California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir stopped in Austria during its summer concert tour long enough to pick up the top honors at the 54th Annual Internationaler Chorwettbewerb in Spittal an der Drau, Austria. Winning with the second highest aggregate score in the competition’s history, the Bob Cole Chamber Choir swept all categories in which it competed. This win - at one of the world's most competitive and prestigious vocal competitions is reminiscent of last year’s outstanding win at the 2016 Choir of the World Competition at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. After winning the Choir of the World competition in their first-ever trip to the event last year, the Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir received the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy, and apparently used that trophy to inspire them for more “Best in the World” performances. Only 10 choirs were invited to compete at this year's gathering in Austria, and the Bob Cole Chamber Choir was the only American ensemble chosen to participate.
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, the Long Beach Symphony, and sang back up for several performances by the Rolling Stones at the Staples Center. Alums of the Chamber Choir are teaching K-12 music in schools throughout California, running collegiate choral programs of nationwide importance, leading worship in church and synagogue, and are currently under contract as singers with the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Virginia Operas.
Celebrating its 54th year, the Internationaler Chorwettbewerb invites 10 of the very best choirs in the world for a shared competition and concert hall exchange and experience. This year’s competition featured choirs from Belarus, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, South Africa, and Australia.
For more information on the Bob Cole Conservatory or our award-winning choral and vocal programs, visit the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music website.