Maureen Desmond photo/SJHS
SJHS Choirs Strike it 'Rich'!
by Trish Gallagher - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Last week, the Saint John High School Choirs were undefeated in the NB Competitive Festival of Music. The concert choir, accompanied by grade 12 student Danny Han and directed by Trish Gallagher, performed 8 selections winning all Golds over RNS, KVHS and HVHS. The adjudicator continuously praised the choir for mastering and memorizing such challenging works with such "precision, artistry and musicality". The choir of 80 plus teens were "captivating" and "food for the soul". The SJHS Jazz, Madrigal, and Girls Select Choirs also won first place with Golds for their performances.
On Saturday evening, the Concert Choir accepted the honor of singing in the "Founders Night" final competition. Their performance of Healy Willan's, Hodie Christus Natus Est and Nyon, Nyon by Jake Runestad, won them the highest honor- The Glennie Award, $1000, for the Best Ensemble of the Festival. For the seventh year in a row, the choir won the Kiwanis Plaque ($300) for the highest ranking high school choir along with two other plaques ($400) for highest marks on a sacred piece and Canadian piece.
The Concert Choir and the Madrigal Choir have been selected to represent the festival at the provincials in June.
A great many students from Saint John High School performed in the 80th Annual New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music. Performers include the SJHS String Ensemble directed by Ali Leonard, Conor Britt, Maria Mason, Kateryna Fylypchuk, Emily Johnston, Mary Louise Belyea, Brianna Savoie, Abby Gogan, Sophie Inkpen, Yeauen Kim, Dawoon Jung, Maya Comeau, Victoria Lincoln, and Grade 12 singer, Monet Comeau who won the title of "Intermediate Star of the Festival"!