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New to the program is choir director Jonathan Mountain. With the new territory will come some challenges, however Mountain is eager to continue to build the choral program, and make the annual Christmas concert truly the best that it can be, each year.

The performance for Garvey Manor Nursing Home residents is just one way that Mountain and the choir feel they can give back to the community. “The community does so much to support Bishop Guilfoyle – not just the music department, but the school itself – that performing in public events like [at] Garvey Manor is only the smallest way to show our gratitude,” Mountain says.

As the choir provides students with the opportunity to give back to their community, students also learn other valuable skills throughout the program. “Instead of passively appreciating music on the radio or as an audience member, students are able to actively engage in music, an activity which requires both mental and physical abilities that draw from a number of other academic areas, including language arts, mathematics and physical education,” Mountain explains.

The choir is made up of students from grades 8 through 12, with a total of 94 particpants.