Music and art took center stage at Gibbons on a recent Sunday afternoon. That’s when more than 250 instrumental music and visual arts students, as well as educators, entertained crowds during the annual Sisters of Notre Dame Spring Music Festival.
Gibbons Band Director and Music Educator Mark Cashin described the May 5th free festival as, “the perfect collaboration.” He continued: “The coming together of so many student-artists and musicians as well as educators not only underscores our school community’s willingness to share its gifts and talents but also its love of and passion for the arts.”
"The coming together of so many student-artists and musicians, as well as educators, not only underscores our school community’s willingness to share its gifts and talents but also its love of and passion for the arts,” said Mark Cashin.
Asked what she learned about collaboration Gillian Kearney ’20, a member of the wind ensemble said: “All in all, it was cool to see the devotion of all the players when they came across the stage whether they just learned an instrument or had played it for multiple years.”
Sponsored by Gibbons’ Instrumental Music Department, the festival has been a ‘must-attend’ spring tradition at Gibbons for more than a decade. Attend they do.
As in past years, the 2019 festival drew hundreds of attendees who strolled through the school’s main lobby to catch sight of striking works of art by students; or to be serenaded by impressive pieces by student musicians. When festival-goers ventured into the Mainstage or Studio theaters, they were treated to more musical selections.
The festival also celebrates the Sisters of Notre Dame who led the school decades ago and recognize two Sisters who continue to minister at Gibbons. They are Science Educator Sister Janet Schemmel, SND, who this year is celebrating 50 years in Catholic education, 27 of them at Gibbons; and Office Educator Sister Mary Jean Korejwo, SND, who has been in Catholic education for 50 + years and during the 2018-2019 school year celebrated 25 years of service at Cardinal Gibbons.
The festival ran from noon to 5 p.m. It included performances by music groups, ranging from percussion and strings and wind ensembles to concert bands, woodwind quintet, and guitar I - IV.
There also was an art exhibit by AP art students. The works of art ranged from photography and paintings to sculptures and pottery and were on display from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the main lobby.