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Chris Artley of New Zealand Wins Lutheran Youth Choir's International Choral Composition Contest

Location: Illinois, USA
    Chris Artley of New Zealand is the winner of the Lutheran Youth Choir of North America's 2012 International Choral Composition Contest for his anthem Psalm 23, scored for accompanied SATB choir.  Recipient of a Graduate Diploma in Music from the University of Auckland in 2010, Mr. Artley currently teaches at Kings College in Auckland and is the winner of three other international composition contests, including that of the European Choral Association.  The Lutheran Youth Choir award includes a $500 prize and performance of the piece at the choir's 2013 Festival of American Vocal Music in Mansfeld, Germany in July, as well as in concerts by the choir in Erfurt, Eisenach, and Berlin.  Mr. Artley plans to attend the Erfurt performance.
    The Lutheran Youth Choir, founded and conducted by Philip Spencer, will hold its second biennial Festival of American Vocal Music in Mansfeld, Germany, July 20-30, 2013.  Select high-school-age singers from throughout the United States will live with a dozen young German singers at Schloss Mansfeld, a fully-restored 14th-century castle in Saxony-Anhalt, rehearsing and performing a new choral service in both German and English composed by Spencer, Evening Prayer for Peace, with additional American choral music dating from the 18th through the 21st centuries.  The residency will include a joint concert with a Lutheran community choir in Eisenach, two concerts in the capital city of Berlin, and performances in Erfurt and Mansfeld.
    In 2014, all participants will be invited to the Chicago area for the choir's second biennial Festival of Global Choral Music.  For more information about the Lutheran Youth Choir and its International Choral Composition Contest, go to www.lutheranyouthchoir.org.