St. Stanislav’s Youth Choir of the Episcopal Classical Secondary School Ljubljana won first prize at the prestigious International Choral Kathaumixw festival in Canada

St. Stanislav's mixed youth choir performed under the direction of Slovene composer and conductor Damijan Močnik and was awarded the first prize at the international choral competition Ḵathaumixw 2014 in Powell River.

Peter Baroš

In addition to winning the first prize, the Choir received the honorable title of Choir of the World Ḵathaumixw 2014. The first prize is represented by a 2meter high Totem Pole, which will be shipped to Slovenia in the spring of 2015. The totem pole is a 2-meter high handmade cedar wood sculpture weighing 125 kg.

The Slovene mixed choir was also awarded 1st prize in the category Youth Choir, 2nd prize in the category Adult Mixed Choirand 1st prizein the category Folk and Cultural Traditions. The Choir performed a repertoire of works by Jacobus Handl Gallus, Joseph Rheinberg, Lojze Lebič, Jakob Jež, Raymond Murray Schaffer, Ambrož Čopi as well as Damijan Močnik's own compositions.

The Ḵathaumixw 2014 festival featured performances by 25 choirs from 9 countries. The young Slovene singers won the prestigious title of Choir of the World in a tough choral competition of participating choirs, recipients of many awards in competitions throughout the world, and among them the Academic Students’ Choir of the Ural Federal University, Portland State Chamber Choir, USA, Seattle Girls’ Choir, USA, and the Taipei Philharmonic Youth and Childrens Choir, China.