World champion De La Salle Chorale-Bacolod hopes to conquer the European Grand Prix next.
“We are preparing ourselves to take another leap, taking the group to greater heights – probably the most significant and essential endeavor for any choir, the quest for the European Grand Prix,” Romeo Gamilla, artistic director of DLSCB, said in apress-conference at the University of St. La Salle yesterday.
Gamilla said that they are keeping their fingers crossed while preparing in all aspects.
USLS held a tribute to celebrate the win of DLSCB in the 11 th Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival July 1-4 in Singapore.
DLSCB brought home awards in the following categories: Silver Grade I award – Sacred/Church Category, Gold Grade III award – Chamber Category, and another Gold Grade II award – Folksong contest.
“I believe they made it because they behaved like champions before, during, and after the contest,” Annabelle Balor, USLS vice chancellor for academic affairs, said.
Artists’ Hub director Gerry Grey said the auditions will be open for the entire year. Grey also said that through the chorale, one can literally sing one’s way through college through the St. Mutien Marie Scholarship Grant of the university.
The chorale also plans to hold a road tour in Negros and Panay to encourage more students to join.
“We hope to inspire and encourage members to join the chorale through our songs,” Christian Brey, DLSCB club president, said.
Twenty-four members of the chorale participated in the different contests of the festival, 14 of them alumni of USLS.
The festival in Singapore is their third international competition, one of them the 5 th Vietnam International Choir Competition in June 2017, where they bagged three Golden Diplomas in different categories.*JAB
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