Christmas Music

ASL for Jesus Born On This Day……  (we will just do the refrain and the final ending in sign language):


CHOIR: HYMNS FOR NATIVITY….Please review your songsheets and listen to links below:  Thanks!  🙂

O Come all Ye Faithful/Adeste Fideles
Angels We Have Heard On High
We Three Kings
The First Noel
Joy to the World

Coming to TV December 17th:

A Christmas Story Live

Inspired by the holiday classic film A Christmas Story and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical A Christmas Story: The Musical, this season’s live musical television event comes to FoxTV  December 17 at 7 pm.

All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a BB gun*, and in the days counting down to December 25, Ralphie and his friends get into all kinds of trouble—including run-ins with a bully, getting his tongue stuck to a flagpole, and more.    (* please note… Mrs. M DEFINITELY does not agree with the concept of BB guns….this story comes from a very different place and time.)

 Tony, Golden Globe, and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan HansenLa La Land, and the upcoming new movie, The Greatest Showman) will also write several new songs for the live television event to supplement their musical’s original score.  The original Broadway musical earned six Drama Desk nominations and three Tony nominations: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Joseph Robinette, and Best Original Score for Pasek and Paul.

“Counting Down to Christmas” from A Christmas Story:


Students of grades 1-8 are invited to submit original artwork for possible selection as cover art for the MHRCA Christmas concert program. This year’s theme is

Sing Hallelujah!  (We Joyfully Welcome the King of Kings, the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace….. (Isaiah 9:6) )

Your submission should reflect our faith and/or the joyful spirit of Christmas –  but please, do not plagiarize – it should be your own idea and work!!  Please do not mix word art with drawings….  Stick to word art only or drawings only….and be creative!)

All submissions should be done on 8.5 by 11-inch white copy paper in pencil or black ink. (It’s usually best to do a practice copy first.)  Be sure to write your name and grade on back lightly in pencil. Place your entry in Mrs. Meaney’s mailbox  no later than Thursday, December 14th at 2 p.m.

                         I greatly look forward to seeing your masterpieces!  J

Coming Soon

Coming to movie theaters November 17th: “The Star” – animated feature about a donkey and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of the Christmas story…
In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. 
Featuring Music by: Mariah Carey, Pentatonix, Fifth Harmony, Casting Crowns, Yolanda Adams, et al

“Can You See?” by Fifth Harmony:
“The Star by Mariah Carey:

PS another great film…….. WONDER
#choose kind

The Hallelujah Chorus

Remember, grades K-2 only sing the beginning, the King of Kings/Lord of Lord section, and the last line.
Here are some fun vocal warmups before you begin:

also, we will  NOT be singing measures 17- 31.   (That is, not counting the cover page art, do NOT study from middle of page 4 through all of page 5.  Pick up at the top of page 6 (right hand side) 
OR, if you are looking at the clock, we do NOT sing from 1:32 to 2:08 )

In addition, be aware that the publishers cut the song right before the very ending….  They left out the final “king of kings, and Lord of lords, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah….. Hal le- Lu jah! “. So you’ll just have to listen inside your brain for that big finish!!!!

remember, this is a marathon, so train well (scroll down my page for some good warmups!) and in good faith that the final result will be worth all the hard work!
WE CAN DO THIS, if we all work together!!!
Biographies of George Frideric Handel, Composer of the oratorio, Messiah 

Never Lose Hope

It is part of the human experience that we all share to go through dark times on occasion. But during these times we must try to remember that we are NOT alone. How do we find the courage to reach out and really connect, as our true selves…..?????    

We look to JESUS, the perfect model of what it is to be human, Jesus, Who is our “connector” to the Father, and to each other…. 

Jesus, who reminds us to pray always, to forgive as we are forgiven, to help those in our path who need us, and that, even in what seem to be our darkest times, new life and new beginnings are always possible…for we are connected to each other as members of His Body, and  He is with us always.


DEAR EVAN HANSEN  –  Winner of  6  Tony Awards….

“You Will Be Found”
Original cast:

Hal Leonard arrangement:
Graduation “flash mob”

“Waving Through a Window”:

St. Francis Day

“Brother Sun, Sister Moon”

“All God’s Creatures Got A Place In the Choir”

All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Orchestra, too ! !
Play the “Identify the Instrument” Online Games:
(there are games for all different ages…click on each to find one appropriate 
for your grade level)

Listen to the different adult vocal ranges: 
Adult Females:
Adult Males:
(THESE ARE FOR ADULTS….. Children’s voices are still growing, so just relax and enjoy the voice God gave you!!)

How the Voice Works

How the voice works

How to sing from the diaphragm

 Vocal Warm-ups:  


 Vocal Exercise booklet : (copy and paste web address into browser)   


Culture Vulture


Families, you may  wish to check out . They offer some reduced tickets to selected Broadway and Off-Broadway shows….

Local newspapers also post listings of upcoming community theater productions.  For instance, you can see listings from the Queens Chronicle at

There are lots of arts offerings in our NYC parks during the summer months…..  check out  or        The schedule for cityparksfoundation’s SummerstageKids is at

You may also want to check out the performing arts centers of our local colleges, like Queens College & Queensborough, as well as Flushing Town Hall and Queens Theatre in the Park.