About The Festival
The Salzburg Choral Festival, Jubilate Mozart!, will take place in Salzburg, Austria June 28 – July 2, 2017, and June 27 – July 1, 2018. 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.
In 2017, under the direction of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, Chair of the Thornton School of Music’s department of choral and sacred music at the University of Southern California, the festival chorus will perform outstanding classical works selected by Dr. Scheibe. The 2018 Salzburg Choral Festival will be under the direction of Dr. 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 in 2017 and 2018, accompanied by the Salzburger Domorchester.
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.