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first_imgDuring its first appearance in the national competition, the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir earned second place in the American Prize in Choral Performance competition in the college and university division in October. The contest recognized the College choir as one of nine finalists for the award. Conductor Dr. Nancy Menk said her group set a precedent for an all-women’s choir placing near the top at the competition. “We were the first women’s choir to place in the top three,” Menk said.  “That was an honor.” Menk is a professor of music, director of choral activities and the Mary Lou Judd Leighton Chair in Music at the College. She also serves as conductor and music director of the South Bend Chamber Singers, which also competed for the American Prize and placed among the top eight finalists in the community division. “I am proud of both choirs,” she said. Founded in 2009, the American Prize honors outstanding choirs that submit recordings to be reviewed.  There are six categories: professional chorus, college or university level chorus, community or faith-based chorus, secondary school chorus, youth chorus and children’s chorus.  The Women’s Choir, currently comprised of approximately 45 students, has performed across the country as well as internationally and recorded four CDs.  For the competition, the Women’s Choir submitted a CD entitled “Anima mea,” Latin for “My soul.”  The CD includes a number of relatively current, 20th– and 21st-century songs. Senior Ashley Stopczynski credited much of the group’s success to Menk. “Dr. Menk ensures that we get a well-rounded choral experience by including upbeat, slower and different styles of music,” said Stopczynski. Stopczynski said its “Anima mea” CD is a testament to the choir’s talent, an excellent tool for sharing that talent with others.  “Dr. Menk makes it a point to give a good example of women’s choral music to younger singers,” Stopczynski said.  Menk and Stopczynski both said being an all-female choir did not give them any kind of edge in this competition. “A good choir is a good choir,” Menk said. Stopczynski agreed, but she said the group is still unique. “I actually don’t think women choirs get enough recognition for the beauty of the sound,” she said. “However, being the only female group to win is an amazing experience. … It’s wonderful to be recognized for the work we put into our music.”last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL HURLERS HONOURED BY DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCILAt a civic reception today in the County House, Lifford, the Donegal Hurling Team that won the Lory Meagher Cup in 2011 were honoured.Speaking at this Civic Reception the County Manager, Mr. Seamus Neely said that he was delighted that Donegal County Council had an opportunity to recognise this special and historic won for the Donegal Hurlers.This team reached the finals of the Lory Meagher Cup in 2009 and in 2010 but it was not until 2011 that the team achieved this victory with a 70th minute goal from Ciaran Mathewson securing this breathtaking win for Donegal. The Lory Meagher Cup is an annual hurling competition organised by the GAA since 2009 and is an extension of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the premier knock-out hurling competition. The winners of the Lory Meagher Cup are promoted to the Nicky Rackard Cup competition the following year.This win was the first senior All-Ireland title for the Donegal hurlers and the Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty remarked on the resilience of the team in their endeavour to win this cup which he described as ‘a lesson to all of us’. He stated that “their dedication to their sport, their training regime and their team work is a great example of what can be achieved by hard work, dedication and working together, these are all qualities that every one of us strive to achieve in our daily lives”.He added that the last week has been a great week for sport in Donegal, with the visit from the FAI delegation to the various clubs and communities in the county, to Donegal winning the GAA Ulster Championship yesterday (Sunday) to this Civic Reception for the Donegal Hurlers who win the 2011 Lory Meagher Cup. This week highlights the importance of sport in our communities and sport is one of two key themes that I have for my year as Mayor. Sport can bring great benefits for everyone in our communities in terms of breaking down barriers, in providing people with opportunities to meet, for children to play and for communities to work together for the collective good of their own area.Team Manager, Andrew Wallace formally accepted this presentation on behalf of his team which included Paul O’Brien, Shane O’Connor, Colm Breathnach (captain), Ardal McDermott, Jamsie Donnelly, Ciaran Dowds, Joe Boyle, Sean McVeigh, Paul Sheridan, Eugene Organ, Stephen Boyle, Ciaran Mathewson, Mickey McCann, Enda McDermott, Niall Campbell and substitutes Paddy Hannigan, Lee Henderson and Michael McGhee. The Team were presented with a Painting by Fionntan Gogarty called “After the Game” – mounted with a border incorporating the text of “A Hurlers Prayer” by Seamus Redmond, which the Mayor read to those attending. DONEGAL HURLERS HONOURED WITH CIVIC RECEPTION BY COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: July 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL HURLERS HONOURED WITH CIVIC RECEPTION BY COUNTY COUNCILlast_img read more