Xavier’s Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble was awarded a silver medal for its performance in the Mixed Chamber Choirs competition during the World Choir Games held earlier this month in Cincinnati.
The ensemble competed on Friday, July 13, at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati. Other large choirs participating in the Mixed Chamber Choirs were from Northern Kentucky, China, Venezuela, Australia, Columbia, Nigeria, Russia and Thailand.
The 24 Xavier singers, mostly students, were conducted by Tom Merrill, chair and associate professor of music and theatre. Niamh O’Leary, assistant professor of English, and Scott Buzza, music coordinator, sang second soprano and second tenor.
Cincinnati was the first venue in the United States to host the World Choir Games. Xavier helped make the two-week long Games a success by housing nearly 1,000 participants in residence halls on campus during the event, which took place July 4-July 15 throughout Cincinnati.
Xavier also hosted a free Friendship Concert on campus. View a video of the Kowloon Boys Choir of Hong Kong singing "Ave Maria" on July 5 at Xavier’s Bellarmine Chapel.
The next Games competition will be in 2014 in Riga, Latvia.