Concert chorale says ‘guten tag’ to competition

The Moores School of Music Concert Chorale performed a sample of the pieces they will showcase in the upcoming 13th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf in Germany.

The ensemble has received recognition locally and internationally including standing ovations at state and national conventions. The choir also won first prize for the performance of a world premiere at the Florilège Vocal du Tours in France.

Music professor and conductor Betsy Cook Weber has overseen the ensemble since 2002.

“Our invitation to this competition is a true indicator that the choral program sings at an international level,” Weber said. Of the 10 competitors originating from eight different countries, our chorale is one of only two ensembles from the United States.

Weber included that the chorale will also be performing for two local churches in neighboring villages and towns in collaboration with Serbian, Swiss and Swedish choirs.

Vocal music education senior Jordan Koenig described his excitement in entering the competition.

“Our favorite after-concert piece is ‘If You’re Gonna Play in Texas,’” Koenig said. “We love it because it’s fun, and we’re bringing Texas to Germany.”

Piano performance senior Josh Tan also shared his anticipation for the week-long competition.

“I’m really excited to see the culture and hear the other choirs sing,” said Tan.

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