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Concordia Chamber Singers Travel to Seoul

December, 2009
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The Chamber Singers of Concordia International School Shanghai (Concordia) traveled to Seoul Foreign School in Seoul, South Korea for the annual Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Choral Festival from November 18-22. Concordia’s 16 member choir is made up of eight women and eight men from Grades 9-12.

Seoul Foreign School, Canadian Academy Kobe, Japan and International School of Beijing also attended the festival, with each school bringing a choir of 16 members. The festival choir of 64 members rehearsed for 5-6 hours each day with the festival conductors.

ciss-choir-sThe festival choir was led by American conductors Randy Swiggum and Margaret Jenks from Madison, Wisconsin. Swiggum and Jenks lead three choirs of the Madison Boychoir: Britten, Purcell and Holst. Together they are also renowned for their work on the Comprehensive Musicianship Project, which trains music teachers throughout the United States how to incorporate history and theory into regular rehearsals.

The Concordia Chamber Singers prepared eight songs for the festival choir ranging from a Gregorian chant to a recent arrangement of an early-American tune. The repertoire included songs in Korean, Latin, Spanish and English. The Chamber Singers also performed two acapella selections by themselves, “Prsi, Prsi,” a Czechoslovakian folk song in the Slovak language and “Bonse Aba,” a Zambian celebratory song in the language of Bemba.

Three Concordia choir members were honored with solos in the final concert: soprano Emily Parkinson and altos Ping Chin and Yirang Park.

The festival culminated in a rousing concert in the beautiful Lyso Performing Arts Center Theatre.  

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