UM Chorale reaps local awards; training for international festival

THE UNIVERSITY of Mindanao Chorale showed their prowess in recent competitions that netted awards for the group.

Foremost was the Ani ng Dangal award granted by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), a recognition granted to artists or groups who have earned international awards or accolades that bring honor to the country.

It was received by choir maestro Peter Ian Buaya last Feb. 27 at the Marble Hall, Ayuntamiento Building of the NCCA in Intramuros, Manila.

Recently, the UM Chorale won as grand champion in the Musikahan sa Tagum festival, celebrated last March 1 at the Big 8 Hotel in Tagum city.

They won in the Church songs category with also the best interpretation of the given contest piece.

Mr. Buaya said the chorale is currently preparing for the 2017 Busan Choral Festival and Competition sometime in the middle of this year.

According to its website, the Busan Choral Festival and Competition in South Korea since its inception some 13 years ago, has since “secured its position as one of the best choral festivals in the world and has contributed to choir members exchange.”

Prizes in the illustrious international competition as listed on the website include the Grand Prize of $20,000, Gold Prize of $5,000 (each category), Silver Prize of $3,000 (each category), Bronze Prize of $2,000 (each category), Conductor Prize of $1,000, and Best Presentation (in Ethnic) at $1,000.

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