Xaverian Musicians Win Big in Orlando

Xaverian’s Music Program wins multiple awards at the 2024 Heritage Music Festival.

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, Chair of Xaverian’s Fine Arts Department and Director of Bands and Music, Mr. Murray Kidd, P '22, Xaverian’s Director of Choral Activities, and Mr. Timothy Roberts, 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 the Xaverian 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 City Walk, and Gatorland. The chorus also performed during Mass at 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 the student performers.

Congratulations again to all of our Hawk musicians on their fantastic win! 

Picture one (l to r): Rocco Sheehan ’28, Dante Horsman ’26, Chimdi Anyanwu '25, James McKenna ’27, and Marcello Lanci ’26.
Picture two: Xaverian musicians at The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.
Picture three: awards displayed in the Sarah Bisson foyer.

Xaverian is a Catholic, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12. As an inclusive community, we embrace diverse experiences and perspectives, welcoming students and families from all faiths and backgrounds. Through exceptional academics, athletics, the arts, faith formation, and service opportunities, we help young men discover their unique gifts and talents so they can share them with a world in need.