Hundreds of Voices Join for Choral Fest

The Westmont College Choir

The Westmont College Choir

The 15th annual Westmont Fall Choral Festival combines voices of more than 300 high school students from 12 different schools on Friday, Nov. 1, at 4:45 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St., and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Both performances are free, no admission required. For more information please call, (805) 565-6040.

The Westmont Choral Union and singers from Crean Lutheran, Cate, Rosemead, Arvin and Fresno Christian High Schools perform in the afternoon. The Choral Union is directed by Grey Brothers and Sara Rockabrand and accompanied by pianist Pascal Salomon and violinist Junia Work.

Alto Kat Marquez

Alto Kat Marquez

Westmont Chamber Singers and the Westmont College Choir will take the stage in the evening, following performances from Chatsworth Charter, Mira Monte, Cathedral, Providence, Highland and Stockdale High Schools.

Westmont College Choir presents works ranging from all over the world and sung in Latin, Italian and in Tagalog, a language of the Philippines. “For A Breath of Ecstasy” by Michael John Trotta and poems by Sara Teasdale, includes Westmont musicians Work, Makenna Sallade (violin), Elaina Hollister (oboe), Isaac Siebelink (viola) and William Ellzey (cello).

The festival concludes with singers from all the high school combining to perform a mass choral piece, “Come Unto Me, Ye That Labor,” by Westmont alumnus Michael Bennett ’09.