The grand prize winner of the 2006 Tours Competition was the Philippine Madrigal Singers.
I heard both their final sets today and they were incredible. Great literature, fabulous energy, and wonderful interpretations. I found them to be extremely personable, kind, and generous. They had beautiful smiles and kind hearts.
The Alumni Singers did very well in the finals but did not place in the final standings nor win one of the other awards.
It would have been a tremendous win for the group, but it isn't a bad thing that a choir couldn't win a competition in one week of rehearsals. If they could, the competition wouldn't be what it is.
I came on the trip for several purposes. The primary one was to "be a Concert Singer again." That was a great experience . . . to revisit my roots in choral music and remember why I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
I also wanted the chance to work under Dr. Jordan again. There is always more to learn, you know? No one never knows enough and the greatest are always learning from others.
Will try to be more coherent in future blogs. (It's late)