La Salle Chorale nabs grand prize in international competition

By Christiana Claudia G. Gancayco On Monday, June 19, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Artist Hub

Photo Courtesy of Artist Hub

The De La Salle Chorale Bacolod (DLSCB) brought home the gold from the 5th Vietnam International Choir Competition held in Hội An, Vietnam last June 7-11, making this the second world choir competition they won after their victory in the Festa Musicale International Chorale Grand Prix in Pattaya, Thailand way back 2010.

 The group bested 32 other choirs hailing from 10 countries in this year’s competition, organized by INTERKULTUR.

 Out of eight categories offered, DLSCB joined three, namely, Mixed Choir, Sacred Choir Music, and Folklore.

 Led by  DLSCB’s conductor Serry Repique, alongside Romeo Gamilla’s art direction, DLSCB rendered three songs per category, namely, Mixed Choir: Dies Irae, We Beheld Once Again the Stars, and Daemon Irrepit Caellidus; Sacred Choir Music: Magnificat, Eli Eli, and The Conversion of Saul; Folklore: Chua-ay, Ati Ati, and Ilay Gandangan.

 The DLSCB was then shortlisted to the Top 8 to compete for the Grand Prize competition, participated by the eight selected groups who stood out in their respective categories. Furthermore, DLSCB won gold in all the three categories they enlisted.

 Headed by USLS Artists’ Hub Director Gerard Grey, this year’s DLSCB team was composed by college and senior high school students, and also guest alumni choir members.

 INTERKULTUR is a non-profit organization based in Germany that has been establishing choir festivals since 1988 and has organized world choir events all over Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.