Once again, the angelic voices of the world-renowned UST Singers rose to an exciting crescendo as they won all five of the major choral competition categories in the 30th International Choral Competition in Olomouc, Czech Republic last June 9.

The competition is said to be the biggest and most prestigious choral competition in Czech and in Eastern Europe.

The Thomasian chorale bested over 196 participating choirs with scores of 100 percent in all but one category, where they notched a score of 99 percent.

Not waiting for the introduction, the UST Singers walked to the stage singing their first piece. It would be followed by a semi-ethnic song complete with bamboo instruments and small bells. Belting out all of five songs elicited for them repeated standing ovations from the local audience.

Amid the thunderous applause, they exited in the same manner as when they entered—singing.

Writing to the Varsitarian via electronic mail, the UST Singers are offering their most recent success to Filipinos and especially to Thomasians.

“We have poured our best and all our efforts just to uplift the image of our country, regain the respect we deserve from people here in the West… and to prove that Thomasian-Filipinos… are really competent and world-class,” they wrote.

The Thomasian choir is currently in Austria, one of the legs of their eight-month World Concert Tour, which started two months ago. They are set to join four more competitions while in Europe. E. P. A. Peredo

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