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NFSB choirs dazzle on CVR stage for ArtsFest

The New Frontiers School Board’s annual celebration of arts education, known as ArtsFest, brought twelve school choirs together on April 18 for an uplifting evening on the Chateauguay Valley Regional High School stage.

The NFSB’s director general, Michael Helm, addressed the auditorium packed with parents and family. “You have every reason to be proud,” he said, while admitting he personally looks forward to this event every year. “They will show us all how hard they have worked,” he said of the student performers, while acknowledging the priceless support of the teachers, volunteers, and families who make arts education possible.

The event showcased each school’s unique interpretation of the evening’s theme, “Disney Dazzle.” Photo montages of different arts projects and cultural activities taking place at each school were flashed across a giant screen on stage, while emcees highlighted some of the arts activities that took place during the year before introducing their choir’s song selections.


The voices of over 200 students combined for a powerful grand finale to this years edition of ArtsFest on April 18 at CVR in Ormstown PHOTO Sarah Rennie


The opening performance was presented by the Howard S. Billing’s High School band, followed by choirs from Heritage Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Harmony Elementary, Howick Elementary, Centennial Park Elementary, Gault Institute, the MGS (Mary Gardner School) Glee Club, Ormstown Elementary, Hemmingford Elementary, Franklin Elementary, St. Willibrord Elementary, and the CVR After Hours choir.

The individual schools were followed by the NFSB Mass Choir, which brought all the students on stage for an uplifting blending of around 200 NFSB voices in an inspiring final performance.

Lynn Harper, the CVR music specialist and NFSB arts consultant, served as the convenor for ArtsFest. “The NFSB ArtsFest is a collaborative effort,” she explained in the evening’s program. “These young stars would not be able to shine without the support of many individuals working together,” she continued, while thanking the dedicated music specialists, arts specialists, choir directors, and school administrators for their support of ArtsFest and arts education in general. (SR)

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