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Arts & Entertainment - August 24, 2012

Children's Chorus wins two medals at World Choir Games

New singers being accepted this month -- call to schedule an audition

The Tri-valley's own Cantabella Children's Chorus, conducted by its Honors Choir director Eileen Chang, was awarded two silver medals at the seventh World Choir Games, an international event, held July 4-14, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The singers received medals in Children's Choir and Contemporary Music in the Champion's Competition, where they challenged other choirs who had won competitions previously. Cantabella's Honors Choir was one of the few children's choirs to compete in the Contemporary Music category.

As part of their repertoire, Cantabella's Honors Choir performed two world premier pieces written especially for Cantabella by Paul Shin: "Bluesy," in the Children's Choir category, and "Hope" in the Contemporary Music category. Cantabella also performed its specially commissioned 20th anniversary piece, "These Things Can Never Die," by Frank La Rocca in the Children's Choir category. All three works were premiered at the event and were well received by the audience. Composer Paul shin joined the Choir as a special guest.

The 2012 World Choir Games brought hundreds of thousands of visitors and choirs from around the world to Cincinnati, the first U.S city to host the games, to join their voices and share their heritage. Choirs competed in 23 musical categories from Barbershop and Scenic Folklore, to Musica Sacra, Chamber Choir, Jazz and Gospel.

During the two weeks of competitions, the choirs from various countries had the opportunity to perform together in Celebration and Friendship Concerts held throughout the Cincinnati area, attend workshops and mingle with other choirs in the Global village on Fountain Square.

Cantabella choristers also attended the Champions Concert giving them an opportunity to learn from the best of the best. This colorful global event closed out with a riveting performance by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by John Morris Russel and songs performed by Idina Menzel, Tony Award-winning Broadway, film and television star, and, Grammy Award winner Marvin Winans.

Next summer, Cantabella's Honors Choir has been invited to participate in the prestigious World Vision Korea Children's Choir Festival to be held in Seoul and Sun Cheon, South Korea.

Cantabella Children's Chorus is accepting new singers in grades K-10 through the month of August. Classes begin the week of Aug. 28 in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore. Go to or call 292-2663 to schedule an audition.