About Gracias Choir
“Gracias” in Spanish means, “Thank you.” The Gracias Choir sings songs of thankfulness for the love it has received in its heart.
The Choir’s music has the power to change sadness to joy, deeply moving the hearts of every listener. The Gracias Choir was formed in the year 2000, and each year it is changing and reaching new heights through new challenges and development.
About Gracias Choir
Multi-award-winning Gracias Choir continues to reshape the landscape of choral music. The music of Gracias Choir is inspired by the love and thankfulness each member holds dearly to their hearts, and possesses the unique ability to touch hearts and turn sadness into joy.
One bold musical color created through self-sacrifice, harmonious sounds forged from the soul, and lives changed through the power of music. These are what define Gracias Choir.
Awards and Recognition
- First Prize at the 2015 International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf in Germany
- Grand Prize at the 2014 International Choir Competition in Riva del Garda, Italy
- First Prize in Mixed Choir and Public Prize at the 50th Montreux Choral Festival in Switzerland
- Grand Prize in Mixed Chorus and Best Conductorís Prize at the 2010 Busan Choral Festival & Competition
- Grand Prize at the 2009 Jeju International Choir Festival Noteworthy performances for the presidents of Paraguay, Ghana, Benin, Uganda, and Tanzania
About the Chief Conductor
Mr. Boris Abalyan holds a doctorate degree in Choral Conducting from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory. Maestro Abalyan cultivates perfect harmonies from Gracias Choir and ignites them with vibrant energy on stage.
His major awards include: Grand Prizes at the 1999 International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf, 2010 Busan International Choral Festival, and 13th Concorso Corale Internazionale, as well as First Prize at the 2014 Montreux Choral Festival. Maestro Abalyan is also an Honored Artist of Russia.
The Praises that We Could Not Hear
“Apostle Paul praised in the Philippians Jail. The woman caught in adultery was thankful because Jesus spared her from death. The man with an infirmity for 38 years and the lame man who was cured at the Beautiful Gate praised the Lord with joy. Unfortunately, we were not there to hear the sound of their praises to the Lord. But we can hear the sound of their praises today through the Gracias Choir.
Gracias Choir – each member received the forgiveness of sin through the grace of God and was saved from destruction. And with gratitude, each of them cherish this salvation in their hearts, just like the woman caught in adultery or the lame man who was healed. We see the work of God in the Bible, but cannot hear their praises. Therefore, God gave these unheard praises to Gracias Choir for us to hear.
Today, there are many choirs that sing praises, but there aren’t many who appreciate the grace of God from their hearts like the Gracias. God is allowing us to hear the praises that the servants of God have heard before us. For that, I’m very thankful.”
– Excerpt from Pastor Ock Soo Park’s sermon
Good News Gangnam Church, South Korea