Participants 2019



Conductor Elena Vorobeva

The Saint-Petersburg "Boys Choir Iskra" was founded in 1994. The repertoire includes both Russian and European classics, contemporary pieces, Russian sacred music and folk songs.
"Boys Choir Iskra" has performed in Great Britain, Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia.
"Boys Choir Iskra" became the Prize-winner: 1st place of 45th International Choral Competition “C.A.Seghizzi-2006” (Italy); “Très bien Choir” of International Choral Festival “Montreux-2005 and 2009” (Switzerland); 1st place of 61st Llangollen International Eisteddfod-2007 (Great Britain); 1st place of International Youth Music Festival “Bratislava-2010 and 2014” (Slovakia); 2nd place of 1st Florence International Choir Festival-2012 (Italy); Grand Prix of International Music Competition “We for the Peace-2016” (Moscow, Russia); 1st place of 10th International Choral Festival “Kammertoon-2016” (Tallinn, Estonia); 2nd place of International Youth Music Festival “Bratislava– 2018” (Slovakia).
Elena Vorobeva is Artistic Director & Conductor of Saint-Petersburg "Boys Choir Iskra" Aleksandr Filatov is pianist-accompanist of choir. He is a graduate of St.-Petersburg Music Conservatory by speciality "Piano".

Elena Vorobeva
Elena Vorobeva is a graduate of St.-Petersburg Music Conservatory by speciality " Choir Conducting". She is Artistic Director & Conductor of Saint-Petersburg "Boys Choir Iskra".


Conductor Alicia L. Graham

The Fairfield District Honors Chorus of Winnsboro, South Carolina was founded in 2009 to showcase the talents of students in sixth through twelfth grades. The auditioned group of students are required to maintain a grade point average of C or higher with consistent positive behaviors to perform. The students enjoy performing and traveling locally, nationally, and internationally to share their love of music with others. FDHC has performed five years consecutively at the Disney Performing Arts Stage at Walt Disney World - Orlando, Florida. Others performances have included the “Celebrating Music Through the Ages” and “It’s Showtime” Dinner Theaters, Education Rocks Teacher of the Year Celebration, SC Middle School Association annual convention, Rock Around the Clock Festival, the “Songs of the Season” WLTX-TV 19, King Day at the Dome - South Carolina NAACP, and the “Rock the Boat” Carnival Cruise Line to the Bahamas for two years. On March, 2018, the Fairfield District Honors Chorus performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Invitational Music Festival. This esteemed Chorus is under the direction of Alicia Graham.

Alicia L. Graham
Ms. Alicia L. Graham is currently a choral instructor and Related Arts Department Chair at Fairfield Middle School in Winnsboro, SC. She has worked in the public school system at the middle and high school levels for over 20 years. She was the Teacher of the Year for Fairfield Middle School and a member of the South Carolina Department of Education Teacher Leadership Program. Ms. Graham serves as the choral director of the Fairfield Middle School and Fairfield District Honors Chorus. She is the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports) Coach and works with teachers and students to develop strategies and rewards for positive behaviors displayed in the school. A Coloratura soprano, Ms. Graham is the owner of her own music academy, AKAPELLA School of Music where she teaches private voice and piano lessons. She has served as Minister of Music for Zion Baptist Church, Columbia, South Carolina for over 20 years. A gifted vocalist and choral director, Ms. Graham is known for developing raw talent, displaying a quality unified sound, excellent tone, and building blend. Through her affiliations with the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina (BEMCSC) and Congress of Christian Education, Ms. Graham has served as Head Musician, pianist, and youth clinician. Ms. Graham obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a voice concentration from South Carolina State University, Masters in Education degree with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix, and a Worship Degree from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.  


Letizia Del Basso was born in Florence in 2001. She has been taking guitar lessons since she was 9 and she has been guitarist of her school orchestra for many years, making several performances. She has been also taking singing lessons from 2016 and started to sing covers and to create her own music. Inspired by pop, rock and country music, she composed music and words of her first songs in the last years. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 she took part to rock marathons and public concerts organized by her music school. In 2018 she attended the Tour Music Camp founded and lead by the famous composer Mogol. She was selected and took part to the 2017 iPOP! summer edition in Los Angeles and was finalist at 2019 Umbria Voice Festival. In 2018 she was awarded with the first prize as songwriter in Lucrezia Balatri singing contest and in Florence Fun and Music Festival. Official Website:


Conductor Stefano Rapicavoli

The history of the Over Band dates back to 2013, when at the Atheneum Musicale Fiorentino a group of friends decided to study and make ensemble music under the guidance of Maestro Stefano Rapicavoli. Over the years the band's formation has undergone some changes, but the protagonist is always the desire of learning, playing and having fun. Recently the Over Band also performed at the Hard Rock Café in Florence.

Stefano Rapicavoli
Self-taught drummer, he studied percussion at Fiesole School of Music. His career as drummer starts in 1985 in many lyrical, symphonic and chamber orchestras. The interest for improvisation makes him collaborate, since the early Eighties, with different National and International musicians of the jazz framework. In 1998, he founded the band Hovercraft Ensemble, with which he made the CDs “Zig Zag” ( Silence, 2000 ) and Est Pop. Omaggio a Bela Bartok in 2003. Since 2002 he is the Director of the big bans Sunrise Jazz Orchestra. Since 2013 collaborates with the Electronic Music Centre Tempo Reale of Florence. In 2015 he formed the sextet MUX, with which he recorded the CD “Viale Redi Blues”, made for the record label Dodicilune Records.


Conductor Nicola Angiolucci

The choir was born in 2003 from an idea of the prof. Manuela Bazzoli and since the begin it was conduct by Nicola Angiolucci. In the first time it was only a college choir for teachers and students, but in the last ten years it’s open at a large number of people, like ex students, friends, boyfriends and girlfriends and now wives and husbands of the old student. In more than 15 years the choir takes part at many reviews, event and win two national competition. In 2015 is selected to represent the Tuscany in the “Pianeta Galileo” project. The Senzatòn sang in a lot of very prestigious places like Mandela forum, Obihall, Verdi theatre, Puccini teahtre and many others.

Nicola Angiolucci
Nicola Angiolucci was born in November 1970 in Florence. He studied piano since he was 8 and graduated in 1997 at the Lugi Cherubini conservatory in Florence. He’s also graduated in music teaching and music technologies at the same institute and obtain the first level composition degree at the Siena music college. He’s graduated in sound engeeniring at the R.A.I. school of Florence. He studied Jazz music with Massimo Buffetti, Mike Nock, Leonardo Volo and Michele Papadia, and Choir conducting with Fiorella Cappelli, Maria Ida Tosto and Nicola Conci. Since 1991 he alternate the activities of piano teacher, musician in a large number of bands, choir conductors and sound enginneer. He’s actually the keyboardist of Killer Queen, italian queen tribute, and the conductor of Senzatòn and ensamble Divin choir.


Conductor Dario Passanante

Our choir was born in Siena in October 2013, out of the will of a group of friends who decided to put into practice their love for singing gospel music, with the common aim of staying together. Since 2015 the choir has carried out what's called "Siena's gospel project": a yearly event consisting in a gospel workshop supported by international artists and attended by choristers from all over Italy, staging a charity concert with a unique voice. Our artistic mission is telling a different way to sing [to] God, a new method of interpreting religious musical mixture of voices, joy and sounds overwhelming both listeners and singers.

Dario Passanante
Born in 1993, Dario is a powerful young director, with a passion for choral music since he was a child. Thanks to his tenor voice, to which his passion for gospel music is mainly due, he has sung in many polyphonic choirs focusing on sacred and religious music as well as in gospel choirs. University studies brought him to Siena in 2013, where he founded and is still conducting "the joyful anthem gospel choir", of which he is also president. Dario has created the Siena gospel project and collaborates with GTM Ministries, a no profit organization based in the United States, which spreads gospel message through music mission trips. He has attended many gospel workshops and is in touch with numerous directors of gospel choirs both in Italy and abroad.

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