Duchesne Academy and The Regis School Perform Sounds of a New Frontier Concert
The choir concert honors St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, who founded the first Sacred Heart schools in America nearly 200 years ago.
More than 170 choral students from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and The Regis School of the Sacred Heart presented a special concert, Sounds of a New Frontier, honoring the bicentennial anniversary of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne's journey to North America. The performance was held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church located at 11720 Joan of Arc Drive in Houston.
The concert featured the Houston debut of O God of Ev'ry Nation, an original composition by Rev. Michael Joncas that was written in honor of the St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Bicentennial Celebration. Joncas is best known for his familiar contemporary Catholic Hymns, such as On Eagle's Wings, and We Come to Your Feast. In addition, the choirs performed several original songs composed or arranged by Duchesne and Regis faculty, as well as songs from the Pius X Hymnal. This Hymnal was compiled, arranged, and edited by the Pius Tenth School of Music at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart.
The concert is part of a year-long celebration honoring Duchesne Academy's namesake, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Two hundred years ago, Philippine traveled from France to America on a mission to open a school in the New World. She survived frontier conditions in a new land where she didn't speak the language. But she persevered and laid the groundwork for what would eventually become the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada which, today, includes 24 schools.