Students in grades four through eight of Our Lady of Victory School have the opportunity to study instrumental music through the Future Musicians, Inc. Program. This program provides participating students with the skills necessary to read, appreciate, and perform music appropriate to their age and ability. Playing in a band with other students helps reinforce a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, and cooperation. Our OLOV Advanced Band members have the opportunity to perform at the Southern Region Concert. They also have the opportunity to travel to New York City and perform at Lincoln Center.
Instrumental music instruction is offered once a week during the regular school day. Band rehearsals are held weekly as well.
Fees for the Future Musicians program are separate from the school tuition. If you have further questions feel free to contact them directly at: http://www.ctfuturemusicians.com.
Our Lady of Victory Church children’s choir is made up of mostly students from Our Lady of Victory School as well as other children from the community. They rehearse on Tuesday afternoons at 5 P.M. for approximately 1 hour. Its members consist of children from the ages of 7 to 13.
They are led by Mr. Ed Perez, the parish music director. The children are taught a variety of music that corresponds with the Mass and season. This in turn gives the children the opportunity to learn scripture and psalms through song.
The members of the choir are expected to sing the second Sunday of the month at the 11 A.M. Mass. They also sing on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. Once a year they collaborate with the adult choir and sing the Lessons and Carols service during the Advent season.
Aside from learning songs, Mr. Perez also instructs the children in the rudiments of music and provides the opportunity at times to use auxiliary percussion instruments during Mass. The children enjoy this because making music becomes fun for them. He also provides the children the opportunity to do solo work or duets and trios.
Many shy children have come out of their shells through their participation in the children’s choir. Some have become Cantors and some have discovered they have the ability to sing harmonies. Some of the members of the children’s choir have continued on to sing with the adults upon entering high school and/or have become involved in the arts at their school because of the confidence they gained while singing as a young child.
If you would like more information about this ministry, please don’t hesitate to call Mr. Perez at the church rectory 203-934-6357.