November Concert Will Put a Little Love in Your Heart

A very special Upper School choir concert to promote hope, love and unity is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15. Among the program’s highlights is a rendition of "What the World Needs Now" featuring the Knight Voices and 35 brief faculty solos. "I was so encouraged by the number of faculty and staff who agreed to sing," said Upper School music teacher David Southerland. "When I told them the concert’s theme, the response was overwhelming." The 35 faculty soloists represent every department in the Upper School, the administration and the coaching staff. Middle School teachers Courtney Sica '06 and Noreen Syed '10 will also be participating as alumnae of the choir.
 
In August, Southerland and his wife Amy, who leads the Middle School music program, were staying in Charlottesville, Virginia, just a few blocks from the violent clashes that broke out. "Charlottesville weighed on me," Southerland said, "and I started to think about all of the tragedies and violence that our students see on the news and social media every day. I wanted to give the students some hope and perspective, helping them to see that the vast majority of people are caring and good and that there is far more love in the world than hate. This concert is really a message to the students."
 
The concert program begins with Miner’s "Tomorrow," a song Southerland notes has spiked on Spotify since he first told the students about it. Other numbers include "You Will be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "As We Move Forward." The evening concludes with a rendition of Earth, Wind and Fire’s "You Are a Shining Star," in which the audience is encouraged to sing along.
 
The concert, which runs about 50 minutes, will be held in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15. Admission is free. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the 6:30 show, and families and friends of the performers are encouraged to attend the 7:30 show. We hope to see you there.
 
 
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.