Student Arceo wins Busan Choral Competition

Busan, South Korea – October 20, 2014 – ALERON, an all-male Filipino choral ensemble, was recently hailed as champions and winner of the Grand Prize of the 10th Busan International Choral Festival and Competition held from October 13-18, 2014. ALERON bested 38 other choirs from 8 different countries, including 3 from the Czech Republic, 2 from Russia, 1 from Colombia, and 1 from Poland. They won the Gold Prize in the Classical Equal Voices category which qualified them to advance to the Grand Prix round. Two other Filipino choirs, the Juan Luna Elementary School Children’s Choir and Coro San Benildo, also placed in the competition.

The Busan International Choral Festival and Competition aims to celebrate choral music on an international level, bringing together top tier amateur and student choirs from around the world for a grand festival in Busan, South Korea. The jury this year included expert musicians from all parts of the globe, including the renowned Mark Anthony A. Carpio, choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

ALERON is led by Christopher Amado Ong Arceo as choir director, and is a Philippine-based all-male choral ensemble geared towards exploring and broadening the male soundscape. It first came into existence in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club, and continues today composed of male choristers from diverse backgrounds.

ALERON’s other accomplishments include a First Prize distinction in the Vocal Ensemble category of the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival held in Manila in August 2013, which marked the group’s very first win in an international choral competition. The group will be holding a homecoming concert on November 8, 2014 at the Ateneo de Manila High School to celebrate and give thanksgiving for their recent achievements. Admission will be open to all.

Contact: Miggi Angangco
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