Participating Choirs

The Exemplary Choir of Students of the Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies “Novellus”

Odessa, Ukraine

Conductor Natalia Getmanets

The Exemplary Chorus of Students of the Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies Novellus was founded in 2008. The collective takes part in all-Ukrainian and international competitions and festivals. Among the most famous: „Viva Festa Arcadia“ 1st place (Odessa, 2015), International festival-competition of choral art of memory of O. Zaitsev „Southern Palmyra“ 2nd place (Odessa, 2015), International festival-competition of arts „Musical Universe“ 1st Place (Odessa, 2015), All-Ukrainian Christmas festival „The Great Kolyada“ (Lviv, 2016), International festival-contest of spiritual music in memory of Gabriel Muziescu (2nd place, Romania – Iasi, 2016), All-Ukrainian competition of Christmas music festival «From Christmas to Christmas» ( Dnieper, in 2017). INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL II. 2017 2nd place (Bratislava.2017)

St.Cecilia Boys and Youth Choir

Marijampolė, Lithuania

Conductor Virginija Junevičienė

2001 in Marijampole chamber choir Suvalkija initiative of municipal schools in primary school started boys singing training. Boys Choir usually prepared various rallies and republican songs festivals repertoire and each year participated in this type of events. After several years of operation, the choir joined in Vilkaviškio Christian cultural center and became the Boys Choir visited by various age boys and young men. Currently, it is often with a band concerts in Marijampole, in other Lithuanian city, has performed in Poland, Romania, Grece, Espanja. Most choral singers as soloists can participated in various events and competitions in Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, Italy, Portugal and became a national and international competitions laureates and diploma holders. Boys and youth choir’s repertoire consists of Lithuanian folk songs, Lithuanian composers and creators of the most outstanding foreign G.Caccini, C.Frank , F. Schubert, J.Strauss, J.S.Bach, G.F.Hendel works . St.Cecilia boys choir can perform different durations secular and sacred music. Choir artistic director of Virginia Junevičienė

University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors

Quezon City, Philippines

Conductor Edgardo Manguiat

From its humble beginnings in 1980 at the Kalayaan Residence Hall, the UP Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) has gone a long way earning for the country and for the University 5 Grand Prizes, 23 First Prizes, and other awards in 21 international choral competitions in ITALY, FRANCE, HUNGARY, GERMANY, SPAIN, BELGIUM, POLAND, the CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, BULGARIA, the NETHERLANDS, WALES, and SWITZERLAND. Among other recognitions, the Group prides itself to be the first Asian Grand Prize winner in the Concorso Polifonico Internazionale “Guido D’Arezzo” 2001 in Arezzo, ITALY. Most memorable is its participation as Finalist in the European Grand Prix (EGP) 2002, also in ITALY. The Choir was accorded the “Ani ng Dangal” Award by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) “for achieving the highest levels of artistic excellence and bringing honor to the country” in 2009 and 2012. For having won the Best Choral Group Award three (3) times, UPSA was elevated to the Hall of Fame of ALIW Awards in 2012. In the Group’s eight (8) European tours and competitions, and several goodwill performances in ASIA, AUSTRALIA, UAE & AFRICA and the USA, UPSA has shared Filipino culture through songs, customs, indigenous weaves and dances. It represented the PHILIPPINES in the 2005 UNESCO International Music Prize in Paris, FRANCE; and performed at the Sydney Opera House in AUSTRALIA for the drum-up concert of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. A choir comprised of students from different colleges in the University, the Group engages itself not only in musical endeavours but also participates, through its Outreach Programs, in socio-civic activities for the less privileged – victims of natural calamities, cancer-stricken patients of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), residents of homes for the aged in the Philippines and abroad, among others who are constant recipients of its musical generosity.