UE Chorale Wins International Choir Festival Grand Prix!

The participating UE Chorale members, who were led by conductor and musical director Darwin B. Vargas (center, back to camera) were (front row, from left) Jame Zedrick M. Esmeralda, Jerome P. Bascara, Bryan Vince Soriano, Glaiza L. Rebagoda, Maeca Joyce L. Sisican, Judy Anne M. Soriano, Marinette L. Solas, Lovely P. Gonzales, Alexis Janelle C. Cameña, John Eric Silvestre, Pedro E. Gudez Jr., Orlando G. Camputo, (back row) Bryle Christian E. Verde, Kent Nathaniel Concepcion, Jerome Ezrael S. Nogales, Shekinah F. Breta, Ma. Christina Viven L. Basco, Derryl Chen Silan, Meridith Mygiel S. Baes, Celestine A. Tarroza, Shailyn C. Magpusao, John Mark N. Dimailig, Christopher Paulo Y. Reyes and John Lorenz P. Uriarte.

The participating UE Chorale members, who were led by conductor and musical director Darwin B. Vargas (center, back to camera) were (front row, from left) Jame Zedrick M. Esmeralda, Jerome P. Bascara, Bryan Vince Soriano, Glaiza L. Rebagoda, Maeca Joyce L. Sisican, Judy Anne M. Soriano, Marinette L. Solas, Lovely P. Gonzales, Alexis Janelle C. Cameña, John Eric Silvestre, Pedro E. Gudez Jr., Orlando G. Camputo, (back row) Bryle Christian E. Verde, Kent Nathaniel Concepcion, Jerome Ezrael S. Nogales, Shekinah F. Breta, Ma. Christina Viven L. Basco, Derryl Chen Silan, Meridith Mygiel S. Baes, Celestine A. Tarroza, Shailyn C. Magpusao, John Mark N. Dimailig, Christopher Paulo Y. Reyes and John Lorenz P. Uriarte.

The University of the East Chorale, which has won prizes from international competitions, has made its mark on the global stage anew, emerging as the Grand Prix winner of the 11th Orientale Concentus International Choir Festival 2018 held on July 1 to 4, 2018 at the School of the Arts and at the Concert Hall of Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay in Singapore.

Per its website, the Orientale Concentus International Choir Festival is a choral exhibition that aims to promote international arts and cultural exchange, and youth choral music development. The UE Chorale is now the third consecutive Filipino choral group to win the Festival’s Grand Prix title after the University of the Philippines-Los Baños in 2017 and the University of Mindanao in 2016.

The 24-member UE Chorale vied against choral groups from the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore and Indonesia for a spot in the qualifying round. They were among the five Filipino and two Indonesian choral groups announced to have qualified for the Grand Prix last July 3, 2018, with the finals held on July 4 at Esplanade-Theaters on the Bay.

Aside from winning the Grand Prix, our warrior choral group was the Sacred Category Champion, winning the Gold 1 rank. This after their rousing performance of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s “Ehre Sei Got in der Höhe,” Alejandro Consolacion II’s “Crux Fidelis,” and David Brunner’s arrangement of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.”

In addition, the UE Chorale received the Special Award for Best Programming for their presentation in the competition.

Congratulations, world-class Warrior Singers!

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