Local choir conductor golden at World Choir Games
- Published: July 20, 2012
Yellow Springs resident Catherine Roma led the three choirs she conducts to gold medals last week at the 2012 World Choir Games, held at a variety of venues in downtown Cincinnati. MUSE, Cincinnati Women’s Choir, medalled in the female choirs champions competition; Umoja Men’s Chorus at Warren Correctional Institution won a special gold award in the gospel and spiritual category; and the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale won in both gospel and spiritual open competition categories.
After its performance last week, MUSE now ranks third in the world in its choir category. The concert included “Good News” (Rosephanye Powell), “Gamba Adisa” (Joan Szymko), “Ergen Deda” (Petur Lyondev), and “Circle of Life” (Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M & Hans Zimmer, Arr. Steve Milloy), which provoked a standing ovation from the audience.
MUSE, which celebrates its 30th season this year, is an allied heterosexual, lesbian and bisexual choir devoted to musical excellence and social change. The choir performs over 20 small concerts and two major concerts throughout the Cincinnati-area each year.