The Review

The annual Candlelight service includes a procession of choirs, seasonal hymns, spiritual readings and performances by the St. John’s choirs and orchestras.Though the pandemic prevented an audience from attending both the fall concert and Candlelight this year, students and teachers created virtual programs in lieu of in-person services.

Candlelight video replaces annual in-person service

Afraaz Malick, Annie Jones, and Mia Hong December 15, 2020
The annual Candlelight service includes a procession of choirs, seasonal hymns, spiritual readings and performances by the St. John’s choirs and orchestras. Though the pandemic prevented an audience from attending both the fall concert and Candlelight this year, students and teachers created virtual programs in lieu of in-person services.
Kantorei carols under the archway between the Great Lawn and Plaza after last year's Candlelight service.

Kantorei plans to uphold annual caroling tradition on campus

Gabrielle Solymosy, Copy Editor December 14, 2020
On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Kantorei members will carol on the Upper School campus.
Katina Christensen became the only person in St. John’s history to be admitted into TPSMEA Choral All State for all four years of Upper School on Nov. 9. 

Senior accepted to TPSMEA Choral All State for fourth time

Edward Chen, Staff Writer December 14, 2020
Katina Christensen became the only person in St. John’s history to be admitted into TPSMEA Choral All State for all four years of Upper School on Nov. 9. 
My Choral Coach allows directors to share sheet music and sound files with choir students.

Performing ensembles adapt to Low Density Campus Plan with virtual music platforms

Lydia Gafford and Chloe Zhao September 23, 2020
As students return back to school under the Low Density Campus Plan, performing ensemble directors are continuing their use of online music programs to accommodate the new schedule.
Katina Christensen became the only person in St. John’s history to be admitted into TPSMEA Choral All State for all four years of Upper School on Nov. 9. 

Upper School ensembles perform in annual Choral-Orchestral Festival

Russell Li, Staff Writer February 25, 2020
The annual Choral-Orchestral Festival on Feb. 10 at St. John the Divine featured a variety of performances by Upper School choirs and orchestras.
Directed by Penny Meitz, the choirs and orchestras performed in St. John the Divine Church.

Choirs, orchestras perform at annual Choral-Orchestral Festival

Gabrielle Solymosy and Russell Li February 15, 2019
With less than a month to prepare, Upper School choirs and orchestras collaborated in the annual Choral-Orchestral Festival on Feb. 4.
Chamber Strings accompanied Chorale for “In Terra Pax.”

Candlelight service unites choir, orchestra for holiday celebration

Hamzah Mir and Russell Li January 21, 2019
On Sunday, Dec. 9, hundreds of members of the St. John’s community streamed into St. John the Divine Church in order to enjoy Candlelight, an annual service marking the beginning of the holiday season.
Chorale, one of the Upper School choirs, performs at the Fall Choral Concert, which took place on Oct. 15.

Fall choral concert showcases songs from diverse cultures

Celine Huang and Ella Chen October 25, 2018
On Oct. 15, all SJS choirs performed at the Fall Choral Concert at St. Luke's, featuring numerous songs from different cultures in foreign languages.

Fine Arts concerts show off all ensemble levels

November 8, 2017
In the middle of October, choral, orchestra and band ensembles of all levels performed musical pieces.
Special Music:

Special Music: “Alaska”

Video crew February 16, 2017
"Special Music" recaptures original musical arrangements performed during Upper School Chapel.
Accompanist Donald Doucet plays the organ in the back of St. John the Divine during Chapel. Doucet has been accompanying the school's choirs and bands since 2002.

Doucet sits behind the scenes, music at forefront

Gabe Malek, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2015
Although his presence is felt during chapel, Donald Doucet has been the unseen accompanist of St. John's since 2002.
Chorale's membership increased by 17 singers this year. Other fine arts ensembles have noticed a growth in size as well.

Popularity of fine arts creates overcrowding issues

Irene Vazquez, Copy Editor November 6, 2014
Increased numbers in choir, theatre and band have forced fine arts teachers to adjust.
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