The Christendom College community packed St. Lawrence Commons recently for the college’s annual St. Cecilia’s Night — a showcase for Christendom’s rich amount of musical talent. Filled with singing, guitar-playing, and original music, the student body revealed their musical skills over the course of the evening, benefiting the entire college community.
Hosted each year by the college’s Student Activities Council, St. Cecilia’s Night shares its name with the patron saint of music — a fitting reminder that all talent is meant to be used for the glory of God. Each student brought this attitude to the forefront of their performances, beginning with a special rendition of “Perhaps Love” by vice president for enrollment Tom McFadden and his daughter, senior Catherine, and continuing on throughout the evening.
“At larger colleges, students would not have as many opportunities to perform and grow in their musical skills as they do here. These events, along with other opportunities such as the plays, coffee house, pub nights, and choir, give students the chance to show off their talents and gain valuable confidence in themselves as well, both on stage and off,” said McFadden.
The students left a large impressive during the evening, with many freshmen and sophomores filling the lineup. Emily Weichert, who transferred to Christendom this fall, was one of the night’s many highlights, as she played and sang a stirring rendition of “Make You Feel my Love.”
Later in the night, freshman guitar sensation Anton Rechner took the stage to perform two original pieces. Hailing from Canada, Rechner taught himself how to play the instrument — a statement to his own talent, and to the variety of talent that exists at the college.
St. Cecilia’s Night draws out the best in Christendom’s musical talent, but students have many other opportunities to practice and hone their on-stage skills as well. From St. Cecilia’s Night to Cup o’ Coeli, from the Senior Benefit Concert to Pub Nights, students are able to break out their instrument or singing voice and gain valuable experience in the process, all for the benefit of God and the college community.
The vibrant culture of the college encourages the playing and singing of music at all times and in all seasons on campus. In addition to these opportunities, students are also able to hone their knowledge of music for credit, thanks to the college’s liturgical music minor.
To discover more about the music of Christendom for yourself, schedule a visit to the college at christendom.edu.
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