The Jakarta Post
Voca Erudita takes part in the 58th "Seghizzi" International Choral Singing Competition from July 19 to 21 in Gorizia and the eighth International Choir and Orchestra Festival from July 24 to 26 in Florence. (Voca Erudita/File)
A student choir from Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, Central Java, brought home eight awards from two international choir competitions in Italy.
Led by conductors Redi Sabtono and Ardian Dika Adhyatma and comprising 34 singers, Voca Erudita took part at the 58th “Seghizzi” International Choral Singing Competition from July 19 to 21 in Gorizia and the eighth Florence International Choir and Orchestra Festival from July 23 to 26 in Florence.
Said to be the only representative from Indonesia, the choir competed against 12 groups from 10 countries at the Seghizzi competition and later won fourth place in the "historical period since 1911 to the present day" category; third place in the folk and traditional songs category; the Choreography and Costumes Prize; and fourth place in the 31st Grand Prix Seghizzi.
At the Florence festival, Voca Erudita was crowned grand champion as it came first in the mixed choir adult category; won first place in the modern and contemporary music category; and was recognized as the Best Performance of Italian Composers Work “Vezzosi Augelli” by Luca Marenzio.
The head of the choir, Muhammad Hazim Fauzi, said in statement that the choir was particularly praised for its ability in song interpretation.
While in Italy, Voca Erudita also introduced Indonesian culture to local residents by holding a concert in Mossa city and singing at a number of churches in Florence, where it sang traditional songs. (wir/kes)