California International Choral Festival

The Vocal Arts Ensemble of San Luis Obispo presented a “three choir international festival” on July 5,6 & 7, 2013, with three international choirs performing without a competition element. These choirs were from Potsdam, Germany, Yekaterinburg, Russia, and Hannover, Germany. The host choir, the Vocal Arts Ensemble performed as well.

The Festival organizers plan to hold a similar scale festival without competition July 6th through 10th, 2016. Three of the very best choirs from overseas will perform for our enthusiastic California audience. For tickets to our “three choir festival” or to volunteer or to house visiting singers, please contact Gary Lamprecht, Music Director at
The Festival will house and feed our guest choirs from overseas at no cost to them. They will perform at the popular Farmer’s Market, The Old Mission of San Luis Obispo, at local church services and at the Cuesta College Performing Arts Center. The fifth concert and finale of the Festival will feature each choir performing music of their choice. Then after intermission, the combined choirs will sing four pieces written by Eric Whitacre, a renown American composer and “This Is My Song”, the Festival piece.
Judging from audience attendance and response to our past Festivals, we firmly believe that this event has a viable place in our community and state. We pledge to make every effort to see that once again people from all over the world will come and share their songs and culture so that you can be part of this magical and inspiring event.

-The Steering Committee of the California International Choral Festival & Competition


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.

2009 California International Choral Festival & Competition

In 2009, at the second California International Choral Festival and Competition, audiences were entertained by choirs from Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Congo, the Philippines and the United States. While it was another choir from the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas Singers, that took top prizes, local choir and audience favorite, The Cuesta College Chamber Singers, also received awards, as did the women’s choir from Macedonia.

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