By Elvis Rodriguez, Staff Writer
According to music director Mr. Eddie-Joe Vieyra, the 10-member Verbum Dei Choir will perform “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” a poem by Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thompson, at the all-day High School Choral Festival to be held at Mount St. Mary’s College on February 25, 2011.
All are welcome to watch this free of charge performance in the Mary Chapel on Chalon Campus of Mount St. Mary’s College from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. “I’m excited to show the boys off,” Vieyra said. The boys “are excited to share what they’ve done with the other schools.” Darren Cottrell, a choir member, said how he felt about the upcoming event. “We know the music, but it’s both nerve wracking and exciting,” said Cottrell. When asked about his strategy to prevent the distraction of a large audience, he replied by saying “I stare at one point towards the audience so that I am not distracted.”
The Verbum Dei Choir plan to sing “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor and Andrea Klouse, “In the Still of the Night” arranged by The Alley Cats, and “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel and arranged by Tom Gentry.
Vieyra’s plans for the choir include expanding the membership to have enough members to split into three groups. The three groups would be divided by level from novice to intermediate, and the best group would be comprised of the four most talented young men. Vieyra’s vision cannot be completed unless there are more students interested in singing, so if any Verbum Dei students want to join the choir, they should not hesitate to ask Mr. Vieyra.