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KU Choir: Winners on the world stage

Jayhawks earned multiple honors in international competition.

by Chris Lazzarino

Competing against choirs from around the world at the 41st International Choir Festival in Preveza, Greece, the KU Chamber Choir received first-place honors in free program and mixed choirs.

The Jayhawk singers also won the Special Prize for Best Program, and Eduardo Garcia-Novelli (below), director of choral studies, was named Best Conductor.

Eduardo Garcia-Novelli

The weeklong event included street performances and cultural exchanges—the KU Choir joined new Slovenian friends for an impromptu sidewalk performance of “Ta Na Solbici”—fostering camaraderie built on a shared love of the language of music.

“We are enormously proud of the KU Choirs and the incredible work of our choral faculty of Eduardo Garcia-Novelli and McKenna Stenson,” says Interim Dean Paul Popiel. “Our KU choir students have worked diligently over the past several months, and we are so proud of their accomplishments on this world stage.”

Or, put another way, as aptly summed up in the KU School of Music’s July 9 social media announcement: “WE WON!”

Chris Lazzarino, j’86, is associate editor of Kansas Alumni magazine.

Photos courtesy of the School of Music

Issue 3, 2023


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