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iSing wins international contest

Palo Alto girls choir takes the grand prize at Robert Schumann International Choral Competition

Palo Alto's iSing Silicon Valley girls choir has won the grand prize at the eighth International Robert Schumann Choral Competition.

The contest, which takes place in Germany, is held every four years and this year involved 17 choirs from 11 nations.

iSing won first prize in both the Chamber Choirs of Equal Voices and Sacred Choral A Cappella categories and ultimately claimed the competition's grand prize.

"Now we know that Silicon Valley isn't just about Facebook," competition founder Ralf Eisenbeiss said, after iSing's victory.

Now in its fifth season, iSing Silicon Valley trains 250 local young female singers in musicianship as well as community involvement and leadership. The group is based in Palo Alto's First Baptist Church, where it is one of the tenants accused by some neighbors of generating excessive noise and traffic in the residential area. Last month, the City Council granted the church a conditional use permit to operate as a community center.

iSing also recently won Chorus America's 2018 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award, for a work to be written by Grammy-nominated composer Adam Schoenberg, setting excerpts from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel's memoir, "Night." As part of its current European tour, iSing visited the Terezin Concentration Camp, to deepen their understanding of the new work, which will be premiered in spring 2019, according to a press release. During the coming week, iSing will also offer a joint concert with Pražská Kantiléna in Prague and will perform at the Kaasgrabenkirche in Vienna.

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