MCS Competes in the MBC Choral Competition
To further develop their performance on stage, the Mapúa Concert Singers (MCS) contended in the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) Annual Choral Competition last December 15-19, 2009. The five-day event was held at the Aliw Theater, Star City Complex.
Among the 90 choirs who auditioned and competed, MCS was one of the 24 six groups who made it to the Semi-Final round. Choral es from different universities and sectors all over the country such as University of the Visayas, Tarlac State University, St. Louis University of Baguio, Coro Animo (Alumni Choir of De La Salle University), and Coro San Benildo (De La Salle College of St. Benilde) participated in the contest.
With the event’s title “Paskong Pinoy,” the contestants had to sing Pasko na Sinta Ko in the Open Category as part of the Christmas theme of the contest. Along with the required song, two more pieces were performed by each participant for different categories. MCS rendered Orde-e for the Novelty Category and Richte Mich Gott as their choice piece for the final round.
On the fifth day, the University of the Visayas Choral, St. Louis University of Baguio Choral , and Coro Animo and Koro Ilustrado were awarded as the Champion, 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners-up, respectively. Professional individuals in the music industry, including The Company member Moy Ortiz, UST Singers Conductor Fidel Calalang, Jr., Ateneo Chamber Singers Conductor Prof. Jonathan Velasco, and Lead Me Lord composer Arnel de Pano, judged for the said competition.
As of the moment, MCS is preparing for Orientale Concentus III, a competition that will be held this July in Yil an, Taiwan. “This time, sasali kami ng competition ng mas ready, mas may passion, mas may confidence and more perfect,” assured MCS President Glenn Aquisap. Future activities of the group include the Mundawit Choral Festival on April and MCS 10th Anniversary Concert on May.