The Salzburg Choral Festival, Jubilate Mozart!, will take place in Salzburg, Austria on July 3-7, 2019 and June 24-28, 2020. The festival will feature a large chorus consisting of mixed voice choirs from across North America. Three days of festival rehearsals, mingling side-by-side with singers from a variety of backgrounds will lead festival participants to a grand finale concert in the historic and stunning Salzburger Dom.
The 2019 festival will be under the direction of Stan Engebretson, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at George Mason University.
The 2020 festival will be under the direction of Eph Ehly, Professor Emeritus at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
János Czifra, Domkapellmeister, will conduct Mozart’s Mass in C Major, “Coronation,” KV 317, accompanied by the Salzburger Domorchester in 2019 and 2020.
Overseen by a nearly 1,000-year old hillside fortress, Salzburg is quaint, delicate, and utterly charming. This picturesque city within the heart of the Austrian countryside rests along the northern boundary of the Alps, and literally resonates with the “Sound of Music.”
Salzburg’s most famous historical resident is, by far, the 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As a teenager, Mozart was employed as a court musician by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg. During this time, the composer worked in many genres, including symphonies, sonatas, string quartets, serenades, and a few minor operas. After a brief stay in Paris, Mozart returned to Salzburg in his early 20’s to serve as court organist and concertmaster. In this position, he composed numerous works of sacred music for Salzburg, including his great Coronation Mass in C Major.