Mark Cordell ’18

       The Vocal Ensemble has had a busy fall!  Our talented Choral Director, Mrs. Martin, has chosen challenging and beautiful pieces for the group to perform.  This year they have already had the opportunity to perform at several Alumni and Open House events, and are looking forward to a music-filled Holiday season!  In addition to performing for our Tower Hill School community, the Vocal Ensemble is excited to be able to perform at the “Christmas at Bellevue” Holiday Gala, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia, and at the Delaware Museum of the Arts.

        This year, the THS Vocal Ensemble had the unique opportunity to enter the Easton Choral Arts Society High School Choral Competition (ECAS).  This organization encourages choral music in high schools and hopes to “lead singers to a lifelong participation in, love of, and appreciation for choral music.”  In early November, the Vocal Ensemble recorded two a cappella pieces to submit for acceptance in the competition–Sicut Cervus, a Renaissance piece by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Bogoróditse Djevo by Arvo Pärt.  The Vocal Ensemble will be notified in mid-December if they have been selected to participate in the ECAS competition, which will be held on March 3rd in Easton, Maryland.   The top three choirs in the competition will receive a cash prize towards their school music program.