Georgia Southern University’s choral groups Southern Chorale and Fermata the Blue returned recently from the International Anton Bruckner Choral Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria.
The Chorale received gold diplomas in the compulsory and sacred divisions, Fermata the Blue was honored with one gold diploma and both groups earned second-place finishes. Natasha Martin of Flowery Branch attended the trip.
Southern Chorale, the University’s premier choral ensemble, took second place in the “Mixed Choirs Compulsory” category, finishing less than one point behind winning choir Coro Siamo, from Austria. Fermata the Blue, the 12-member contemporary ensemble comprised of chorale members, finished second in the “Vocal Ensemble” category to the grand prize-winning five-voice male ensemble from Germany.
“This trip was definitely the highlight of my undergraduate career,” said Martin, who graduated in May after majoring in music and international trade and minoring in French.