I found the BIO of the choir from California in the most recent edition of the Choral Journal. (Page 54)
Here are some salient points:
The CSU Northridge Singers are the advanced choral ensemble at California State University. Composed primarily of auditioned undergraduate vocal arts majors, the Northridge Singers have performed at national and regional ACDA Conventions and Regional MENC conferences.
They won the 2003 International Eistedfodd "Choir of the World" competition in Lllangollen, Wales.
Other credits of note include performances or recordings with artists Wynton Marsalis, Russell Watson, Barbara Streisand, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestras, and the Los Angelas Master Chorale.
Their performance at the 2005 ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles will mark the ensemble's second appearance at an ACDA national convention in the last five years.
What does it mean?
It means we aren't in a competition with losers, we are in a competition with winners. People that have accomplished things. Their inclusion into this choral competition raises the bar. And they are just group that we know about. You can bet that there will be some truly outstanding European and Latvian choirs that show up to Tours, France this summer.
Will we raise our current level of performance and effort to make a serious challenge at this competition? Or should we just give up now?
You know what it takes. Do it.