Chamber Singers earn Grand Prix award in international competition
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Chamber Singers delivered a virtuoso performance during competition held as part of the Michelangelo International Music Festival in Florence, Italy.
The University’s top vocal ensemble won the Grand Prix award as best overall choir competing against groups from across the world during the recent virtual event.
“It’s the highest honor that our choral program has ever received,” said UL Lafayette’s Dr. William Plummer, an associate professor in the School of Music and Performing Arts and director of Choral Activities.
The UL Lafayette Chamber Singers also earned top honors in the “Youth and University Choirs” and “Sacred Music” categories. Alexander Laiche, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in vocal performance, won the “Best Male Soloist” award.
Plummer said the strong showing can be traced to the diligence and dedication of the 32-member ensemble.
“Our students are extremely committed and work very hard to ensure they are – and remain –internationally competitive. Their level of focus and dedication and attention to detail and preparation is exceptional,” Plummer said.
The multiple wins – as determined by a panel of international judges – brought more than global acclaim. They earned the Chamber Singers a total of 1,900 euros, which is about the same amount in dollars.
The prize money will be used to buy choral music for students and to enter additional competitions, which typically require entry fees. “This isn’t our swan song,” Plummer said with a laugh.
It isn’t the first time the Chamber Singers has received global recognition, either. In 2021, the ensemble won a virtual competition held as part of the International Choral Festival in Wales.
The Chamber Singers, which Plummer established in 2012, is open to undergraduate of graduate students at the University, regardless of major.
Learn more about the Chamber Singers or how to audition. Learn more about their recent international wins on the School of Music and Performing Arts’ Facebook page.
Photo caption: The UL Lafayette Chamber Singers delivered a virtuoso performance during virtual competition held as part of the Michelangelo International Music Festival in Florence, Italy. Among several top finishes, the ensemble won the Grand Prix award as best overall choir. Dr. William Plummer leads the group. Submitted photo