by: April Diane Bandejas
It’s been almost a year that the Coro de San Nicolas, the official liturgical choir of Colegio San Nicolas de Tolentino-Recoletos Inc., Talisay City, Negros Occidental, was organized and born. It all started with a plan of producing an official school choir during the school board meeting on October 14, 2010 with Rev Fr. Leo G. Alaras, OAR: Campus Ministry Director as the one in-charge of it. To make that possible, an audition was pursued on the month of November wherein about 15 students passed and were officially recognized as members of the Coro.
On January the following year, choir practices and formal training were conducted by Father Leo in preparation of the 40th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the school, where the group was officially introduced by then, “CSNT-R Chorale”. To maintain the choir’s connection to the legacy contributed by the Spanish Recollects to the school and the city of Talisay, Rev. Fr. Jose Ernil F. Almayo, OAR; School Director/Principal, changed its name to “Coro de San Nicolas”.
Eventually, the group was obliged and invited to sing during community masses, Aguinaldo masses, and was included in the joint choir during the Midnight Mass on December 24th. With that, the group earned praises and positive feedbacks from the spectators as they sing harmoniously, with voices in one with God.
On the occasion of the 41st Founding Anniversary Celebration of the school earlier this January, Father Leo arranged an official jingle entitled “CSNT-R Quo Vadis?” with the lyrics designed & given by Father Tol. A recording was materialized for everyone to hear & familiarize. Not only did it make the event livelier & more joyful but also strengthened the unity and bond of the community.
At present, the choir has 19 students as official members, specifically composed of 9 sopranos, 6 altos and 4 tenors:
1. Michael John Delos...