Annual Holiday Caroling and Student Recitals

December continued to be a busy month at the Fil’ with two student recitals and the vocal ensemble’s annual caroling at the Met Museum. 

The first recital took place on December 8 at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine, a church located in Hudson Heights.  Adult students from the Fil’ performed solo and collaborative pieces spanning genres from classical, broadway to jazz.  

The second week of December saw the vocal ensemble singing inside Fuentidueña Chapel at the Met Cloisters.  This was the first stop on the ensemble’s annual holiday caroling tour.  A full audience enjoyed the ensemble’s set of scared and secular holiday songs as well as a fun singalong at the end.  An arrangement of Blue Christmas by faculty, Yo Kano, returned to the set, as well as a whimsical and fun classic, Chanukah in Santa Monica, which featured Dalia Sakas (Director of Music Studies) on the accordion and Richard Thai (Program Manager) on the clarinet.

The second stop on the caroling tour drew crowds inside the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Met Museum.  The ensemble was dressed black with touches of red and appeared near the Met Christmas Tree, a popular destination for museum goers.  

To cap off the December performance calendar the CMPYP (Comprehensive Music Program for Young People) students presented a recital on the last day of the semester.  The end of semester recital is an opportunity for students to showcase their achievements and progress throughout the semester to their peers, parents, faculty, and staff.  

To attend FMDG Music School performances in 2024 please visit the Event Schedule page.

Image description: A group of adult singers standing on stage at the Met Cloisters.

A group of singers standing on stage
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