Maple Ridge Secondary Choir brings Christmas cheer to Pitt Meadows celebration – Maple Ridge News


Maple Ridge High School’s Caelum Treble Chorus (MRSS) brought Christmas cheer to the town of Pitt Meadows celebration event.

The choir group shared an unforgettable experience together in Spirit Square last Friday, December 3, at the Christmas in Pitt Meadows event hosted by the City of Pitt Meadows, choir director Claire Oliverio said.

“The MRSS Caelum Treble Chorus, made up of nine talented singers ranging in grades 10-12 – Ally, Dani, Melike, Emma J, Micaela, Shelby, Emma M, Elayne and Violet – were delighted to contribute their music to the evening. . For almost two years, these students went online, watched zoom rehearsals, and recorded virtual performances with a mask. It was an honor for them to represent Maple Ridge High School at an event that truly brought the magic of the season to life, ”said Oliverio.

The free outdoor vacation event recreated a magical Christmas Village experience with food trucks, MP Lisa Beare’s popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate, and Lion’s Club hot dogs. Accompanied by the sounds of holiday music and laughter, families enjoyed the holiday train, road hockey, light shows, ice sculptures, tree lighting, photos with Santa Claus, Elsa and Olaf, and there were also Community Service Awards on the main stage.

“As the conductor, I was looking forward to the show. When we got to check-in, the sight of so many friends, families, and children enthusiastically flitting among the light shows, the tents for entertainment, the hot chocolate and popcorn stations and the face painting simply took our breath away. Our ensembles haven’t seen such a crowd in person for a long time. I was delighted to share the live performance experience with MRSS Caelum Chorus. After all the preparation, nerves and hard work, it was surreal to sing on stage with the lights illuminating their bright faces, ”said Oliverio.

Students performed the White Winter Hymnal, Last Christmas and Let it Snow, at the event.

Grade 12 Ally Didicher believed all of their hard work had paid off.

“I am still in shock with the great joy. I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me to sing in front of a crowd for the first time with such a wonderful and supportive group of girls. With the help of such an encouraging crowd, the night was certainly unforgettable, ”she said.

Grade 12 Melike Erenli also expressed her excitement about performing.

“It was amazing! It was so much fun to be able to sing with these ladies, ”she added.

After the long hiatus from the in-person performances, this event turned out to be exactly what the band needed.

“For me, seeing the girls’ dazzling smiles as they sang – especially after only seeing them in masks for the past two years – is truly a memory that will stay with me for a long time. I look forward to more experiences like this with safety and care in mind, ”said Oliverio.

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Ally, Dani, Melike, Emma J, Micaela, Shelby, Emma M, Elayne and Violet rehearsing before the show.  (Claire Oliverio / News Special)


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