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The concert choir

The concert choir is the top level of studying in this school. This is what Mr Wim Buys, Honorory of the International Federation Pueri Cantores, said about the “Rhapsodia” after visiting Dubna as a guest of the First World Youth Choral Congress “Moscow – 2001”:

“Like many other Russian choirs the “Rhapsodia” made a very good impression on me due to very good musical education of the singers and high level of the musical programme. I appreciated the “sound” of the choir and musical interpretation of the songs. Many choirs from Europe hope to have future opportunities to make friends with this wonderful choir and look forward to working together with them.”

Концертный хор (рук. И. Качкалова)

It was directed by Irina Shachneva till 1996.The choir had concert tours about Poland, Bulgaria, France. One of the characteristic features of the choir activities is realization of the joint creative cultural programmes with groups from other countries:

–  the joint presentation of the musical performance “The World of the Children” (music by S. Banevitch) with the Children Music Theatre of the town of Tolbuhin (Bulgaria);

–  the joint rendering of some parts from the cantata “Stabat Mater” by G. Pergolezi and oratorio “Et Sicut Phoenix” by A.Couasnon and recording a CD-disk with the Rennes Youth Symphony Orchestra (France).

  • Since 1997 Irina Katchkalova has been the art director and chief conductor of the concert choir.
  • In 1997-1998 the choir took part in the International Assemblies in Bulgaria, regional and international musical festivals.
  • In 1998 it had a concert tour about Sweden and participated in the festival “Stockholm – Cultural Capital of Europe”.
  • In 2000  the choir had a concert tour about Holland.
  • It is a prize-winner of the First World Youth Choral Congress “Moscow – 2001”.
  • In 2001 the choir recorded a CD-disk with the best musical works.
  • In 2002 it was awarded the first prize at the Moscow Regional Competition of Choral Music “Let’s fill our hearts with music”.
  • In 2003 the choir became a prize-winner of the International Festival of Literature and Art “Slavonic Meetings” in Balashikha, Russia
  • In 2004 it took a second place of the 52 European Musical Festival in Neerpelt, Belgium; the choir took the gold medal and silver diploma of the Second World Choral Olympic Games; the choir became a prize-winner of the IV International Competition of Choral Music “The Days of Slavonia Literature And Culture” in Balashikha, Russia
  • In 2005 it was a prize-winner of the Moscow Regional Competition of Choral Music “Let’s fill our hearts with music”.
  • In 2006 the choir took the silver diploma at the IX International Children Choral Festival “Dawn in Artek”, Ukraine.
  • In 2007 it was a prize-winner of the Moscow Regional Festival-Competition of Choral Music in the name of G. Struve (Lytkarino, Russia).
  • In 2008 the choir took the silver diploma at the X International Children and Youth Choral Festival-Competition “Spring bellus”, (Rovno, Ukraine). The choir also took the special diploma «For the best performance of  the Ukraine musical composition sung by non-ukraine choir. The accompanist E. Plastinina took the special diploma «To the best accompanist of the Festival-Competition».
  • In may 2009 the choir was a prize-winner of the prestige Choral Festival in France «Voices of the world».
  • In 2010 the choir was a prize-winner of the Third class and took the special diploma «For the best performance of  the composition of G. Struve».
  • In 2011 the concert choir took the silver diploma at the International Festival «Golden Voices» (Lloret De Mar, Spain).

    The choir has been developing and popularizing the best traditions of Russian choral art.