Xaverian Student Musicians Take Top Honors at National Music Competition


Photo courtesy of Xaverian. (L to R) Xaverian's Rocco Sheehan (Norwood), Dante Horsman (Braintree), Chimdiebube "Chimdi" Anyanwu (Ashland), James McKenna (Dedham) and Marcello Lanci (Foxboro) celebrate success at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival.

Thanks to Xaverian Brothers High School for contributing this news to Westwood Minute.

Westwood, MA -- Over the April vacation, nearly 100 Xaverian student singers and instrumentalists traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the WorldStrides Heritage Festival. There, they performed under the direction of Dr. Robert Thorp of North Attleboro, Chair of Xaverian’s Fine Arts Department and Director of Bands and Music, Mr. Murray Kidd of Norwood, Xaverian’s Director of Choral Activities, and Mr. Timothy Roberts of Needham, Director of the Xaverian Chamber Orchestra. 

Competing against schools from California, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and New York, they won a series of prizes, including the top award for the competition, “Sweepstakes for Total Program.” Other prizes included a sweepstakes trophy for instrumental ensembles, the “outstanding band” award, and silver medals for Xaverian’s eighth grade band and its chorus.

While in Orlando, students also had the opportunity to enjoy area tourist attractions such as Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the Kennedy Space Center, Universal CityWalk, and Gatorland. The chorus also performed during Sunday Mass at The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. 

Photo courtesy of Xaverian. Members of the Xaverian Chorus who sang at Mass (front row with ties) and Xaverian student musicians and singers traveled to Orlando, FL over April break, where they visited The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.

This is the second year that Xaverian has competed in Orlando's Heritage Festival during spring break. Plans are presently underway for 2025 travel and competition opportunities for Xaverian’s student performers.

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