The Girls' Chamber Choir of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium
The Girls' Chamber Choir of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium, conducted by Helena Fojkar Zupančič won the euroradio choral competition Let the peoples sing in Oslo, Norway and is the winner of The 2009 Silver Rose Bowl. The bowl will thus remain in St. Stanislav's Institution, Ljubljana, Slovenia for two years.
This is how the international jury has justified its choice:
"It is always difficult to compare choirs in different classes: a talented children's choir and a well-trained adult choir are two totally different things. What we have been listening to tonight is musicality, talent, musical consequence, technical skill, blend of voices, pitch, but most of all we have been listening to musical passion and the desire to tell stories through music. And the best choir to combine all these aspects and therefore the choir which has given us the most convincing performance is The Girls' Chamber Choir of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium!"
The Girls' Chamber Choir of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium in Ljubljana, Slovenia has attained the highest honors among the five choirs performing at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium. The choir was established in order that musically and vocally talented girls could sing a more demanding repertoire.
Through their accomplishments at national and international competitions the choir has proven to be the best student ensemble of the type in Slovenia. The choir has received numerous prizes and awards, including first prize for best choir of the competition in Zagorje (Slovenia) in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008; as well as at the International choral festival in Celje (Slovenia) in 2001 and 2007.
In the past few years the choir has performed Missa St. Aloysii by Michael Haydn in collaboration with the members of the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovene premiere of Missa Nona for women's choir and piano by Hungarian contemporary composer György Orban's and Messe des pecheurs de Villerville for women's choir and chamber orchestra by Gabriel Faure / Andre Messager, as well as many contemporary works by Slovene and foreign composers.
The choir has also toured in Germany, Croatia, Austria, Italy, England and Slovakia. At the beginning of the year the choir participated in the vocal pop workshops with Swedish musicians Fred Sjøberg and Stephen Berglund and was one of the five selected Slovene choirs which collaborated as a laboratory choir at the International competition for young choral conductors in Ljubljana, organized by Europa Cantat choral organization.
The Girls’ Chamber Choir of the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium in Ljubljana is one of the finalists of the Let the Peoples sing competition in Oslo.
Girls in action…