PERFORMING ARTS at BERGEN CATHOLIC
The Performing Arts Department at Bergen Catholic is looking forward to an exceptional 2017/18 season. While continuing to raise the cultural awareness and esteem of the arts by providing our students with meaningful experiences and numerous opportunities for public performances, we have also been active in numerous collaborative efforts with other Catholic High Schools to showcase the talents of the young men involved in our Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Band and Chamber Ensemble. We continue to emphasize the importance of music and the arts in the development of our talented students. The Performing Arts Department is visible throughout the school community as well as the community at large.
The Bergen Catholic Men`s Vocal Ensemble performs at numerous school activities, from Open Houses , Masses, Sporting Events, Concerts, Cabarets, and Competitions. This season, the Ensemble appeared in Concert with Mary Help of Christian Academy and Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island. After participating in an outstanding masterclass at Lehigh University, the Men`s Vocal Ensemble went on to win First Place Honors and a Superior rating at the Festivals of Music competition in Hershey, Pa. At this year’s Spring Concert, Alumni, Faculty and Dads joined our Ensemble Members on stage, having mastered two selections, Brothers in Song and our Alma Mater. This was a first and we look forward to making this a time honored tradition.
Bergen’s Jazz Band continues to thrill audiences at their annual concerts and their appearances at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair. They delight the Bergen Catholic community as they perform at the annual Gala This year the Jazz Band again appeared in concert with the Bergen County Community College Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Band achieved high honors this spring by bringing home the trophies for Outstanding Jazz Band and First Place Honors with a Superior rating at the Festivals of Music in Hershey, Pa.
Our Chamber Ensemble is our newest Performing Arts organization and is directed by renowned Bassist, Charles Dougherty, an alumnus of Bergen Catholic. This rapidly growing performing group is open to all string, woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists. Their first season boasted two outstanding Concert appearances!
The TRI M National Music Honor Society was established at Bergen Catholic during the 2013/2014 academic year. The Chapter offers our musicians opportunities for service and leadership.
Our BERGEN GOES TO BROADWAY series, open to the entire Bergen Catholic Community, continues to be a huge success. Each season we offer tickets, dinner and transportation to hits that have included ON YOUR FEET, NATASHA PIERRE and the GREAT COMET of 1812, JERSEY BOYS, KINKY BOOTS, SHUFFLE ALONG, DEAR EVAN HANSEN and HELLO DOLLY!
Bergen Thespians continue to shine as they take the stage in musical productions at Immaculate Conception High School, Immaculate Heart Academy, and Mary Help of Christians High School. Our Coffee House Cabaret has become a highlight of our program. Students have the opportunity to showcase their talents as they perform selections of their choice, both vocal and instrumental. These numerous opportunities for performance have enabled us to showcase yet another aspect of what is available to young men at Bergen, encouraging them to capitalize on their potential, personally, spiritually and musically. The Arts at Bergen Catholic High School are alive and well and continue to thrive. “Lead On Bergen Catholic High”!