Monday, 23 September 2019 | 18:19 WIB

Penabur International Choir Festival Shapes Student Character

Head of the BPK PENABUR Jakarta Education Division Etiwati (netralnews)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - BPK PENABUR has once again conducted the Jakarta PENABUR International Choir Festival (PICF) for the fourth time. The PICF 2019 presented 10 judges from around the world and was joined by 152 choir teams from five countries, among them Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan and Vietnam.

This biennial event takes place on 3-7 September 2019 at SPK PENABUR Kelapa Gading, Jakarta.

"Through the choir festival, the participants can establish brotherhood, accommodate a variety of differences, and hone the potential of students. The talents of students are also channeled, and able to educate the character of domestic students," explained Head of the BPK PENABUR Jakarta Education Division Etiwati to Netralnews on Wednesday (4/9/2019).

Eti said choir also helps trains affective or behavioral attitudes of students, including harmonization, self-control, responsibility and discipline.

"Responsibility. So the choir team cannot be arbitrary, it must also be committed and disciplined to practice," she said.

Through the choir, students also learn to respect each other. Eti admitted that this attitude was not easy because in a choir, one must respect the voice and the nature of the participants among the team. This needs to be done so that students can sing from sheet music and create harmony when singing songs.

"Students can also learn about patience, time management, concentration, and practice. Choir is very different from singing solo," she said.

During the choir, participants also learned to do physical exercises with sports, for example related to regulating long breaths and strong physique. No doubt, this also relates to talents given by God and needs to be offered to praise and glorify God.

"The ability to sing is a blessing and a gift. Whatever the religion, it must start from God and glorify His greatness, one of them through singing," she explained.

To note, ten judges from abroad include Aivis Greters from Latvia, Tom T Shelton Jr. from the USA, Bengt Ollen from Sweden, Johnny Ku from Taiwan, Foong Hak Luen from Singapore, John A Pamintuan from the Philippines, Ko Matsushita from Japan, Innesa Bodyako from Belarus, Dr. Bienvenido from the Philippines, Soundarie David R from Sri Lanka. While two jurors from Indonesia are Herman Sinapa and Aris Sudibyo.

In addition to the competition, to improve the quality of the choir in Indonesia, PICF 2019 also held a Workshop, Choir Clinic and Meet the Juries led by several judges.