The Calvin College Alumni Choir finished third in the community chorus division of the American Prize in Choral Performance competition—a non-profit national competition that recognizes the best choral ensembles in the U.S. "This is very affirming for me as a conductor and for the choir members," said Pearl Shangkuan, the alumni choir's director. "The mantra of the quality of the work I strive for with my choirs is 'national industry standard."

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