In July of 2012 the North Star Boys’ Choir traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to compete in the World Choir Games, where over 360 choirs from around the world gathered to share their music and culture, and test their musical mettle against other world class choirs.
The North Star boys entered the Barbershop category where they were awarded a bronze medal, and the Children’s Choir category where their musical skill and perseverance earned them a silver. This achievement was all the more notable in that the North Star Boys’ Choir had only been in rehearsal for the Games since January and was competing against well-established all-adult choirs in the Barbershop category.
Medals are awarded only to those choirs which achieve qualifying scores in the Champions’ Competition, as determined by an international panel of judges. To compete at the Champions’ level, choirs must be a medal winner in former World Choir Games Competitions or other recognized international choir competitions. Judging is most rigorous and is based on intonation and sound quality, fidelity to the score, interpretation, and overall artistic impression.
Highlights of the choir’s stay in Cincinnati included participation in the Grand Parade and opening and closing ceremonies, along with recreation and sightseeing in Cincinnati. The boys were also featured in a local TV news story (see Home Page video frame) and were filmed on site by a German television film crew while singing in a traditional barbershop.
The World Choir Games are held every two years. The 2008 Games were held in Graz, Austria; the 2010 Games were in Shaoxing, China, and in 2014, the Games will be held in Riga, Latvia.
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“Must See” Video: The Barbershop Choir in Cincinnati – As seen on ChoirTV.com