The 2009 California International Choral Festival & Competition (CICFC) wrapped up its 3-day festival and competition with the University of Santo Tomas Singers from the Philippines taking home first place in the Folk and Required Pieces competition, as well as the People’s Choice Award at the Grand Finale performance Sunday evening.
Enthusiastic audiences filled each performance during the three day festival and competition.
“I think we set the caliber higher during this year’s competition,” says Pat Harris, Executive Director of the CICFC. “We had exceptional choirs with stunning music and larger enthusiastic audiences. It was a tremendous success and sure to only get bigger and better. We thank the local community for supporting this event.”
The University of Santo Tomas 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.
“We are thankful for the hospitality of the California International Choral Competition,” says Fidel Calalang, Jr., Director of The University of Santo Tomas Singers. “This is our first competition and tour of America and we are delighted to see so much culture and awareness of the Arts in this area.”