Chaminade’s middle school choir, the C-Notes, earned a superior rating of Gold for their performance in the Worldstrides On Stage Heritage Festival at Fullerton College. The C-Notes performed repertoire from three different choral genres: two Renaissance Motets, a piece with text from the great Irish Poet William Butler Yeats called “Cloths of Heaven,” and an a cappella African-American spiritual. A panel of three choral expert adjudicators judged them on the many aspects of choral singing such as tone, balance, blend, diction, intonation, rhythm and interpretation.
Kathy Rhors, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher and C-Notes director, says “I was very proud to stand with these wonderful children and make beautiful music together at the Heritage Festival. Earning the gold was exciting. However, the journey taken was much more important. Over the past months, our students have been learning that choral music is much more than singing the right notes…they now know what it means to work as a team to make the music come alive with expression, tone, and precision.”
After the festival, The C-Notes spent the afternoon at Disneyland and attended the evening awards ceremony at the Fantasy Theatre. They have been invited to perform again in the National Youth Festival at Carnegie Hall on March 12, 2017. The C-Notes will submit a DVD audition to the Carnegie Adjudicators to be the feature choir. The results will be announced at the end of October 2016.
By Jennifer Bader P ’18
On Friday, February 13 the Chaminade middle school and high school fine arts departments joined together to showcase their talented students at the first ever Fine Arts Family Spirit Night.
More than 100 students from drama, band, choir, dance, and aerial performed before a sold out crowd at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. Audience members were also treated to screenings of student films and displays of art work. Alex Mansour ’15 and Hiba Alnajjar ’19 served as emcees for the evening.
Chaminade Fine Arts has much to celebrate in the coming weeks. The annual Film Festival will be held Saturday, February 21. In March, the Eagle Regiment Band will be traveling to Spain to perform in an international music festival, and the middle school C-Notes will be travelling to New York City for the third time to perform at Carnegie Hall as the featured choir. The Chaminade Players will also be presenting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast March 13 through 15 and March 20 through 22.
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On Monday, May 19, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher, Kathy Rohrs, received the Innovation in Education Award from The Valley Economic Alliance, at the 14th Annual Steve Allen Excellence in Education Awards ceremony. Each year The Valley Economic Alliance recognizes San Fernando Valley schools, educators and students that achieved national recognition during the school year.
Recognized for her innovative use of music in the classroom and in the community, Mrs. Rohrs also received certificates of achievement and recognition from the California State Senate, California Legislature Assembly, the City of Burbank, the City of San Fernando, the Calabasas City Council, Mayor’s Commendation from the City of Glendale, and the City of Los Angeles Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitchell Englander.
Mrs. Rohrs is a vocalist, guitarist, harpist, conductor, composer and music educator. She is a native of the San Fernando Valley, and currently holds a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar and a K-12 Secondary Music Credential in Music Education from California State University, Northridge. She joined the Chaminade family in 2001 and serves as the music director and choral director of the Chaminade C-Notes. Under her instruction, the Chaminade C-Notes have had the honor to travel and sing in Washington D.C., Chaminade University in Hawaii and to New York performing as the solo feature choir for the National Children’s Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2011 and 2013. The C-Notes are honored to return to New York to perform on the prestigious Carnegie Hall stage on March 22, 2015.
The C-Notes won First Place Gold in their division at the Heritage Festival in San Diego this past weekend! They also won the Adjudicators Trophy for top scores by the judges.
The C-Notes enjoyed the Science Museum, IMAX theatre, Shopping and dinner in Old Town San Diego the day before the performance. The competition took place at Del Norte High School in San Diego on Saturday, April 5. The C-Notes enjoyed the sights at Sea World after the performance, followed by festival dinner and awards ceremony.
More than 1,100 students took part in the Heritage festival from California, Arizona and Oklahoma. The C-Notes are now eligible to perform at the National Children’s/Middle School Festival at Carnegie Hall on March 22, 2015. They will audition in September by DVD submission against “Gold” choir from across the USA to be the “Feature Group” at this performance.
On Friday, March 14, the C-Notes performed on the Thunder Ranch Jamboree Stage at Disneyland.They performed a program of “100 of years of Disney” as well as some gospel spirituals and a piece in Portuguese.