite: 1. Sinfonia (Ouverture) & 2. Serenata (06:00)
Summa Ensembles will perform the compulsory piece in a format and instrumentation adapted to the respective performing ensemble, while staying as faithful to the original composition as possible needs.
A full score can be found here: www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Stravinsky-Igor-Ballet-Music/606713

 

 

Choir - Workshop Pieces 2021:

All choirs taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their compulsory piece(s) for the first workshop. For the second workshop, the workshop lecturer may choose a piece from your additional program or another piece suitable for your respective category.

For all choirs taking part in the Celebration: The workshop lecturer may choose a piece from your additional program or another piece suitable for your respective category.

 

 

Orchestra - Workshop Pieces 2021:

All orchestras taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their respective compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, please select one piece from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director first.

All orchestras taking part in the Celebration are invited to prepare two pieces from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director first.

 


Symphony Orchestra:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93, IV. Allegro vivace
Hector Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from Egmont, Coriolan or Fidelio Overture
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, 3rd movement, Scherzo Molto Vivace
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 3 in a minor Op. 56 (“Scottish”), 2nd movement, Vivace non troppo
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances No. 3 and 8

Chamber Orchestra:
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major I. Adagio – Allegro or IV. Finale: Spiritoso
Franz Schubert: One movement from Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (D 485)
Joseph Haydn: One movement from Symphony No. 43 in E flat major Hob.I: 43 (“Mercury”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Symphony Nr. 29 in A major, KV 201
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances

String Orchestra:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sinfonia No. 4 in C minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Divertimento KV 136 or KV 137 or 138
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Josef Suk: One movement from Serenade for Strings in E flat-major Op. 6
Edvard Grieg: One movement from Holberg Suite
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances
Johann Sebastian Bach: 3. Brandenburgisches Konzert, 1st movement
Georg Friedrich Händel: One movement from Concerto grosso Op. 6 / No. 5 in D major

 

 

Band - Workshop Pieces 2021:

 

All Bands taking part in the Competition shall prepare the compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, you may choose a piece from your additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All Bands taking part in the Celebration may choose one piece from their Musikverein program and one piece from their additional concert program. These pieces need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 

Summa Ensemble - Workshop Pieces 2021:

 

All Summa Ensembles taking part in the Competition shall prepare the compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, you may choose a piece from your additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All Summa Ensembles taking part in the Celebration may choose one piece from their Musikverein program and one piece from their additional concert program. These pieces need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 

 

Inspiration: Film Music

As the festival wants to encourage ensembles to include film music into their repertoire, we have compiled a list of suggestions. The following pieces are not compulsory and celebration groups are also welcome to draw inspiration from the list!

Mixed Choir: From "Home Alone":
Mykola Leontovich (1877 - 1921) - Carol of the Bells
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/carol-of-the-bells-sheet-music/3555974
(This piece can be sung in numerous different languages, the ensembles are free to choose)
Treble Choir / Children’s Choir: From "Les Choristes":
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) - Hymne à La Nuit
www.stretta-music.com/rameau-rille-hymne-a-la-nuit-nr-461456.html

From "Som i Himlen" (As it is in heaven):
Stefan Nilsson (*1955) - Gabriellas Sång (with piano)
www.stretta-music.com/en/nilsson-baeckman-wallenaes-gabriellas-saang-nr-447115.html
Male Choir: From "Som i Himlen" (As it is in heaven):
Stefan Nilsson (*1955) - Gabriellas Sång (with piano)
www.stretta-music.com/en/baeckman-nilsson-caplin-gabriellas-saang-nr-498423.html
Symphony Orchestra: From "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade":
John Williams (*1932): Scherzo For Motorcylce and Orchestra
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/scherzo-for-motorcycle-and-orchestra-from-indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-sheet-music/20109754

 

Inspiration: Music by Astor Piazzolla

In 2021 we are celebration the 100th anniversary of birth of the famous Argentine tango composer & bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla. As the festival wants to encourage ensembles to include his music into their repertoire, we have a few suggestions for wonderful pieces in some of the categories.

Mixed Choir: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Oblivion (arr. for Choir by Oscar Escalada)
www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-escalada-oblivion-nr-498433.html
Treble Choir / Children’s Choir: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Libertango (arr. for Choir by Oscar Escalada)
www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-escalada-libertango-nr-484926.html
Symphony Orchestra: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Oblivion (arr. for Symphony Orchestra by Eduardo Marturet)
Score: www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-oblivion-nr-158054.html
(Parts at tonosmusic.com/en/home/ on request.)
String Orchestra: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Introducion Al Angel
Score: www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/introduccion-al-angel-sheet-music/18139022
Parts: www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/introduccion-al-angel-sheet-music/18547993>
Bands: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Contemplación y danza (arr. for Symphonic Band & Solo Clarinet by Néstor Alderete)
Score and parts are available from the arranger on request. Please contact the Festival team if you’re interested in playing the piece (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzDA6ecsKhk).

 

 

 

  • SCL Festival Venues - Konzerthaus

    The opening ceremony held in the Konzerthaus
  • SCL Festival Venues - Musikverein

    The Competition and the Celebration held in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein (and/or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus). Music lovers throughout the world know...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Golden Hall of the Musikverein

    ...the Musikverein as the center of Viennese musical culture, as the focus of the international concert circuit and as the Eldorado of classical music.

    www.musikverein.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - Konzerthaus

    The Gala Winner’s concert, held in the sold out Konzerthaus. In the heart of the Konzerthaus (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’ flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Great Hall of the Konzerthaus

    ...Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity.

    www.konzerthaus.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - University of Music in Vienna

    Workshops and seminars held in the University of Music in Vienna, one of the largest arts universities in the world.
  • SCL Festival Venues - Rathaus / Vienna City Hall

    Closing ceremony held in the magnificent Festival Hall of Vienna City Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Vienna.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/from-l-to-r/city-hall

 

+ Festival program



Festival Day 1: Friday
Afternoon Opening Ceremony (St. Stephen's Cathedral / Musikverein or Wiener Konzerthaus) for all participants
Conductor’s Kick-Off Meeting (all conductors)


Festival Day 2: Saturday
All day Competition and Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 3: Sunday
All day Competition and Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Workshops at the University of Music in Vienna for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 4: Monday
All day Workshops at the University of Music in Vienna for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
Visit to the Haus der Musik*, an interactive sound museum
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 5: Tuesday
Morning Individual city exploration of Vienna*
Lecture, preparation for Gala Winners’ Concert and group photo at the Wiener Konzerthaus (all groups)
17:00 Evening Gala Winners' Concert (winners of the Competition on stage, all other participants in the audience) at the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus
20:30 Award ceremony, farewell reception (all participants)


Festival Day 6: Wednesday
Departure from Vienna, further European concert tour where applicable


* details as per individual group itinerary


- Program subject to change -