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SEMMEA Senior Districts Music Festival

On the first weekend of January, sixteen Feehan students participated in the Southeastern Senior Districts Music Festival. Choral students include Idalia Beerman-Rodriguez ‘24, Mirolla Boules ‘24, Allie Burns ‘24, Isabella CaraDonna ‘25, Sophia Castro ‘25, Neve Constantine ‘26, Kate DeVincent ‘24, Grace Kent ‘26, Maddie Kent ‘24, Laney O’Donnell ‘25, Faith O’Hanlon ‘24, Emma Roveda ‘25, Arianna Simoneau ‘24, and Molly Sullivan ‘24. The choral students were split into two separate choruses, the Treble Chorus and the Mixed Chorus. Treble Chorus only includes upper voices, Sopranos, and Altos, while Mixed Chorus includes all voices, Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Bases. Isabella CD, Grace K, Maddie K, Faith O, and Arianna S were placed in Treble Chorus while Idalia B-R, Mirolla B, Allie B, Sophia C, Neve C, Kate D, Laney O, Emma R, and Molly S were placed into Mixed Chorus.

Pictured, from left to right: Mrs. Sara Seals, Arianna Simoneau (‘24), Faith O’Hanlon (‘24), Maddie Kent (‘24), Isabella CaraDonna (‘25), and Grace Kent (‘26).
Pictured, from left to right: Kate DeVincent (‘24), Idalia Beerman-Rodriguez (‘24), Emma Roveda (‘27), Molly Sullivan (‘24), Laney O’Donnell (‘25), Mrs. Sara Seals, Sophia Castro (‘25), Allie Burns (‘24), Mirolla Boules (‘24), and Neve Constantine (‘26).

The band students who auditioned back in November were placed into one of three groups. Orchestra, Jazz Band, or Concert Band. Bishop Feehan had two band students accepted into the Southeastern Massachusetts Senior Districts Music Festival. Andrew DeGuzman ‘24 and Ben Davis ‘27 were both placed into the Concert Band.

 

The Concert Band practicing in the cafeteria on Friday, January 5th. Ben Davis (‘27) can be seen playing the clarinet in blue on the edges of the band.
The Concert Band practicing in the cafeteria on Friday, January 5th. Andrew DeGuzman (‘24) can be seen playing the trombone near the windows.

The students participating in the festival performed at Canton High School. On Friday, January 5th, the students arrived at Canton High School at 8:30 AM and were separated into their respective groups. The choral students sang and the band students played from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM with only a couple breaks for snacks and lunch. On Saturday, January 6th, the students arrived in their concert black and prepared for their concerts. The Jazz Band, Treble Chorus, and Mixed Chorus performed first at 1:30 PM and then the Orchestra and Concert Band performed second at 3:00 PM.

The Treble Chorus performing on Saturday, January 6th in the Canton High School auditorium.

Speaking with students who performed at the festival, there were a lot of positive experiences. Arianna Simoneau said that the festival,

for [her], was life-changing. It catapulted [her] love for music and inspired [her] to pursue a music career.

— Arianna Simoneau ‘24

Arianna was placed in Treble Chorus alongside Maddie Kent who said her experience was

great, definitely intense, but overall great! It taught me a lesson in patience. I trusted the rehearsal process and then the concert was amazing!

— Maddie Kent ‘24

As a junior, it was Isabella CaraDonna’s first introduction to the Districts Festival, and she described her experience positively, saying she loved being around

such talented musicians! It was demanding at times, but the outcome and tremendous support were inspiring.

— Isabella CaraDonna ‘25

All of the aforementioned singers were in the Treble Chorus, which was managed by Feehan’s very own Mrs. Sara Seals. As the manager, Mrs. Seals approved song choices, helped with the auditions, made sure the whole weekend ran smoothly, and much, much more, as well as choosing the conductor of the Treble Chorus, Mr. Chaequan Anderson from New Jersey. In addition to all of her hard work during the auditions and the festival weekend (January 5th-6th), Mrs. Seals attended monthly meetings with the rest of the executive board for the Southeastern District.

The Mixed Chorus performing on Saturday, January 6th in the Canton High School auditorium.

Moving to Mixed Chorus, Mirolla Boules, who sang as a Tenor, says the festival was a

good social and learning experience, one [she] will never forget. It was such a joy to be around people who shared the same interests as [her]. [Her] favorite parts were meeting new people, reconnecting with friends from last year, and bursting into random songs.

— Mirolla Boules ‘24

The Mixed Chorus manager was Mary DiRoberts—who teaches Chorus at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, MA— chose Dr. Edryn Coleman, from Alabama, to be the Mixed Chorus conductor. “Dr. Coleman brought so much energy to the Mixed Chorus, he was full of so much passion and love for music and teaching music but also lots of profound quotes like ‘teachers need students like pencils need erasers,’” said one of the students who sang in the Mixed Choir.

The Concert Band performing on January 6th in the Canton High School auditorium.

With the Concert Band, only two Feehan students were participatinge band. Andrew DeGuzman, who played the Trombone, and Ben Davis, who played the Clarinet. Andrew describes his experience as

an excellent opportunity to connect with students from different music programs.

— Andrew DeGuzman ‘24

 The manager of the Concert Band was Rachel Goldstein who chose Dr. Jason Noble, who teaches at NYU. Andrew continued to say that his experience at the festival was so unique thanks to his amazing conductor, Dr. Noble.

The Bishop Feehan students who participated in this weekend filled with music, friends, and learning experiences agree that the Southeastern Massachusetts Senior Districts Music Festival had a positive impact on their lives as musicians.

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Alexandra Burns, Fine Arts Editor/Staff Writer
The ‘Rock Report was the first club that Allie joined when she started her freshman year at Bishop Feehan and she has been writing in the newspaper ever since. Her dream is to go to Yale and write in the Yale Daily News and live out her Gilmore Girls dreams. Allie not only loves writing newspaper pieces, but she also loves to write poems and short stories which are featured in Bishop Feehan’s Literary Magazine, The Green Light (https://www.feehanlitmag.com/). Allie is the editor-in-chief of the Literary Magazine and she is also a senior leader in Imago Dei.

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