Wooster Chorus a Finalist in National Competition

Ensemble finishes in top 11 of The American Prize (TAP) in Choral Performance

13 October, 2014 by John Finn

The Wooster Chorus has been selected as one of just 11 finalists for The American Prize (TAP) in Choral Performance, an award that recognizes excellence in the performing arts.

TAP sponsors a series of national, non-profit competitions each year, selecting the best-recorded performances of music in the United States by individuals and ensembles at professional, college/university, church, community, and secondary school levels. TAP provides cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national, and international recognition to composers, conductors, ensembles, vocalists, pianists, chamber musicians, and stage directors.

Lisa Wong, director of the Wooster Chorus, submitted a CD with recordings by the Wooster Chorus from the past three years. Selections ranged from classical works by Bach and Brahms to more contemporary choral literature. (Review a sample performance video).

"I first learned about the competition last spring," said Wong. "It looked very credible, so I gathered about 45-50 minutes of performances from our recent archives. I was a bit surprised, but very pleased, that we advanced to the finals."

Although Wooster did not place among the top three, Wong was elated that the Chorus advanced to the finals. "We presented a wide variety of literature that would appeal to a wide range of musical tastes," she said. "What seems to impress our audiences the most is the warm, uniform, beautiful sound of the Wooster Chorus. That's what I believe enabled us to advance alongside many larger schools.

"Our students work very hard to achieve an exceptional sound," added Wong. "It's something we really strive for. Our upper-class students have set a tone for excellence, and that has a very strong influence on the younger students who join the Chorus each year."