THE Philippines’ Imusicapella, a choir based in Imus, Cavite, won the first and second prize in the art song and folk song categories respectively in the 52nd international choir competition held recently in Austria.
They bested nine other choirs from the USA, Latvia, Germany, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Austria, Czech Republic, Spain, and Slovenia in the Internationaler Chorwettbewerb 2015 held in Spittal an der Drau, Carinthia, Austria.
Imusicapella’s conductor, Tristan C. Ignacio, was also awarded the “Günther-Mittergradnegger-Preis 2015” for the best interpretation of a contemporary work.
Philippine Ambassador to Austria Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson congratulated the choir when they paid her a courtesy call after their performance.
The group also performed at the Stephansdom and various churches in Vienna on July 18 and 19.
Imusicapella is the choir at the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Imus City, Cavite.
The group had earlier won the top prizes in international choral competitions in France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, USA and South Korea. The group represented the Philippines in some of the world’s most prestigious choral competitions such as the 8th Busan Choral Festival and Competition in 2012. It bagged the top prize for the free program category and third prize for the mixed chamber category in France. It also won the top prize for the vocal ensemble category, second prize for the chamber choir category and best conductor for Ignacio in 2011. It also bagged the first prize for the mixed choir category in Mainhausen, Germany, edging out world famous choirs like CORO Entrevoces and Ateneo de Manila University’s Glee Club.
The choir sings at the 7 p.m. mass every second Sunday of the month at the Imus Cathedral and every first Saturday at the St. Peregrine Chapel in Toclong 1, in Imus City, Cavite.