Our Senior students put on two outstanding shows for our annual year-end music concerts. The Junior ensembles performed on Tuesday, May 31st, and our Senior ensembles had a chance to showcase on the evening of Wednesday, June 1st.
At the Senior Ensemble Night, the choir performed with boys from Vancouver College and St. George’s. It was a treat to hear the tenors and basses mixed with our girls’ voices. It was an emotional evening for our graduating students as it was their last time performing together. The graduating girls came together for the finale to perform “For Good”, a fitting tribute to the lifelong friendships they have made.
Congratulations and a big thank you to Music Heads Fraser, Gabriella M., Christina and Gabriella W., and to Music Directors Ms. Wolfe and Ms. Christiansen, for putting on two fabulous evenings of music!
Watch the highlights from the Senior ensemble night:
YHS Awarded Gold at the Whistler Cantando Music Festival
We are thrilled to announce that the York House Choir and Junior Concert Band were both awarded Gold standing for their performances this past weekend at the Whistler Cantando Music Festival. Sixty York House choral and band students attended this year’s festival, together with over 1500 music students from across Western Canada and Washington State.
The choir adjudicator commented that the YHS Choir had “a powerful sound,” and the band adjudicator said that the YHS Band was “one of the best sounding Junior bands” he has heard during his years of adjudicating at the Whistler Festival. The girls were absolutely stellar this weekend – they were focused, polite, responsible, and compassionate team players. We could not be more proud of our students and the YHS Music Department.
In addition to performing, our musicians enjoyed a weekend full of musical activities. They listened to a variety of bands and choirs from other schools and community groups, and participated in group master classes with professional performers and vocal clinicians. The choir rehearsed and performed as part of a mass choir and participated in singing workshops about South African folksongs, hosted by the University of Pretoria Youth Choir while the band participated in jam sessions and instrument workshops.
A huge thank you to our Music Directors, Ms. Wolfe and Ms. Christiansen, who worked tirelessly to prepare our girls for this festival. They challenged our students to expect the best from themselves and each other. Thank you to all of our teacher chaperones for assisting this weekend: Mr. Bester, Ms. Adzinska, Ms. Haylett, Ms. Harrigan and Ms. Kealey. Congratulations to everyone involved in this outstanding weekend!