For release: June 19, 2008
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The University Singers, representing the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University
of Memphis, have been invited to participate the 45th International Competition of
Choral Singing at the Castle of Porcia, Spittal an der Drau, Carinthia, Austria. The
annual festival will be held July 3 – 6 and will include 12 choirs from Europe and
abroad. Since 1964, more than 400 groups from around the globe have participated in
the competition. Each year, between 60 and 80 choirs apply for participation, but
few are chosen to compete. During festival performances, each chorus is encouraged
to draw upon its individual heritage so audiences have a sense of a musical journey
through the world’s musical cultures.
The ensemble has also been invited to perform in featured gala concerts in Graz, Austria
during the 5th World Choir Games, the Chorolympiade. There will be numerous seminars,
workshops, and concerts in conjunction with the July 9 - 19 competition. Participants
from more than 70 nations will compete for diplomas and medals in 28 categories. The
Chorolympiade began in the year 2000 in the capital of Upper Austria, Linz. Since
then the games have been celebrated in the Republic of Korea, Germany, and China.
Located in one of the nation’s most influential musical cities, The Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music at the University of Memphis is a different kind of music school.
Here, students and faculty are committed to the essence of performance that is so
unique to the region. This essence, regardless of genre, is the creativity, originality,
quality and entrepreneurial spirit that are central to the rich musical heritage of
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the School offers 20 degrees
in more than 24 areas of concentration, taught by 45 world-class faculty members who
are recognized from Carnegie Hall to The Grammys®. With more than 250 faculty, student
and guest performances each year, we are where the music is.