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Chamber Choir brings home trophies

Choir awarded two trophies at the 2016 Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The Marylhurst Chamber Choir brought home two trophies from the 2016 Cork International Choral Festival.

Marylhurst University’s premiere choral ensemble, the Marylhurst Chamber Choir, brought home two awards from the 2016 Cork International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland. Marylhurst’s choir, directed by Justin Smith, placed third in the festival’s most prestigious competition for the Fleischmann Award

First and second place went to Helene Stureborg’s KammarkÓ§r from Sweden and Rezonans from Turkey, respectively.

The final score was extremely close: Sweden, 91.56; Turkey, 90.56; and United States, 90.0. Eleven choirs competed, selected from 34 applicants worldwide. Other countries represented were Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland.

The Marylhurst Chamber Choir was the only choir from the United States invited to perform and compete at The Cork International Choir Festival, one of the most prestigious choral festivals in Europe. Marylhurst’s choir was the only choir to be awarded two trophies on the festival’s final day: May 2.

In addition to their third place trophy, the Marylhurst Chamber Choir was honored with the PEACE Trophy, awarded to “the choir that best embraces the spirit of the festival, and fulfills the intentions of the trophy’s benefactors, the P.E.A.C.E. Movement, Cork.”