On March, 25th, the Germantown Friends School Choir visited Monteverde Friends School and performed a great concert that was free and open to the community.
The concert program featured Maurice Durufle’s Requiem, newly re-scored for choir and string orchestra. It also included Eric William Barnum’s Afternoon on a Hill, folksongs from Bosnia, Ireland, Haiti and Costa Rica, and contemporary Gospel selections.
The Germantown Friends School Choir is an ensemble of 45 students selected by audition from grades 10-12. Directed by Stephen Kushner, the Choir performs frequently throughout the year, often collaborating with many of Philadelphia’s leading professional musicians. Recently, the group has performed with the Singing City Choir, with members of the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, and with the Yale Glee Club. They have also sung the Philadelphia premiere of “somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.
The GFS Choir has a long tradition of travelling nationally and internationally, including concert tours to China, England, Scotland, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Poland, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Puerto Rico. In 2008, the Choir toured the southern United States, culminating in an extended stay in New Orleans where, in addition to their concert,
On Saturday, March 29th, students, families, staff and friends of the Monteverde Friends School
(MFS) walked to raise money to support the programs offered at MFS. The funds raised by the Caminata support important programs at the school, like arts, drama and physical education.
Our annual Walkathon – organized by volunteer parents – is one of the most challenging and exciting ways
to support the school. This year participants left form school at 12:00 pm and walked up and down steep trails
through the cloud forest in the Curi Cancha and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserves. We were very rewarded with the amazing view of the Continental Divide and by the fun – shared food after the walk.
Thank you so much to all the people that supported this activity.
*Picture courtesy of Ward Kane
Nestled in the cloud forest community of Monteverde, Costa Rica, the Monteverde Friends School was founded over 60 years ago by Quakers who left the United States in search of a country and community that supported their peaceful principles. Today, our school continues to promote the universal values of peace, love and respect in the context of a challenging bilingual education and a sense of community.
On April 27th, students, parents, community members and other friends will be walking the 11 kilometers from the school to the San Gerardo Lookout at the Arenal Volcano. It is our annual Walk-a-thon that supports our school’s Arts and Physical Education programs. Please consider sponsoring a child you know or sending a flat donation here.
The new meeting house timber framing project is underway. Students, parents, meeting members and other friends are sharing their time to help create this beautiful building. Please visit the project’s facebook page for updates and ways to help.