Still Open to Join KICF as a choir!

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We are now prolonging the entry deadline for applications of some open events to April 30th.

This is the last chance, and don’t miss to sing in great Ohga-Hall !!



▼8/26 (Sat)

Ensemble Competition   Still Open

Conducting Workshop   Closed

Harunire Concert   Closed


▼8/27 (Sun)

Conducting Workshop   Closed

Harunire Concert   Still Open


Here is the page for participating

・amarcord all members are the jury of Ensemble Competition.

・”Ensemble Clinic” by amarcord is planned on 26th (13:30-15:30)

Please wait for a while until the announcement of detailed information.


Announce the next: KICF2017

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Next year’s festival: KICF2017

The KICF2016 has concluded in great excitement.

We want to thank all of you who came to the festival, who watched on the internet,

and all of the choirs and participants from all around the world that

gave their gift of music to raise the excitement of the festival!

For next year, the KICF2017 will be held on

25 Aug 2017 (Fri) – 27 Aug 2017 (Sun)

The groups that currently are planning to come are as below!!
(announced in the closing ceremony of KICF2016)

– Invited choirs (abroad)

Landarbaso Abesbatza(Basque Country)

– Invited choirs (Japan)
MODOKI (Saga Prefecture)
Gifu University Chorus Club (Gifu Prefecture)
・Choir of Keishi Ito (from West Japan)

– Kodomo Youth Festa
Nago Junior Chorus (Okinawa Prefecture)
・Crystal Children’s Choir (Taiwan)
・Liou-Guei Senior High School Chorus (Taiwan)
・Shenyang Radio and Television Children’s Choir (China)

Application closed for Model Conductor of the Conductor Workshop

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Application closed for Model Conductor of the Conductor Workshop

We have now closed the application for the conductor workshop basic course as we now have received the number of maximum applicants.

To participate as the audience, please purchase the ticket for the workshop.


Tickets will start to be sold at the same timing as other concerts.

Thank you for your patience.


Other than this workshop, there will be the Workshop to sing together with this year’s invited choir ‘Latvian Voices‘, and the Workshop for Vocal training as always.

Coming to Japan: “Latvian Voices”

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Now we are proud to announce the first landing in Japan of the vocal group “Latvian Voices”, as an invited choir for our Festival!

Promo kartina

Details are announced in the Special announcement page.

We will announce their schedule for their performance during the festival and also the concert tour in Japan later on.

Also the workshop by invited choirs from abroad is now under active planning!

Await for their music!!
The participant-pass for the Harunire concert and the Ensemble competition will also include access to their concerts during the festival.

How about participating as a choir with your friends?

We are looking forward to see you in the Ohga Hall at Karuizawa.

Notification of the cancellation of Cantus coming to Japan

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Notification of the cancellation of Cantus coming to Japan


Thank you for your continuous support for the Karuizawa International Chorus Festival.
We have been planning to invite the Norwegian choir ‘Cantus’ as the guest choir of the KICF2016, but facing a heavy health problem in the close family of conductor Tove Ramlo, the cancellation of all activities associating a long journey has been announced, and it is now a situation that they need to cancel coming to Japan.
We would like to sincerely apologize to all of you who have been waiting for their coming.

Currently, we are rapidly searching for another guest choir and we hope to announce to you soon.
Please excuse us for any inconvenience raised by this and we seek your kind understanding upon this situation.



Following their cancellation, we have received a message to the Japanese Fans from the conductor of Cantus, Mrs. Tove Ramlo-Ystad, as follows:
I am deeply sorry that Cantus cannot come to Japan this year. Japan has been a highly desired destination for both Cantus and me personally for many years. The amazing opportunity of the invitation both to Karuizawa International Chorus Festival 2016 and to do a tour before with concerts several places was therefore a joy to receive, and has been greatly anticipated. My good friend Ko Matsushita is doing wonderful work for choral music in Japan, and it would have been a great honor to be a part of this event. Unfortunately the current situation with serious illness in my close family leaves me with no choice but to cancel the amazing opportunity, and for this I am truly sorry. I still hope and believe that the festival will be a successful one! My hope is that Cantus and I will have the opportunity to visit Japan in the future.


Closing of KICF2015 & Dates of KICF2016

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Closing of KICF2015 & Dates of KICF2016

The Karuizawa International Choral Festival 2015 (21 – 23 Aug 2015) has come to an end amidst great excitement.
This year, more than 800 people from in and out of Japan, choirs and audience together, has joined the festival that has been held at the Karuizawa Ohga Hall.

We would like to thank everyone; Choirs that gave sensational stages, Audience that welcomed the choirs with enthusiastic applause, and all Parties that contributed greatly to support this festival.

For next year: The KICF2016 will be held on

26 Aug 2016 (Fri) to 28 Aug 2016 (Sun)!

All the staff here are looking forward to meet you again in the refreshing summer Karuizawa!!

Administrative Committee,
Karuizawa International Choral Festival 2015