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Hamilton Children’s Choir the only Canadian choir at 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea

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The Hamilton Children’s Choir at the 10th World Symposium on
Choral Music in Soeul, South Korea.
The HCC was in very fine company at the symposium, as seen by this list:
  • Hong Kong Children’s Choir (China), conducted by Kathy Fokk
  • Voz en Punto (Mexico), conducted by José Galván
  • Moran Choir (Israel), conducted by Naomi Faran
  • University of Southern California Thornton Chamber Singers (USA), conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe
  • Choeur Africain des Jeunes (Africa), conducted by Ambroise Kua Nzambi Toko, Sylvain Kwami Gameti
  • Oslo Chamber Choir (Norway), conducted by Håkon Nystedt
  • Roomful of Teeth (USA), conducted by Brad Wells
  • Inner Mongolian Youth Choir (China), conducted by Yalungerile
  • Hamilton Children’s Choir (Canada), conducted by Zimfira Poloz
  • Choir of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), conducted by Grzegorz Pecka
  • Musica Quantica Voces de Cámara (Argentina), conducted by Camilo Santostefano
  • Harmonia Ensemble (Japan)
  • Incheon City Chorale (Korea), conducted by Hak-Won Yoon
  • Asia Pacific Youth Choir, conducted by Chifuru Matsubara and Jennifer Tham
More to follow on this story. For a blog of photos from the trip, click here.

Honoured with special performance at Canadian Embassy in Korea

The Hamilton Children’s Choir will stand on the world stage at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea as one of the 15 showcase choirs to receive a special invitation to perform at the opening ceremonies.

Forty-four Hamilton youth ages 12-18 of the Hamilton Children’s Choir (HCC) embark on an international tour to South Korea, August 6 – 13. The Hamilton Children’s Choir is the only Canadian choir at the symposium.

As part of this honour, the HCC will perform a special song for the Embassy of Canada in Korea August 7) followed by a tour of the embassy in Schofield Hall.

Organized once every three years through the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), this symposium brings together the world’s most prestigious choral conductors and choirs. The theme this year is Youth & Healing, focusing on how music making offers a welcoming environment for youth to explore their creativity. Canadian composer Sarah Quartel’s original music, Snow Angel will make its first international debut through the HCC’s performance.

The HCC will perform its tour repertoire at a farewell concert in August 1.

Visit http://bit.ly/hccsouthkorea for more information.

This is the eighth tour where the HCC has been invited to perform as a showcase choir.

In 2012, the HCC performed at the first Xinghai International Choir Championships in Guangzhou, China. With 28 choirs in contention, the HCC took home the grand prize in the children’s choir category. In total, there were 147 participating choirs representing 46 different countries, resulting to 7,000 singers. For almost 40 years, the HCC has provided ways to participate and experience the joys and benefits of singing in a choir – believing that “If you can speak, you can sing.” Boosting about 170 choristers ages 5 to 18, the HCC offers youth vocal training and music instruction to foster creative expression and appreciation of music.