Mrs. Holly Leach has been named the new director of the McNicholas Liturgy Choir. Previously, the choir was led by Chris Albanese, who has left the program to pursue the Doctorate of Choral Directing from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.
Leach comes to McNicholas with teaching experience that includes elementary school music in Indiana and at Kings Elementary School for 11 years, and choir director at Guardian Angels school for the past 6 years.
Senior Molly Kidwell said that a new director brings new challenges, but believes that it is an opportunity for the Liturgy Choir to thrive. “Transitioning from Mr. Albanese to Mrs. Leach has come with plenty of challenges, but we are trying our best to embrace the change,” Kidwell said. “I think that the change brings many opportunities for us to further the choral program, and I am really excited for that.”
Due to the departure of Albanese and the graduation of last year’s seniors, Leach is looking to the current members of the choir for leadership. “Anyone could step-up and lead this group,” Leach said. “I’m looking to be more of an advisor than a director.”
The senior members of the Liturgy Choir believe that they can be the members that help lead the Liturgy Choir. “It’s the choir’s responsibility to lead the pack and I’m putting my trust in the seniors,” senior choir member Emma McDermott said.
The goals are very clear for the Liturgy Choir and the members know what they have to do to achieve these goals. “The goal is to be where we were last year. We need more kids, and we need the seniors to step up,” said Jacob Fries, a pianist for the liturgy choir.
The Liturgy Choir has rehearsals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:50 p.m. to 4 p.m. and performs at every all-school mass. Students can join Liturgy Choir by contacting Leach at email@example.com.