MANSFIELD, PA— The Mansfield University Concert Choir won three Gold Medals at the 2014 World Choir Games in in Riga, Latvia over the weekend. The Mansfield ensemble, directed by Peggy Dettwiler, medaled in all three categories they sang in.
MU finished second in the Spiritual category, behind the Stellenbosh University Choir of South Africa, the number one ranked choir in the world.
In the Mixed Youth Choir category, the Mansfield Choir finished in third place.
Mansfield took 15th place in the Sacred Accompanied category, scoring 81.13 points. Any score of 80 or above earns a gold medal.
The World Choir Games, known as “the Olympics for Choirs,” is the largest international choral competition, attracting thousands of singers in over 500 choirs from around the world.
“So many students have commented on their life-changing experiences traveling together and sharing our music with people from all over the world,” Dettwiler said. “These students were wonderful ambassadors for MU and the USA.”
The 54- student MU Choir, accompanied by eight faculty and volunteers, also visited and performed in Lübeck and Berlin, Germany, Warsaw, Poland and Vilnius, Lithuania before traveling to in Riga, Latvia for the competition.
The MU travel group will return to campus Monday evening.
For more pictures and information on the trip, go to Concert Choir Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/267068086783122/
For more information on the World Choir Games, go to interkultur.com/world-choir-games