Cantelena – Patras, Greece
Conductor Eleni Papadopoulou
Cantelena’s Children Choir was founded in September 2016. It consists of children and seeks to cultivate and enrich their vocal skills. While having been created less than a year ago, the choir has taken part in many charity concerts, notably this past Christmas period. It has also successfully participated in the 2nd Children Choirs’ Festival in Larisa. Finally, in March 2017, the choir took part in “The sound of choirs”, Cantelena’s First Festival, which was hosted by the Cantelena Choir of Patras at the Conference and Cultural Center of the University of Patras. In October of 2017 was awarded with Golden Metal in 2nd Int. Kalamata Choir Competition & Festival by Interkultur
Conductor: Eleni Papadopoulou – Aravantinou
Pianist: Marina Mylona
Corale Euterpe – Augusta, Italy
Conductor Rosy Messina
The Augustinian association was founded in 2002 and proposes the study of the vocal polyphony a cappella in its various genres, sacred, profane, classical, preferring the elaboration of light and popular music, with the specific intent to spread the culture of vocal music. Since its birth it is directed by ms. Rosy Messina. Numerous participations have been held in choral shows and festivals throughout Sicily. In May 2002 the association was invited to animate the Augusta – Megara Twinning (Greece) in collaboration with the international Mondogreco Association. On the occasion of Easter 2007 he organized the 2nd edition of “Prayers under the Cross” by performing the Stabat Mater of Reinbergher, the first national execution, at the Institute of religious sciences “Saint Methodius” of Syracuse in the presence of Archbishop Giuseppe Costanzo and of high religious offices. In December 2008 the association conceived and organized the first of a series of cultural events promoted by it: “The Symposium: meetings of Art, Music and Culture” with a photographic-pictorial exhibition on the theme of ART AND SICILY, realized in “Fabio Blandino” auditorium in Augusta (SR). He began his permanent collaboration with the YAP MARCELLO GIORDANI Academy from 2014 and largely represents the Yap Choir of the aforementioned artistic association. She performed in the opera “CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA” in Augusta, on 9 July 2015 as choir, directed by ms. Rosy Messina in collaboration with the lyric choir of Bellini of Catania and with the participation, as protagonist, of the tenor of world famous Marcello Giordani. Among the latest events, the participation as a chorus of the opera “Elisir d’amore”, a lyric opera staged on 29 May 2016 at the “Città della Notte” theater under the direction of Enrico Stinchelli, The orchestra was directed by m ° Michele Netti, the choir was curated by mr Rosy Messina. On 13 August 2017 the choir participated as a chorus to the opera “Pagliacci”, realized in their own city and then in the Garibaldi theater in Modica, in collaboration with the Academy Marcello Giordani YAP; m. Rosy Messina oversaw the preparation of the choir. Our motto is: “Art teaches everyone to be a master of himself”!
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union Choir –
Hong Kong, China
Conductors Lit Tsz Ching, Tsang Hong Yiu
Established in 1967, The Hong Kong University Students’ Union Choir is the sole representative choral body of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union. With the vision of extending the reaches of choral music within and beyond campus, the fully student-run Choir is acclaimed to be one of the most active university choirs in Hong Kong. Over the past 51 years, the Choir has been organising a variety of events and performances, and participating in both local and international competitions. The Choir came first in the 69th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Open Class – Senior Choir (SATB) Category. The Choir was honoured to have attained Category Winner of the Mixed Voices (Senior Youth) category in Orientale Concentus VII and IX. The Choir was also awarded Gold B Award and the Grand Prize of CASH Best Commissioned Piece in the World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival Hong Kong 2015. Apart from the competitions, the Choir carols all over Hong Kong during Christmas time in different locations, such as The Peninsula Hong Kong and Ocean Park Hong Kong to spread the joy of Christmas to the general public. The Choir participated in a Joint-University Charity Concert to raise money for the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake. Also, the Choir collaborated with other choral bodies and organised concerts to share choral music with the general public.
Kaohsiung Children Choir – Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Conductor Hui-Mei Tai
The Kaohsiung Municipal Children Choir (KMCC) was founded in 1970’s. It has put together an extensive repertoire and cultivated a reputation as one of the most prestigious choirs in South Taiwan after more than four decades of efforts and development. Currently, there are about 160 students in KMCC from all over Kaohsiung, Taiwan.There have been more than 6000 alumni from KMCC since then. Their members are ranging from 9 to 15 years old. According to age and musical abilities, the classes are structured into 4 groups: Junior, Beginner, Intermediate, and Senior. This group, known as the “Kaohsiung Municipal Children Choir”, has an impressive history of performing overseas having been to all the continents in Taiwan and performed in major performance venues in more than 30 cities. They are now one of the best known choral ensembles in Taiwan and often represent Kaohsiung city or Taiwan at international events. KMCC has participated in various international choral festivals such as the International Music Festival in Bern, Switzerlandin 2006, Oregon Festival of American Music in 2007, the 8th Golden Gate International Choral Festival in San Francisco in 2009, Summer Music Festivals in Tuscany, Italy in 2011, the International Johannes Brahms Choir Competition & Festival in Wernigerode, Germany in 2013, the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, in 2014, the European Choir games in Magdeburg in Germany, in 2015, the Laurea Mundi Budapest Choral Festival & Open Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in 2016, and the 8th Musica Eterna Roma International Choir Festival and Competition, Rome, Italy, in 2017. They won silver medals in the Children Choirs category in the Open Competition, once again making the world bear witness to the enchanting brilliance of heavenly Taiwan music.
Maîtrise Des Petits Chanteurs de Québec –
Quebec City, Canada
Conductor Céline Binet
Proud of its 100th anniversary, La Maîtrise de Québec, Canada, continues its educational and musical mission! The Quebec Masters has allowed generations of children to learn about music and participate in the cultural life of the National Capital. Each year, some 250 students aged 6 to 16 from the Québec City region enroll in an Arts-études program, in partnership with the Commission scolaire de la Capitale, which allows them to enhance their educational project with a solid musical education. Musical activities: Concerts with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Violons du Roy, Master class with the King’s Singers, Mass at the Basilica-Notre-Dame Cathedral, recordings, congresses and rallies are part of their training program. European tours: Every two years, these trips allow many of them to live the exceptional experience of singing in such prestigious places as the Salzburg Cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, the St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Cathedral of Westminster , the Cologne Cathedral and Notre-Dame Cathedral. In July 2016 in Bratislava, these young people earned a silver medal. An exceptional learning “Thanks to the training offered by the Master, music becomes for these children, an ally, a confidante who accompanies them throughout their lives,” explained Céline Binet, musical director and coordinator of the choral singing option since now 26 years.
Marylhurst University Chamber Choir – Portland, USA
Conductor Justin Smith
Hailed as an “accomplished, powerful, slick and tonally precise choir” by European jurors, the internationally award-winning Marylhurst Chamber Choir is the premiere choral ensemble at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. A highly selective, 30-voice mixed choir, it was founded in the fall of 2014 by Dr. Justin Smith, Director of Choral Activities. The group is rapidly gaining a reputation for excellence throughout the Northwestern United States and the world. In 2014-2015, in addition to numerous concerts throughout Oregon and Washington state, the Chamber Choir performed by invitation at the Oregon Music Educators Association’s All-State Conference. They also performed in Boston, MA, and by invitation at Carnegie Hall, New York City, where they sang Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom under Dr. Smith’s direction. In 2015-16, they continued their busy schedule of concerts in the Pacific Northwest. They also travelled to Cork, Ireland to participate as the only invited American choir in the Cork International Choral Festival, one of Europe’s most prestigious choral competitions. At Cork, they were the only choir to take home two trophies, winning both Third Prize in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition and the Peace Award for the choir that best embodied the spirit of the festival. They also collaborated with the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, and the composer Caroline Shaw, on performances of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for Eight Voices. In 2016-2017 Chamber Choir travelled to Stockholm, Sweden, and Riga, Latvia, as the only American choir invited to the Grand Prix of Nations at the 3rd European Choir Games, where they were awarded gold medals in both of their competition categories. The coming year sees Chamber Choir collaborating with the Portland Chamber Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah , and the renowned vocal ensembles Cappella Romana and Cantus, as well as embarking on their third international tour. Dr. Justin Smith is the Director of Choral Activities and holder of the Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music at Marylhurst University, where he conducts three choirs, teaches music history and conducting, and administers the music core. He is director of the Marylhurst Chorale and founder of the Marylhurst Choral Union and Marylhurst Chamber Choir. He is also the founder and director of Marylhurst Opera, which presents a fully staged production each spring. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in April of 2012, conducting the Faure Requiem for MidAmerica Productions, and returned to conduct the Randall Thompson Testament of Freedom in 2015. He conducted the Mozart Missa Brevis in Vienna, Austria in summer 2016, and will return to Carnegie Hall in May 2018 to conduct John Rutter’s Gloria and Te Deum with choirs from all over the United States. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Oregon Music Educators Association. He serves as Collegiate R & S Chair on the board of the Oregon ACDA chapter.
Montana Male Choir – Montana, Bulgaria
Conductor Snezhina Georgieva
The “Montana male choir” has been founded in 2001 to the culture center “Razum” in the town of Montana, Bulgaria. It consists of 16 singers. The repertoire includes classical pieces, bulgarian folk songs and orthodox vocal music. Since 2002 the choir has participated in the international choir festivals, competitions and other musical events in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Serbia and Romania. Conductor Snezhina Georgieva was born in Karlovo, Bulgaria. She has finished in 1992 the South-West University in the town of Blagoevgrad, specialty “Musical pedagogy”.
Westlake High School Choralation –
Auckland, New Zealand
Conductor Rowan Johnston
Choralation is the premier mixed voice choir for Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools in Auckland, New Zealand. It was formed in 2015 under its current Musical Director Rowan Johnston. The choir has enjoyed great success both nationally and internationally. In 2014 they gained 1st= in the mixed choir category of the Summa Cum Laude Music Festival in Vienna before going on to complete a tour of Hungary to critical acclaim. In New Zealand, they have won the Platinum Award for Best Choir at the New Zealand Secondary Schools choral festival (NZCF The Big Sing) seven times in the last nine years. Choralation has regularly recorded for TVNZ and in 2015 was invited by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to be the choir for the Dr Who Spectacular in Auckland
Westlake High School Voicemale – Auckland, New Zealand
Conductor David Squire
Voicemale is the premier male choir from Westlake Boys High School in Auckland, New Zealand. Formed in 2003, it has transformed the perception of singing in a choir at the school. Competition for a place in the choir is fierce, with more than 150 boys auditioning each year. Voicemale has regularly been awarded the top male choir prize at the New Zealand Choral Federation secondary schools choral festival ‘The Big Sing’, both at Auckland and national level. The choir has been invited to the national finale of this event every year since 2009, and is the only male choir to do so, winning several gold awards during that time.Voicemale has performed in venues all over New Zealand and has gained a reputation for performing elaborately staged theatrical numbers alongside serious choral music. The repertoire of male choirs is often dominated by light music and nostalgia, but Voicemale has worked hard to challenge this stereotype. For the past four years the choir has commissioned a challenging modern work from a prominent New Zealand composer. The choir has participated in several workshops, including with the King’s Singers and Malcolm Archer. The choir is conducted by David Squire, who also conducts the international award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir, and the accompanist is Janet Gibbs.
Zenski Kameren Hor “Sv.Zlata Meglenska” –
Conductor Letka Dimovska Polizova
The Women’s Chamber Choir “St. Zlata Meglenska” exists as a part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church and it is the first of its kind of choirs in the Republic of Macedonia. Letka Dimovska Polizova is the founder, artistic director and the conductor of the Choir. The Choir is composed by 25 women’s voices that belong to young educated musicians, students of the Faculty of Music Art in Skopje. Although they are volunteers, these young people contribute to the reputation of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, Macedonian cultural tradition and popularity of the choral church singing in authentic way and high quality. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign affairs, as well as several embassies of the Republic of Macedonia abroad, the choir accomplished excellent international presentation and affirmation of Macedonian Church music in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Serbia, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland, Portugal, Belgium, Monte Negro, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Espania, SAD, Austria, Indonesia, Canada, Latvia, Russian Federation. Letka Dimovska Polizovam, academic musician, is the founder and a conductor of the Choir. She acquired high reputation through her activity as a founder, a conductor and a successful leader of several choirs in Macedonia. She is a winner of numerous important national and international prizes. As a leader of the children’s choir of Macedonian Broadcast, then the choir “Zlatno Slavejce” (” Golden Nightingale”), Youth Mixed Choir “Koco Racin”, Chamber Choir of the Orthodox cathedral “St. Climent Ohridski” and many others, she achieves the epithet the most successful female conductor in Macedonia.