Choir News & Recognition

1. Concert Choir was awarded the overall Womens' Choir Championship at Festival Music Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC for the 2015-16 school year.

2. Superior ratings at Maryland Music Educators' Association/ County Solo and Ensemble Festival:

  • Alexandra Curry '18
  • Gabrielle Stevenson '17
  • Elena Visoso '19
  • Victoria Whatley '18
  • Suzanne Kmetz '18
  • Trio of Meagan Bannigan '17, Julia Hulbert '17, Anne Tyeryar '17

3. Superior ratings at Maryland Music Educators' Association/ State Level Solo and Ensemble Festival:

  • Alexandra Curry '18
  • Elena Visoso '19

4. Maela Hamilton-Pritchett '17, a member of the Elizabeth Seton Concert Choir, was selected by audition to participate in the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAPA) Student Showcase. Maela performed two classical music pieces: one in French, the other in Latin. The showcase gave students exposure to college faculty members.

5. Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, recently nominated by President Obama to the National Council on the Arts, visited Seton in January to work with Concert Choir on their performance of her arrangement of "There Is A Balm In Gilead." She is a noted composer and arranger of choral music, and a former member of the award-winning vocal group "Sweet Honey In The Rock”. Dr. Barnwell shared her profound insight into the spiritual.

6. Concert Choir performed at the dedication of the Pope Francis I Wing of Providence Hospital in September and provided the music for the Archdiocesan Catechetical Day Mass in October. Cantors led the congregation in both English (Emma BIgony '17, Julia Kelley '17) and Spanish (Alexandra Curry '18)

7. Seton Chorale performed at the Elizabeth Seton Medal Ceremony for Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

8. Dr. Vadala served as an audition judge for the archdiocesan choir that participated in the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in September, and also sang with the ensemble.

9. The Annual Spring Recital of the Elizabeth Seton Voice Studio took place on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Word of God Baptist Church in University Park, MD. The Music Boosters' music lesson reimbursement program enables students enrolled in music ensembles to pay a reduced rate for private lessons. Seton's voice teacher, Ms. Andrea McClelland, is a masters' graduate of the University of Maryland Opera Studio, and teaches twelve students after school on campus. Recital participants, accompanied by pianist and choral director Kathleen Vadala, presented two selections each from classical and musical theater repertoire, along with duets and trios.