The Success of the Music Department Takes Center Stage at Christmas Concert
The success of the Serra Music Department took center stage at the Christmas Concert on December 5, with more than 500 people in the audience to enjoy performances from the concert, symphonic and jazz bands, as well as vocal performances by the Serranaders, the Serra Men’s Choir and the Tri-School Choir.
Songs like “Little Saint Nick,” “White Christmas'' and “The First Noel” were among the songs performed by the vocalists, and the bands played songs that included “Jingle Bells,” “A Child is Born” and “White Christmas.” Roughly 140 performers from the tri-school music program, which includes Mercy, Notre Dame and Serra, graced the stage inside Serra’s Gellert Auditorium.
According to Serra Music Director Joe Murphy, the night brought together immense talent and a love for performing.
High schoolers sometimes grow out of the age where they feel they’re taking part in something special. I think that the musicians in our concert felt how special of a night it was and that makes me so happy,” Murphy said. “It was so nice to show off our well-balanced tri-school music program with three levels of instrumental music as well as three very different and diverse choirs,” he added.
Included in the intermission portion of the evening is a bake sale that benefits the Tri-M Music Honor Society, which will use the proceeds to purchase Christmas wish-list items through the school’s annual Adopt a Family program.
“Once again the Serra community rallied behind a call and helped us to raise enough money for about 6 families this Christmas season by bringing in over $2,400,” Murphy said proudly.
“When I got the job at Serra and spoke with the young men about what they’d like to see in the music program, they unanimously said, “We just want an audience.” So it was heartwarming to look out into the audience last night and see well over 500 people in attendance!”
Those who missed the Christmas Concert will have many other opportunities to see these talented high schoolers perform. The Spring Concert will take place on May 1, 2023, but before then there are choir, jazz and band festivals in 2023. More information will come out in the New Year.