• Category I: Ages 12 - 15
    basically designed for Junior high schools (choirs from one or several schools) in Japan


  • Category II: Ages 15 – 18
    basically designed for senior high schools (choirs from one or several schools) in


  • Category III

    Group 1: Comprising mainly those performers aged 6 – 12 / Up to 18 years of age /Boys are to be before their voice change.

    Group 2: Other than Category I, II and Group1


*Ages are determined as the age of the participant on the day of March 23rd.

*As for the order of performance in Category III, the performance of Group 2 will be followed by Group 1.

*Overseas choirs are highly recommended to enter Category III, Group 1 or 2.
Your accommodation fee for March 21-23 will be covered by the organizer.
Please refer to the section of Accommodation and Financial Assistance in the "Participation."

The number of singers

2-16 (no fewer than 2 and no more than 16) and up to and including 16, and member changes for musical pieces will be approved only within the registered members.


  • There is no compulsory work in any category.

  • Performance time
    Category competition      : up to 10 minutes
    Grand Champion Competition : up to 15 minutes

  • Tuning musical instruments on stage is included in the performance time.
    *Tuning on the wings is not allowed. Only on the stage or in the rehearsal rooms you can tune.


The instruments and style of accompaniment shall be up to each competing choir.

Judging and Evaluation

The following judges will evaluate the competition.

Bob Chilcott (Composer), Keiichi Asai (Chorus Master), Keishi Ito (Chorus Master), Masahiro Sato (Conductor), Midori Takashima(Composer), Keizo Takahashi(Vocalist), Akane Nakanishi (Composer)

Grand Champion Competition

Gold titled choirs (top 5 choirs) in each category shall proceed to the Grand Champion Competition on the last day.

At least one children's choir shall be qualified for the Grand Champion Competition as an extra Gold winner in Category III, even though they are not selected as top 5 choirs, provided, however, that the number of participating choirs in Group 1 is no fewer than 6.

Prizes and Awards

  • Category Competition
    Gold (Top 5 choirs in each category)
    Prize of Excellency


  • Grand Champion Competition
    1st prize / JPY 500,000 / “Governor of Fukushima” Award
    2nd prize / JPY 300,000 / “Mayor of Fukushima” Award
    3rd prize / JPY 100,000 / “Superintendent of Education” Award
    Other finalists JPY 30,000


For more details, please see the “Competition Rules” in the competition brochure.


Competition Rules / Competition Brochure

Preliminary Screening Application Form

Evaluation System