Admitting first-timers and naïve in the international arena, the Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU) Singers brought home three awards from the 4th North Sumatra International Choir Competition, held August 27-31, 2019, in Parapat-Laguboti, Lake Toba, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
The 27-member campus choir based in Calbayog City, Samar, won gold in folklore category, and, champion and gold medal in the church music category.
The young conductor, Mr. Jonathan Theo C. Robles, was also awarded as the Most Promising Conductor.
The choir performed "Ama Namen" by John August Pamintuan and "Let me fly" by Robert DeCormier for the church music category; "Pan anup" by Dr. Bienvenido B. Constantino, Jr., "Soleram" by Josu Elberdin Badiola, and, "Tephaeyg" by Dr. Bienvenido B. Constantino, Jr. For folklore category.
In the Grand Prix round, they performed "Let me fly" by Robert DeCormier, and, "Lead Me Lord" which was composed by Arnel De Pano, and arranged by Robert Delgado.
In his Facebook post, Robles expressed his gratefulness to everyone who trusted, believed and supported them in their first international competition.
"It is very fulfilling to think that we were able to bring pride and honor not just for the university and the city but also for the Philippines," said Mr. Jomar Ramonida, president of the NwSSU Singers.
Together with them in Indonesia were Mr. Wilfredo A. Aurea, director of the Student Affairs and Services, Dr. Peter Anthony C. Petilla, head of the Arts, Social and Cultural Affairs, and Dr. Ana Gretchen D. Tobe, their choir adviser.
The choir is yet to celebrate their first year anniversary this September 2019.