School glee club competes at Disneyland

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SAN DIEGO — St. Rose of Lima School’s Glee Club won six awards in this year’s “Music in the Parks” Annual National Competition on April 14 at the Disneyland Resort.

For the competition, the club was divided into three groups — one for elementary-school students and two for middle-school students.

Under the direction of Musical Director Joseph Advento, the Glee Club took home both first and second place in the Show Choir category (Middle School Division), as well as first place in Mixed Choir (Elementary School) and first in Overall Performance (Middle/High School). Members Jaxon Escobar and Joelle Advento were recognized as Overall Best Vocalist in the Elementary and Middle/High School divisions, respectively.

St. Rose’s Glee Club had been unable to practice or perform during two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the musical director felt they were ready to compete.

“These kids are amazing,” he said. “Gifted and blessed with not only their musical talents, they all have an outstanding work ethic and come prepared to work hard every day. Of course, all of this is made possible because of our community at St. Rose of Lima. It’s a real team effort.”

The St. Rose of Lima Glee Club brings theatrical music and dance, vocal improvisation, and modern pop and classical music stylings to the stage, schools and parishes.

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