2020 Christmas Music Offering
To that end, we invite you to gather with those you love in the comfort of your living room, around your Christmas tree, or by the fireplace, and enjoy the beautiful sounds of Oakland Catholic’s Christmas Music Offering.
This evening's program features our Freshman Chorale, OC Chamber Singers, and Vocal & Instrumental Soloists. Please click on the corresponding tabs above to view these extraordinary students' musical contributions.
Very special thank-you's to our administration, faculty, & staff for their support and assistance; the parents, friends and family who bolster and celebrate our students' musical endeavors; and (especially) all of our OC performers, for their dedication to creating music.
We are so glad you're here to participate in this special event. We need the Spirit of Christmas in our lives now more than ever. Merry Christmas and may blessings be abundant in the New Year! - Sonya Caceres, OC Music Director
This high-energy group of 9th grade students loves to sing. Though this semester was certainly different, students readily devoted themselves to studying rhythm, sight singing, body percussion, music history, and the science & pedagogy of singing. This talented, compassionate, first-period group ensured everyday began with a smile!
Every year we share its origin story: With their church organ not working, Fr. Joseph Mohr brought a poem to friend and music teacher, Franz Gruber, hoping to still fill the church with music. Gruber composed a melody and accompanied the choir on guitar. Thus, Silent Night was born in 1818.
This auditioned, honors chorus ensemble comprises 10th-12th grade students with a passion for singing and a willingness to work hard. Typically, their December is filled with an array of festive performances. From Carnegie Music Hall - where they've sung with River City Brass the past three years - to Market Square, community light-up celebrations to Phipps Conservatory, the OC Chamber Singers always fill the season with sweet sounds and smiling faces.
This year, students confronted the difficult task of singing with masks on, and at a great distance from one another, with some fully virtual. However, our students rose to the challenge, honing new skills and developing techniques to facilitate impressive recordings and virtual collaborations.
Our annual Christmas concert usually includes familiar faces in the audience, as OC alumnae pop in to join us for a few of our classics. To keep the tradition alive, we invite any special guests to sing along at home!
** denotes Captain; * denotes Co-Captain; + denotes Senior
This fall, we hosted our first virtual cabaret! It was a smash hit, and illustrated once again how excited our students get for unique opportunities to showcase their talents, as do we. As part of this Christmas Music Offering, students were given the option of submitting a solo performance piece. The following students took the initiative to share their musical gifts in this way.