HYANNIS — From February 16 through February 24, the St. John Paul II School Concert Choir will once again tour Italy — five years since their first tour in 2017. This high school choir from Cape Cod, which celebrates the immense treasury of Catholic Music, will perform in Rome and beyond.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students to perform at sites significant to our Catholic heritage. Additionally, they will experience a cultural and historical tour of central Italy with professional guides. I am so proud of the work they have put in for this tour, and we pray for its success and safe travels,” said Susan Niden, interim President of St. John Paul II School (grades 5-12).
Thirty-two members of the choir will perform at venues including St. Peter’s Basilica, the United States Naval Base in Naples, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the Abbey of St. Benedict in Monte Cassino, and the Basilica of St. Mary Major.
Additionally, they will attend the Wednesday Papal Audience, and perform a full concert at the Church of St. Agnes.
The St. John Paul II School Concert Choir and Chamber Choir have also performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on their Broadway Concert Tour. Each year’s Broadway Concert Tour features daily performances by the choirs (40-plus voice Concert Choir, as well as Mixed Chamber Choir) where students have the opportunity to perform and attend workshops with Broadway actors, and music and theater directors.
“We prepare students to become performers on the stage of life, regardless of their chosen career, endeavoring to fulfill their vocation in Christ,” said Richard Fish, school Performing Arts Director.
The comprehensive Performing Arts curriculum is designed to foster the singing, acting, dancing, and technical theater skills of the students.
The choir will hold a tour kickoff concert on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Admission is free and donations are welcome. All are invited to attend.
Located in Hyannis, St. John Paul II School is a Catholic school that welcomes and serves students of all faiths in grades five through 12.