University Singers Place Third in International Choral Song Competition

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The Georgia State University Singers, under the direction of Director of Choral Activities Deanna Joseph, have won third place in the Mixed Chorus Division at the Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Song Competition in Tours, France.

The University Singers received a cash prize of 600 Euros, and Joseph was awarded the individual prize of “Most Outstanding Conductor” for the entire competition, with a cash prize of 1,000 Euros. Peter Marshall provided accompaniment.

After three rounds of competition, the University Singers were one of 10 choirs invited to compete as a finalist in the International Division, alongside choruses from Poland, Philippines, Italy, Spain, England, Norway and Sweden. The group was also selected as one of five choirs (after the first two rounds) to compete for the title of Grand Prix de la Ville de Tour, the top competition prize.

The Singers departed Atlanta on May 20, stopping first in Paris, where they performed a concert at the American Cathedral. The ensemble then traveled to Tours for the competition, followed by a trip to Toulouse to present a concert in the Basilique Notre-Dame la Daurade. The chorus returned to Atlanta on May 29.

The University Singers is the Georgia State School of Music’s premier vocal ensemble. Selected by competitive audition, the choir is composed of music majors and non-majors, undergraduate and graduate students. The ensemble’s annual performances have included appearances before the Georgia Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association and at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards. The Singers’ tours have taken them throughout much of the United States, including Carnegie Hall on two occasions, and six international tours with stops in France, Belgium, Italy, Yugoslavia, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Canada and Great Britain.

Videos of the University Singers in performance in various locations throughout France, including during rounds of competition, can be found on the School of Music’s YouTube page. Additional photos and updates from the trip can be found on the School of Music’s Facebook page.

“Congratulations to all those involved,” said W. Dwight Coleman, director of the School of Music. “To the singers, faculty, administration and supporters, this outstanding accomplishment reflects so wonderfully on the School of Music, the College of Arts and Sciences and Georgia State University.”