NCP Choir Takes on Suburbia
By Edina Hadzic
Prior to winter break, several of NCP’s choir ensembles performed in a concert at a local church in Winnetka, Illinois. The Intermediate, Advanced, Beginning Boys, and Chamber choirs performed alongside Saint Faith, Hope and Charity Choir. These groups came together to celebrate Christmas, and sang “... a lot of songs about Jesus,” said Inyoung Nah, Adv. 904. This was the first concert, outside of school functions, that any of Northside’s choir ensembles have participated in this year. This highly anticipated event was made possible by Ms. Nythia Martinez, Fine Arts Department, and Dr. Christian Sterling of Saint Faith, Hope and Charity Choir. Collaboratively, they were joined their choirs to bring a variety of voices to the stage. Despite their inability to practice together frequently, the two groups were able to seamlessly combine their roles in the ]performance. The audience for the event included a mixed array of family and friends of the performers, as well as local church-goers who were in the Christmas spirit.
A mass was held in cohesion with the concert, with Bible verses recited in between each song. This created a dynamic during the event and emphasized the relevance of spirituality in this show. A majority of the pieces performed came from Handel’s “Messiah,” an English oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel. These included the familiar tunes of “Hallelujah Chorus,” “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” “He Shall Purify,” along with other classic carols like “Away in a Manger.” The pieces took months to prepare and all of Northside’s ensembles had practiced for the concert since early October. “At first, I was very weary of the concert because the music can be difficult, and the practices were very time consuming,” said Jayson Coy, Adv. 905. The ensembles spent countless hours in class and after school preparing for the final performance. It turned out to be a huge success, despite a slight mishap where a student almost drank holy water. “I thought it was a regular water fountain,” insisted Nah.
Overall, the performances from both Northside and Saint Faith, Hope and Charity Choir were highly praised. Bringing together so many talented individuals within the same space brought power and tenacity to each note they sang. Opportunities like this allow Northsiders to grow and explore their interests outside of campus while interacting with individuals who have dedicated years to their craft. These events create beautiful moments where hard-working individuals can feel proud of everything they’ve done to achieve a collective goal: “Everyone came together to sing these songs, and everything just felt… right. Time went by and we sounded better than we ever have after being combined with some more experienced singers,” said Coy.