Chaminade Celebrates Fine Arts Family Spirit Night

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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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C-Notes to be Feature Choir at Carnegie Hall Concert

HP-Photo26AOn March 22, 2015, Chaminade College Preparatory’s C-Notes will take the Carnegie Hall stage for the third time as the feature choir during the National Youth Choral Festival. The choir was selected by Carnegie adjudicators as the group who’s audition DVD scored the highest among a nationwide selection of Gold choirs.

Comprised of 71 middle school students (current members) and six high school students (former members), the C-Notes will proudly represent the Chaminade family on the Carnegie stage. They will be accompanied by Alex Mansour ’15 on the piano and Veronica Mansour ’17 on the cello.

C-Notes Win First Place Gold

C-Notes San Diego 2 (2)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.

Harmony Chorus Reflections

By Paulette Mann

Going to competition is not about winning, it is about friendship and fun! Is Harmony Chorus competitive? Absolutely!

I am so fortunate to work with amazing students who keep me laughing!  They work so hard to do their best. Receiving a first place silver this April at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Las Vegas was a wonderful moment. This is the fourth year that Harmony has competed.

Competition allows me the opportunity to select quality music and Harmony ends up loving it. I have many students that continue singing in college.  I currently have at least a half a dozen students from Chaminade who are following their dreams through majoring in music.  Memories are made and cherished on a trip to compete.

In addition, I had the good fortune that Yuliya, a girl from Ethiopia, could see her first musical during our Heritage Festival trip.  It was an evening I will never forget. One of this year’s highlights was seeing a Cirque du Soleil performance of LOVE, The Beatles cirque. Memories and friendships that will last a lifetime, singing together and understanding what it takes to succeed – Harmony, a job well done.

Spring Sing

By Nicky DeNocker ’12, Tara Montazeri ’12 and CJ Saquing ’12

Once a year, Harmony Chorus and Music Ministry combine to share their love for singing in a wonderful event known as “Spring Sing.” This fun-filled evening is held in the Media Center of the High School’s Condon Center. Harmony and Music Ministry each perform their favorite pieces of the year. The upperclassmen in Harmony Chorus are also given the opportunity to sing a solo by an artist or from a musical of their choice. They can either accompany themselves on guitar or piano, or have Matthew Park, Chaminade’s accompanist, play for them.

The various solos are spread throughout the night, alternating between various choral pieces. A few of the songs this year are sung by 841, a small ensemble of senior girls in Harmony Chorus, whose songs range from pop to classical genres. During the intermission, the audience is able to indulge in homemade baked goods made by the chorus members and parents. At the end of the program, the singers gather to take pictures and are congratulated for their performances. The Spring Sing is a great kick-off to the spring season and proves itself enjoyable for the entire Chaminade family.