The stage has now been set for our May 2005 competition. We have received our official acceptance into the Florilege Vocal de Tours competition and have been approved to compete in categories I and IV.
It is impressive enough to just be accepted into the competition--the festival is known all over the world. Take note of its mention in these worldwide links:
Taipei: an article that talks about the Batavia Madrigal Singers from Indonesia which won three awards.
Turkey: trumpets the achievements of the Bilkent Youth Choir, which received runner-up position at the 33rd Florilege Vocal de Tours, "one of the most important choir competitions in the world" hosted between May 28-31 in Tours, France, out of 20 choirs from 18 countries.
Germany: discusses their performance and award from their 1995 appearance at the competition.
USA: The USC Chamber Choir won the grand prize in 2002. Their website entry describes the competition as a a "prestigious international choral competition. " The group is conducted by William Dehning, a very well known choral conductor in the USA. He lists his groups grand prize victory as one of his major achievements in his biography, which can be seen here.
Sometimes choirs just mention the fact that they competed at the competition (without winning), such as the Concert Choir from Mansfield University.
By the way, do you like their picture? Here is a larger version from their site: interesting choir picture Perhaps we can find a way to do something like that with our group if you like it.
My point in all this:
To achieve things in life, you have to place yourself in the right place at the right time.
Without risk, there is no reward.
We are stepping out into the international choral scene in May. Get ready to put forward your best effort--of your life.