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Hata Boys & Girls Choir

The choir was founded in 2006 in the former town of Hada (now Matsumoto City) and is now in its 14th year. It has about 60 members, ranging from elementary school students to university students.
With the motto, ""Unity of heart and love to you,"" they aim to create a voice that resonates with the heart, while placing importance on local music events. And they are actively involved in a wide range of activities, from participating in competitions to international exchange. In 2014, they participated in the 62nd European Music Festival for Young People held in Belgium as a representative of Japan, and won the "1st prize cum laude (special gold medal)" in the category B of the equal voice youth section.
In the fall of the same year, they received the Matsumoto City Culture and Arts Encouragement Award. In 2016, they performed at the "Mountain Day" celebration, which was newly established as a national holiday.
In addition, they have participated in the JCA KODOMO Chorus Festival four times, sponsored by the Japan Choral Association.

Conductor Fumiya Iwashita

He was born on July 11, 1958.
He is the permanent conductor and music director of the Hada Boys and Girls Choir, which was founded in 2006 and is now in its 12th year.
While teaching at elementary and junior high schools, he led the chorus club of the Elementary School, attached to the faculty of education of Shinshu University, to the bronze prize at the NHK All-Japan School Choir Competition in 1997.
In May 2014, he led the Hada Boys and Girls Choir to win the 1st prise cum laude (special gold medal) in the category B of the same voice youth section at the European Music Festival for Youth held in Belgium.

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