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GSU Singers to Represent U.S. in International Choral Competition


Conductor Deanna Joseph to Lead GSU Singers in Competition in Tours, France

ATLANTA — The Georgia State University School of Music is pleased to announce that the University Singers, under the direction of Deanna Joseph, has been selected to represent the United States at the 2013 Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Song Competition in Tours, France, May 24-26. The Singers beat out heavy competition to participate in the three-day festival, in which the winning choirs receive cash prizes. Invited choruses receive room and board in Tours during the competition; the University Singers are raising additional funds to cover travel costs.

"As we celebrate Georgia State's Centennial year, we reflect on our past history as well as our future," commented School of Music director W. Dwight Coleman. "The distinction of representing the United States, the State of Georgia and the entire university community in this prestigious international competition is validation of our positive trajectory."

The University Singers is the Georgia State University School of Music’s premier vocal ensemble. Selected by competitive audition, the choir is comprised of music majors and non-majors, undergraduate and graduate students while representing the diverse population of Georgia State University. The ensemble’s annual performances have included appearances before the Georgia Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association and at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards. The Singers’ tours have taken them throughout much of the United States, including Carnegie Hall on two occasions, and six international tours with stops in France, Belgium, Italy, Yugoslavia, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Canada and Great Britain.

The ensemble recently returned from Savannah, GA, where they gave a powerful performance on January 26th as part of the 2013 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Conference. The concert, featuring works composed/arranged by Distler, Bjella, Lauridsen, Barnum and Hogan, was met with critical acclaim.

"The competition in Tours provides Georgia State University and the School of Music an opportunity to be showcased on the international stage," said Dr. Deanna Joseph, director of choral studies at Georgia State and conductor of the University Singers. "Due to the high level of competition involved, just being selected to compete is in and of itself something of an award."

The first international choral festival in Tours, France, "Festival International de Chant Choral," took place in 1962. Renamed "Rencontres Internationales de Chant Choral" in 1972, the competition has been known as "Florilège Vocal de Tours" since 1986, and in addition to the contest, now includes concerts performed by professional choirs. Additional information about the competition is available online at

Tax-deductible donations may be made securely online via the Georgia State University Foundation Web site (for designation, select "other," then specify fund code 02126), by phone to 404-413-3421 or by mail to:

Georgia State University Foundation
ATTN: Music-Choir-02126
P.O. Box 3963
Atlanta, GA 30302-3963

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