Cavite church choir Voci di Gesù Chamber Singers brought honor to the Philippines by winning multiple gold awards in two global competitions held in Tokyo and Taipei, in the group’s second time to compete internationally.
The choral group from Tierra Nevada Community in General Trias won a total of four gold awards – two at the Tokyo International Choir Competition in Japan and another two at the Taipei International Choir Competition in Taiwan – improving on their two silver medals from their first international tour at the 5th Karangturi International Competition Indonesia in 2019.
The choral group which serves every Sunday at the St. Gabriel Archangel Parish and St. Paul Parish, and every First Saturday mass at Tierra de Maria in Tagaytay City, passed the highly competitive Qualifying Rounds to reach the Final Round of live performances by 54 finalist choirs in Harumi, Tokyo.
Voci di Gesù Chamber Singers led by conductor Daniel Dumas bagged 2 gold prizes in Japan on July 31, 2022:
- Gold Prize, 2nd Prize Winner – Folklore Music
- Gold Prize, 3rd Prize Winner – Chamber Choir
The choral group’s video entries won another 2 gold awards during the Taipei contest finals held on August 2, 2022, which turned virtual because of the high COVID alert in Taiwan:
- Gold Prize – Mixed Choir
- Gold Prize and 3rd Prize – Vocal Ensemble
The Cavite church choir went on social media to thank supporters who helped fund their trip through donations from five Rejoicing Concert Series of shows and direct support for their Road 2 Tokyo Campaign.
The choir’s founder and conductor Daniel Dumas, a former member of the world-renowned Imusicapella Chamber Choir and a student at the College of Music at the University of the Philippines, shared with Good News Pilipinas how the group values its new awards.
“Super high value po ng awards na ito sa group namin, lalong lalo na po yung sa Tokyo, kasi po High Level competition po yung sa Tokyo, may Qualification Round pa po yung sa Tokyo bago makasali sa Finals, bale ang first level ng competition sa Tokyo ay recording po, then irereview yung application ng mga International Jury, then po malalaman kung sino sinong mga choirs ang lalaban sa Finals sa Tokyo.
“E yung mga Jury po dito sa Tokyo talagang mga High Level Jury po, tulad po ni Sir John August Pamintuan (Head of the Jury), Lorenzo Donati, André Thomas to name a few. Kaya sobrang na-excite and halos nagtatalon po kami nung malaman namin na nakapasa po kami sa Qualifiying Round and tuwang tuwa din po kami na lahat ng categories na sinalihan namin natanggap po kami,” Dumas said.
Voci di Gesù Chamber Singers joins Cavite’s other choir internationally-awarded choirs including missionary choir Coro Regina Coeli from the Holy Cross Parish of Noveleta which swept 12 choir awards in two separate choral competitions in Italy.
Imusicapella, a church choir based at the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Imus, won the coveted Grand Prix Varna award at the 39th International May Choir Competition Prof. Georgi Dimitrov in Bulgaria. The Imus choir and The Philippine Meistersingers from the Adventist University of the Philippines were co-winners of the Chamber Choir category in the same tilt.
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