All-male Filipino choir Aleron bested choirs from Europe and South America to win First Place garnering a Gold Certificate in the international Förderkreis Internationale Chortage Mainhausen in Germany.
Held from June 9 to 11, the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo wowed the judges especially in their rendition of the compulsory piece “Die Linien des LebenssindVersheiden” by Heinrich Poos and Philippine National Artist Francisco Feliciano’s “Pamugun.”
According to the judges, what set Aleron apart from the other choirs was its stability in sound while presenting something unique with each competition piece, showcasing the group’s versatility.
Meaning “the winged one” in Latin, Aleron is geared towards exploring the male choral soundscape. Through innovative programming and the performance of repertoires across musical styles and genres, the group aims to deliver a diverse and unique choral experience to its audience.
Aleron was formed in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Arceo. Today, the group is composed of male choristers from different backgrounds—most of which are from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines musical networks.
Meanwhile, the Förderkreis Internationale Chortage Mainhausen is an international event celebrated in Germany, in the villages of the Mainz and Zellhausen regions. Since 1988, the choral community has been meeting in Germany to present and enjoy music of a high caliber. The competitors and the visiting audience enjoy the hospitality of the villages and communities in this region. The competition requires a high degree of musical literature and artistic expression.