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HAU Chorale finishes third in national sing-off

The Holy Angel University (HAU) Chorale wins award anew in the recently concluded Musica FEUROPA, the annual Far Eastern University (FEU)/European Union (EU) Choral Competition in the Philippines held on May 1 and 2 at the FEU Auditorium.

HAU Chorale was among the various choral groups that vied for the title in the two division-choral competitions. Musica FEUROPA currently features two categories – the High School Choir category, open to secondary level school choral groups and the Open Choir Category, open to college, university, church, company, government and other adult choirs.

The HAU Chorale finished third behind the University of the Visayas Chorale and the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) Choral Society, the grand champion and the first runner-up, respectively, in the Open Category.

Other competing choral groups in the open category are Chorus Leviticus, Coro Amadeo, Disciples Choir, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas Chorale, Enharmonica, Regina Coeli Choir, San Felipe Chamber Singers, Second Chronicle Singers, United Voices Concert Chorus, University of Baguio Voices Chorale, University of Batangas Chorale, Vox Amigos, University of the Philippines – Los Banos (UPLB) Chorale Ensemble and San Antonio de Padua.

On the other hand, the Boscorale of Don Bosco Makati, the HimigRoseña of Colegio de Santa Rosa Makati and the UPLB Rural High School Glee Club of UPLB Rural High School, finished grand champion, first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively, in the High School Choir Category.

Other competing choral groups in the high school category are MusicaPaulinos, Pasay City Science High School, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Laboratory High School, Sta. Teresa Cherubim, Muntinlupa Science High School, Juan Sumulong High School and Imus Institute Pitch Choir.

The judging panel featured award-winning and stellar music experts in the country.

Judges during the May 1 sing-off wereFilipino conductor, composer, music lecturer and classical musician EudenicePalaruan; award-winning musician, conductor and music educator Ma. Teresa Vizconde-Roldan; and musician, conductor, music director and trainer Oscar Pantaleon Jr.

Judges during the May 2 sing-off were conductor and music educator Jonathan Velasco; award-winning conductor, composer and lyricist Ed Manguiat; award-winning composer, conductor, musical director and music educator Rodolfo Delarmente; composer, conductor and educator Arwin Tan; and pianist, conductor and composer Fidel Calalang Jr.

According to the website of Musica FEUROPA, “all qualified choral groups will two pieces: one written by a composer whose nationality is rooted in any European Union country and one by a Filipino composer in any genre (popular, sacred, folk or contemporary) and language or dialect. Competitors may opt to perform one of their chosen pieces with accompaniment.”

“RevoicyVenir de Printemps was perfectly executed”, said EudenicePalaruan of their [HAU Chorale] European piece while Arwin Tan expressed how he found their overall performance “very impressive”.

Ed Manguiatadded that “they are on the right track. Magaling, magaling, magaling.”

It is further stated in the website that “Musica FEUROPA is held to coincide with the Filipinas Heritage and European Union (EU) Months, respectively, and has steadily grown in size and stature since its inception four years ago. The choral competition is part of the Viva Europa 2012 European Union cultural showcase to promote the shared cultural heritage of the EU with the Philippines.”

Date Posted: 07-30-2012