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Scecina students in unison at Marian University Choral Festival

Caroline Johnston (back right) and other Scecina Advanced Choir students took part in the festival with other Catholic schools from Indiana. Music director Donnie Glowinski (front left) leads the Advanced Choir.

By Amy Noser, Enrollment Management Assistant

It has been said that those who sing, pray twice, noted Sister Norma Rocklage, OSF, Ph.D., during her opening prayer for the Catholic High School Choral Festival concert at Marian University on Nov. 10.  

If that is indeed true, then the Bishop Chartrand Memorial Chapel was filled with prayer and gratitude as over 200 high school and college students sang together to bring the Festival to a close.

Along with their director, Donnie Glowinski, Scecina’s Advanced Choir had the opportunity to take part in the Marian Choral Festival for its 21st year. The Festival brings together choirs from Indianapolis Catholic high schools, Oldenburg Academy and Central Catholic from Lafayette for a day full of music, prayer and the chance to meet students from other schools.

Throughout the day, the students rehearse six songs to be performed that evening in conjunction with Marian’s Sacred Choir. “It is important for us to get with other groups and sing with different people,” says Glowinski, “They get a chance to work on challenging music and see what it is like to work with college professors.” A number of Marian’s music professors not only worked with students during rehearsals for the day, but also conducted the students during their performance.

One of the professors, Philip Kern, even arranged two of the pieces the students learned. He was able to give them first-hand insight into how he envisioned the pieces being performed. It is a day full of opportunities for students to see how they can best use their musical gifts and talents.

Caroline Johnston, a Scecina senior from Holy Spirit parish, went on the trip for the second time this year. When reflecting on the day, she said, “I was impressed with everyone. The songs sounded amazing and even though time was very limited, everyone worked together and focused hard on getting the songs to be their best. The results of that showed at the concert.” 

Not only was Caroline given the chance to grow musically, but she also appreciated the chance to explore Marian University to a greater extent as she considers her options for college and the future. Caroline is also involved in Scecina’s Rock Band and Spring Musical - two of the options for students to get involved musically at Scecina in addition to instrumental, choral and music history courses. She always has been interested in music production and is looking forward to determining what her next step may be. 

For her and others, the Marian Choral Festival provides a chance to grow and explore where their musical future may take them. 

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