Catholic school choirs gather for annual music festival – stock photo

More than 175 young singers from various Catholic schools and parish youth choirs from the Archdiocese of Chicago, Joliet, and Michigan participated in the American Federation of Pueri Cantores Festival and Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on March 12, 2022. Grades 4 through 12 rehearsed together for several hours before celebrating Mass with Bishop Joseph Perry. Pueri Cantores is the national student choir organization of the Catholic Church. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Sophia Allen, a fifth-grade student at Académie Notre-Dame du Mont Carmel, joins her classmates to sing the prelude before mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Paul French, music director of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 720 W. Belmont Ave., instructs students during practice. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Mario Ramos, Ian Jones and Aaron Aranda, and behind them Alejandro Santiago, all students of Epiphany Catholic School, 4223 W. 25th St., listen to instructions during practice. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

A student of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Choir in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sings during practice. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

A girl studies her music. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Isabella Gilberti, a sixth-grade student at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, shares what she loves about singing with New York City festival bandleader Bryan Zaros. Zaros asked him the question. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Arianwen Thulin, a fourth-year student at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, sings during practice. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Laura Bogan conducts the treble choir of the Académie Notre-Dame du Mont Carmel as they perform the prelude before mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Nora Keeshin, a fifth-grade student at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, 720 W. Belmont Ave., studies music before mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Vincent Wall, a CM1 student at the Académie Notre-Dame du Mont Carmel, joins his classmates to sing the prelude before mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

A student gazes at the ceiling of the cathedral as she visits the church with other students during a break. Students were able to visit during breaks. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Students receive Pueri Cantores medals before mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

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A student sings in the choir. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

A student yawns during a break. The band rehearsed for several hours before the festival and mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

A student of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Choir in Ann Arbor, Michigan, celebrates after finishing practice. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Bryan Zaros, conductor of the New York festival, conducts the choir during the mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

The singers listen to Katherine Gray Noon sing the mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

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