The University of Santo Tomas Singers (USTS) has achieved a historical first 3-peat win at the Choir of the World Championships held in July.
The UST Singers was declared the winner of the 2019 Choir of the World Champion of Champions title in the online voting organized by the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in the United Kingdom, the same festival that awarded Bangkok-based Filipino conductor Ramon Lijauco Jr. with the Jayne Davies Prize for Most Outstanding Conductor
The multi-awarded UST Singers competed among 32 Choir of the World Champions from the Wales-based festival’s annual winners since its establishment in 1987.
The online voting required participants to view all 32 winning performances recorded by Llangollen TV before voting for their favorite “winning performance for all time.”
The Manila-based choral group received confirmation of its win on July 8 at the end of the 2019 Choir of the World festival.
The University of Santo Tomas Singers won the 1995 Choir of the World with their performance of “Pok Pok Alimpako” by Francisco F. Feliciano and conducted by Prof. Fidel G. Calalang Jr.
The USTS also won the 2010 Choir of the World Championship with their performance of “Her Sacred Spirit Soars” composed by Eric Whitacre and text by Charles Anthony Silvestri.
Both USTS winning performances were conducted by Prof. Fidel G. Calalang Jr.
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