On Wednesday, November 16, Loyola Academy hosted its annual Middle School Choir Festival. Nearly one hundred students from local Catholic schools joined current Loyola chorale students to make beautiful music, have fun, and learn more about the choir program at Loyola. Thank you to our guests from Mary Seat of Wisdom - Park Ridge; Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Glenview; St. Athanasius - Evanston; St. Mary of the Woods - Chicago; and The Academy of St. Joan of Arc - Evanston!
The day was a wonderful opportunity for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to experience singing in a large choir and music-making with students from different schools. After a morning packed with warmups and practice, students enjoyed a pizza luncheon and the chance to socialize with current Loyola students and new friends from neighboring grade schools. A final performance took place in the Leemputte Family Theater after lunch and featured the following songs:
Sawubona (We Arrive with One Voice)
We Shall Overcome
Come Dance and Sing
"The repertoire consisted of standard choral pieces that required no previous review as they were taught at the event," explains Choir Director Mrs. Maggie Metzger '13, who organizes the festival every year. "We thoughtfully selected pieces that would be appropriate for middle school range and ability and spent time rehearsing as a large group and in sectionals."
A very special thank you to participating students from Mary Seat of Wisdom, Out Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Athanasius, St. Mary of the Woods, and The Academy of St. Joan of Arc! Thanks also to Mrs. Metzger for making this such an unforgettable day.