The 2011 California International Choral Festival and Competition (CICFC) returned for a third time with much excitement and new categories for choirs. The festival and competition was established in 2006 by Gary Lamprecht with performances taking place in the summer of 2007. It was decided that the event would take place every other year so that the hosts, the Vocal Arts Ensemble, could travel in even years to competitions and festivals in the US and abroad.
In 2007, eight choirs from the US, Philippines, Uganda, Finland and the Basque region of Spain vied for the top prize in four categories. In the end, the Imusicapella Chamber Choir from Imus, Philippines dazzled audiences with their strong vocals and choral selections, winning the top prize in three of the four categories. The first CICF was a great success, selling out all performances.