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Students Attend AHL Hockey Game, Singers Perform National Anthem

Meredith Berry-Toon

On a recent Sunday afternoon in February, a group of students and faculty spent a few hours off campus at Harbor Yard watching the Bridgeport Sound Tigers take on the Hershey Bears in an exciting, fast-paced AHL hockey game. Additionally, Canterbury singers had the honor of singing our National Anthem before a crowd of a few thousand hockey fans.

"We all had a great time," said assistant dean of students EJ Soifersmith. "The atmosphere was terrific and everybody enjoyed the game as well as the arena food."

Canterbury's new choral director, Sarah Armstrong, is "thrilled to have the opportunity to provide real-world performance experience for her singers," adding that "opportunities like this push students to redefine what excellence looks and sounds like."

Afterwards, the singers remarked on how great it was to perform as a group outside of the Canterbury community in front of so many people we didn't know. "As musicians, we were able to find our sound in a new place, and bring awareness to the excellent music program here at Canterbury," said Sarah. "It was also really fun to receive accolades from the crowd as we made our way to our seats."

Sarah Buckingham, '17, said, "It was amazing to watch my classmates and friends perform at the Sound Tigers game. They are all very talented and I was proud of them and proud to be a Saint!"

The Webster Bank Arena, the game's venue, donated $5 from each ticket sold to Canterbury's Mini-THON, scheduled to take place at the School April 22-23. The event will raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Canterbury's choral students will perform their spring concert, "Songs of Spring" on Friday, April 28, at 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Lady. Please join us!

To view the video of the National Anthem, click here.

To view additional photos, click here.