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NTHU chorus receives gold and silver in global singing competition

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Singing Taiwan folklore and traditional aboriginal songs, National Tsing Hua University's chorus recently won a gold and silver medal at the World Choir Games.

The World Choir Games, formerly called the Choir Olympics, is the largest choir competition in the world. This year's contest was held in Riga, Latvia, which took place between July 9 and 19. The contest attracted nearly 400 groups from around the globe. Up to 29 contest categories were held this year.

In order to better prepare for the event, National Tsing Hua University set up a training strategy more than a year ago, the school said, adding that it started planning and recruiting singers a year ago. They started practicing their songs in March this year. The singers were practicing regularly, and even gave a performance in an auditorium in Hsinchu in July.

In an effort to showcase Taiwan's unique culture, the chorus sang local folklore and aboriginal songs in the competition. In the end, the chorus won a gold medal in the “Folklore” category and a silver medal in the “Mixed Chamber Choirs” category.

According to chorus leader Zeng Yu-Lin (曾宥霖), the preparation was not always smooth. Sometimes not all members of the chorus showed up and practice locations kept changing. Nevertheless, members of the chorus strived to make time to practice to ensure that they were familiar with songs to perform in the contest. “When on stage, we all tried our hardest to show out best side,” Zeng said. Winning awards was really a pleasure, he added.

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Members of National Tsing Hua University's chorus pose for a photo in front of the venue of the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia in this undated photo provided by the university. (CNA)

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