Quarinthia, Austria

For the four Carinthians who have found each other far from home in Graz, the traditional Carinthian songs naturally have a special meaning. But we are basically open in all directions that can be achieved with four-part singing without instrumental accompaniment. Especially through the acquaintance with Tom Gentry, barbershop arrangements have increasingly flowed into the rehearsal work.

Even if the history of Quarinthia goes back to 2004, it was not until 2014 that the decision was made to rehearse regularly from now on. The decisive factor for this was a request to us to sing a song for a movie. The movie “Valossn” celebrated its Austrian premiere in October 2016, and Quarinthia contributed the theme song, which we are of course very proud of. In particular, the collaboration with Florian Widmann as a voice teacher has had a lasting impact on our further development. His inspiration moves us again and again to work even more intensively on our overall sound. In addition to recording a sound carrier, our plans for the future also include the presentation of a special singer’s honey, the recipe of which is being worked on together with the organic honey manufacturer Klopeiner See.

Guangdong Experimental Middle School Children’s Choir, China

The Children’s Choir of Guangdong Experimental Middle School, founded in 1952, is the winner of “13 consecutive titles” in the Guangzhou School Chorus Festival and has been awarded the honorary title of “Model Choir” in Guangzhou Schools. On behalf of Guangdong Province, the choir has participated in national and international chorus competitions and achieved outstanding success. It has won the championships in many international chorus competi-tions. It is the most outstanding middle school children’s chorus in China. The Artistic Director and Conductor of this choir is Mr. XIE Mingjing and Ms. PAN Yeqin is assistant conductor.

Guangdong Experimental Middle School Male Voice Choir, China

Guangdong Experimental Middle School Male Voice Choir was founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Mr. XIE Mingjing, and has made outstanding achievements in many international chorus competitions. In 2017, the Choir participated in the 39th CANTONIGROS Inter-national Chorus Festival Competition in Spain and won the champion of youth male voice group. In 2018, it participated in the World Choir Games and won the champion. It is one of the most outstanding male voice choir of Youth&Children in Guangdong, China.

Guangdong Experimental High School Mixed Choir, China

Guangdong Experimental High School Mixed Choir Chorus was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Mr. XIE Mingjing. The Choir has represented Guangdong Province to participate in both national and international choir competitions and has achieved excellent results. In 2015, it won the champion of the 5th World Youth & Children’s Choir International Chorus Competition and the champion of the World Choir Games in 2016 and 2018. It is the best high school mixed choir in Guangdong Province, China. 

Cecilia Espinosa Chamber Choir, Colombia

The cultural corporation Tonos Humanos, founded in 1984 by its current director Cecilia Espinosa Arango, is a consolidated group of mixed voices composed who interpret religious and secular works of various genres and styles. One of its main objectives has been to disseminate the Choral repertoires of new creators and renowned composers of the latest centuries.
Its Choirs have been Colombian Ambassadors abroad, obtaining important awards in multiple competitions besides the special recognition of the juries by virtue of the quality of their performances.

The corporation is a benchmark for Colombia–a large number of musicians have been trained as instrumentalists and professional singers in its choirs. As of 2018, the Cecilia Espinosa Chamber Choir, assumes the challenge of the institution’s choral projection, which aims to perpetuate the singing and the choral tradition established throughout its journey during all these years. In 2019 it was presented at the Church of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and obtained second place in the Habaneras contest in the city of Torrevieja, Spain. During 2020, given the known circumstances it´s made a series of virtual presentations as an effort to project its constant work.

Cecilia Espinosa Arango, Colombian conductor with studies at Longy School of Music (EEUU), and postgraduate studies at King’s College, and with masters in Orchestral conducting at the Hart School. As the creator of the music career at the Eafit University in Medellín , she served as Head of the Music Department, and developed an intense activity in the field of Orchestral and Choral Conducting. She is the Principal Conductor of the Eafit Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 2000. Founder and conductor of Coro Tonos Humanos, Coro Arcadia and Coro de Cámara Cecilia Espinosa. All choirs have represented Colombia abroad, obtaining awards for the country in competitions of international relevance. In 2014 she won the “Vida y Obra” award from the Municipality of Medellín for her constant dedication to music and culture. She has also received awards for best choral conductor at the Béla Bartók Choral Competition from Hungary and at Guido d’Arezzo Choral Competition in Italy.

Oleum Ci Crassiza, Croatia

Oleum Ci Crassizza is a little a cappella femminine vocal group, born in 2017, under the Italians community in a little village called Krasica – Crassiza in Istria county (Croatia). The group is formed of 4 girls, directed by Lora Pavletić. They usually sing traditional Italians song from the Ex Italian region (Istria), but also like typical Dalmatian (croatian) a cappella songs. They sing in concerts and competitions in Istrian peninsula, and the association organise evrey year their concert in Crassiza – Krasica, where the association has the head office.

For the competition at Cork international Choral festival, they choose a typical song from Dalmatia (Croatian southern Adriatic coast) called Zemlja (earth), that means a tribute to the arid land by the sea, beloved land of generations living here.

“Ad Libitum” Vocal group, Croatia

The Ad Libitum vocal group from Verteneglio (Croatia) was founded in 2010, under the guidance of maestra Ileana Pavletić Perosa. It is a part of Verteneglio’s Italian Community. In 2016 maestra Lora Pavletić became its new director and has been in charge ever since. The group’s repertoire consists of songs performed in acapella arrangements. It’s a female only vocal group and its members are: Ines Selar, Alice Tončić, Dionea Sirotić, Elisa Starčević, Petra Grace Zoppolato, Giulia Dussich, Chiara Bonetti and Lora Pavletić. They have performed in Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Sweden. In June of 2013 they took part of the European project “EUROCK ACADEMY” and went to Stockholm and Luleå, in Lapland. Both in 2015 and 2017 they received an honorable mention in the “Istria Nobilissima” contest, that promotes istrian culture and art. In 2015 they were prized by the County of Verteneglio for promoting the tradition and culture of the region. In 2017 they participated, alongside ninety-four other choirs from all over the World, in the 20th edition of “Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival”. In 2018, at the choral competition “Naš kanat je lip” in Poreč, they won the prize for the best interpretation of a song written by an istrian composer. Same year they received the golden prize at Rovinj’s festival “Chorus Inside”, whilst at the International Competition “Chorus Inside Advent” in Rome they won two golden prizes, one of which is for the modern music category.

Lora Pavletić started her musical journey in Pula and then continued in Zagreb, where she finished music high-school. Afterwards, she moved to Trieste (Italy) and graduated in opera singing at the Conservatorio “Giuseppe Tartini” under the guidance of maestri Susovski and De Mola. She is also the director of Klapa Oleum (Croatia) and the youth choir Anakrousis (Italy).

Vocal Ensemble Brevis, Croatia

Vocal Ensemble Brevis is a renowned women’s choir and a long-term artistic project of conductor dr. Antoaneta Radočaj-Jerković and piano accompanist Davor Dedić. For years, the choir has been one of the most established singing ensembles, as witnessed by its numerous tributes and awards (14 gold medals, two silver medals, two bronze medals, eight special awards), artistic projects and collaborations, as well as guest concerts around the world. From its foundation in 1996 until today, the ensemble has established itself as an essential stakeholder in the cultural life of the city of Osijek and of Croatia, as a leader in the development and enrichment of Croatian and world choral art. The choir’s repertoire is stylistically diverse, consisting of compositions ranging from the Renaissance to those from contemporary composers, and is characterized by vocal and interpretative authenticity and a programmatic aspiration to integrate its repertoire into a broader artistic conception. The ensemble has achieved a number of successes so far, which include performing at various world festivals and winning top awards at competitions in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain, Austria, France, Sweden, Russia, Canada, China, the United States, Australia, and elsewhere. Vocal Ensemble Brevis considers its greatest successes to be its unforgettable concert performances in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, which have made Croatia famous in the world. These include Carnegie Hall in New York (2013), the Grand Philharmonic Hall, State Academic Capella in St. Petersburg (2016), and the Sydney Opera House (2017).

Ensemble «Voix Claires», Germany

The four singers of ensemble «voix claires» first started as a group in early 2019, at this time as Youth Chamber Chorus of the schola cantorum weimar. End of 2019 they decided to continue their work and stay together as a group with ensemble leader Sebastian Göring.

Due to their passion to music the 18-19 years young singers already experienced a lot. After touring all over Germany they have won their category as well as the prize awarded by the audience at one of Asia’s most exclusive chamber chorus competitions in Takarazuka/Japan. The group toured this country for some weeks and performed in many concerts and festivals. The singers performed their first concert as newly founded ensemble «voix claires» at „A CAPE’lla – festival autour de la voix“ in Luxembourg in February 2020 and got lined up with world famous groups like „The Swingles“ (London), „The Real Group“ (Sweden), the world champions in beatboxing „The Beatbox Collective“ (London) as well as „Trio Mediæval“ (Norway).

Besides studying, apprenticeship and serving in the Federal Volunteers Service the singers of «voix claires» will be heard at numerous festivals and concerts in Germany this year and will be invited to concerts in the USA in the summer of 2021.

Even if the ensemble’s story isn’t so long yet, the members have a longer common history already. All started at a very young age in the city of Weimar’s largest and in the past 20 years Thuringia’s most successful children’s and youth choir „schola cantorum weimar“. As members of this music-educational institute they sung hundreds of concerts, won several competitions and performed with the choir and as soloists at the local opera houses in Weimar and Erfurt.

Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Germany

The Maulbronn Chamber Choir (German: “Maulbronner Kammerchor”) is a semi-professional chamber choir based in South-West Germany. It was founded in 1983 and is directed by Benjamin Hartmann. The choir is present in notable concert series, concert venues and festivals across Germany and beyond.

First place at the Baden-Württemberg Choir Competition in 1989 and 1997, second place at the 3rd German Choir Competition in Stuttgart in 1990, first prize at the 5th German Choir Competition in Regensburg in 1998 and achievement level I “internationally excellent” together with a special prize for the best interpretation of a sacred choral work at the 11th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf as well as two first prizes at the 3rd International Choir Competition Malta 2009.

Voktett Hannover, Germany

The Voktett Hannover was founded as a mixed and double-choir vocal ensemble by students of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in 2012. The eight singers, who are active in different musical fields, are united by the desire to engage with outstanding works of vocal music at a high level on the one hand, and the desire to give a broad audience access to such musical events on the other. Their extensive repertoire ranges from the beginnings of polyphonic vocal music to contemporary compositions.

With its varied a cappella programmes, the Voktett Hannover has featured as a guest at renowned concert series and festivals. These include the Bachfest Leipzig, chor.com, the Kultursommer Nordhessen, the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Internationale A-cappella-Woche Hannover. Since 2017, the ensemble has also regularly given concerts with instrumental accompaniment. For example, they performed with the oboist Albrecht Mayer at the Musikwoche Hitzacker and performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion with one singer to a part several times.

The Voktett Hannover was awarded first prize at the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Hochschulwettbewerb in 2015, as well as first prize at the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb in 2018. At the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb in Freiburg, the singers were also awarded the special prize of the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation and Rondeau Production’s own special prize. This award led to the release of Liebesweisen – Geistliche und Weltliche Bekenntnisse (Songs of Love – Sacred and Secular Revelations) in 2019, a disc which has received extremely positive reviews on NDR Kultur, Kulturradio RBB, MDR Klassik and in the magazine Chorzeit. As a result, the Voktett Hannover received several nominations for the Opus Klassik award 2020. In recent years, various features and concert recordings have also been broadcast by ZDF, HR2 and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Gita Suara Choir ISBI Bandung, Indonesia

Gita Suara Choir, commonly shortened to “Gitsu,” is a student choir that’s become a vital part of Institut Seni Budaya Indonesia (ISBI) in Bandung, West Java. Gitsu was born from the students’ shared interest in singing, performing, bonding, and traveling. In the past few years, Gitsu has participated in university events and off-campus events, accepting invitations from various institutions where their skills are needed. As their achievements are becoming better recognized among the scholars at our institution, so have the list of auditiones with interest in the choir.

In 2014, Gitsu successfully organized a choir festival for junior high school choirs from Bandung and Cimahi. Gitsu also placed 1st in the 10th Ecclesiastical Choir Festival in 2019. Gitsu has participated multiple times in the National Folklore Festival organized by the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Indonesia, earning 6th place in 2016 and 1st place in 2020. In the same year we also participated in Rimini International Choral Competition and earning Silver Diploma Level 2. And in the end of the year, we earning Gold Medal and Most Creative concept from Virtual Choral Competition by Ciputra University.

Cecilia Ensemble, Israel

Is a new ensemble from the Moran Choirs group, comprised of eight outstanding solo vocalists from Israel. The Cecilia Ensemble, was founded by Naomi Faran to become the professional representative ensemble, performing original and unique musical programs, in collaboration with the best composers from Israel and around the globe. Cecilia Ensemble’s repertoire includes pieces from the Renaissance period through modern times, premiers of original Israeli compositions, A cappella singing, and performances with selected instrumental ensembles.

Moran Choir, Israel

Moran Choir includes 45 young singers ages 12-18 and is based in Israel. During its three decades of activity, the Moran Youth Choir has made enormous musical and educational achievements. The choir won several competitions, participated in international festivals, sang with leading orchestras and performed original compositions of the best Israeli composers. The choir repertoire includes classical choral music as well as Israeli traditional Jewish music, original modern Israeli music, and folklore music of diverse local and international ethnic groups. The choir is regularly featured on the most prominent stages in Israel. Performances include singing with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra and more. The choir is invited to perform at national ceremonies and to represent Israel in International special events such as the Peace Talks – Oslo 1994 and the Presidents Conference – Jerusalem 2008. World tours included competitions, workshops, festivals, and special events in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, USA, Canada, Russia, Spain, Slovenia, Scandinavia, South Kore, Bazel, Paris, and more.

Moran Singers Ensemble, Israel

Consists of Moran Choir graduates, outstanding musicians, IDF soldiers, as well as students and graduates from various music academies. The Ensemble’s repertoire includes classical choral music as well as Israeli choral music composed by leading composers such as Gil Shohat, Menachem Weisenberg, Haim Permont, Yehezkel Braun, Noam Sivan, Eyal Batt, Zipi Fleisher,
and Joseph Bardanashvili. In recent years, the Ensemble performed with highly recognized music groups such as The Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, The Rishon LeZion Orecestra, Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra, and The Israeli Opera. The Moran Singers Ensemble participated in choral competitions and international festivals such as: The Bach Festival in Eugene-Orego , a Liturgical Music Festival in Germany, the Vox Pacis (The Voice of Peace) Festival in Stockholm-Sweden, the “Musica Sacra” Festival in Germany and in the International Choral Festival in Argentina, and the Zemplen Festival in Hungary.

Coro Polifonico di Ruda, Italy

Founded in 1945, the Ruda Polyphonic Choir has always held concerts worldwide: Canada, Russia, United States, Mongolia, China, Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, and almost all European countries. Guardian of the Friulian musical tradition, the choir, has distinguished itself in the study of the romantic and contemporary repertoire. Its artistic level has been awarded at the most important international competitions with 28 first prizes won in Gorizia, Arezzo, Rome, Vittorio Veneto, Orvieto, Riga, Ravenna, Tallin, Graz, Wien, Linz, Shaoxing, Malaga, Lloret de Mar-Barcelona, Rimini and Matera.

Among the most recent awards, the choir won three first prizes at the Rimini International Competition held online in mid-December 2020 due to the pandemic. The choir does not neglect the traditional vocal repertoire, the ‘villotte’, hundreds of which are kept in the choir’s historical archive, which was the subject of a considerable cataloguing work a few years ago. A recent CD entitled ‘Ricuardi un timp’ featuring Friulian popular music was awarded a prize as the best recording among all Italian choirs and distributed in ten thousand copies both in Italy and abroad. The latest CD (2020), “Nufcent furlan”, is a compilation of villotte from the first half of the twentieth century until today collected by maestro Daniele Zanettovich. Since 2003 the choir has been directed by Fabiana Noro, a musician who has been awarded several prizes in Italy and abroad.

Academic Choir “Neris” of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania

LUHS academic choir “Neris” is one of the oldest academic choirs in Lithuania. It was established in 1925 by Nikodemas Martinonis, one of the first professional choral conductors in Lithuania. From 1933 to 1940 the choir had about 200 singers and participated in music festivals in Latvia (1935), Sweden (1936), France (1937), Czechoslovakia (1938). 1965 was one of the best years for the choir as it has won the 1st place in the strongest choir category at The Song Celebration competition and was given the name “Neris”. In the same year the choir was also given the title of exemplary national collective. At the end of the 20th century the choir ceased its activities due to the lack of singers. 2005 was a new beginning for “Neris” – it was reestablished by a 4th year medicine student Tomas Lapinskas. Today “Neris” is the 1st category choir in Lithuania. It participates in student song festivals and The Lithuanian Song Celebrations. The choir is the winner of many national and international competitions.

Children’s choir “Perpetuum mobile”, Lithuania

The children’s choir “Perpetuum mobile” was founded in 1979 in Kaunas A.Kačanauskas music school. There sing the pupils from Kaunas schools and gymnasiums and they take an active part in different festivals, national and international competitions. Their repertoire includes a rich variety of choral music, sacral compositions, originating from various stylistic periods. The choir gave concerts in Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Finland, Italy, Estonia, Bulgaria, Croatia. The most important achievements of the choir:
• The 1st place Cum laude in the 56th European Music festival for Young People NEERPELT Belgium 2008.
• A Silver diploma at the “Harmonie Festival 2011” Germany 2011.
• The 3rd place in the category of secular music at the 3rd International children’s choir competition “Il Garda in Coro” 2012.
• A Gold diploma at the 11th International Choir Competition Bad Ischl Austria 2013.
• 54th International sacred music festival “Virgo Lauretana” Loreto 2014, Italy (concert trip).
• The 2nd place at the 14th International Choir Festival “Tallinn 2015”
• International choir project – festival Medebach 2016, Germany (concert trip).
• The winner of the category of children and youth choirs at the VII International choir festival „Chernomorski Zvutsi 2017“ , Bulgaria.
• International choir project – festival Medebach 2018, Germany (concert trip).
• The 3rd place at the 16th International Choir Festival “Tallinn 2019”.
• Grand Prix and Golden diploma in the Victoria Adriatic International choral competition, 20019 Croatia.

Chorale Voix D’espoir, Morocco

The choir “Voix D’espoir ” was founded on December 24, 2017 in Taza in Morocco, by the choir director Mehdi EL MOUSTAOUI (Prefessor of musical education). The choir currently has about thirty members aged 12 to 15, they all came together for the same cause: loves to sing. The choir regularly participates in local activities and international competitions, recently the choir participated in the international festival of choral in Yvetot France

Popkoor Estrellas, The Netherlands

Popkoor Estrellas is a pop choir from Groningen, The Netherlands, consisting of nineteen enthusiastic students, singing in three voice groups: altos, mezzo-sopranos and sopranos. The conductor, Wilfred Reneman, has been with the choir since it was established in 2011. He studied at the Conservatory in Groningen, where he focused on choral conducting and school music. In Popkoor Estrellas, he serves as a conductor, musical director and arranger of most of the songs they perform. Under normal circumstances, the choir rehearses and performs on a regular basis. They often collaborate with other choirs from The Netherlands. The choir has received many prices, including the first place in their category at BALK TOPfestival, the national choir festival for light choral music in The Netherlands. In another edition of the festival, Popkoor Estrellas ranked amongst the best choirs in the entire competition. Besides BALK TOPfestival, the choir received three nominations during the Cardozo Awards and won the award for Best Night Out in Groningen. They also had the honour of singing for King Willem-Alexander, sang on national television and were involved in many official activities of the University of Groningen. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the choir has strived to stay close and active through online rehearsals, despite the ban on singing together imposed by the Dutch government. From these efforts, their entry to the Cork Choral International A Cappella Video Competition came to be. Being inclusive is a big part of the philosophy of the choir. By using sign language, the choir can also offer something to people who are used to visual communication.

Female Choir Canzona – Absolwent, Poland

Female Choir „Canzona – Absolwent” Murowana Goślina (Poland)
Conductor: Elżbieta Wtorkowska
The Canzona Absolwent ladies’ choir was established in the autumn of 2001. It is made up of former members of the Canzona girls’ choir. The choir takes part in events and gives concerts all over Poland and abroad. Here are the most important competitions and festivals Canzona Absolwent took part in:
In 2003 the choir performed in Sweden at the International Music Festival in Kristianstad.

In 2004 it won the main prize at the 15th Wielkopolska Choral Meetings in Koło.
In 2005 it brought home a silver diploma and a distinction for performance of antique music at the International Choral Competition in Barczewo.
In the same year it won a bronze medal at the International Choral Competition in Tampere in Finland.
In 2006 it gained a silver diploma at the International Choral Competition in Bratislava.
In 2008 the choir won a silver medal at the 36th International Choral Festival in Olomouc in the Czech Republic.
In 2009 it won a silver diploma at the 9th International Choral Competition in Bad Ischl in Austria.
In 2010 the group received a silver award at the 17th Yuzhnaya Palmira International Choral Competition in Odessa, Ukraine.
In autumn 2009 the choir appeared at the 9th Biggar Little Festival and gave concerts in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 2011 the choir took part in the 1st National Marian Song „Maryi Matce” in Poznań, where it received the 3rd prize. The group also performed during the summer Vocal Music Concerts „Varmia Gaudent et Cantat” in Ramsowo.
In 2013 the choir took part in the Third International Choir Competition “Canco Mediterrania” in Lloret de Mar, Spain, where the women won three Silver Diplomas and third prize in the category of sacred music.
In 2014 the ensemble was awarded two bronze diplomas and reached the finals by achieving the 3rd place in the Grand Prix competition at the International Choir Contest in Freamunde, Portugal.
In 2015 the choir received the 1st prize at the 5th International Chernomorski Zvutsi Competition in Balchik, Bulgaria.
In 2016 it gained 2nd prize at the 5th International Choral Competition “Music&Sea” in Paralia, Greece.
In 2017 the ensemble was awarded the “Honorary Diploma of Excellence” at the 23rd International Choral Competition on Malta.
In 2018 the choir took part in a concert tour in the United States, giving performances in New York City and in New Jersey.
In 2019 the choir received the 2nd prize at the International Choir Festival “Les voix de la liberté” in Yvetot, France.

In 2007, the choir co-organized the Edmund Szymanski International Choral Meeting and since 2008 it has been organizing the annual editions of the Edmund Szymanski International Choral Festival in Murowana Goślina.

The choir’s repertoire is based on the traditions of romantic, contemporary and folk song, as well as popular music. The ensemble also performs early music. The choir’s founder and first conductor is Elżbieta Wtorkowska, Professor at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and its second conductor is Adrianna Wtorkowska-Kubińska, a graduate of the Academy of Music in Poznań who has also completed a choirmaster’s qualification in Bydgoszcz.

Ponomarev Vesna Children’s Choir, Russia

Ponomarev VESNA Children’s Choir (“Vesna” means “Spring”) is the Senior Choir of Ponomarev VESNA Children’s Choir School (Moscow, Russia). In 2020 it celebrated its 55th anniversary. Aleksander S. Ponomarev (1938-2012), Distinguished Artist of Russia and a laureate of international competitions, was the principal of the school and the artistic director of VESNA Choir for almost 50 years. Since 2012 the Choir has been conducted by Nadezhda Averina, Mr. Ponomaryov’s former student, Honoured Artist of the city of Moscow and a laureate of international competitions.

VESNA has performed with its concert programs in 12 countries of Europe, Canada, Japan and China, as well as in about 50 cities and towns of Russia. The Choir has been awarded the most prestigious prizes at international competitions in Spain, Italy, France, Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary and Belgium. VESNA won the Great European Choral Award “Europe Grand Prix” twice in 2000 and 2017. In 2019 VESNA took the 1st place at the Euroradio Choral Competition “Let the People Sing” (Barcelona, Spain). In 2020 the choir won the 1st prize at Rimini International Choir Competition. The Choir’s repertoire is wide and varied. During these years it has sung hundreds of pieces of classical music of different times, countries, styles and genres. The Choir’s programs have been recorded by record companies and by both radio and television. VESNA choir released 15 CD’s.

Jazz-choir of the State Children Philharmonic, Russia

Jazz-choir of the State Children Philharmonic Society in Yekaterinburg (Russia) was established in 1988. At the moment the choir comprises approximately 200 girls divided into 3 age groups (5-7,8-11 and 12-20 years old). Children study solfeggio, master their skills in playing the piano, they are taught choreography and stage movement. The best pieces of jazz and pop music, spirituals, contemporary music and modern arrangements of folk songs make its repertoire.

The latest achievements are Summa Cum Laude Prize in 58 International Choir Competition in Neerpelt (Belgium ) 2010, the First prize and Compulsory work prize in 47 International Choir Competition in Montreux (Switzerland) 2011, the name “The best choir” of the Verona choir competition 2012 (Italy), the First prize (Female competition), the Second prize (Children 12-18 competition) and the First prize (Folk competition) in 67 Llangollen Eisteddfod 2013 (Great Britain), Gold medal of World Choir Games 2014 (Riga, Latvia), 3 Gold medals in 53 Seghizzi choral competition (Gorizia,Italy) 2014, 3 First prizes (Children category, Female category, Folk category) in 33 Cantonigros International Choral Festival (Vic, Spain) 2015, Grand Prix in International Choral Competition “Native Guan” (Yalta, Crimea) 2015, Cum Laude prizes (Young choir category and Open category in 64 International Choir Competition in Neerpelt (Belgium) 2016, participating in Choral Festival “Voix du monde” (Nancy, France) 2016,the First prize (Children category) in 53 International Choral Competition in Montreux (Switzerland) 2017, Golden prizes (Youth category, Folk category) in First Tokyo International Choral Competition (Japan, 2018), Gold prize (Children category, Folk category) in VII World Youth and Children Choir Festival in Hongkong (2019)

Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Secondary Choir, Singapore

As an established Performing Arts group the Choir nurtures confident choir members who are passionate in taking choral music into top-notch international competitions abroad. Choir girls have travelled to Sydney Australia, Hawaii USA, Xiamen China, Riva del Garda Italy (twice), Olomouc Czech Republic and Hong Kong (4 times) for international festivals and returned with top awards, Gold medals, trophies and prizes, in all categories, in all countries.

Nearer home, in 2018 the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus topped the Equal Voices Category, was a Gold Award winner, and among the top 8 finalists in the Singapore International Choral Festival 2018. More recently, we were participants of the 2018 Asia Cantate (competition) in Hong Kong, and obtained another Gold in 2018. Our members are disciplined, anchored in choral music and contribute substantially to school events and in-house performances.

Choir girls also anchored the 165th historical celebrations of the 11 Infant Jesus convents’ combined choir at the National Stadium in Singapore, 2019. In 2019 the choir obtained the Certificate of Distinction in the Singapore Youth Festival. Within convent grounds, the girls lead the school congregation in morning hymn and assembly, and on occasion, are in attendance to assist in official events.

Under Miss Nicolette Foo our Choral Director, choir girls give of their best at every local and international competition.

Oñatiko Ganbara Abesbatza, Spain

Oñatiko Ganbara Abesbatza is a mixed choir created in 1994 by 12 young adults at that time. Year after year, and always with the same passion as in the beginning, the group has grown in participants. Nowadays, under the guidance of Aitor Biain Bidarte, 40 singers perform in this choir. Its repertoire covers all the styles and periods: poliphony, folklore, gospel, spiritual music… the Basque folklore as well as modern composers' songs are the most chosen ones for the programs in their performances.

In the last two decades Oñatiko Ganbara Abesbatza has competed in numerous national and international competitions. The result of their effort has been greatly rewarded with first, second and third prizes as well as prizes for the best executed compulsory piece, best Conductor prizes,… Apart from those prizes, Ganbara Abesbatza has also participated in many music festivals and concerts in Basque Country, Spain and abroad. 

Aitor Biain Bidarte began its musical path studying clarinet, saxophone and singing in the Music School of Oñati. He later extended his studies by learning the Professional Degree in Singing (Jesús Guridi Conservatory), the degree in Music Pedagogy Studies (Musikene) and the degree in Choir and Orchestra Conduction (Musikene). He also has a bachelor's degree in Informatic Engineering in Mondragon University. He has competed in several courses and seminaries with world-famous teachers. He is currently the conductor of the choir of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), the Choral Society of Bergara,Oñatiko Ganbara Abesbatza, Hots Abesbatza and Ganbara Gazte-Txiki. He has won numerous awards, amongst which the two prizes obtained for the Best Conductor have to be highlighted. Both prizes were obtained in the international choral competitions of Tours (France) and Arezzo (Italy). He has recorded and edited 5 CD and has premiered more than 30 pieces. Occasionally teaches at workshops and seminaries. He also sings in KUP Taldea and Suhar Korua and is member of the Municipal Band of Oñati.

Adolf Fredrik’s Church’s Chamber Choir, Sweden

Adolf Fredriks kyrkas kammarkör – Adolf Fredrik’s Church’s Chamber Choir – is a mixed choir linked to the Adolf Fredrik’s Church located in the middle of Stockholm’s city centre. The choir was founded in the year 2000 as a youth choir and in the fall of 2016 it reformed into a chamber choir.

The repertoire is mostly classical, both sacred and profane, both new and old. In the summer of 2019 the choir sang the extensive choral part in the premiere performance of one of the final large-scale pieces from the pen of preeminent Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström, Uppbrott (“Decampment”).

AFCC has participated in major international contexts and has won several awards in choir competitions. In 2015, the choir participated in the XIV International Choir Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, where it was awarded gold in the chamber choir category, second place in the contemporary music category, and won the Grand Prix of the entire festival. Most recently, the choir won the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at the 64th Cork International Choral Festival in 2018.

Christoffer Holgersson is the conductor and artistic director of AFCC since 2011. He conducts two more choirs within Adolf Fredrik’s Church and is on a regular basis invited to conduct orchestras and choirs in different concerts and events. At the 64th Cork International Choral Festival, he was awarded the McCurtain and McSwiney Memorial Trophy, for the performance of an imaginative and artistic programme in the international competition.

Cake O’Phonie,  Switzerland

Cake O’Phonie

The particularity of Cake O’Phonie is that it only exists thanks to the Chorus show, the show launched at the end of 2018 on Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS). A small group of enthusiasts wanted to try this atypical experience: seven men and seven women from various backgrounds but all linked by a passion for singing and a taste for challenge. Building a group within a limited time frame with new members and putting together a program of harmonized variety songs for the whole is not an easy task. And it paid off, since the choir, against all odds, won the competition and obtained his ticket to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Choir in Sweden.

Boğaziçi Jazz Choir, Turkey

Established in 2011 by Masis Aram Gözbek and renowned as a pioneer of choral culture in Turkey, holds a broad repertoire consisting of pieces with a wide range from contemporary to jazz and folk arrangements with its 30 choristers. The choir along with its countless achievements in Turkey and abroad, also holds the 1st place in Folklore category and the 13th place overall in INTERKULTUR’s world rankings in 2012.

In 2011, they succeeded as the ‘WORLD CHAMPION’ in 2 categories and also got a ‘second prize’ at the World Choir Championships in Austria. They also competed in the ‘Grand Prix of Choral Music’ and won 2 other gold medals, collecting a total of 5 gold medals to take back home. In 2012, the choir was invited to ‘La Fabbrica del Canto’ in Italy. They also won 3 gold medals in the ‘7th World Choir Games’ in the USA, and one more gold in the ‘Cantemus International Choir Festival’ in Hungary. In 2013, they were invited to ‘L’édition 2013 des Rencontres Chorales’ in Paris. In 2014, they won the ‘first prize’ in the Mixed Choirs category and also the ‘Young Conductor Special Award’ at the ‘35th International May Choir Competition Varna’ in Bulgaria. They were invited to Polyfollia in France as one of the 11 ensembles. In 2015, they performed in ‘La Bohéme’ by Puccini, produced by the Royal Opera House in Istanbul, ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’ by Brahms with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara. They also represented Turkey at the festival ‘Europa Cantat 2015 Pécs’ in Hungary. In 2016, they won two First Prizes “Cum Laude” in two categories at the ‘64th European Young Musicians Festival Neerpelt’ in Belgium. In 2016, they were invited to the ‘10th European Festival of Youth Choirs Basel’ in Switzerland. In 2017, they performed ‘Gloria’ by Jenkins and ‘Misa Criolla’ by Ramirez with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gürer Aykal. Lastly in 2019, the choir represented Turkey by giving 10 concerts in 8 different cities of Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia, including the prestigious Musikverein Graz with a special invitation.

Petrosyan Chamber Choir, Ukraine

The Choir was founded in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in the fifties of the last century. Since then the Choir has been a regular participant in various concerts, festivals and competitions both in Ukraine and abroad (Austria, Macedonia, Moldova, Greece, Ireland, Poland &other). The Choir’s repertoire includes classical, church, Ukrainian traditional and other ethnic music, as well as pieces by contemporary authors, too. The group enjoys travelling, receiving guests, learning new music and establishing new musical partnerships with other choirs. The choir mostly consists of University students, both former (alumni back in the 80’s) and active scholars. Despite being Science-oriented, all the choir members adore singing, which makes it their primary spare-time activity.

Avant Garde Academy of Broward High School Concert Choir, United States

The Concert Choir at AGA of Broward is the most active and most diverse program at the Avant Garde Academy. With the representation of over 80 nations, the Concert Choir within its short 5-year history is an Award Winning, Superior Rated music program. The current high school program is currently on their third year after receiving high marks qualifying for Florida Vocal Association State Festival on their first year. In 2019, AGA of Broward was awarded the 2019 Florida Music Educator Association Enrollment Award and was a feature performance at the 2020 Florida Music Educators Association All-State Conference. Several of the students are founding members who all participated in the middle school choral program and help create the current program today. They have been invited to perform at the Disney Candlelight Procession, Carnegie Hall, performed with the Miami-Dade College Symphony Orchestra, was the feature performance for the Broward County Teacher of the Year ceremony to name a few. Regardless of the various cultures and languages spoken at our school, they use the world language of music to unite and bond as one family. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have worked hard to maintain the continuity of the program during these difficult time, making many sacrifices and exercising CDC-WHO protocols, to fit the few rehearsals they could to provide their performance. Please take care of each other, stay safe and we hope you enjoy our performance.

Cherokee High School Concert Choir, United States

The Cherokee High School Concert Choir is a mixed choir from Marlton, New Jersey in the United States.  Under the direction of their choral conductor Nicole Snodgrass, the choir has performed at The White House in Washington D.C. on four separate occasions, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, live in concert with the band Foreigner, and in November of 2019, the choir was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association conference in New Orleans.  They have worked with acclaimed British a cappella group The King’s Singers, Grammy winning singer Paul Phoenix, and with renowned composers Ola Gjeilo, Rollo Dilworth, and David Conte.  They have performed for the Philadelphia Phillies, Harlem Globetrotters, and in September of 2020, their virtual performance of “The National Anthem” was chosen out of hundreds of entries to be played at a Philadelphia Eagles game. 

Nicole Snodgrass has been the Choral Director at Cherokee High School for the past twenty-two years and is in her twenty-sixth year of teaching vocal music.  Her choirs have toured Ireland, England, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, New Orleans, and Charleston, South Carolina.  Ms. Snodgrass was the conductor of the 2020 New Jersey All-State Treble Chorus as well as being the recipient of the 2020 New Jersey Master Music Teacher Award. Other recent accolades include Cherokee High School Teacher of the Year (2018), quarter-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award (2016 & 2017), conductor of the South Jersey Senior High Chorus (2015) and in 2014, she was chosen as one of Suburban Family Magazine’s “Outstanding Teachers.” 

The Washington and Lee University Singers, United States

The University Singers, the premiere choral ensemble at Washington and Lee University, continues to be recognized as one of the finest a cappella choirs in the region. Under the direction of award-winning conductor Shane M. Lynch, the University Singers tour nationally or internationally every year, performing a wide variety of literature across the globe while serving as artistic ambassadors for Washington and Lee in concert series, festivals, competitions and conventions. The University Singers have been recognized for their excellence in performance by the American Choral Directors Association, the Virginia Music Educators Association, multiple international competitions, and in featured programs at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, and the Academy of Music.

At Washington and Lee, the University Singers are the centerpiece of the annual Candlelight Lessons and Carols service, perform in concerts and convocations, and take part in the ChoralFest, which honors America’s top conductors and composers. Student members of the University Singers represent a wide cross-section of the programs offered at the school, routinely representing over 30 of the 36 undergraduate major concentrations. Membership in the University Singers is chosen by a competitive audition process each spring. Visit wlu.edu/music for more information. Follow the ensemble via WLUSingers on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.