The Choirs 2019
Imusicapella (Imus Cavite, Phililppines)
Formed in 2002, Imusicapella is a church choir based at the Imus Cathedral and St. Peregrine Chapel in Imus Cavite, Philippines. The members are composed of Highschool and College students and young professionals aged 17 – 27. The choir has embarked in 10 international tours which covered Europe, North America and Asia, has won first prizes in many international choral competitions and has recorded already 6 CDs. Imusicapella has the purpose to promote, advance and uphold Philippine culture in the country and internationally through an abiding commitment to choral excellence. The founder and conductor of Imusicapella is Tristan Caliston Ignacio.
Laetare Vocal Ensemble (Dublin, Ireland)
is a mixed-voice choir from Dublin, Ireland, conducted by Dr. Róisín Blunnie. The choir has a busy schedule of concert performances and recordings, and is active in commissioning new choral works from Irish composers. Since its formation in 2014, the choir has received numerous prizes, including the ‘Ireland’s Choir of the Year’ award. Laetare released its first CD in 2017, and has recently begun recording a new album of contemporary music, in collaboration with leading Irish poets.
Lautitia Children's Choir (Debrecen, Hungary)
is based in Szent Efrém Elementary School in Debrecen. The choir was established in 1959 and in 2006 it was renamed to Lautitia Childrens's Choir. The current conductor József Nemes himself used to be a member of the choir. The choir won already lot of prizes in international competitions but the most important thing is the family atmosphere within the choir and sharing the love for music and singing.
Northwestern State University Chamber Choir (Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA)
founded in 1987, it is the flagship choral ensemble at Northwestern State University conducted by Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins. The choir frequently collaborates with composers and conductors for projects including most recently For a Breath of Ecstasy, commissioned from composer Michael Trotta, premiered in March 2017. They will premiere the six-movement work, The Falling Stars by Richard Burchard in March 2019. The ICC AVE VERUM competition will be the second international competition for the Northwestern State University Chamber Choir.
Oriana Youth Female Choir (Odessa, Ukraine)
is a youth female choir which exists since 2008 and is supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Odessa. Folklore program, classical choral works and sacred music are in the choir‘s repertoire. The choir mission is revival and maintenance of the rich Ukrainian traditions of choral singing. Oriana is conducted by Galina Shpak. Here are some basic data:
- 12 countries, 22 cities visited
- 15 international competitions participated, 12 first prizes, 2 Grand Prix
- more than 100 performances
Georgia Southern Chorale (Savannah, Georgia, USA)
Southern Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble of Georgia Southern University and is directed by Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. This ensemble performs literature from all styles and periods with an emphasis on a cappella repertoire and masterworks with orchestra. During the summer of 2016, Chorale won the Grand Prize in the mixed category and the spirituals category at the Laurea Mundi Budapest. Chorale recently collaborated with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Brahms‘ Ein deutsches Requiem.
S:t Petri Ungdomskör- SPUK (Malmö, Sweden)
is a mixed youth choir with forty singers aged 14 to 20 years. SPUK regularly sings in St. Peters Church in Malmö when not giving concerts in other venues of the city and in Sweden. The choir has been recorded several times in broadcasts and in films. The conductor Alexander Einarsson is an organist and choir conductor in St. Peters Church in Malmö, Sweden. In 2018 he was elected Choir Leader of the Year by Föreningen Sveriges körledare.
Steirischer Landesjugendchor Cantanima (Graz, Austria)
was founded 2004 on the initiative of the Austrian Choral Association in Styria as a choir for young talented singers. The ensemble participates in international competitions on a regular basis and with big success. Since 2014 the choir is conducted by Sebastian Meixner.