ETSU Chorale to compete for “Choir of the World” title in Wales

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It’s almost time for final exams on the campus on East Tennessee State University. 

But for 27 students in the ETSU Chorale, another big performance is on the horizon.

The ETSU Choral was chosen to compete in a global competition for the title “Choir of the World.”

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will be held July 1-7 in Wales, United Kingdom.

“This is one of the oldest and prestigious choir competitions in the world,” said Dr. Matthew Potterton, ETSU Chorale Conductor.

The ETSU Chorale was selected from among 100 choirs that auditioned.

The competition will be July 5th and 6th.

“Winning Choir of the World which is the ultimate goal is like going to the Superbowl and winning in the choir world,” Potterton said.

But for Sophomore Kaitlyn Hopkins who never has traveled overseas, the competition is about something bigger than a trophy.

“That would be amazing to bring back to ETSU in the name of the university and the music department,” Hopkins said.  “I think that even if we don’t win Choir of the World, people will get to recognize that ETSU just went to Europe.   They’ll say, ‘That’s cool… let’s go check out a concert.'”

ETSU continues to raise money to pay for the trip.  Donations can be made through the ETSU Department of Music at 423-439-4270.

The ETSU Chorale will perform selections for the Wales competition the Choral Department’s semester ending choral concert.   

The performance will be held Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St.  

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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