The East Central University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Steven Walker, was recently ranked in a tie for 25th place in the Mixed Chorus Division by Interkultur, the largest organizer of amateur choir contests in the world.
Annually, Interkultur ranks the top 1,000 choirs in the world that compete in various categories. The ECU Chorale tied with a choir from Latvia. Only four other choirs from the United States were ranked higher than ECU.
“Needless to say, I am very proud of our students and our program,” said Walker. “There have been 9,117 choirs (394,248 participants) from 103 nations that have participated in the Interkultur competitions.”
The ECU Chorale performed a program of all contemporary choral literature.
“We were told that our attention to detail and use of contrast was why we won the Golden State Trophy,” Walker said.
The ECU Chorale performed the national anthem prior to the Oklahoma City Thunder-New Orleans Pelicans NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City on Feb. 2.