Coro Diman – Turriaco – Italy

Director: Caterina Biasol

Category: F

Diman Choir of the Bisiachi Traditional Costumes Group is formed by children from 8 to 15 years old. It proposes its own repertoire of pop music, and musicals, as well as some traditional folk songs performed together with the adult choir. The choir combines movement, dance, speech to music, according to the formula of Sìngspiel. It has performed several concerts and musical theater shows in the region and abroad. It has participated in several Festivals including the International Choral Singing Festival in Montecatini Terme, the Alta Pusteria Festival, the Fruts Furians Festival in Udine (2018), the CantaFestival de la Bisiacaria in Monfalcone (2017, 2019), the Festival della Canzone del Friuli Venezia Giulia in Grado (2018, 2019), the Festival della Canzone Voci Nostre in Umago (HR).

 

Gruppo Costumi Tradizionali Bisiachi – Turriaco – Italy

Director: Caterina Biasol

Category: D

The choir of Gruppo Costumi Tradizionali Bisiachi was born in 2003 with the aim of recovering the tradition of folk singing, enhancing old motifs of Friuli Venezia Giulia as well as Italian scripts proposed and interacting with the public. It has performed in Europe, USA and Canada. The choir has participated in regional and national TV programs. The choir wears the traditional costume of the Bisiacaria and is accompanied by accordion and guitar, sometimes by mandolin, transverse flute, and piano, as well as rudimentary percussive instruments. Since 2006 the choir has been proposing the exclusive repertoire of the military songs of the Italians of Austria in the Litoral, a small contribution to the preservation of a cultural heritage. Since 2004, the choir has been working on a project of musical entertainment for the guests of several retirement homes in the region. The project was awarded with the ‘Signaling of Good Example’ at the National Award Person and Community 2017. In 2011 it was recognized by MIBAC as a Popular and Amateur Music Group of National Interest.

 

Voci Bianche Rimini – Rimini – Italy

Director: Maria Elvira Massani

Category: F

The Coro Voci Bianche Rimini is the choir of the Istituto Comprensivo Alighieri of Rimini. The choral activity began in the school year 2003-2004 directed by Prof. Maria Elvira Massani. The choir has received the patronage of the Municipality of Rimini on November 6, 2012. The choir is attended by students of various nationalities from China, Africa, Latin America, Ukraine, Russia. The repertoire is very wide: traditional songs, spirituals, repertoire of operas, film soundtracks, songs and madrigals (up to three voices) and pop music. The choir takes part in competitions and concerts: they sing every year for the Christmas concert and for the concert in the  the Hospital of Rimini. Every year the choir participates in the final show of the Istituto Comprensivo Alighieri and sings with the school orchestra. In June 2007 the choir was ranked first at the national competition of Sogliano. Since 2003 it has participated in the competition ‘Fondazione Marri di Faenza’ obtaining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. It won for two consecutive years the 1st prize at the Choral Competition ‘Ragazzi e cinema’. On May 27, 2018 he won the 2nd prize at the Competition ‘City of Riccione’. The Choir was chosen to participate in the national inauguration of the 2018-2019 school year in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and the highest authorities of the State, an event realised on September 17, 2018 on the Island of Elba. The choir has made video clips on various topics such as bullying and friendship.

 

Choir Cantum – Moscow – Russia

Director: Irina Karavanskaya

Categories: C – E

Chorus ‘Cantum’ is a mixed choir of high school students who study music and singing in their free time at the Center for Creative Development and Music Aesthetic Education ‘Radost’ in Moscow. The group was created in September 2017 from the graduates of the chorus ‘Smile’ who wished to continue their studies of music. The children sing in the choir since childhood, often touring and participating in Russian and international competitions, repeatedly becoming winners. The ensemble’s repertoire is very varied: spiritual and classical music, folk songs from various countries and works by contemporary composers. The organiser and permanent head of the choir is the Honorary Worker of General Education of Russia, Honorary Member of the All-Russian Musical Society, winner of international competitions Karavanskaya Irina Yurievna. Chorusmasters: Tatiana Viktorovna Sudakova, Marina Olegovna Nikolaeva, Tatiana Gennadievna Rusyikina. Concertmaster: Skorkina Nadezhda Nikolaevna.

 

North Bay Choral Society – North Bay – Canada

Director: Lynda Burtch

Category: B

The North Bay Choral Society is made up of members of all ages and from all walks of life.  The choir continues to perform various repertoire every year.  Classical, musicals and pop music are just a few. We are brought together by our common bond, the love of singing. This community choral group presents two concerts a year.They participate in several activities in the community throughout the year to support seniors, athletic groups, and the youth. The Choral Society, this year has moved to a virtual format to allow the group to keep singing and supporting our singers. This journey has been a new format but has brought huge growth not only musically but also in support of each other in their own lives.

 

Vox Altisono – Osielec – Poland

Director: Ksenia Miśkiewicz

Categories: A – E

The Vox Altisono Chamber Choir was founded in November 2009 in Osielec as an ensemble operating at the Municipal Culture, Sports and Promotion Centre in Jordanów. Initially it was a mixed choir, but now it consists of only women. Since October 2011 the conductor of the choir is Ksenia Miśkiewicz. Vox Altisono adds beauty to cultural events, state and church celebrations, gives concerts in Poland and abroad: it has performed in Austria, Hungary, Lithuania and Italy. The choir is a co-organiser of annual Carol Concerts and Lent Song Concerts “Stabat Mater” in the Jordanów municipality. The choir has won many prestigious awards.

 

Choir Smile – Moscow – Russia

Director: Irina Karavanskaya

Category: E

The ‘Smile’ Choir is a choir of the MEO ‘Joy’ Centre in which sing children from 10 to 16 years of age. The group was created in 1993 by a wonderful teacher and musician Karavanskaya Irina Yurievna, who is still its artistic director. The young artists have given concerts in the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Spain, Lithuania, Italy, Serbia and other countries, and have participated in national and international meetings dedicated to children’s art. The choir was the winner of the Grand Prize at the 11th International Festival-Competition of Choral and Vocal Art named after F.I. Chaliapin, the International Competition ‘Silver Star’, the winner of the 1st prize at the Moscow festivals and national festivals: ‘Where is the holiday!’; ‘Childhood song’; ‘Sunflower’; ‘Young talents of Moscow’; ‘Christmas carol’; ‘I sing to my God’; ‘New heights’; ‘Purple thrush’; ‘Lel carol’; ‘Young talents’. The ensemble’s repertoire includes works from various epochs and genres: classical works by Russian and foreign composers, folk songs from various countries, sacred music and also interesting works by contemporary composers, some of which were written especially for Smile. The choir is directed by Irina Karavanskaya, who received an honorary title for education and is an honorary member of the All-Russian Musical Society. Choir directors: Sudakova Tatiana Viktorovna, Nikolaeva Marina Olegovna. Choirmaster: Skorkina Nadezhda Nikolaevna.

 

 

Sofia Boys’ Choir – Sofia – Bulgaria

Director: Adriana Blagoeva

Category: E

The Sofia Boys’ Choir is the first boys’ choir in Bulgaria, founded in 1968. Prof. Dr. Adriana Blagoeva has been conductor of the choir since 1989. Besides Bulgarian music (including folkloric and Orthodox music), masterpieces of different musical styles and genres from the 14th century to the present day are performed. Since 1993 till present day the choir has released 11 solo albums (audio CDs), 1 DVD and has taken part in another 9 together with other musicians. Since 1993, the Sofia Boys Choir under the directing of Prof. Adriana Blagoeva has won one Grand Prix, six First prizes and five Second prizes at eight international choral competitions. Adriana Blagoeva is a professor in choral conducting and Vice Rector at National Academy of Music ‘Prof. P. Vladigerov’ in Sofia, PhD in Musicology and Music Art. The Sofia Boys’ Choir has performed all over Europe and Japan.

 

Chór Bel Canto – Jordanów – Poland

Director: Ksenia Miśkiewicz

Category: B

The Bel Canto Choir was founded in 2000 and operates at the H. Kołłątaj School Complex in Jordanów. Its members are pupils and graduates of the school and students of other educational institutions in the Sucha County. The choir has taken part in many competitions and festivals. It has given concerts abroad, among others in Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Italy and Austria. The choir has been awarded the prize of the Prefect of Sucha County, received the Medal of Merit for the Jordanów Land and the prize of the Association of Municipalities in the Babia Góra Region, and was a semi-finalist in the competition of the Marshal of Małopolska Region “Crystal Salt”.

 

Choir Radost – Moscow – Russia

Director: Ekaterina Dunaeva

Categories: C – E – F

The Starshij Choir of the Center for Contemporary Arts and Culture ‘Radost’ conducts a great concert activity, performing in the best Moscow halls, such as Great and Rachmaninov halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow Philharmonic, Svetlanovsky Hall of the International House of Music. The choir showed its skills in the cities of Russia, as well as abroad – in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, Bulgaria, Belarus, China, Serbia, Holland. Choir is a laureate of Russian and foreign competitions, winner of the Grand Prix of the children’s and youth festival for the best performance of sacred music ‘Christmas carol’. In 2014 singers took part in the official closing ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games (Russia, Sochi) as part of the Children’s Choir of Russia. The Starshij Choir has repeatedly become the laureate of the I stage of the Moscow International Children and Youth Choir Festival ‘Moscow Sounds’. In the repertoire of the choir works of Russian and foreign classics, compositions of contemporary composers, folk songs, sacred music.The head of the collective is Honored Worker of General Education, laureate of the Moscow Grant Competition, laureate of the Moscow, All-Russian and International Competitions, Honored Artist of the All-Russian Music Society, Ekaterina Dunaeva, a teacher with more than thirty years of practical experience working with children’s choirs. Choirmasters – Victoria Bono, Anastasia Yurkevskaya. Accompanist – Aleksandr Zemyachkovskii. Teacher-organizer – Olga Koshkina.

 

Choir Res Nova – Terralba – Italy

Director: Dante Muscas

Category: B

The polyphonic choir Res Nova of Terralba started its activity in 1991. The activity of the choir is aimed at raising awareness of the musical culture, especially choral culture, and promoting events for humanitarian associations. It has organized numerous concerts and festivals in various towns in the Province of Oristano, offering a repertoire from different eras and nationalities, ranging from sacred to profane and popular music. In 1994, it conceived and continues to organize a Christmas carols festival which over the years has seen the participation of prestigious regional, national and international choirs. In 2009, it took part in the 1st International Competition of Choral Polyphony ‘Cantincoro’ and in a concert with the famous artist and singer Katia Ricciarelli, performing with her pieces for choir and soprano transcribed for the occasion. Recently (October 2019) the choir participated in the Fourth Edition of the ‘Nuoro Patria dei Cori’ award named after Maestro Bobore Nuvoli and in the 7th Music Composition Competition on a text in Sardinian language “Orgosolo-Beata Antonia Mesina”. The choir received the Silver award at the International Choral Competition Christmas Inside-Rome (20 December 2020). For several years the Res Nova Choir has been collaborating with the instrumental group ‘Accademia della Sardegna’ of Oristano directed by the first violinist Fortunato Casu. The choir is directed by Dante Muscas.

 

Choir Gloria Brunensis – Brno – Czech Republic

Director: Natalia Chirilenco

Categories: A – E

Women`s chamber choir Gloria Brunensis was established in January 2014 by the initiative of its current conductor Natalia Chirilenco. The repertoire of Gloria Brunensis, that specializes mostly a cappella music consists of a wide range of compositions that span across periods and musical genres, from polyphony to contemporary authors. It specializes Despite being a young group, the choir has already achieved success in domestic as well as foreign choral competitions. These include two Golden Prizes and the category winner award at International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music in Bratislava in 2019, the Golden Prize at Praga Cantat 2018 or two Silver Prizes at International Choral Competition in Bad Ischl, Austria. The choir also regularly host concerts in its hometown Brno, as well as attends various events as a guest, the past year it was for example the Brno`s festival Ode to Joy or the concert Singing for UNICEF.

 

Choir Vozhrozdenie – Moscow – Russia

Director: Ekaterina Dunaeva

Categories: B – E – F

Choir Vozrozhdenie – Center for Creative Development and Musical and Aesthetic education of children and youth ‘Radost’ (Moscow, Russia). Conductor – Ekaterina Dunaeva. Concertmaster – Mark Poom. The Vozrozhdenie choir was created in February 2018 from graduates of the Choir Department of the Radost Center.  All of them found themselves in other professions, but they are united by a love of music and choral singing. The choir’s repertoire consists of the best examples of Russian sacred and classical music, Western European classics, music by contemporary composers, folk music of Russia and the world. The ensemble successfully performs at the most prestigious venues in Moscow, including: the Bolshoi, Maly and Rachmaninov Halls of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky, Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music, Column Hall of the House of Unions, Concert Halls named after P.I.  Tchaikovsky, Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Zaryadye and others. The choir is a laureate and winner of the Grand Prix at International Choir Festivals: in Bratislava (2018), Chorus Inside in Spain (2019), Crystal Chapel (2018), Moscow Sounds (2018, 2019, 2020). As well as international online contests in 2020: ‘Campanella’ (Grand Prix), ‘Intercession on the Neva-2020’ (1st place). The Vozrozhdenie choir toured St. Petersburg, Uglich, Kaluga, Tver, Zhukovsky, Nizhny Novgorod, as well as European countries: Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Spain.  The choir regularly travels to the holy places of Russia (the Vvedensky stavropegic monastery of Optina Pustyn, the Holy Trinity Seraphim-Diveevsky monastery and others), was a member of the Nativity choral concert in the Cathedral in Nizhny Novgorod.

 

Gruppo Vocale Euphoné – Altavilla Milicia – Italy

Director: Vincenzo Marino

Category: E

The Vocal Group Euphoné was founded in 2009 under the direction of maestro Enzo Marino and is specialized in a cappella music of the sacred and secular renaissance-baroque repertoire. It made its debut by performing Cristoforo Caresana’s Mass for 4 voices at the Bellini Conservatory of Palermo in an exam on performance practice and choir conducting repertoire. The vocal group was born and lives within the Association “Coro Polifonico Regina Pacis” of Altavilla Milicia (PA). The experience gained in solemn animations has allowed it to deal at a high level also with monody and polyphony related to the liturgy. The interest and deepening in the field of secular repertoire has allowed the Euphoné Group to explore new modes of expression and interpretation, such as in the performance entitled “Pathos – Representation of soul and body”, where the vocal group Euphoné sang and acted in a project of socio-cultural revaluation of the territory. In 2011 and 2012 the group won the award for ‘Best technical-vocal and conducting performance’ at the National Review of Sacred Music held in Alessandria della Rocca (AG) for two consecutive years. Also, in 2012 she won the 1st Absolute Prize and the ‘Artistic Prize’ (recording of a CD) awarded for artistic merit at the 17th National Young Musicians Competition in Caccamo (PA). In May 2012 they ranked third at the II Concorso Nazionale ‘Antonio Guanti’ in Matera (first prize not awarded) winning the Premio Speciale Antonio Guanti for the interpretation of the secular renaissance repertoire. In the second part of 2012 the Euphoné group held concerts in prestigious auditoriums: at the Cathedral of Monreale, at the Cappella Palatina and at Palazzo Steri-Chiaramonte in Palermo. In October 2012 the group performed at the graduation concert of Maestro Enzo Marino at the two-year specialized course in choir conducting at the ‘Vincenzo Bellini’ Conservatory in Palermo. At the end of the same year, the vocal group Euphoné inaugurated the A.Gi.Mus Sicilia concert season and the Trabia ’12 Musica season. The 2013 concert season is also full of stages including the Auditorium of RAI in Palermo and participation in the Review of Choral Music at the Temple of Concordia in Agrigento. In May 2014 the vocal group won the First Absolute Prize at the National Competition ‘Eliodoro Sollima’ in Enna. The year 2015 is marked by the publication of the first recording project of Christmas songs ranging from Gregorian melodies to Palestrina, entitled ‘La Cattedrale’, created by the vocal group Euphoné in collaboration with the Orchestra Giovanile Mediterranea and Soprano Chiara Giacopelli. In addition, the vocal group acts as a laboratory choir for Masterclasses and Workshops all over Sicily and abroad. It has made two tours in Europe, in Ljubljana, Kranj and Postojna in Slovenia and in the churches of Saint Eugène and Saint Louis En l’Ile in Paris. The group has an intense artistic activity, giving no less than fifteen concerts per season. The group also collaborates with the ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ Conservatory of Milan as a choir for the exams of the choir conducting class.

 

Vocal Art Ensemble of Sweden – Göteborg/Gothenburg – Sweden

Director: Jan Yngwe

Category: B

Vocal Art Ensemble of Sweden has for decades been a powerful voice in the Swedish and international choir community; ever evolving and eternally engaged. A dedicated commitment to the music and the existential issues of our time. Together with the conductor Professor Jan Yngwe the choir has toured the better part of Europe, as well as Japan (1989), Cuba (1995), SouthAfrica (1999), Brazil (2004) and China (2012); in all around 40 international concert tours. Through the years, Vocal Art Ensemble has been awarded several prizes in international choir competitions. With its many recordings, radio and TV appearances, the ensemble has been lauded both domestically and internationally. The musical collaboration of Vocal Art Ensemble and Jan Yngwe is based on the conviction of the power and necessity of music in an increasingly technocratic society, a belief in music as an opportunity and a tool to reach a multidimensional and deeper understanding of our existence and of life. Vocal Art Ensemble made great success when as invited guestchoir represented Sweden at WSCM “World Symposium on Choral Music” in Barcelona. As a concrete result of these successes the choir has been appointed “Ambassadors of the International Federation for Choral Music”. 

 

St. Mary’s International School Men’s Choir – Tokyo – Japan

Director: Randy Stenson

Category: C

St. Mary’s International School, located in Tokyo, Japan, is an all-boy’s school with enrollment of nearly 1000 students in grades K-12 and are fortunate to have many opportunities for students to participate in the fine arts. The Men’s Choir of St. Mary’s International School seeks to nurture a love of music among its members with a mission to promote community service and global awareness. Students perform the world’s great classical choral works as well as light, popular works. This non-auditioned group of 102 students from grades 9-12 perform for charities in the Tokyo metropolitan area and are fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute musically to the causes of Refugees International and Save the Children. Internationally, the choirs’ tours have led them to appreciative audiences in Australia, Peoples Republic of China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, France, England, the United States, Hungary, Austria, and Japan. Additionally, the group has participated in the Worldstrides Heritage Festivals and World-Projects Pacific Basin Music Festival, where they have received highest rankings.

 

Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocenses – Płock – Poland

Director: Anna Bramska

Category: C

The Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocenses Choir was founded in 1998 by Anna and Wiktor Bramski as a boys’ choir at the Płock Cathedral. Currently, together with the girls’ choir, it constitutes a group of 100 children and youth aged 7 to 19 – a cultural institution in Płock. The choir took part in 40 competitions, in which it won over 80 awards. It represented Polish culture on four continents in 42 countries. It has performed, among others at the Grand Theater and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the National Philharmonic in Lviv, Bangkok and Moscow, the Basilica of the Nations in Washington and the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Each year the choir takes part in several competitions. In 2018 in Spain, Singapore, Indonesia and Croatia, it won 9 gold medals in various categories and the Grand Prix (Catalonia); in 2019 – in Italy, Japan and Philippines, it won 4 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal. In 2020, the choir took part in the Concorso Corale Internazionale Christmas Inside Roma, where it won 3 gold medals and the title of champion. Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocenses Choir participates also in the artistic life of the city – organizes two festivals: choral and organ. Every year it carries out a great musical work; in 2019 it was the Mass in G-Dur by F. Schubert, which was performed at the National Philharmonic in Kiev with the accompaniment of the Symphony Orchestra and in 2020 it was Requiem by W.A. Mozart.

 

St. Mary’s International School Varsity Ensemble – Tokyo – Japan

Director: Randy Stenson

Category: C

St. Mary’s International School, located in Tokyo, Japan, is an all-boy’s school with enrollment of nearly 1000 students in grades K-12 and are fortunate to have many opportunities for students to participate in the fine arts. The Men’s Choir of St. Mary’s International School seeks to nurture a love of music among its members with a mission to promote community service and global awareness. Students perform the world’s great classical choral works as well as light, popular works. This non-auditioned group of 102 students from grades 9-12 perform for charities in the Tokyo metropolitan area and are fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute musically to the causes of Refugees International and Save the Children. Internationally, the choirs’ tours have led them to appreciative audiences in Australia, Peoples Republic of China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, France, England, the United States, Hungary, Austria, and Japan. Additionally, the group has participated in the Worldstrides Heritage Festivals and World-Projects Pacific Basin Music Festival, where they have received highest rankings.

 

St. Mary’s International School Grade 8 Choir – Tokyo – Japan

Director: Randy Stenson

Category: C

St. Mary’s International School, located in Tokyo, Japan, is an all-boy’s school with enrollment of nearly 1000 students in grades K-12 and are fortunate to have many opportunities for students to participate in the fine arts. The Middle School includes students in grades 6-8, and the St. Mary’s International School Grade 8 Choir is one of three choirs in the middle school. They are a 27 member non-auditioned group of enthusiastic singers that have a love for performance. The choir is featured in the school’s three major concerts and participates in the international school choral festival. The choir seeks to nurture a love for and global awareness of music from many cultures through the spiritual heritage that embodies St. Mary’s International School.

 

Spirit of OSU Vocal Ensemble – Stillwater – USA

Director: Christopher Haygood

Categories: D – E

Spirit of OSU Vocal Ensemble is a small ensemble at Oklahoma State University, which specialises in the jazz and contemporary genres. The group regularly performs for feature events in the South Central region of the United States. Spirit Vocal Ensemble will be featured in September 2021 on a concert honoring past university president, Burns Hargis, along with Governor Kevin Stitt and other special guests.

 

Oklahoma State Concert Chorale – Stillwater – USA

Director: Christopher Haygood

Categories: D – E

Concert Chorale is an auditioned collegiate mixed ensemble of usually 42-50 singers; however, during the pandemic the ensemble is divided to accommodate social distancing. Comprised of various majors throughout the university community, it is the premier singing ensemble at Oklahoma State University. Concert Chorale presents six main season concerts each year, records for music publishers, and hosts several guest conductors and composers each season. Past guests include composers Ēriks Ešenvalds, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Eric Barnum, Daniel Elder, Matthew Harris, Jake Runestad and conductors Jo-Michael Scheibe (University of Southern California) and Bruce Rogers (Mount San Antonio College). Concerts also feature international vocalists such as Sarah Coburn and Leona Mitchell. Concert Chorale performed at the Southwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and at the National ACDA convention in Minneapolis. Concert Chorale has toured France, England, Italy, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and will tour Europe again in summer 2022.

 

Spendiarian Choir – Yerevan – Armenia

Director: Marine Alaverdyan

Category: C

«Spendiarian» Choir of Armenia, for many years, stands out among the children’s choirs of Armenia for its novelty of repertoire, creativity,and beautiful sound.The«Spendiarian» Choir of Armenia is attended by children aged 9-14. Armenian choral music is very versatile, and has a huge choral library .One of the goals of the choir is to promote Armenian choral music.And we also very much welcome the Armenian contemporary composers, whose works always have a place in the «Spendiarian» choir’s repertoire.A striking example of this is the work of Vahag Vardanyan, who in 2021 wrote especially for the «Spendiarian» Choir of Armenia the a cappella piece «Two Black Clouds» for a 4-voice choir and three soloists.The choir team that participates in this competition has been formed since September 2021.But this new choir members has already managed to win hearts listeners both in Armenia and abroad. Since September 2021, the choir has managed to give a Recital dedicated to the fallen hero of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2021, a student of the Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas. The choir participated in the anniversary festival of Arno Babajanyan, performing with the popular jazz band under the direction of famous Armenian jazz musician Dave Geodakyan. «Spendiarian» Choir of Armenia has given many charity concerts in the regions of Armenia, to spread the choral music outside the capital.And in April, the Choir won the «Grand Prix» at «Art Music» International festival of Arts,which inspired children for new interesting projects and competitions. And we are very happy that in June we will participate in a wonderful Choral Festival and Competition «Queen of the Adriatic Sea» 2021. The «Spendiarian» choir’s conductor is the winner of international competitions, conductor Marine Alaverdyan, who currently directs three choirs, and one of them is the «Divisi» Choir of Armenia, which is one of the most popular choirs in Armenia and not only. Marine Alaverdyan is also the President and Founder of «Divisi» Arts Synthesis Cultural NGO, that promotes Armenian choral music, helps talented musicians, and organizes international and republican concerts, festivals, competitions.

 

Choristers of The Madeleine Choir School – Salt Lake City – USA

Director: Melanie Malinka

Categories: C – E

Founded in 1909, the Choir of The Cathedral of the Madeleine, consisting of adult members and choristers of The Madeleine Choir School, exists principally to serve the liturgical prayer of the Cathedral church of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. The choir sings weekly at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass from Labor Day through the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Sunday Vespers are sung by the Choir during the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Easter. The Choir sings a wide variety of liturgical music spanning every period in music history – from Gregorian chant to present day compositions – and takes seriously its duty of “preserving the sacred heritage of church music,” performing regularly works of Palestrina, Victoria and Mozart. The Choir has been on eleven international tours that have encompassed performances in Madrid, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, and Berlin, and have included Notre Dame de Paris and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Choir also broadcasts frequently on the radio, airing both concert and liturgical performances. Five compact discs are available from the Choir: Live from the 2011-2012 Concert Season, Sing Joyfully, Let the Bright Seraphim, O Great Mystery and Wondrous Sign, and Missa S. Aloysii, MH 257 – J. Michael Haydn. These compact discs are available for a suggested donation at utmcs.org and at all concerts. The Choristers of The Madeleine Choir School can also be heard on the Utah Symphony’s CD recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 available at referencerecordings.com.

 

Spring Children’s Choir of Shanghai Huangpu Youngster’s Art Activity Center – Shanghai – China

Director for Cat. C: Wanjun Shen
Director for Cat. E: Siying Xia

Categories: C – E

Spring Children’s Choir of Shanghai Huangpu Youngster’s Art activity Center of Shanghai Student Arts Union is a key arts group of the aforementioned “Shanghai Student Arts Union. The chorus is composed of more than 300 members from different levels of   schools in Shanghai. Since its founding in 1996, it has won numerous awards at home and abroad. At the same time, great importance has been given to broadening students’ horizon, updating their ability and training their wills. In addition, by attending the performance in opera, musical, symphony and recitals, the chorus has been gaining wide experiences of stage performance. The choir has love and devotion as its motif. Members are not only taught singing skills but also how to behave in life. The group has worked out its unique singing style, world-class singing  techniques and it also has its own musical compositions.

 

Kammerchor Manila – Quezon City – Philippines

Director: Anthony Villanueva

Categories: B – D – E

Kammerchor Manila is a non-profit choral organization founded in 1992 by Professor Fidel Calalang Jr. The choir has been established as one of the premier church choirs in the Philippines; having won several awards and recognitions from many prestigious national and international choral competitions while keeping itself anchored to its pillar, “A commitment to excellence in music, friendship, and service to God.” The group was recognized in 2016 and 2019 by the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts as a recipient of the Ani ng Dangal Award. The award was given to the group for being hailed as the Absolute Winner during the Grand Prix round competition at the 42nd Festival of Songs in Olomouc, Czech Republic in 2014 and Grand Prix Winner at the 1st Leonardo Da Vinci International Choral Festival in 2017, respectively. Currently through the musical direction of Mr. Anthony G. Villanueva, the choir keeps itself anchored to its pillar, “A commitment to excellence in music, friendship, and service to God.” The ensemble continues to perform a wide repertoire of various styles & forms of musical genres ranging from madrigals to contemporary music, folkloric to modern OPM, and sacred to pop music showcasing the group’s versatility that has inspired its members and other church choirs to commit to excellence in music by elevating chorale music to its highest form.

 

Choir of the Maritime University of Szczecin – Szczecin – Poland

Director: Sylwia Fabiańczyk-Makuch

Categories: B – E

The Choir of the Maritime University of Szczecin conducted by Sylwia Fabiańczyk-Makuch, PhD, prof. at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin, has existed for 18 years. Currently, the ensemble gathers around 80 members, musicians and amateurs. From the beginning, the Choir was a true showcase of the city and region. Only throughout last 8 years the choir has received over 60 main awards at the most prestigious Polish and international festivals and choral contests, including 12 Grand Prix (e.g. in Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) and 35 Golden Medals. It had a chance to perform in over 15 countries (e.g. Italy, Turkey, Macedonia, Malta, Ireland, Ecuador, Canada, Japan, Taiwan). It also has on its account 7 CDs, 11 music videos and numerous premieres of contemporary music. The choir is also the author of an extraordinary project “Common Sounds” that mixes choral music with other musical genres. Through its activity distinguished by passion, the choir created a widely recognized image that refers to the cities maritime theme, for which the group was awarded the title “Ambassador of Szczecin”.

 

The Accord Gospel Choir – Greater Manchester – United Kingdom

Director: Kadria Thomas

Category: D

Accord Gospel Choir directed by the talented Kadria Thomas a singer songwriter in her own right have been singing together for more than 15yrs performing a vast repertoire of songs, wonderful arrangements and harmonies to audiences across the North West of England and the UK. The Accord Gospel Choir celebrates diversity and Kadria continually sources new material from various cultural roots and music genres. The choir has performed at community and social awareness events for charities and local and national service providers such as Pennine Care Foundation Trust, The Police Forum for Equality and Diversity, International Women’s Day, Black History Month events also at several commercial conferences including BBC Music Day with Mike Sweeney, City Tower PLC and Boatfest Music Festival. Accord singers consider themselves a family and new members are always warmly welcomed.

 

Shenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School Children’s Choir – Shenzhen – China

Director: Xi Li

Categories: C – D

Founded in September 2001, the Shenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School Children’s Choir is now the model choir of the Shenzhen city. Head of the choir is Rong Wang, the conductor and the founder of the choir is Xi Li. The choir is made up of students from every grade in the primary school, with the youngest being only 7 and the oldest 12 years old. They all love singing and love the art of choral singing. Over the years, the choir has achieved enormous growth. Some of their accomplishment includes: 2010,The choir won Gold Medal in the Champion Competition of the 6th World Choir Games. 2017. In the 8th China Children’s Chorus Show, the choir was named “Little Lark ” and the most popular children’s choir. 2012 and 2013, the choir published the Chinese first children’s a cappella album :Pure Beauty of Children’s Choirs Young Children’s A Cappella Collection Album I and Pure Beauty of Children’s Choirs Young Children’s a Cappella Collection Album II Children’s Fun. in China Record Company Shenzhen Branch. 2014,The choir recorded 62 songs for National Curriculum Standards compulsory Education Music Textbooks which published by People’s Music Publishing House. From 2011 to now, the choir was named as Shenzhen Model Choir. In 2019, the choir participated in the Idaho International Chorus Festival in the United States and the Montana International Chorus Festival in the United States, which was reported by local newspapers.

 

Shenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School Parents’ Choir – Shenzhen – China

Director: Xi Li

Category: B

The Shenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School Parents’ Choir was found in January 2019. The choir participated in the performance of the a cappella concert held at the Shenzhen Concert Hall on June 13, 2019.

 

Odawara Children’s Choir & Mulberry Choir – Kanagawa – Japan

Director: Taeko Kuwabara

Category: A

Odawara Children’s Choir and their alumni choir “Mulberry Choir” (Conductor: Taeko Kuwabara, Music Director: Haruko Kuwabara) often perform together. Odawara Children’s Choir, a society choir founded in 1963, has won 1st place in the Children’s Choir Category and the Best Voice Cultivation Prize at Young2006Praha, CZECH REPUBLIC as well as 1st place in the Equal Voices Youth Choir Category at Riva del Garda International Choral Competition, ITALY. Mulberry Choir was formed in 1985, winning the Grand-Prix at Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest, JAPAN, 1st place in the Youth Choir Category at Kodály Zoltán “Singing Youth” International Choral Competition, HUNGARY, and 1st place in the Folksong Category at Arezzo International Choral Competition, ITALY. As a combined choir, they received 3rd place and Gold Prize in the Equal Voice Choir Category at Tokyo International Choir Competition in 2018, and 2nd place and Gold Prize in the Equal Voices Choirs Category at Rimini International Choral Competition (online), ITALY in 2020.

 

Chamber Choir Ivan Filipovic – Zagreb – Croatia

Director: Goran Jerkovic

Categories: B – D – E – F

Chamber Choir Ivan Filipovic Zagreb was founded in 1998 and is one of the most successful a cappella ensembles in Croatia. High vocal and esthetic level of performing and a specific chamber repertory of high performing level are Choir’s characteristics since the very beginning. Although being an amateur ensemble, confirmation of such serious devotion to music are numerous awards on international competitions (Grand Prix at 14th International Choir Competition in Verona [Italy] 2003; Gold Medal at 3rd Choir Olympics in Bremen [Germany] 2004; Gold and Silver Medal at 4th World Choir Games, Xiamen [China] 2006; Grand Prix and Gold Diploma at 2nd Musica Sacra a Roma, Roma [Italy] 2007; Gold Medal at Istanbul International Choir Festival and Competition, Istanbul [Turkey] 2011 as well as high praises and positive reviews. In June 2015 the Choir has performed at the General Assembly Hall United Nations Headquarters in New York at the Celebration for The Rhythms of One World 2015 International Choral Festival. This festival celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Signing of the United Nations’ Charter. Choir’s activities are marked with intensive a cappella concerts all over Croatia, as well as abroad (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Taiwan, Turkey, Scotland, Spain, USA etc.). From the diapason of its copious concert activities special mention is given to oratorios: J. S. Bach Magnificat and Weihnachts-Oratorium, A. Bruckner Te Deum, D. Buxtehude Membra Jesu nostri, A. Campra Requiem, J. Gilles Requiem, G. F. Handel Dettingen Te Deum, M.-A. Charpentier In Nativitatem Domini canticum and Te Deum, J. Haydn The Creation, W. A. Mozart Mass in C-minor and Requiem, A. Vivaldi Gloria, G. Mahler Symphony of a Thousand… In 2003 Choir published a CD titled “a cappella”. Music recorded here is a vivid picture of Choir’s sound and repertory identity – performances of early and contemporary music unified by warm chamber sound. In 2010 Choir released its second CD and DVD titled “Dieterich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri”, and in 2013 third CD/DVD and also music book “Praizvedbe u HAZU” – Contemporary choral music based on Croatian traditional themes.

 

About 11 – Riccione – Italy

Director: Fabio Pecci

Category: A

About 11 is a project of the choir Le Allegre Note of Riccione. Born as a school project in February 2000, the choir Le Allegre Note, has immediately turned to a work aimed at the qualitative growth of vocality and events, as well as taking care of the traditional appointments related to school life. In recent years, more than 400 concerts and performances have been organized, and the choir has also performed on prestigious stages throughout Italy, with important collaborations. The choir has sung on RAI3 (‘At the foot of Kilimanjaro’ for the ‘Giornata della Memoria’), on RAI1 the ‘Te Deum’ by Berlioz under the direction of Maestro Claudio Abbado, and has performed dozens of performances of Carmina Burana, Tosca, Bohème, Carmen, for important opera and concert organizations, often collaborating with the soloists of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Selected by M.I.U.R. in 2010 to represent the primary school choir at the Music Festival in the courtyard of the Ministry, the choir has 7 first prizes and 2 second prizes in various national and international competitions in Treviso, Faenza, Pesaro, Arezzo, Cattolica. Now, ‘Le Allegre Note’ Association is one of the most interesting youth choirs in the area, with 166 children and young people aged between 6 and 27, divided into various levels. Since 2014, it has been organizing the ‘City of Riccione’ Choir Competition for children’s and school choirs. About 11 takes particular care in studying the a cappella repertoire, focusing in particular about the repertoire from the Middle Ages to the 18th century and on Italian 20th century and contemporary composers.