The 74 student musicians of the 2021 All Catholic Concert Band, representing archdiocesan and private Catholic high schools in the Five County area, will perform on Saturday April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in a virtual concert at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, County of Delaware.
James Colonna will be the guest conductor of the concert, hosted by Cardinal O’Hara President Michael Connor, Principal Eileen Vice (class of 89) and Music Director Hector Ramirez.
See the concert livestream here.
Students will make selections of “Apples” composed by Andrew Boysen, “Cause for Celebration” composed by William Himes, “Portraits” composed by guest conductor James Colonna and “American We”, composed by Henry Fillmore.
Participating students from Archdiocesan high schools include Archbishop John Carroll in Radnor; Archbishop Ryan in northeast Philadelphia; Archbishop Wood at Warminster; Bishop McDevitt in Wyncote; Bishop Shanahan in Downingtown; Cardinal O’Hara in Springfield; Conwell-Egan Catholic in Fairless Hills; Pope John Paul II in Royersford; Roman Catholic in Center City, Philadelphia; and St. Hubert in the Tacony section of Philadelphia.
Students in private Catholic high schools include the Gwynedd Mercy Academy in Gwynedd Valley; Saint-Esprit preparatory school in Bensalem; Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown; the Nazareth Academy in northeast Philadelphia; Notre Dame de Namur Academy in Villanova; St. Basil Academy in Jenkintown; St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in North Philadelphia; Villa Joseph Marie in Holland; and the Villa Marie Academy high school in Malvern.
Guest conductor Colonna is the director of orchestras at Messiah College where he teaches wind direction and conducts the wind ensemble. He has held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Utah Valley, where he conducted the UVU Wind Symphony during a performance at the West / Northwest CBDNA conference in 2012.
His compositions have been performed all over the world including Italy, Belgium, Finland, Japan as well as the WASBE, CBDNA and Midwest Clinic conferences. As a conductor, his ensembles have performed at CBDNA Northwest / West, NJMEA, PMEA / NAFME All East.
He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Michigan State University in 2007 and his Masters of Music from the University of North Texas in 2000.
Watch the All Catholic String Orchestra‘s live performance on March 6 here, and the All Catholic Chorus’ live performance here.