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Antioch Chamber Ensemble sweeps first place honors at Tolosa International Choral Competition
by Luthien Brackett for Vocal Area Network
Posted November 9, 2008

Antioch Chamber EnsembleThe Antioch Chamber Ensemble, currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season, won first place honors in both Sacred Music and Secular Music categories at The Tolosa International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain on November 1. The twelve-member professional vocal group was invited to represent the United States in the prestigious annual choral festival, and competed against 18 choirs from nations including Hungary, South Africa, Cuba, Israel, Russia and Finland. One of only a few international competitions that award prizes to professional ensembles, the Tolosa Competition aims to bring together the best choirs in the world, in order to facilitate an exchange of styles, interpretation, choral literature, vocal education and customs from a variety of countries, as well as to raise awareness of the musical and cultural tradition of the Basque Country. Im extraordinarily proud and tremendously honored by this achievement, says the group's Artistic Director, Joshua Copeland, a resident of Mendham