iSing, Grand Prize winner in Germany
“Now we know that Silicon Valley isn’t just about Facebook”
— Ralf Eisenbeiss, Competition Founder, Senior Artistic Director, Interkultur
iSing won both competition categories, sacred music a cappella and youth choir of equal voices, and claimed the Competition’s Grand Prize.
June 11, 2018, Palo Alto, CA: iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir has won the Grand Prize at the 8th Robert Schumann International Choral Competition. Founded in 1992, and held every 4 years, the Competition is co-sponsored by Interkultur, the West Saxony Choral Association, and the City of Zwickau, Germany (Schumann’s birthplace). Held June 6–10, 2018, this year’s Competition brought together 17 choirs from 11 countries from around the world, including iSing. As Competition Founder Ralf Eisenbeiss told the audience at the Opening Ceremonies: These choirs participate not only as choral competitors, but also as “builders of bridges between nations.”
Dale Warland Singers Commission Award
Chorus America and the American Composers Forum partner to present this award in honor of Dale Warland’s lifelong commitment to new music as embodied through his work with the Dale Warland Singers. The award is made possible by the Dale Warland Singers Fund for New Choral Music, a permanently restricted endowment fund established in 2004.
"iSing Silicon Valley, a youth chorus dedicated to empowering girls in grades 1-12 led by artistic directors Jennah Delp-Somers and Shane Troll, is the 2018 recipient of the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award. iSing will partner with Grammy-nominated composer Adam Schoenberg to compose a 10-minute, multi‐movement work for treble choir, string quartet, and percussion that sets excerpts from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night. In addition to the spring 2019, the piece will be offered at free daytime performances for middle and high school students, through webcasts, and via professional recordings. The structure of the scoring, including simpler unison or two-part sections and more complex sections, will allow the piece to be performed by a wide range of other choruses of various ages and levels of training." –Chorus America