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Moores Concert Chorale wins awards in France

Choir makes it French debut and wows international audiences

The Moores School of Music Concert Chorale traveled to Tours, France at the end of May to compete in the highly-selective Florilege Vocal de Tours international chorale competition. It competed against nine choirs, including ensembles from Tokyo; Calgary, Canada and Dublin, Ireland.

Mike Emery, a UH media relations representative, journeyed overseas with thec chorale and its director Betsy Weber. He produced daily stories about the experience for Creative Pride, a blog that features UH-connected artist profiles on the Houston Chronicle’s electronic edition, chron.com.

The chorale earned a second place prize in the Mixed Choir category, an honor the choir shared with The Spiritus Chamber Choir from Calgary, Canada. It also garnered an award in the Best New Creation category for its rendition of David Ashley White’s “I Cannot Live with You.” White, a world-renown American classical composer, is the director of the Moores School of Music.

What follows are links to Emery’s blog entries and his photo gallery of the tour. Enjoy.

 Moores Concert Chorale Returning to International Stage
UH Chorale Headed to Florilege Vocal de Tours
UH Singers Making French Debut May 27
The Grand Theatre in Tours, France The Grand Theatre in Tours, France
May 26 Rehearsals - Students May 26 rehearsals
UH Chorale Advances in French Competitions
Chorale performing at Espace Malraux in Tours, France Chorale performing at Espace Malraux in Tours, France
The choir arrives at its first competition in Tours The choir arrives at its first competition in Tours 
Espace Malraux Espace Malraux 
On stage at the Grand Theatre On stage at the Grand Theatre
 Good Morning Renaissance Competition
Site of Renaissance Competition - La Riche, Prieure de Saint-Cosme Site of the Renaissance Competition - La Riche, Prieuré de Saint-Cosme
Rehearsing for the Renaissance Competition Rehearsing for the Renaissance Competition
A look inside the former residence of Pierre de Ronsard A look inside the former residence of Pierre de Ronsard
UH's Renaissance Choir UH's Renaissance Choir
Chorale Ready for Final Performance in France
Moores Concert Chorale Rehearses at Florilege Vocal de Tours
From HGO to France, Austin Dean Discusses His Breakout Year
Austin Dean Austin Dean
UH Chorale Earns Honors at Festival’s Conclusion
Adrian Rodriguez Conducts a Farewell Song at Florilege Vocal de Tours Adrian Rodriguez Conducts a Farewell Song at Florilege Vocal de Tours
Princeton Miles at the festival's closing concert Princeton Miles at the festival's closing concert