Shanley High School - Choral Department

Choral Department

Shanley is home to a very large choral program with two choirs, the Concert Chorale and the Varsity Choir both directed by Rebecca Raber. The Varsity Choir is made up of Freshmen and Sophomores, while the Concert Chorale is made up of Seniors, Juniors, and select auditioned Sophomores. The membership of both choirs is usually about one-half of the total membership of Shanley High School. The choirs have toured recently to Seattle, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis, Nashville and Colorado.

The choirs present their popular annual "Candlelight Christmas Concerts" at the Church of the Nativity each December. Under the direction of Mrs. Raber, the concerts begin the program with the majesty and great wonder of God’s creation and the prophecy of Christ’s coming before continuing to journey of the Holy Family, Bethlehem, and the birth of the Christ Child. The musical journey concludes with Christ’s sacrifice for us and our call to serve one another with love. The concerts include multiple choirs, lighting, orchestra, narration, audience participation and liturgical dance.

The department also sponsors various small groups includuding Quintessence, Sandpebbles, Psalm 100, LifeLine and Cornerstone. Quintessence is a special women's choir consisting of 12 members. Its male counterpart is Sandpebbles, which also contains 12 members. Psalm 100, LifeLine and Cornerstone are worship teams which provide music for services at the school. Members of the choir are also able to participate in numerous music festivals and competitions.

In the fall of 2005, Shanley's Concert Chorale was given the honorable designation of "Governor's Choir" for the state of North Dakota.

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