Festival Mission/Vision


  • Provides a competitive opportunity for friendly competition emphasizing feedback to choirs and soloists to promote musical growth

The mission of the Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choral Festival (“Festival”) is to promote international harmony through song and competition. To this purpose, the festival:

Retains world-renowned conductors and adjudicators to lead the Massed Festival Choirs, and to provide critical evaluations of competing choirs.

  • Engages children and youth from around the world in a multi-cultural musical experience
  • Creates opportunities for performance that encourages cultural understanding and appreciation
  • Engages the East Bay community in cultural exchange through the experience of providing homestays for visiting choir members

We are honored to welcome Vance George, one of America's most distinguished choral directors as the Honorary Chairman of the Festival.  During his long tenure as director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the chorus received four Grammy Awards and one Emmy Award. Learn more about Vance at his website.