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St. Michael’s Choir School at Massey Hall: Fifty years of tradition

January 4, 2016

The 50th annual Christmas concert at Massey Hall was a true celebration. Though the weather remained mild, the Christmas spirit was fully present at Toronto’s most historic music venue. This year’s selections included Choir School favourites such as Christmas Overture, Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as well as new pieces and arrangements like Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), and Dr. Cichocki’s new arrangement of O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel), which featured special guest tenor Michael Colvin, SMCS 1983. Welcomed to the stage were the SMCSAA Jubilee Choir with guest conductor Jordan de Souza, SMCS 2006, and guest accompanist Joshua Tamayo, SMCS 2003. Anne Bulter, mom to Craig (class of 1994) and Rod (class of 1997), told the Choir School

To see The Choir School continue to grow in musicality and  professionalism is a source of great pride, but to witness the exuberance in honoring “he who sings once, prays twice” tradition is a source of joy and goose bumps.

It takes a community to celebrate a milestone, and this year the SMCS community came together to throw its support behind the boys and alumni in celebration of the 50th annual Christmas concert at Massey Hall. This year’s joyful celebration of the start of the Christmas season would not have been possible without the generous support of the many people who gave to the Massey Hall campaign. Special thanks to all the families who went into their neighbourhoods, doctor’s offices, parishes, and local businesses to support and promote the concert! Thanks to your efforts, we had 4,313 people come to the concerts, and surpassed our $25 000 fundraising goal, reaching $26,573.00!

We are grateful to this year’s Massey Hall supporters:


by Kate Rosser-Davies