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Home Filipino Achievers QC Choir wins Silver at the 7th World Choir Games 2012

QC Choir wins Silver at the 7th World Choir Games 2012

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The Philippine Kammerata Singers, a church-based choir of the Our Lady of Pentecost Parish in Loyola Heights, Quezon City took home two Silver Diplomas in both categories they joined in the just concluded 7th World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA last 10-14 July 2012. The choir  was awarded Silver Diploma for the Music of the Religions Category and the Mixed Chamber Choir Category. In both occasions, the choir was well-applauded and received standing ovations for their renditions of Alleluia by Mr. Alejandro Consolacion III, another Alleluia composition by Mr. Jerry Dadap, Anima Christi by Mr. Ryan Cayabyab and Ama Namen composed by Mr. John August Pamintuan for the Music of the Religions Category. For the Mixed Chamber Choir Category, they performed the following musical pieces: Frohlocket ihr Volker auf Erden by Felix Mndelssohn-Bartholdy, Ayug ti Amiannen by Prof. Fidel Calalang, Jr., Rosas Pandan by Mr. George Hernanded and Hysteria, a composition of the choir’s conductor which had its world premiere at the Masonic Center Auditorium of the historic Masonic Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The choir, founded in 2010, embarked on its first international competitions with the support from the Parish of Pentecost, families, friends and supporters and sponsors like PCSO, Pag-ibig Fund, Unionbank, Miriam College, who had contributed their time, money and effort to bring the choir to the USA and ably represent the country in what was considered the “Choir Olympics” held every two years. Interkultur, the Germany-based organization, is the prime mover of the world choir games first held in 1988 on different continents. Shaoxing hosted the 2010 edition and in 2014, the 8th World Choir Games will be held in Riga, Latvia, the European Capital of Culture of 2014.

Right after the competitions, the 13-member choir, one of the smallest in terms of number of participants, was featured in two fund-raising concerts in Cincinnati and Virginia. Last 14 July 2012, fresh from their winning performances at the world choir games, the Philippine Kammerata Singers presented a concert at the Holy Name Catholic Church located at 2448 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio upon the invitation of the its Parish Pastoral Council with the active participation of Ms. Rachel Sta. Romana Roberts, herself an alumnus of the UST Action Singers, were some of the members of the Philippine Kammerata Singers came from.  Last 18 July 2012, the choir was featured in a fund-raising concert at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church located at 3304 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia. The benefit concert was under the auspices of the St. Charles Borromeo Philippine Medical Mission with the active support of Ms. Gilda Ordonez-Baric. Also on both occasions, the choir received standing ovations. Proceeds from this concert were for the benefit of some charity institutions like the Foundation of Our Lady of Peace, Inc. (FOLPMI), Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP), the Religious of Notre Dame of the Missions (RNDM), ANAWIM Lay Missions Foundation and the Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Memorial Foundation, Inc. (AMMFI).

The PHILIPPINE KAMMERATA SINGERS arrived in Manila last 22 July 2012. The choir is being conducted by Mr. Joseph Ken Lizardo, a graduate of the UST Conservatory of Music.


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