Choirs participating in the 2009 Festival:
The Prime Note Ensemble, Saudi Arabia
Novem G. Cabios, Director
The Prime Note Ensemble is the first Filipino a cappella choir in Saudi Arabia. Its members are part of a group called Overseas Filipino Workers and in its ranks are representatives of nearly every trade and profession. The choir performs two concerts every year with proceeds benefiting different charities in the Philippines. Since 2001, the group has given numerous performances in Saudi Arabia and gained international exposure by winning the Bronze Medal in the 4th World Choir Games in China and winning the Silver Medal and Gold Certificate in the 5th World Choir Games in Austria in 2008. The group was recently ranked as one of the top 50 Male Choirs in the world by Musica Mundi.
Fullerton College Concert Choir, California USA
John Tebay, Director
This 70 voice ensemble has performed throughout the West, Pacific Northwest, and the East Coast of the United States as well as Canada, Mainland China, the United Kingdom, and Italy. They have been a featured choir at American Choral Directors Association Conventions. The choir has competed at the International Eisteddfod Music Festival Competition in Wales, and the Seghizzi International Choral Competition in Gorizia, Italy.
St. Zlata Meglenska, Republic of Macedonia
Letka Dimovska Polizova, Director
The St. Zlata Meglenska Women’s Chamber Choir exists as a part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church and it is the first of its kind in Macedonia. They most recently took the Grand Prize at both the 2008 Rimini International Choral Competition in Italy and the 2006 National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, Australia. A first place prize was awarded at the 2007 International Choral Festival of Popular Singing in Barcelona. The choir has competed in Festivals in the United Kingdom, Greece, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland, Yugoslavia and other European countries.
Sikama Choir, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Elisabeth Makosso, Director
Following a year of civil war and serious political turmoil, Makosso Safou created this singers’ group in 1994 to represent the unity of all Congolese people regardless of origins, and to spread the Gospel throughout the world. Composed of 30 members, Sikama Choir stands for a group of Christians who are always ready to act and react for love, fraternity and unity throughout the world by the means of traditional/folk gospel songs. The choir has traveled to the cities of Luozi and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of Central Africa.
The University of Santo Tomas Singers, Philippines
Fidel G. Calalang, Jr., Director
The choir is made up of a blend of singers who are students and alumni representing the different colleges and faculties of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.
In the course of 16 years, the UST singers have completed 15 concert tours in Europe, the US, Canada, Mexico and Asia, and have earned more than 45 top prizes in various international choral competitions. In 2002, the choir won five Gold Prizes in five categories at the Mundi Cantat Festa Musicale in the Czech Republic and in 2004, it earned the “Excellence Avec Distinction” having earned the highest score in the mixed choir category at the Montreux International Choral Festival in Switzerland. The choir has sung for Pope John Paul II, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, Luciano Pavarotti and four Philippine Presidents.
Cuesta College Chamber Singers, California USA
John Knutson, Director
The Cuesta Chamber Singers, Cuesta College’s premier choral ensemble, perform a wide variety of choral works to excellent critical acclaim. Since its inception in 1997, the ensemble has toured extensively through the Western United States. In the summer of 2005, the Chamber Singers toured the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany, performing consistently to packed houses and standing ovations. The Chamber Singers returned to Europe in 2008 to perform in Spain, and at the Festival International
en Provence in France.
Updated on Monday, July 6, 2009