Mississauga, ON â April 29, 2010 - As the 83rd season of the Peel Music Festival draws to an end, the students of Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga walk away with their heads held high and a first place ribbon in their hands.
Today, at the esteemed Peel Music Festival, the choir from Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) wowed the audience and the adjudicators with their accomplished performance of Guilo Cacciniâs Ave Maria and Oh Shenandoa, an early American folksong arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram, for a first place finish, in the Secondary School Choir category, under the expert direction of pianist Natalie McDunnough and professional opera singer, Charlene Santoni, both accomplished music teachers at HNMCS.
This was a major accomplishment for the girls given that the choir was just formed in December 2009. They were new to this competition and they were up against some well established and very experienced competitors. âWhat sets these girls apart from other singers is their thirst and subsequent employ of technical instruction. It is the innocence in their sentiment and the fervent passion they bring to every performance that truly sets them apartâ says Charlene Santoni.
Over the years, the Peel Music Festival has established itself as one of Canadaâs largest and most respected independent music festivals. This yearâs festival featured over 3,100 entries in Music and Speech Arts and, with over $19,000 being awarded to scholarship winners, the Peel Music Festival is making a significant contribution to the lives of young performers.
Awarding the first place standing to Holy Name of Mary College School of Mississauga, adjudicator Jean Ashworth Bartle, founder of the internationally acclaimed Toronto Childrenâs Chorus, praised the students describing their performance as a very beautiful, moving performance with a lovely body of tone, with very good intonation.
Along with the choir, a number of HNMCS students entered the festival competing in various solo classes. Students who won awards at this yearâs festival were Veronica Rinomato, Meredith Webb, Andrea Giampuzzi and Melanie Pavao.
HNMCS President, Margaret DeCourcy, who was in attendance at the competition said, âWe are absolutely thrilled with these outstanding results. We are very proud of our students and this success is a testament to their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to their singing. This recognition goes not only to the choir members; it is an accolade for the school as a whole.â