MUSIC OF GRACIAS CHOIR
Gracias Choir performs music ranging from the classics to many popular contemporary works, which include extended genres of music such as musicals and semi-classics. Local traditional songs, which express the beauty of each respective country, sung in their native languages is a special repertoire of the Gracias Choir that allows them to approach the international community more closely. More than anything else, the praise that comes from the heart of the choir members seeps deeply into the hearts of the audience and moves their souls.
Award-winning Gracias Choir has advanced the choral music landscape for the past 20 years. With their First Prize win at the most prestigious choir music competition in the world, Gracias Choir has been officially recognized as the best choral music group in the world.
Gracias Choir music is inspired by the love and thankfulness toward God that each member embraces. Gracias has the unique ability to touch the hearts of its audiences and change lives in the process.
One bold musical color created through self-sacrifice; harmonious sounds birthed from the essence of the soul and forged into transformative music. This is what defines Gracias Choir.
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
The Gracias Choir has grown into a world renowned choir. In 2009, the Gracias Choir won the Jeju International Choral Competition, and followed on to compete in 5 major international choral competitions in Europe. The Gracias Choir won the Grand Prix a the the 13th Riva Del Garda International Choral Competition in Italy, the 1st Prize and the Audience’ Choice Award at the 50th Montreux International Choral Competition in Switzerland, and also won the Grand Prize (the highest prize) and Special Prize at the Marktoberdorf International Choral Competition in Germany. The Gracias Choir has been recognized for its excellence in musicality and has taken on being the best choir in the world.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
14th International Choir
Riva del Garde International
• First Prize at the 14th International Chamber Choir Competition
Marktoberdorf in Germany, as well as Romantic Choral Work Prize, 2015
• Grand Prize at the 13th Concorso Corale Internazionale Riva del Garda,
as well as Grand Prizes in Mixed Chorus and Sacred Music, 2014
• First Prize at the 2014 Montreux Choral Festival in Switzerland
• Grand Prize in Mixed Chorus, Silver Prize in Women’s Chorus, and
Excellent Conductor’s Award, 2010 Busan International Choir Competition
• Grand Prize at the 2009 Jeju International Choir Competition, Korea
Gracias Choir is implementing various programs which include diverse performances, overseas exchange, musician training, as well as free events and programs aimed at developing the next generation.
Every year, the Gracias Choir holds numerous concerts including the Svobodno Classic Concert with world-class musicians, recitals, Christmas Cantata Tour, invitation performances at the Youth World Culture Camp, and free outdoor concerts for the community.
The Gracias Choir is preparing a diverse program in which practical and systematic education combine with musical knowledge in order to develop the abilities of performers and to train younger, upcoming musicians.
Gracias Choir also engages in charity concerts and promotes non-governmental cultural exchange not only in the U.S. or Europe, but also Southeast Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.