Showing posts with label international choir. Show all posts
Showing posts with label international choir. Show all posts

Friday, August 2, 2019

CCP International Choral Competition Winners Announced

THE 4th edition of the Andrea O. Veneracion (AOV) International Choral Festival on July 18-21, 2019 and the 1stAsia Choral Grand Prix (ACGP) on July 21, 2019 held its joint Closing and Awarding Ceremonies with the announcement of the winners at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo on July 21, 2019 at 9:30 PM.

The competition winners were announced by Mark Anthony Carpio, the Asian member of the jury.  The Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival winners are as follows:  Mixed Choir Category – 1stPrize: FEU Chorale, Karl Angelo Tangco,conductor; 2nd Prize: TIP Choral Society, Cyro Bon Cloui Moral, conductor; 3rd Prize: Chorus Vocales Philippines, Renier Aguilar, conductor.  Equal Voices Category – 1stPrize: Don Bosco Makati-Boscorale, Alvin B. Paulin, conductor; 2ndPrize: Miriam College High School Glee Club, Anthony Go Villanueva,conductor; 3rd Prize: St. Paul College Pasig High School Chorale, Shiela Marie B. Fetalvero,conductor.  Folk Song Category – 1st Prize: TIP Choral Society, Cyro Bon Cloui Moral, conductor;2nd PrizeFEU Chorale, Karl Angelo Tangco,conductor; 3rd Prize: Chor Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocences (Poland), Anna Bramska,conductor

Besides certificates and cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winning choirs, the first prize winners of each category were awarded a trophy - a CCP commissioned sculpture inspired by the sound of a conch shell and a bird song  made of stoneware clay by CCP by 13 Artists Awardee for the year 2000, Katti Sta. Ana.

The University of the Philippines Los Baños Choral Ensemble (UPLBCE) was proclaimed winner of the 1st Asia Choral Grand Prix.  The only Filipino choir among six competing choirs, the UPLBCE represented the 2017 winner of the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival.  The UPLBCE bested five other choirs from Indonesia: the St. Louis High School Choir from Surabaya and the Vocalista Harmonic Choir ISI from Yogyakarta representing the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Singapore International Choral Festival, respectively; the E Deum Voice from  Medan and the Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Universitas Padjadjaran from Bandung representing the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Bali International Choir Festival, respectively; and the Brawijaya University Student Choir from Malang representing the other 2017 winner of the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival.

The UPLBCE was awarded a cash prize of US$6,000, a certificate and a trophy - a CCP newly commissioned   sculpture by multimedia artist Toym Imao made of pounded brass and carved wood entitled “Kilapsaw”, representing a vessel in which sound is produced.

The jury, representing five continents were composed of Jason Max Ferdinand from the USA, Digna Guerra from Cuba, Werner Pfaff from Germany, David Squire from New Zealand and Mark Anthony Carpio from the Philippines. 

The Asia Choral Grand Prix (ACGP) is a competition of the two top 2017 and 2018 winners of the Andrea O. Veneracion Festival, the Bali International Choir Festival and the Singapore International Choral Festival.  The ACGP is the fruition of two years of preparation which started with meetings initiated by the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the organizers of the two Festivals as early as July 2017.  Present during the Closing and Awarding Ceremonies were the Directors of the said Festivals, including the Artistic Director of the new ACGP festival member the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod who was introduced to the audience.

The FEU Chorale and the Don Bosco Makati – Boscorale were the two choir winners chosen by the jury to represent the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral in the 2nd Asia Choral Grand Prix to be held in Bali, Indonesia in 2021.  The biennial Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival held in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, was organized in 2013.  The AOV International Choral Festival and the Asia Choral Grand Prix were supported by the Tourism Promotions Board.                               


Monday, July 10, 2017

Ateneo's Aleron Wins International Choir Competition in Germany

Press Update:

ALERON, the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club, under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo, garnered a Gold Certificate, and placed first in the ALL-MALE CATEGORY at the Förderkreis Internationale Chortage Mainhausen from June 9-11, 2017.

According to the judges, what set ALERON apart from its competitors was their stability in sound while presenting something unique with each competition piece, showcasing the group’s versatility. These were most evident in their praises for the interpretation and performance of the compulsory piece “Die Linien des Lebens sind Versheiden” by Heinrich Poos and Philippine National Artist Francisco Feliciano’s “Pamugun.”

The Förderkreis Internationale Chortage Mainhausen is an international event celebrated in Germany, in the villages of the Mainz and Zellhausen regions. Since 1988, the choral community has been meeting in Germany to present and enjoy music of a high caliber. The competitors and the visiting audience enjoy the hospitality of the villages and communities in this region. The competition requires a high degree of musical literature and artistic expression.
ALERON, translated from Latin as "the winged one,"  is geared towards exploring the male choral soundscape. Through innovative programming and the performance of repertoires across musical styles and genres, the group aims to deliver to its audiences a diverse and unique choral experience.
ALERON first came into existence in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo. Today, the group is composed of male choristers from different backgrounds: most of which are from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines musical networks.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

International Choral Fest Set in July at the CCP

Press Announcement:
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts presents the 2nd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival on July 22-25, 2015. The Festival, which follows the huge success of the first Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival held in August 2013 will witness 16 foreign and local choirs compete in three categories: Folk Song, Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir.

The competing Filipino choirs are as follows: Boscorale, De La Salle University Chorale - Dasmariñas, Koro Ilustrado, Mandaluyong Children’s Choir, Technological Institute of the Philippines Choral Society, The Voices of Davao, Philippine Vocal Ensemble, University of Baguio Voices Chorale, University of Los Baños Choral Ensemble (Philippines), and the University of Visayas Chorale. They will be joined by the foreign choirs Gioventù in Cantata (Italy), Inggou Victory Children Voice GKPS (Indonesia), Svaditra-Bandung Chamber Choir (Indonesia), The Archipelago Singers (Indonesia), Túumben Paax (Mexico), Universitas Pelita Harapan Choir (Indonesia). The Festival’s guest Choir is Youth Choir Kamēr… from Latvia, conducted by Janis Liepins. A two-time winner of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, Youth Choir Kamēr… will give a special performance on Sunday, July 26 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

The Competition will premiere the obligatory piece commissioned by the CCP for the Chamber Choir competition entitled “Ang Tren”. The choral work is a setting of Filipino literary giant Jose Corazon de Jesus’ poem about Philippine commuter culture, composed by young award-winning composer Saunder Choi. 

The five members of the jury are composed of internationally renowned choral conductors coming from different continents. They are the following: Brady Allred (United States), Janis Liepins (Latvia), Silvana Vallesi (Argentina), Andre van der Merwe (South Africa), and Mark Anthony Carpio (Philippines).

The Festival schedule is as follows: Wednesday, July 22, 2015: 5:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies; 7:00 PM- Folk Song Competition; Thursday, July 23, 2015: 7:00 PM – Vocal Ensemble Competition; Friday, July 24, 2015: 7:00 PM – Chamber Choir Competition; Saturday, July 25, 2015: 4:00 PM – Madrigal Singers Gala Concert; 7:00 PM – Closing Ceremonies. 

For ticket reservations, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-3704 and 832-3706.


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