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|
|May 26 rehearsals
|Chorale performing at Espace Malraux in Tours, France|
|The choir arrives at its first competition in Tours|
|On stage at the Grand Theatre|
|Good Morning Renaissance Competition|
|Site of the Renaissance Competition - La Riche, Prieuré de Saint-Cosme
|Rehearsing for the
|A look inside the former residence of Pierre de Ronsard
|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|
|UH Chorale Earns Honors at Festival’s Conclusion|
|Adrian Rodriguez Conducts a Farewell Song at Florilege Vocal de Tours|
|Princeton Miles at the festival's closing concert|