The Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers received two gold medals and one silver medal at the Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria.

“The quality of competition, dedication of effort by our chorus and chamber singers, and direction of professors Bassett and Moore, speak of the ability and quality of our school of music,” Dr. Brian Crispell, academic dean, said.

At their first-ever international competition, the groups performed in three categories: mixed choirs with a compulsory piece, sacred choir music and chamber choir. The Florida College Chorus, led by Dr. Jon Bassett, received first place in mixed choirs and third place in sacred choir music. The chorus was also selected to compete in the final round alongside six other choirs. The Florida College Chamber Singers, led by Tim Moore, received third place in chamber choir.

Bassett began to plan for the choir competition over a year ago and selected literature for the competition in early fall 2016. The chorus training and rehearsals were oriented toward competitive singing focusing on healthy vocal technique, rhythm, pitch and diction.

“By focusing on the fundamentals of good singing and musicianship we began to achieve better results,” Bassett said. “The students were highly motivated and rose to the level of competition.”

The sixth Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival was hosted by INTERKULTUR, a non-profit organization seeking to bring countries together through peaceful competition in music. INTERKULTUR competitions are open to all non-professional choirs, so groups from all over the world have an opportunity to gain international festival and competition experience and compete according to their level of artistic achievement.

In addition to performing in an international competition, the students experienced the rich history and culture of Austria and were immersed in the great architecture of local cathedrals, performing in three and rehearsing in a fourth. Both ensembles also performed in a concert to benefit underprivileged families in Salzburg, Austria.

This year’s Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival included 19 international choirs from 12 countries, and both Florida College ensembles received medals.

“The students felt as though they were representing not only their school but their country as well,” Bassett said. “It was a tremendous success and I could not have asked for more.”

Congratulations to the Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers on achieving success at the music department’s first international competition!