The Contest 2017
  Festival of Sacred Music CREDO
    I International Choral Art Contest Festival
   November 24-27, 2017. Tallinn
  Dear friends, Festival of Sacred Music CREDO with the support of Cornelius, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia, the Ministry of Culture of Estonia, and the European Association of Festivals holds the International Festival of Choirs and Vocal Ensembles Christmas Star on November 24 to 27, 2017.
The festival and contest are held in order to promote the art of choral singing, introduce the Estonian public to the works and performing skills of choirs from different countries of the world, and develop creative relations between Estonian choral groups and ensembles of other countries, expand the repertoire of choirs, create new creative contacts, share experience.
  • Joint performances by ensembles and choirs of different genres and styles, performing music of different historical periods in different languages;
  • Establishment of a creative environment for professional communication of participants of the festival, exchange of experience and repertoire;
  • Joint performances of professional and amateur choral groups from different countries of the world;
  • Creation of a communication environment for participants of the festival and the audience to develop further contacts in the field of choral singing;
  • Discovering new names and talents in the field of choral singing;
  • Involvement of music producers and managers in order to arrange further tours and concerts for participants of the festival;
  • Holding a number of concerts in cathedrals and churches of Tallinn and its suburbs to attract the general public to choral music.
  • Choirs and ensembles from different countries of the world, mixed, mens, womens or childrens (the number is unlimited).
  • Vocal ensembles of 3 persons.
  • Both professional and amateur groups participate.
  • Ensembles of different age groups participate (there are no restrictions).
  • Estonia Concert Hall.
  • Estonian Choral Society.
  • Tallinn Department of Culture.
  • Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.
  • Integration Fund.

November 24,          Arrival of participants of the festival to Tallinn. Check in.
     Friday                   19:00  Opening Ceremony of the contest festival, gala concert of participants.

  August 25,            14:00 Christmas Star CONTEST    
  Saturday               (terms and conditions of participation see below)
                               CONCERTS of choirs and vocal ensembles.
  November 26,     13:00 CONCERTS of choirs and vocal ensembles
    Sunday               14:00 Diploma Awarding Ceremony.  
                               19:00 CONTEST for awarding the Grand Prix Christmas Star.
                               Gala concert of laureates of the International Contest of Choirs and Vocal Ensembles. Special guest of the festival.
 November 27       Departure of participants of the festival.

  • Estonia Concert Hall (Tallinn). 
  • Hopner House (Tallinn). 
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Tallinn). 
  • St. Johns Church (Tallinn). 
  • Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Tallinn).
  • Church of the Holy Spirit (Tallinn). 
  • Võru Kannel (Võru). 
  • St. Pauls Church (Tartu).
  • St. Michaels Church (Keila).
  • The cost of travelling to and back from the festival venue shall be covered by participants; 
  • Participants of the festival will be accommodated by the Organizing Committee according to the suggested package, the number of days of stay can be increased for an additional fee as agreed with the Organizing Committee; 
  • The Organizing Committee will arrange for meals and the excursion program in consultation with participants of the festival (options will be provided in advance); 
  • The choir participating in the festival shall submit printed data on the group to be used in posters, booklets and catalogues of the festival;
  • Participants of the festival shall submit an audio/video record of the group (it can be sent by mail or by e-mail);
  • The group shall submit 5 copies of the contest program music sheet; 
  • Each group participating in the contest festival will get a diploma; 
  • All events of the festival will be covered by the media, radio and TV channels; information of participants submitted to the Organizing Committee will be used in promotional materials of the festival and media announcements;
  • The delegation may include not only choristers but also accompanying persons.
  • The number of choir artists and accompanying persons is not limited.
  • During the Opening Ceremony of the Festival, a group shall perform several proposed works as agreed with the Organizing Committee. 
  • During (at least one of) the festival concerts, a group shall perform works of its choice, the total performance time is 10 to 20 minutes.
    The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make changes to the Rules & Regulations and programs of performances of choirs and ensembles.

Category 1 Vocal ensembles womens, mens, mixed, and childrens ensembles of 3 to 12 persons; no age restrictions.  
Category 2 Choirs choral groups.
No age restrictions. The number of singers in a choir shall be at least 13; there are no other restrictions on the number of participants.
The total time of performance by a group during the contest is 8 to 12 minutes.  
For accompaniment, groups will be provided with a piano. The availability of other instruments is the sole responsibility of groups.
Please note that the use of phonograms (+) IS FORBIDDEN!  
The following works shall be included in the contest performance:
1.    Spiritual work or folk song.
2.    Christmas composition.
3.    Composition of groups choice.
At least one work shall be performed a cappella.
GRAND PRIX CHRISTMAS STAR will be drawn among groups that have a passing score by the decision of the jury.
A group (choir or vocal ensemble) shall perform one piece not longer than 5 minutes.  
The piece that a group is planning to perform during the Grand Prix drawing shall be specified in the application.  
All contest categories will be assessed by an international jury.
The decisions of the jury are final. Any judicial intervention is excluded.  
The places will be assigned by the JURY depending on the scores in each category:




GRAN-PRIX (choir groups)

GRAN-PRIX (vocal ensembles)

500 EUR and Gran-Prix Diploma

300 EUR and Gran-Prix Diploma

1st place (by category)

Laureate Diploma (I place)

2nd place (by category)

Laureate Diploma (II place)

3rd place (by category)

Laureate Diploma (III place)

Diploma winner


To take part in the Contest Festival, please fill in the attached questionnaire and e-mail it to: zoya@festivalcredo.comby November 10, 2017.
The Organizing Committee will send you an official invitation to participate in the Contest Festival.

Please attach the following materials to the application:
  • information on your choir (ensemble) no more than 20 rows, in Russian and English; 
  • color photos of the choir (ensemble), 2 MB (or more); 
  • audio or video recording (you can e-mail several tracks); 
  • performance program.
By sending the application for participation, the group agrees with the terms and conditions of the contest, television and photo shoots, TV and radio broadcasts, recording of performances and their possible reproduction as part of the contest. All rights to television, photo, video and audio recordings belong to the Organizing Committee of the contest.
For participation in the contest, you shall pay the application fee:
Category 1 Vocal ensembles 50 EUR per group.
Category 2 Choirs 80 EUR per group.  
MTU Credo Festivalid, account number 221047007803
IBAN code EE97 2200 2210 47007803 Swedbank, Liivalaia 8, 15040, Tallinn.
Tel. +372 631 0310
S.W.I.F.T. code HABA EE2X
Explanation: contest

Festival package 95/120 per person (3/4* hotel)
  • Stay for 2-3 nights, 2-bed accommodation, amenities in the room; 
  • Breakfast in the hotel (buffet); 
  • Participation in the Opening Ceremony and festival concerts; 
  • City tour; 
  • 1 set of information and presentation materials of the festival; 
  • Transportation of groups to the concert venue by bus with an accompanying person;
  • Welcoming groups on the day of arrival.
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