Invitation to SNOBS 37th Open Championships, 2017

SNOBS is proud to invite you to our annual singing weekend, SNOBS 37th Convention and Open Championship. This year the event will be held April 20-23, 2017 at the Concert Hall in Växjö (try to pronounce that if you´re not Swedish…), located in the region Småland in the south of Sweden. Closest international airport, which we recommend you to use, is situated in Copenhagen (Denmark). From the airport (Kastrup) you can easily find direct trains to Växjö.

You´ll see many well-known SNOBS groups crossing the stage, like the 2015 International Collegiate Champions “Trocadero” or “Stockholm Syndrome” and other rising stars – as well as rusty veterans! We also have the world´s best chorus outside of North America, the 2014 5th place medalist chorus “Zero8” and the International Top15 chorus “the EntertainMen”, among other great acts. We already know you´ll get to see other prominent groups from near and afar as well (see complete schedule on following page).

Guest artists include the 2015 World Champion Quartet, “Instant Classic” as well as our own 2012 World Champion Quartet “Ringmasters”! Isn´t that a privilege!
The judging panel is now determined: Kyle Kitzmiller and David Zimmerman (MUS), Ritchie Lavene and Dusty Schleier (PER), Eddie Martinez and Chris Richards (SNG). Great panel!!
The all-events pass is available for just 950 SEK (~100 EUR) per person. This includes access to all shows, participation in the SNOBS contests, masterclass and contests, except the Thursday night concert, the “Olle Nyman Memorial Concert”, this year a semi-big production, which you do not want to miss!!! We will have a very exciting lineup for you! This will take place at Växjö Concert Hall at 18.30, Thursday April 20. Again, do NOT miss this opportunity to see a phenomenal line up, up close and personal! Tickets will soon be available with link to follow. This year, we also have a VIP-ticket for guests and family for 350 SEK (~37 EUR) per person. This includes access to all shows, masterclass and contests (excluding the Thursday concert). As a guest, it is also required to have a VIP-ticket to be able to attend the Friday and Saturday dinners/afterglows. Daily guest tickets also available for only 100 SEK per day (~10 EUR) but this does not allow access to masterclass or dinner/afterglow.

The main hotel will be Elite Park Hotel (in the same building as the concert hall), perfect for huge afterglows, with Elite Stadshotellet and Quality Hotel Royal Corner as our back-up hotels. Both are located at a short walking distance from Växjö Concert Hall and all the other downtown action. We have managed to negotiate favorable hotel room prices for all convention participants (see more information on the following page).
In the registration form you will find:
 Lunch on Friday which will be Pork filé with potato cake, marinated beans and red wine sauce (100 SEK). No alternative dish served inside the convention hall but there are plenty of restaurants close by.
 Dinner/afterglow on Friday with a buffé with a meat and seafood option (260 SEK). As mentioned above, you need to perform or have a VIP-ticket to be able to reserve the dinner.
 Dinner/massive afterglow on Saturday with a buffé with meat, chicken and seafood (290 SEK). As mentioned above, you need to perform or have a VIP-ticket to be able to reserve the dinner.
If you are travelling by airplane, Copenhagen is the nearest international airport. For domestic flights, Växjö has its own airport.
New this year! We also invite choruses and quartets to attend “out of competition” for a reduced fee and without requirement to be a SNOBS (or associate) member. The fee per singer will be 500 SEK (a bit more than 50 EUR) and for this, you will get to perform as part of the competition schedule, get a score and be coached by the judges. You also get the benefits of the VIP-ticket so you can also attend the masterclass and the dinners/afterglows! Please contact Leif Lundberg (leif.lundberg@dackedrangar.se) if you are interested in this! We want the Växjö convention to be full of singing and with as many singers and audience as we can. Let’s try to fill the Växjö Concert Hall!!!
We are indeed looking forward to spending time with all of you and are eagerly awaiting your reply and registration submission. Please let us know by March 26, 2017, when our registration office closes, that you are planning to attend! Forms and other additional information can be found at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/snobs.bbs
We would appreciate if you make a preliminary registration as soon as possible (you will be able to change it up until March 26) so that we can more easily start our planning based on your input!

Henrik Rosenberg – President, Leif Lundberg – SNOBS Convention Manager
www.snobs.org

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – changes may be made

Thursday April 20

18.30-21.00 ”Olle Nyman Memorial Concert”

Friday April 21

10.00 Stage Test – quartets

11.15 Stage Test – choruses

11.30 – 13.30 Lunch (if pre-ordered)

13.30 Quartet Semifinals

16.30 Stage Tests – choruses

16.30 Judge Evals – semifinal quartets

18.30 Chorus Contest

21.00 Dinner w Afterglow (if pre-ordered) at the Växjö Concert Hall (only contestants and VIP-ticketholders)

Saturday April 22

08.30 Judge Evals – choruses

11.30 Masterclass

13.00 Mass singing, Stortorget

14.00 Quartet Final

16.30 Judge Evals – final quartets

18.45 Show of Champions

21.00 Dinner w Massive Afterglow (if pre-ordered) at the Växjö Concert Hall (only contestants and VIP-ticketholders)

Sunday April 23

10.15 SNOBS Meeting

CONVENTION HOTEL INFO

All hotel room bookings will have to be made directly to the hotel. Use SNOBS as booking code to get our favorable prices.

Elite Park Hotel (in the same building as the Växjö Concert Hall) Tel: +46 470-70 22 00 | bokning.vaxjo@elite.se Västra Esplanaden 10-14 | SE-351 06 Växjö | www.elite.se/sv/hotell/vaxjo/park-hotel

PRICING (Reserve no later than 19 February) Single rooms 650:-/room and night incl. breakfast Standard double room 850:-/room and night incl. breakfast Standard triple room 1050:-/room and night incl. breakfast

Elite Stadshotellet Växjö Tel: +46 470-134 00 | bokning.vaxjo@elite.se Kungsgatan 6 | SE-351 04 Växjö | www.elite.se/sv/hotell/vaxjo/stadshotellet

PRICING (Reserve no later than 19 February) (20 April prices in parenthesis) Single rooms 650:- (850:-)/room and night incl. breakfast Standard double room 950:- (1050:-)/room and night incl. breakfast Standard triple room 1150:- (1250:-)/room and night incl. breakfast Four-bed room 1350:- (1450:-)/room and night incl. breakfast

Quality Hotel Royal Corner Tel: +46 470 70 10 00 | q.royalcorner@choice.se Liedbergsgatan 11 | SE- 352 32 Växjö |www.nordicchoicehotels.se/quality/quality-hotel-royal-corner

PRICING (Reserve no later than 23 March) Single rooms 500:-/room and night incl. breakfast Standard double room 800:-/room and night incl. breakfast Standard triple room 1000:-/room and night incl. breakfast Four-bed room 1200:-/room and night incl. breakfast

Clarion Collection Hotel Cardinal Tel: +46 470 72 28 00| Cc.Cardinal@choice.se Bäckgatan 10 | SE- 352 30 Växjö | www.nordicchoicehotels.se/clarion/clarion-collection-hotel-cardinal/

PRICING (Reserve no later than 20 March) (20 April prices in parenthesis) Standard single room 850:- (1020:-)/room and night incl. breakfast Superior single room 890:- (1080:-)/room and night incl. breakfast Standard double room 1050:- (1280:-)/room and night incl. breakfast Superior double room 1150:- (1380:-)/room and night incl. breakfast