Doha College, one of the oldest international schools in Qatar, recently hosted the sixth edition of the nationwide choral competition for children, ‘Qatar School Choir of the Year.’ Launched in 2017 with the motto ‘Uniting Children through Singing,’ QSCoY experienced a surge in popularity and participation.

This year’s event was hosted at Doha College’s state-of-the-art Al Wajba campus, and it featured 16 choirs from across the country competing in three age categories: 5 to 8, 7 to 11, and 11 to 18. Taking the helm this year was Doha College’s new Director of Music, William Morrow, who led the various music departments through the two-day event, culminating in the spectacular Grand Final.

This year’s lead adjudicator, Alison McNeill, a UK-based opera singer, conductor, and musician, led workshops and supported pupils and staff in delivering outstanding performances. Her invaluable insight into the world of vocal performance and choral conducting was a fresh addition to this year’s adjudicating team. Alison was joined in the Grand Final by long-time panel member Olga Protopopova, Principal of the International Centre for Music, and Zlatan Fazlić, Director of the Qatar Music Academy, who also delighted the audience with a performance conducting the ‘Qatar Junior National Choir.’

This edition saw new laureates GEMS Wellington in first place in the 5-8 category. Last year’s champions, American School of Doha, repeated their win for the 7-11 category, while Park House English School clocked their first victory in the 11-18 category AND the overall QSCoY award.

William Morrow, Doha College’s Director of Music, expressed his elation at the completion of his first QSCoY edition. He says he was extremely impressed by the performances of all choirs from across Qatar, highlighting how strong the support for music and arts is across the country. All students dazzled audiences and the adjudication panel across the Heats and Grand Final; it was great to see! I want to extend a huge congratulations and thanks to parents, the students for all their hard work, and the teachers, conductors, and accompanists for their hours of dedication and commitment.’

Principal David Tongue reflected on this year’s event, stating that it was a real honour to attend the final of the Qatar School Choir of the Year Competition. ‘Huge congratulations to Park House English School, whose senior choir took the coveted first place position this year, and thanks and well done, as ever, to the dedicated Music Department and all the DC staff who volunteered to ensure that the event was such a success.’

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