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Application Deadline: February 1st, 2024


Dear a cappella fans,

after a forced break of three years, the International a cappella Contest Leipzig has finally been able to offer a stage to talented young vocal groups again in 2023. Ultimately, six ensembles made their way to Leipzig and showed a lot of potential and diversity.
The contest jury, headed by Simon Carrington, awarded the vocal group Art’n‘Voices from Gdansk/Poland the 1st prize and the “Leipzig a cappella Award” of the 13. International a cappella Contest. They will present themselves again in a prize-winner’s concert within the upcoming Festival for Vocal Music a cappella Leipzig. The 2nd prize was given to Vocoder from Hamburg/Germany, who also received the Audience Award, and the five-piece Lylac from Mainz/Germany made the 3rd place.

Now it is time for a new contest and new, hungry vocal groups from all over the globe to come to Leipzig to take part in the competition! The 14. International a cappella Contest Leipzig will take place from May 8 to 11, 2024. Young vocal groups of all styles are therefore invited to apply for the upcoming contest now! Application is possible from December 1 until February 1, 2024 – please find all necessary information by clicking on “Apply now”. The contest offers not only a total prize money of 7.000 €, but first and foremost an intense education programme and thus important and helpful feedback, creative input and experiences to support young vocal groups with a lasting effect. So don’t hesitate, spread the word – and apply now!

We’re already looking so much forward to next May!

Yours, amarcord



The International a cappella Competition is open to all ambitious vocal ensembles of various styles. We see ourselves as a platform where aspiring ensembles are specifically supported. Therefore, in addition to the competition’s performance evaluations, we offer participating groups an extensive program, including an in-depth exploration of their own singing and stage presence in a masterclass led by Stephen Connolly (former King’s Singer), participation in the a cappella showcase, the imparting of solid vocal fundamentals and care by Phoniater Prof. Dr. Michael Fuchs, and the opportunity to attend concerts of established a cappella groups and make connections at the International a cappella Festival Leipzig. Additionally, each competition ensemble receives specific feedback on their competition performance from each individual jury member.

Entry Conditions:

  • Group Size: 3 to 8 female and/or male singers
  • The average age of all members must not exceed 29 years at the application deadline.
  • Accompaniment by instruments and pre-recorded audio samples are not allowed.


Performance Evaluation:

  • May 8th and 9th, 2024, at the Mendelssohn Hall of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig
  • Performance Time: 20 minutes Minimum of 4 pieces
  • At least half of the performed repertoire should correspond in vocal parts to the number of ensemble members (“one-to-a-part”).

All competition ensembles, regardless of style and whether amplified or unamplified, compete in one category.

In 2024, the following prizes are offered:

  • 1st Prize (Leipzig a cappella Award) – 3,000 Euros, a performance at the closing concert of the 2024 a cappella Festival at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig,and an individual, compensated concert at the a cappella Festival Leipzig 2025.
  • 2nd Prize – 2,000 Euros
  • 3rd Prize – 1,000 Euros
  • Audience Prize – 500 Euros
  • amarcord Special Prize for the best-performed unamplified piece – 500 Euros
  • SMA Special Prize for the best unamplified ensemble – an individual, compensated concert at the SommerMusikAkademie Schloss Hundisburg 2025.


8 May 2024 – 1pm
14th International a cappella Contest Leipzig
Gewandhaus (Mendelssohn-Saal), Augustusplatz 8, 04109 Leipzig
9 May 2024 – 11am
Gewandhaus (Mendelssohn-Saal), Augustusplatz 8, 04109 Leipzig
10 May 2024 – 10am
a cappella Masterclass
Alte Handelsbörse, Naschmarkt 1, 04109 Leipzig
10 May 2024 – 5pm
Haus Leipzig, Elsterstraße 22-24, 04109 Leipzig
11 May 2024 – 1pm
a cappella Seminar with Prof. Dr. Michael Fuchs
Basislager, Petersteinweg 14, 04107 Leipzig
11 May 2024 – 7pm
Gewandhaus (Mendelssohn-Saal), Augustusplatz 8, 04109 Leipzig


Winnie Brückner

Jury member

Evelyn Klaunzer

Jury member

Juan Garcia

Jury member

Robert Pohlers

Jury member


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