The C-Notes Continue Tradition of Christmas Joy for the Sisters of Carondelet

By Tommy Smeltzer

On Wednesday, December 5, one hundred Chaminade middle school students donned formal attire, boarded buses in the pouring rain and delivered the joyful sounds of Christmas to an audience of retired nuns who live at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet center on the campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University. The C-Notes performed this year’s Christmas concert entitled Tidings of Comfort and Joy for scores of sisters gathered in the chapel, singing a variety of sacred and secular pieces in Latin, Swahili, and English. Many of the nuns who were unable to be moved watched the concert on closed-circuit TV in their rooms. 

The concert is an annual tradition going back four years but has roots in a Chaminade relationship that dates back much further. Years ago, middle school music and choral director Kathy Rohrs led a string ensemble that would play various events. She tells us, “We had a special Sister of Carondelet that worked at Chaminade for many years named Sr. Noreen Arnold. The Chaminade “String Affair” would go and do concerts each Christmas for Sr. Noreen and all the elderly Sisters of Carondelet. It was our way of bringing joy to others and sharing our God-given talents.” She goes on to say that, “Sadly, Sr. Noreen Arnold passed away in 2011 from cancer. The String Affair group would continue to do concerts for the sisters until they went on to college to study music and film.”

The Chaminade Sting Affair pictured left to right: Noreen Kovelman, Ronnie Mansour ’16, Breanna Kovelman ’14, Alex Mansour ’15 and Kathy Rohrs with Sr. Noreen Arnold in the center. 2011

The C-Notes concerts are a continuation of this tradition, performing in the beautiful Carondelet Center Chapel. Among the attendees at this year’s event were 105-year-old Sister Anne Gertrude Fitzgerald and her “little sister”103-year-old Sister Constance. At the end of concert Sister Regina Clare Salazar took to the mic to thank the students, “When we look at these young people from Chaminade middle school, we are honored and overcome with all that has gone into this production – your staging, your presence, your attention, everything about you is classic, and we are very, very proud of you and very grateful to Sister Noreen Patrice…that you could be with us.”

“I am so proud of Mrs. Rohrs and the 100 C-Notes members who braved the rain and cold to bring some Christmas joy to the nuns,” said middle school principal, Mike Valentine” It is inspiring to me to know that we have so many educators and students who are willing to give of themselves for others.”

Sister Sharon Margaret Ninteman, CSJ Community Life Coordinator, thanked the C-Notes for sharing their talents and bringing comfort and joy to the sisters. “They look forward to it every year and continue to talk about it the rest of the week,” says Sr. Ninteman. “The students, under Kathy’s direction, provided an excellent performance …and are a real testimony to the values you teach at Chaminade…to God’s glory!”­­

Performances to Watch in November

During November you can catch some great performances from Chaminade’s high school and middle school drama programs. Beginning Friday, November 9, The Chaminade Players bring Arthur Miller’s dramatic classic, The Crucible, to life on the Marilyn Simons Stage at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills campus. Inspired by real events, The Crucible dramatizes the Salem witch trials in 1690s Massachusetts. Performance dates are::

  • Friday, November 9 Canceled
  • Saturday, November 10 Canceled
  • Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 per student
Click here to purchase tickets.

The Middle School Players present Space Captain: Captain of Space in the Fr. Allan DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics on the Chatsworth campusWritten by Jeff Sproul, Space Captain: Captain of Space is a 1930s adventure story like Flash Gordon, but with a modern sense of humor. Performances dates are:

  • Thursday, November 15
  • Friday, November 16
  • Saturday, November 17

Showtime is 7:01 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by clicking here.

This story has been edited with new performance dates and times for The Crucible

Four National Youth Awards for the Chaminade Players

The Chaminade Players have been recognized for their stellar work during the 2017-2018 school year with four National Youth Arts Awards:

  • Outstanding Production: Macbeth
  • Lead Performance in a Musical: Emma Mumford ’18 as Miss Adelaide, Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Performance in a Play: Samantha Bader ’18 as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth
  • Lead Performance in a Play: Noah Baum ’18 as Macbeth, Macbeth

A panel of more than 50 judges and reviewers selected award winners from a list of nominations. In addition to the winners, Chaminade was recognized with nominations for Outstanding Production, Guys and Dolls; Featured Performance in a Play, Sean McCarthy ’20 as Porter, First Murderer, Siward in Macbeth; Costume Design, Lori Lee, Macbeth; and Choreography, Nancy Dobbs Owen, Stephen Bishop, and Mia Lind, Macbeth.

As May 31 Approaches

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There’s just one week left to support the 2017-2018 Chaminade Fund campaign, and help us reach 100% participation among parents, alumni, and faculty and staff by May 31, 2018. To help us finish the year on a powerful note, please give your gift today. The easiest, quickest way is to give online, or you can call (818) 360-0615 to make your gift over the phone.

The Chaminade Fund is our highest fundraising priority, and allows us to fulfill our promise as a Catholic Marianist school to a Chaminade education affordable to a socioecnomically diverse community. Gifts to Chaminade’s Greatest Needs provide the most flexible funding, and allow Chaminade to respond to learning opportunities as they arise. Gifts may also be designated to support programs that are the most meaningful to you, such as the Wellness Program, financial aid, the arts, athletics, or other student programs.

C-Notes Spring Concert This Weekend

C-Notes Spring Concert 2018The award-winning Chaminade C-Notes present their spring concert, “a Grand Night for Singing” on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the DeLong Center (Chatsworth Campus).

General admission tickets are $10 per person (under two-years-old free), and may be purchased online. Seating is open and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The C-Notes are directed by Kathy Rohrs, and student directors are Denise Enrique ’20 and Brendan Teehan ’21.