MCA participates in choral collaboration
By Caitlin Demarest (Class of 2013)
Echoes staff writer
The Mount Carmel Academy Chorale participated in the Voices in Unison concert on Sunday October 2nd at the St. Louis Cathedral. This unique event is a collaborative concert including the choirs of Mount Carmel Academy, St. Mary’s Dominican High School, and Archbishop Chapelle High School. Senior Katherine Latham enjoyed sharing the stage with her traditional rivals in such a historic venue. “It was such a great experience to be able to sing in such an amazing space,” she said.
Junior Angela Bautista also appreciated the opportunity to interact with her Catholic school peers in a cooperative endeavor. “It’s always fun to be with Dominican and Chapelle girls,” she said. “It’s the only time we come together without any sense of competition or rivalry.”
Each choir started with one or two individual pieces. Mount Carmel’s Chorale opened with “I Lift My Eyes” by Bob Chilcott, conducted by Ms. Tara Hinds and accompanied by Jonathan Szymanski. Chapelle’s choir sang “Salmo 150” (“Psalm 150”) by Ernani Aguiar and “How Can I Keep from Singing?” by Robert Lowry, arranged by Bradley Ellingboe. Then, the Dominican choir sang two a capella pieces conducted by Ms. Brenda Castillo: “Irish Blessing” by Christina Borne, a graduate of St. Mary’s Dominican High School, and “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” by Moses Hogan and adapted by Rollo Dillworth.
At this point, all three choirs combined for a trio of songs. Each choir director chose one selection for the entire group to perform. Chapelle’s choir director, Ms. Kathryn Claverie, selected “Esurientes” by Antonio Vivaldi and arranged by Raymond Sprague. Mount Carmel’s choir director, Ms. Tara Hinds, followed that up with “Fire” by Mary Goetze. “Swingin’ with the Saints,” arranged by Mark Hayes, was the choice of Dominican’s choir director, Ms. Brenda Castillo. Backing up the singers were Kristin Alborado on the harpsichord, Karen Ray on the cello, Jonathan Szymanski on piano, and the Dominican Jazz Band.
Plans are in the works to make the concert an annual event. That would be fine with Senior Katherine Latham. “It was really cool because we had around 70 girls of the best singing ability sharing their talents for a common cause,” she said.