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Golden Gate Festival in SF Bay, July 2015 - Application Period Open!

Location: California, USA



We hope you and your choir will join us for the exciting 10th Festival, which will include:


• NEW CHORAL COMPETITION CATEGORY:  Rounding out the Folk/Historical and Contemporary competitions is our new category - Spiritual and Gospel, adjudicated by the award winning Terrence Kelly, Artistic Director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
• OPTIONAL VOCAL SOLO COMPETITION: Competitions in Children’s Vocal Solo and Youth Vocal Solo
• WORLD CLASS ADJUDICATORS:  MarÍa Guinand (Venezuela), Aarne Saluveer (Estonia), Judit Hartyányi (Hungary), Elise Bradley (Canada), and Terrance Kelly (USA)
• NEW MUSIC: Commissions and world premieres composed especially for the Festival Chorus 
• PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: New and exciting performance venues and Spotlight Concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
• EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Special Opening Ceremonies concert to launch the Festival, world renowned guest artists, competitions, and Closing Ceremony, and celebration
• SIGHTSEEING: See gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay on an exciting Bay Cruise and the week’s free time exploring the Bay Area


• EARLY NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE may be requested with your application until August 31, 2014. Applications received after August 31, will be notified after November 1, 2014.


For more information, please contact Festival Program Manager Christa Tumlinson at and visit our website at


It’s time to get your 2015 plans on the move! We look forward to welcoming you to the 10th Golden Gate International Choral Festival.


Robert Geary

Artistic Director

All photos by Don Fogg ::

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