Paul VI musicians bring home the gold

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Late March's unseasonable winter weather didn't faze musicians from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax as they traveled to Williamsburg to perform at "Fiesta-val 2015." With upbeat, can-do attitudes, the musicians earned first place trophies in the choir, band and string ensemble categories.

Paul VI's choir earned such superior scores that they captured the coveted "Champion" trophy as well. The school earned almost all the awards for "outstanding achievement," including honors presented to senior French hornist Kate Rohr, senior clarinetist Colin Hermes, senior piano accompanist Nicole Kirk, as well as the band's flute and trombone sections.

Not to miss out on the exciting area attractions, the entourage of nearly 100 students, faculty and chaperones also found time to enjoy Busch Gardens' opening weekend.

"The music trip was so fun and a great way to start the last quarter of my senior year," said Rohr. "The competition itself was such a great time, and being able to spend the weekend with my friends in Busch Gardens made it even better." Senior choir member Maria DiGilio reflected about her last high school chorus trip: "It was an experience that resonated within my core. The trip was educational both musically and socially, and I will never forget it."

Jan Siegfried, Paul VI instrumental director, contributed to this story.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015