Since 1993 Holy Cross School has had a rich and diverse music program. Starting in Kindergarten, students have the opportunity to participate in music classes twice a week. Repertoire includes sacred and secular music. In addition to proper instruction in choral singing techniques, students learn to play recorders and percussion instruments, and use Kodály techniques to enhance their learning.
Holy Cross has a large performance choir of 50 students. These young boys and girls, ranging in age from 8 to 14, rehearse weekly, and give choral concerts throughout the Penticton and Summerland area during the Christmas and spring seasons.
As an outreach program our choir visits the extended care facilities and retirement homes throughout the city. Our choir also sings at the Catholic churches of St. Ann’s and St. John Vianney in Penticton, and Holy Child Church in Summerland.
In addition, the choir has sung at a Penticton Vees game, at the Penticton Santa’s Parade, during the Penticton Secondary School’s drama performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, as well as the much celebrated Walk to Bethlehem. As well, Holy Cross’ choir has also been a successful participant in previous Penticton Kiwanis music festivals.
Each year our annual school Christmas concert attracts hundreds of viewers. The entire school participates in these two-hour musical productions, and each year audiences are delighted with the offerings made by the students from Kindergarten to Grade Eight. Some previous musicals include A Christmas Carol, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, The Jesse Tree Cantata, and The Legend of the Christmas King. The 2010 performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is currently under production.
Student performances are enhanced by the talented staff members, who have coached great dramatic performances as well as lively and challenging choreography. Parents and staff have worked to provide fantastic props and artwork. Costuming is generously provided by parents, staff, and some of the students in the Applied Skills Department.
Spring concerts have included No, No, Noah, Treasure Island, Dig It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced in collaboration with a local group of professional woodwind musicians. As well, a fantastic Chatauqua, based on the history of the Penticton and Okanagan area, was held, true to its historical roots, in a large outdoor tented venue.
Check out our school calendar for upcoming events!