The St. John’s Choral program has been busy. There have been three major events in less than twenty-four hours: Vocal Resonance sang at the Vatican Embassy, Music Ministry sang for the junior class Mass, and Chamber Choir recorded a Christmas song for Catholic Charities.
Vocal Resonance is the leading choral ensemble at St. John’s, and the most advanced vocal class offered. The group is often called on to share their talents with the community. Last evening, they performed at the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States at the invitation of the Bethlehem University Foundation. The Foundation was holding a reception and awards presentation, and Vocal Resonance provided entertainment for the guests. Among the songs they sang were “Down to the River to Pray,” “Stand By Me,” and by special request, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
This morning, the Class of 2021 gathered for their class Mass. This is an annual event for every class at St. John’s, where each academic class comes together once a year to celebrate the Eucharist. Music Ministry led the music for the celebration. This ensemble is an extra-curricular group whose sole purpose is to enrich the prayer experiences of the St. John’s community. This year the group has been accompanied by a string quintet. They play the principal parts of the Mass with an arrangement made by Mr. Camillo.
Chamber Choir is an extra-curricular ensemble that requires students to audition in order to participate. They sing a wide range of music from classical repertoire to modern compositions. This afternoon, Chamber Choir recorded the chorus to a Christmas song, “Peace.” The song was composed by Deacon James Nalls and will be shared with the residents of the shelters run by Catholic Charities. The connection to have Chamber Choir sing the chorus on the recording comes from the tradition of St. John’s athletes visiting Catholic Charities during the Christmas season to sing carols. Mr. Griffin, the Athletic Director, was contacted by Deacon James to have some students sing on the recording. In turn, Mr. Griffin asked Mrs. Fernandez for some help. Everything came together this afternoon in the Chorus Room, with Deacon James present for the recording.
Special thanks to Mrs. Fernandez, Director of Choral Music, who coordinated and directed all these performances. Thanks as well to the St. John’s students who shared their vocal talents