45 Asean choirs face off at ‘Sing ‘N Joy Manila’

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Vox Angeli competes in the youth division

Vox Angeli competes in the youth division

Forty five choirs from various Association of the Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) cities will converge in Metro Manila when “Sing N Joy Manila 2013,” the Philippine International Choral Competition unfolds from December 11 to 14 at the Aliw and Star Theaters in Pasay City, under the auspices of Manila Broadcasting Co., Interkultur Germany, and the Philippine Choral Directors Association.

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Ensembles who have been preparing since the contest first op ened registration procedures in July will be competing in the children’s and youth categories, musica sacra, folkloric, pop, gospel/spirituals, and mixed chorus divi-sions. They will also take part in workshops by renowned choral music gurus, and will be featured in friendship concerts at SM City Manila, The Shangri-La Plaza, and Kamuning First United Methodist Church on December 12 and 13 respectively.

Indonesia is fielding Concordia Choir from Medan, Ussy Pieters Choir from Jakarta, Ekklesia Polewali Mandar from Polewali, Voice of Soul from Jakarta Selatan, Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Universitas Atma Jaya of Yogyakarta, the PLN Indonesia Choir of Kupang, and the Stikma Choir of Makassar.

Singapore will be represented by the Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School.

As expected, Philippine choirs, many of which do not get the opportunity to travel overseas, make up the bulk of competing choirs.

Seeing action in the children’s category will be Laoag City Children’s Choir, Vox Angeli, Pasig Catholic College and Ateneo Boys Choir, among others. While the Youth division will feature the Hiyas ng Pilipinas, St Paul College Pasig High School Chorale, Mapua Cardinal Singers, and the Lourdes School Quezon City Choral Society, among others.

In the mixed chorus division for the different music genres, choirs from key cities all over the archipelago will be taking part.

An international jury comprised of some of the most brilliant choral directors from the USA, Europe, and Asia have been tasked to rate the choirs for gold, silver and bronze certificates, besides determining the Grand Prix winner, which will receive $5,000.

Workshops will be held to introduce choirs, conductors, and individuals to international choral literature, singing styles, and performance practices. Kirby Shaw will conduct a workshop called “Instant Soul” on December 12, while Jonathan Velasco will help choirs interpret Philippine choral pieces by knowing Philippine cultural influences and history. A minimal workshop fee of $5 or P220 per participant will be charged.

For inquiries, log onto www.interkultur.com, e-mail siouxstar@gmail.com, or contact 0932-2875550. Admission to the competition proper is free.

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