Two Seniors Named to State Chorus

VMEA Honors

Congratulations to O'Connell seniors Peter Lucas and Vasili Varfis who were named to the 2017 Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Honors Choir.

This past weekend, Peter and Vasili, along with high school seniors from throughout Virginia traveled to Longwood University to take part in the VMEA auditions. They performed Henry Purcell's If Music Be the Food of Love for a panel of collegiate music adjudicators. Following their solo performances, they were asked to sing a short musical excerpt by sight with no previous rehearsal.

"The VMEA audition is highly competitive and prepares dedicated music students for auditions with universities and other artistic organizations," said O'Connell's choral director Peter Kadeli. "This is quite an honor for Peter and Vasili and for our school's music programs."

Both young men have participated in the Bishop O'Connell choral program for the past four years. "They are passionate about music, especially singing," added Kadeli.

Peter and Vasili are two of only 15 Bass 1 voices statewide who will be performing at the VMEA Honors Choir Festival at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. on Nov. 18.

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