The 2018-2019 Upper School Chorus made a stunning debut at the Independent Schools' Choral Festival on Oct. 17. The annual event brings together singers from independent schools across the area for a memorable performance at the National Cathedral.
Chorus members spent the first six weeks of school preparing for the concert, which included two combined pieces sung by all 500 participating students, an all-male piece, an all-female piece, and a selection from each of the nine schools present. The 80 Holton "Women in Blue" opted to perform an arrangement of the Appalachian folk tune "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," which took on even greater depth in the grand sanctuary. (Watch a video of the performance below.)
"The young ladies sang with such spirit, energy, heart, and presence that it was a transformative experience," says new Middle and Upper School Choral Director Trevor Fanning.
The concert also marked Mr. Fanning's public premiere with Holton; he recently moved to the area after many years of teaching music and drama in Indianapolis. He found it especially memorable directing his first Holton concert in such a world-renowned space.
"The National Cathedral is a fitting name for the venue for this festival, because it is a national treasure," he says. "It was a thrill to make music in those hallowed halls, and the way that the choir performed -- and also prepared -- made me proud and made them true ambassadors for the school."