Capital University’s internationally renowned Chapel Choir is accustomed to globe-trotting and showcasing its talent, performing on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall to prestigious music halls throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa. In July the group will get another chance of a lifetime: performing with and competing amongst hundreds of choirs from around the globe at the World Choir Games.
Scheduled for July 4-14, 2012, the World Choir Games are making their United States debut in Cincinnati, Ohio, just a couple of hours away from Capital’s campus. The event – which has been hosted previously in locales including Austria, China and Germany – is likened to the Olympics of choral music. More than 360 choirs from 48 countries are registered to participate. Twenty-five U.S. states will be represented, with more than 80 choirs from Ohio alone.
Based on qualifying appearances at prestigious national conferences, submitted recordings and the overall level of their musical artistry, the Chapel Choir was awarded the honor to participate in the World Choir Games’ Champions level competition. This will be the group’s first appearance at the World Choir Games or any other choral competition.
Capital’s participation in this prestigious event is two-fold: performing alongside two other world-renowned choirs from Hong Kong and South Africa during the Global Harmony Celebration Concert (July 5, 7:30 pm, Masonic Center - Auditorium), a featured concert for which they were hand-picked; and competing in the Musica Sacra (July 6, 10 am, Christ Church Cathedral) and Mixed Choirs categories, (July 6, 3:30 pm, Masonic Center - Auditorium). Fifty-nine singers from the 70-voice Chapel Choir are taking time off from summer jobs and traveling from various parts of the state to participate in the event.
“It's a tremendous honor,” said Lynda Hasseler, D.M.A., Capital’s director of choral activities, who cited the Chapel Choir’s May 2011 concert tour to South Africa as the impetus to participate in the World Games. “It was after sharing a concert with the Stellenbosh University Choir from Cape Town South Africa, World Game veterans, that [the students] got excited about singing at the World Games in Cincinnati. Now our friends from South Africa will be sharing a stage with us in America. It’s a perfect example of how singing brings cultures together and creates community. I love that.”
Those wishing to get a sneak peek of the Chapel Choir’s performance prior to the World Choir Games are welcome to attend a rehearsal performance slated for July 1 at 2 pm, in Mees Hall. This performances is free and open to the public.
General admission tickets for the World Choir Games are also now on sale for various portions of the 10-day event, starting at $15 for one-day flex passes or awards ceremonies tickets and $28 for the Celebration Concerts. Set up to accommodate the thousands of domestic and international visitors flocking to Cincinnati for the event, competition venues are arranged in a pedestrian-friendly grid in the city’s downtown. Visit www.2012worldchoirgames.com/tickets for more information and to purchase tickets.
Contact: Nichole JohnsonDirector of media relations and communicationsCapital University614-236-6945c: 614-440-9158