Boğaziçi Jazz Choir and the long way to successApr 25th, 2012 | By hen | Category: Choir Events, Featured Articles, General topics, Top Post, Venezia in Musica, World Choir Championships
Finally the updated INTERKULTUR World Rankings have been published considering all results from 2011 events, especially from the World Choir Championships 2011 in Graz, Austria. You can find all rankings here, but there is one story of success we don’t want to keep from you:
The choir ranked number one in the World Rankings “Folklore” is Boğaziçi Jazz Choir from Turkey. A great success, but it’s been a long way.
The choir had to finance the whole trip through sponsorship and, for example, captured great media attention after publishing this video. Nevertheless, only on the day of departure it became clear that they were able to finance the trip. So only the same day the group around conductor Masis Aram Gözbek applied for a visa to enter Austria. First the embassy called us in the festival office in Graz and only when we confirmed the choir’s participation the visa was issued and the choir was given green light for Graz.
Well, once arrived in Graz the group had no hotel rooms, because their coming had been uncertain until the very last moment. We did everything we could, but the singers had to split up and stay in different hotels anyway. During the whole week they had to change their accommodation three times in all, as almost all hotels in Graz were occupied. This was another moment of stress in addition to the strain regarding the World Choir Championships competitions!
However, the singers were more than rewarded all stresses and strains: As double Champion in the Folklore and Musica Contemporanea categories they are now seeded number one in the Folklore World Rankings. Also they’re ranked number 13 in the overall World Ranking and thus are one of the best 20 choirs in the world!