RELEASE: Marylhurst Choir to Compete in Latvia’s Grand Prix of Nations

Grand Prix of Nations, Marylhurst University to CompeteMarylhurst Chamber Choir is the only choir from the United States invited to compete

Marylhurst University’s internationally award-winning choir, the Marylhurst Chamber Choir, will travel to Riga, Latvia in July 2017 to compete in the Grand Prix of Nations competition at the Third International Choir Games. The choir, directed by Dr. Justin Smith, is the only ensemble from the United States invited to participate in the international competition, attracting hundreds of choirs from 28 countries worldwide.

Marylhurst Chamber Choir, Marylhurst University, 2016In 2016, the Marylhurst Chamber Choir competed at the Cork International Choir Festival in Cork, Ireland, winning two trophies. Marylhurst’s choir placed third in the competition for the festival’s biggest prize, the Fleischmann International Trophy, and they were also honored with the PEACE Trophy, awarded to the choir that best embraces the spirit of the festival.

When they return to Europe this summer, the Marylhurst Chamber Choir will extend their stay to Stockholm, Sweden to connect with the choir that edged them out for the Fleischmann Trophy last year, Helene Stureborg’s Kammarkӧr. “There are no hard feelings,” said choir director Justin Smith. “These events are more collegial than competitive, and our students come away with an increased connection to individuals and societies across the world,” he explained.

Marylhurst Chamber Choir, Marylhurst University, 2017Before they depart, the Marylhurst Chamber Choir will give two free performances, “a dress rehearsal of sorts for the Grand Prix of Nations competition,” Smith said.

All are invited to hear the Marylhurst Chamber Choir perform on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Chapel of the Holy Names, Mary’s Woods or on Sunday, July 2 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s Chapel, Marylhurst University.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving students who want to complete their bachelor’s degree or earn an advanced degree. Empowering students to impact the world since 1893, Marylhurst offers degree completion programs at the bachelor’s level, master’s degrees and professional certificate programs both on campus and online. We are the premier university that weaves together the liberal arts with professional studies and prepares graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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2017-03-30T01:04:14+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Music, Releases, Students|