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Chamber Choir Wins World Competition

Published: August 8, 2016


CSULB’s Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir won the Choir of the World Competition at the recent Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. After winning the Choir of the World competition in its first-ever trip to the event, the Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir received the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy.

The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir is the premier choral ensemble at CSULB. Comprised of the top singers at the university, the Chamber Choir tours yearly and has concertized throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and China. The Chamber Choir performed at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conferences at Yale in 2009, at the College of Charleston in 2013, at the American Choral Directors Association Western Conventions in 2008 and 2012 and at the World Symposium of Choral Music in the Netherlands in 1999.

Recently, the ensemble has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony, and has sung back-up for the Rolling Stones at Staples Center and Petco Park. Alums of the Chamber Choir are teaching K-12 music in schools throughout California, running collegiate choral programs of nationwide importance, leading worship in churches and synagogues, and are under contract as singers with the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Cincinnati and Virginia operas.

Celebrating its 70th year, the first International Musical Eisteddfod was held in Llangollen in 1947. It began as a way of healing worldwide wounds following the end of the Second World War. Each year, around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on the beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship. Its competitions culminate with the prestigious “Choir of the World,” which determines the best overall choir of the event. In 2005, Luciano Pavarotti added his name to the competition in recognition of his appreciation of the festival and its influence on his career.

–Michael Uhlenkamp