- “Thus came the lovely spring with a rush of blossoms and music, flooding the earth with flowers, and the air with melodies vernal.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Countless hours of learning, practicing, and refining their skills culminated in some truly uplifting musical performances by our students this spring, both at the school and on the road in Ottawa and at a national gathering in Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
Pueri Cantores Canada National Congress in Trois-Rivières
In late May, 24 choristers from the Loyola High School Choir took part in a gathering of nearly 200 choristers from six choirs from across the country for the Pueri Cantores Canada National Congress in Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
It was a weekend full of activities that included intense rehearsals, a gala concert, a flash mob in the park, a rally and a solemn mass celebrated by Bishop Monseigneur Bouchard of Trois-Rivières, who is also Chaplain of the Pueri Cantores Canada Federation. According to choir director, Marthe Lacasse, “The stellar performance given by the Loyola Choir made (her) proud and seemed to be very much enjoyed by those in attendance”.
Pueri Cantores Canada is a federation composed of 11 choirs from New Brunswick to Ontario. Their mission is to promote peace and goodwill through song. The Quebec chapter was founded by Monseigneur Claude Thompson of Trois-Rivières (1927-2013), a composer who believed deeply in youth involvement through song and faith.
In 2013, Loyola took part in its first congress of the International Federation of Pueri Cantores in Washington, D.C. and they have attended all national congresses since their admission to the Federation 2012.
The choir is already making plans to take part in the 42nd International Congress in Barcelona in July 2018. Choristers will be singing in concert and for a solemn Mass in La Sagrada Familia, and will be visiting and singing at other venues around the city. They will be representing Canada along with another member choir from the Federation – Les Petits Chanteurs de Beauport. All in all, there will be approximately 50 Canadian choristers representing the Federation.
Festival of the Arts – On the Road
During the annual Festival of the Arts week in mid-May, the Jazz Band, Sax Quartet and Brass Quintet performed live music at various venues to enhance the festivities. In the past, the boys have also travelled to Ottawa to perform on Parliament Hill and the ByWard Market. This year’s performance took place at Dow’s Lake, the main tourist venue. This outdoor performance on a beautiful spring day capped off what has been a very satisfying year for these fine young musicians.