Choir Concerts Capture the Spirit of the Holidays

The Upper School Choirs presented two performances of the thirteenth annual Winter Masterworks Concert on December 15 in Orthwein Theatre. Upper School Choirs are directed by Dana Self, Upper School Performing Arts Teacher.

The eighty-voice choir and professional orchestra presented Missa Festiva, a contemporary choral masterwork by John Leavitt. Missa Festiva is considered by many to be one of the most important choral works of our time. Each of its five individual movements is beautifully set with strength and dignity. The Latin texts from the Mass Ordinary provide a vehicle for excellent choral singing and teaching.

2021 marked the sixth year that the choirs added a secular holiday favorite to the program, which have quickly become audience favorites. Sleigh Ride, Deck the Hall, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Winter Wonderland, and Jingle Bells (as recorded by Barbra Streisand) were each featured on the program. The 2021 addition is a playful arrangement of Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Many fans were unable to attend due to limited seating. We’re happy to share this wonderful performance with you here.

The eighth-grade choir, under the direction of Jason Roberts and accompanied by Nicholas Bideler, also gave a wonderful performance. The Class of 2026 featured Gaudeamus Hodie by Earlene Rentz, Al Shlosha D’varim by Allan E. Naplan, Turn the World Around by Harry Belafonte, and Homeward Bound by Marta Keen. Check out their performance here.

Congratulations to our student choirs for filling our hearts with music to celebrate the holiday season!