- All-girl Woodrose chorale is the lone representative from Asia for the 4th International Festival for Advent and Christmas Music in Slovakia from December 6-8
- The girls also performed during the non-competition days at the Jesuit Church, the Klarisky Music Hall, and the Franciscan Square
- The group won 2 gold awards and 2 special awards
An all-girl chorale from PAREF Woodrose School bagged several awards earlier this December in Slovakia in the 14th International Festival for Advent and Christmas Music. 27 female singers composed this chorale coming from an exclusive girls’ school in Muntinlupa.
They were the only representatives from Asia and competed with other delegations from Europe and South Africa. The group which joined this contest for the first time took home four awards: Grand Prix for Folklore, Special Award for Dramaturgy. Gold Band Award for Children’s Choir up to 16 years old, Gold Band Award for Folksong with Instrumental Accompaniment.
The chorale was led by their female conductor and music teacher Myrene Carballo.
Their junior high school principal Elinor Dioko said that they sounded so unique and so refreshing, and at the same time very strong and very confident. Probably could be the reason they mesmerized the audiences there and the judges. She, together with some teachers and parents, traveled with the girls to give support in their performance in Slovakia.
In the children’s choir up to 16 years old category, the chorale performed “Anak” and sang a medley of music from the Cordilleras and “Dandansoy” for the folk songs with instrumental accompaniment category.
In the first two non-competition days, the girls sang in the Jesuit Church, the Klarisky Music Hall, and the Franciscan Square. Among the songs in their list were Lead me Lord, Iisang Tinig, Iisang Panalangin, Kumukutikutitap and Piliin mo ang Pilipinas.
Apparently, the girls learned a lot from this competition. As shared by Feliza Beatrice Zaragoza, discipline and focus were on top of it. For Bea Cabauatan, representing not only their school but also the Philippines was a very fulfilling experience.
According to their school website, the girls trained for almost 3 hours every day aside from catering to the needs of their regular classes and academic requirements. They were trained by a team of chorale experts which they also gave due recognition to.
Hear their angelic voices here: