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February 24, 2017

Music Cantata: Owerri Archdiocese trails blaze …As Catholic Mission Schools shine

Not resting on her efforts in making sure that education is not just restricted to academic knowledge, but an avenue where holistic and entire knowledge would be instilled and harnessed; the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has taken another bold step in her school’s learning curriculum.

This time it was her resolve in grooming future generation who would remain committed and attuned with the liturgical songs of the church.

These feelings came about at invent tagged: Owerri Catholic Mission Schools’ Music Competition 2016.  The day was Saturday December 17, and venue was Owerri Girl’s Secondary School.

The coral festival which took place as maiden edition was competed by the following schools, who also have been recorded here according to their winning positions, Madonna Secondary School Owerri, Owerri Girl’s Secondary, Claret Secondary School, Mount Carmel College Emekuku, St. Paul’s International Secondary School Owerri (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th,  and 5th, position respectively).

Handing over the trophy to the eventual winners, Rev. Fr. Lucian Amadiobi who represented the schools’ proprietor, Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna thanked the participants for availing themselves with the opportunity. He was also  delighted in the manner the students who he said ‘Has wonderfully done well’, rendered their respective parts, expressing optimism that subsequent editions will gain wider attention.

The director of the archdiocesan Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), further encouraged the young singers to take note of the corrections given to them by the judges, just as he advised them not to be carried away or demoralized by their various positions, stressing that the essence of the event was for them to remain attuned with the liturgical songs of the church.

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While the students were judged, based on three Christmas songs: one set piece (Wondrous story), and two other choices of theirs (English & traditional), Mr Augustine Chinam who served as Chairman Panel of Judges outlined appearance, accuracy, dynamism, choir/conductor-relationship etc, as focal point of assessment.

The event also attracted the presence of Dr Luiz Ezeziem Chairman, Archdiocesan Music Commission, and Rev Fr John Anumudu, as well as Principals and other authorities of the various schools.

Shortly after the competition, Mr Moses Shinyi Iorhemen, who initiated the program was cornered for a brief chat and the Benue state born Catholic NYSC member expressed joy over the outcome of the event. The outgoing Imo state Youth Corper thanked Rev Fr Victor Eleba for not only welcoming his ideas but also provided the event with an enabling environment. Mr Moses who said he was happy to have served in the state, however, regretted that the choral maiden edition attracted just but few schools. He therefore called on the management and staff of various schools in the Archdiocese to see the music competition as event which has come to stay and that which should be given necessary attention.


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