The Orthodox Male Choir Armonia from Romania has won the golden medal at the 10th World Choir Games held in Tshwane, South Africa, on July 4 – July 14, 2018.
The Romanian choir, under the direction of the Rev. Archdeacon Iulian Dumitru, competed in two categories and impressed the judges and the audience.
Armonia was first in the category C13 Male Choirs and second in C25 Folklore a capella.
Armonia is the only Romanian Choir participating at this edition of the World Choir Games.
The Romanian Orthodox Male Choir will also compete Wednesday, July 11, in the C15 Musica sacra a capella section.
The Orthodox Male Choir Armonia was founded in 2001 at the Tulcea Orthodox Seminary, while in 2004 the choir came under the tutelage of the Tomis Archdiocese.
The choir members include priests, deacons, and students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at Ovidius University in Constanta, Romania.
The World Choir Games were founded on the Olympic ideals, aiming to peacefully unify singing people and nations connected by song in a fair competition.
The World Choir Games are an international choir festival taking place every two years on different continents.
This idea of the World Choir Games is experienced by millions of people throughout the whole world who sing in choirs daily passing on human ideals through song.
The idea is instrumental in helping people overcome conflicts and offering an example of peace and unity.
Choirs from all over the world will come together to the World Choir Games, in order to contribute to understanding and peace among nations.
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