Spirited Beat of Unpad Choir at The 7th Bali International Choir Festival
As the General Champion of the 7th BICF 2018, Unpad Choir successfully defeated 146 groups from various categories from 16 countries such as Latvia, Canada, Lithuania, Philippines, South Korea, China, Indonesia and several countries from other parts of the world. In addition, Unpad Choir managed to get the Special Jury Award of Excellent Programs. Arvin Zeinullah as the cond uctor of Unpad Choir also achieved the Special Jury Award as Excellent Conductor putting aside conductors from other choirs.
On this occasion, Unpad Choir presented three songs with different musical character and theme program to show the ability of Unpad Choir completely. Ah, Dolente Partita by Claudio Monteverdi is the first song to be delivered with a tremendous sense of soul and feeling. Readymade Alice by Perttu Haapanen is rhythmically performed. Unpad Choir performance in this competition is closed with the song Hentakan Jiwa by the young composer of the nation, Ken Steven, that is attractive and festive.
Arvin Zeinullah as the main conductor of Unpad Choir expressed his feelings about the activities undertaken by Unpad Choir this time, "Unpad Choir had the opportunity to join a competition in Indonesia where choir was less popular and appreciated. However, this time I feel very appreciated and happy of the warm welcome that we received from the audience, "said Unpad Choir’s main coach.
Regarding the achievements obtained by Unpad Choir, Arvin said that he is very pleased with the same appreciation from the audience and the appreciation of the jury. "I feel grateful that we can be appreciated and loved by so many spectators. We feel very grateful that we have been welcomed, perceived, and appreciated from our sincere performances. It is the goal of a performer, an artist, " added Arvin.
One of the participants of BICF 2018 competition, Indra from GBS Choir of General Soedirman University conveyed his satisfaction in watching the performance of Unpad Choir, "The performance of Unpad Choir is really good, the blending and balancing of the voices is really good, plus the smooth high notation and the interesting song”.
Unpad Choir’s journey in this achievement was certainly not easy. According to Andhika, one of the senior singers in this team, one of the challenges that it faced is that many new members joined this competition for the first time. "With the long process, this team can eventually go through the process of self-maturation. And in the end, Alhamdulillah, we can be the Grand Champion in this competition." He explained.
"Hope for the next Unpad Choir is that hopefully we can continue to give entertaining performances and can continue to be appreciated by the audience. And hopefully, this team can continue to pass on the good values gained from this activity, such as focus, discipline, cooperation, and love of music to other members, and especially the new generation of Unpad Choir so that they can be loved by Indonesian people. " Arvin added.
(Maharani Praphesti & Ningrum Wahyudi)