International Choral Competition Austria – Ave Verum

Who we are?

Baden bei Wien

is not only a famous Austrian health and spa town but also an incredible junction of artistic lives:

W. A. Mozart, L.v. Beethoven, F. Schubert, J. Strauß, C.M. Zierer, F. Lehar, M. Reinhardt, A. Schnitzler, A. Rainer – all composed or lived here for a while, inspired by this faboulos city.

  • Motivation
  • Volunteering
  • Enthusiasm
THIS CIRCUMSTANCE AS WELL AS HIS EXPERIENCE OF BEING AN INTERNATIONAL JURY MEMBER TO VARIOUS CHORAL EVENTS IS WHAT INSPIRED WOLFGANG ZIEGLER, WHO IS A WELL-KNOWN COMPOSER UND CHORAL DIRECTOR, TO FOUND THIS SMALL BUT UNIQUE CHORAL COMPETITION.

The International Choral Competition Ave Verum Austria is a top choral event for only 10 choirs worldwide – organised in every 2 years.

What makes it special is that all choir formations compete in one category, singing for the Grand Prix ICC AV.

All choirs perform a unison compulsory piece that is being commissioned from renowned Austrian and international composers.

Choral Compatition Austria / Europe
Choral Compatition Baden

The ICC AV team – a motivated group of volunteers

ICC AV executive committee
Wolfgang Ziegler

ICC AV president / artistic director

Katharina Scheitz

ICC AV vice-president / public relations

Michael Capek

ICC AV vice-president / side events

Monika Ableidinger

ICC AV organization

Irena Noskova

ICC AV assistant to artistic director, jury assistant

Judit Ritz

ICC AV finance

Günther Oberreiter

ICC AV finance

The competition is judged by an internationally acknowledged jury such as,

2012: Heinz Ferlesch (Austria), Erwin Ortner (Austria), Vytautas Miskinis (Lithuania), Karmina Silec (Slovenia), Maria Goundorina (Sweden,Russia), Robert Sund (Sweden)
2014: Franz Herzog (Austria), Mia Makaroff (Finland), Fritz ter Wey (Germany), Javier Busto (Spain), Brady Allred (USA), Jing Ling Tam (USA)
2017: Gerald Wirth (Austria), Wolfgang Ziegler (Austria), Ludo Claesen (Belgium), Zoltan Pad (Hungary), Rohan DeLanerolle (Sri Lanka)
2019: Heinz Ferlesch (Austria), Wolfgang Ziegler (Austria), Gabor Hollerung (Hungary), Michele Josia (Italy), Thomas Caplin (Norway)

Besides the two competition parts the „Long Night of Choral Music“ is a real highlight. All 10 choirs sing together at the end of their short programs Mozart’s „Ave verum corpus“ which was first performed at the same place in 1791. Come along and feel the essence of music history!

We can’t wait finding out who will take the ICC AV Grand Prix in 2021!

Stating previous composers of compulsory songs

Alfred Dünser /Austria, Ludo Claesen/Belgium, Javier Busto/Spain, Alfred Länger/Austria, Vytautas Miskinis/Lithuania, Anselm Schaufler/Austria, Franz Herzog/Austria, Michele Josia/Italy, Erika Budai/Belgium, Fidel Calalang jr./Philippines

ICC-AV Kickoff

Photos by: Róbert Török and Christian Schörg (2012, 2014)
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