Cavite Choir Voci di Gesù shines internationally, secures top honors at Jean Sibelius tilt in Finland

Cavite Choir Voci di Gesù Finland
(Left) The Voci di Gesù Chamber Singers captivate with their soulful rendition in the Folk Music category and (Right) A harmonious display of talent as they perform in the Mixed Choir category, showcasing the rich choral heritage of the Philippines. Screengrabs from the choir’s YouTube video entries, FB page, and entry photo.

The Voci di Gesù Chamber Singers, hailing from Cavite’s Tierra Nevada Community in General Trias, have yet again raised the Philippine flag high in the international arena. This talented choir achieved remarkable success at the 11th International Jean Sibelius Choir Competition in Turku, Finland, securing two prestigious awards.

With their video entries screened and judged in a challenging online format held on November 13-14, 2023, the Filipino choir excelled among 11 globally recognized groups. Their impressive performance earned them 2nd Place in Folk Music, with no first-place awardee, and 3rd Place in the Mixed Choir category.

Daniel Dumas, the choir’s conductor, shared with Good News Pilipinas the group’s simultaneous preparation for the Busan Choral Festival & Competition in South Korea where four other Filipino choirs dominated the placements. Their dedication paid off handsomely, as they claimed two Gold Diplomas in Busan – one each in the Classical & Mixed and Ethnic categories.

WATCH Voci di Gesù Chamber Singers perform Rosas at Pandan for their Folk Music entry here:

Dumas elaborated on the stringent judging process in Finland, highlighting the European competitions’ strict grading system. “Despite being an online event, the tension was palpable due to the rigorous grading. Securing placements is challenging as each category demands a specific grade. In our Folk Category, we placed 2nd with no first place, making our achievement even more gratifying,” Dumas expressed in Filipino.

The choir, based at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in General Trias, Cavite, aspires to be acknowledged by the “Ani ng Dangal” awards from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Their recent triumphs add to a growing list of international accolades, including double gold prizes each at both the Tokyo International Choir Competition and the Taipei International Choir Competition.

WATCH Voci di Gesù Chamber Singers perform Gabaq-an for their Mixed Music entry here:

Founded on August 22, 2011, by Choirmaster Daniel Dumas, Voci di Gesù Chamber Singers regularly sings at the St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish (6pm Mass, every Sunday) and in Tierra de Maria in Tagaytay City (3pm Mass, every first Saturday). showcasing Filipino talent and dedication to their craft and mission.

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