The choir and orchestra chapels occur every year in mid-February, with the choir chapel first and the orchestra chapel following the next week. In both chapels, the groups weave together quotes, stories, and, of course, pieces of music to create a powerful message that they present to the rest of the school.
The choir chapel occurred two Fridays ago, and it featured both the Saintly Voices (the 7th- and 8th-grade choir) as well as the 6th-grade choir. They sang songs such as “Shady Grove” and “This Little Light of Mine,” and they shared meaningful videos about those whose lives have been shaped by choir and song. The choir members also gave us a glimpse into their every-day class life – they read two poems that they regularly recite for mindfulness. It was a beautiful chapel, in both the message and the singing, and will definitely stick with both the performers and audience for a while.
The orchestra chapel was last Friday, and featured the Mozart Orchestra (the 7th- and 8th-grade orchestra). They played multiple hymns, an explosive piece of music – Beethoven’s “Eroica” – in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (performed by the eighth graders only). The orchestra also shared a few quotes about being a musician (written by the students themselves), and an “aesthetic experience” – a video of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – alongside a poem about music. It was a wonderful chapel that presented musicianship in a new light.
The choir and orchestra chapels are a great way for the students/performers to share the art they’ve been practicing and an amazing opportunity for the rest of the school to gain a deeper appreciation for the arts in a school environment so full of academics and sports.