CAGAYAN de Oro added another feather to its cap after the Capitol University Glee Club bested 35 other singing groups from four countries.
The CU Glee Club bagged the gold in the folk category and the silver in the pop and jazz category during the Tomohon International Choir Competition held last Aug. 17 to 21 in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, it was learned on Tuesday.
According to CU Glee Club assistant trainer Lara Grace Ruiz, the CU Glee Club’s unique blending of voices was what impressed the judges the most.
The college choir sang two tracks for the folk category – Vochong and Chua-ay.
The 20-member group was accompanied by musicians playing indigenous Filipino instruments bunkaka and gonza for the two songs.But for the Glee Club’s pop and jazz pieces, they sang acapella all the way. They performed Guy Sebastian’s Angels Brought Me Here and Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.
While undergoing two months of exhausting rehearsals here, members of the group never expected that they would excel in the competition.”We just focused on practicing. We were never concerned about our competitors,” Ruiz said.
Ruiz said they also never had any idea on how their competing choirs fared because there were no videos of them posted on the Internet.
Their competitors came from Sri Lanka, Sweden, the Philippines and the host country of Indonesia.
There were choirs coming from the US although they performed as guests and did not join in the competition, recalled Ruiz.
After their win, the CU Glee Club rewarded themselves with a concert tour around Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi.
They eventually hooked up with their counterpart club from Manado State University and together, they performed in Presbyterian churches and malls.
So what’s next for the CU Glee Club?
Right now, according to Ruiz, the group is preparing for the 1st Vietnam Choral Competition to be held in March 2011.
article by Mark Francisco of Gold Star Daily