Guam – The University of Guam University Singers recently won the Gold Award in the a cappella vocal jazz category at the Guam Pacific Choral Festival held May 1-5.
The Guam Pacific Choral Festival was organized by Festa Musicale from the Czech Republic and co-sponsored by the University of Guam. The festival featured competition from local choirs, St. John’s High School Glee Club and Magis, as well as choirs from the Philippines and Korea.
The University Singers have performed twice before for Festa Musicale choral festivals in the Czech Republic and in Pattaya, Thailand, where the choir also won first place in the a cappella vocal jazz category in June 2011. Because of the strong performances of the University Singers, Festa Musicale became interested in creating a similar choral festival here on Guam.
“I’m so proud of our UOG students,” said University Singers Director Dr. Randall Johnson. “Winning gold again really demonstrates the talent and work ethic of our University Singers.”
There are plans to make this an annual event, with a choir from Singapore already signed up for next year.
[The University Singers: (back row from left to right) Jonathan Rivera, David Bautista, Chris Dolores, Alfredo Tindugan, Andrew Gumataotao, Anthony Quenga, Nick Rice, Jayke Mafnas and Mel Etumai (front row from left to right) Lovelynn Trinidad, Kalani Sisson, Angelina Flores and Kayla Del Rosario.]