SONG CONTEST UPDATE: REGARDING CORONAVIRUS
COVID-19 has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health. Just within the last 24 hours, the World Health Organization has declared an international pandemic; travel from parts of the world to the U.S. has been extremely restricted; Virginia colleges and universities have adjusted student schedules; Mayor Stoney has recommended major events be cancelled; and states across the country are curtailing events with large numbers of people attending.
Under the Mayor’s advisement, we found it best to significantly modify tomorrow’s event. Song Contest will now take place tomorrow during the day on campus with only faculty, staff, and the judges in the audience. Please know that this decision was not made lightly; however the health and safety of our community members is our top priority. Many of the traditions will still take place throughout the day; however, before school hallway tours will no longer be open to the public, including parents. We will be streaming Song Contest live on Facebook, and it will still be professionally filmed with video recordings available in the coming weeks.
Again, this is not a decision that we are making lightly, as we know it is disappointing and disruptive in nature. However, we do believe it is in the best long-term interests of our students, faculty, staff, and community.
We thank you for your patience and understanding!
One of our oldest and most treasured traditions, Song Contest is the highlight of the school year for many. Song Contest is a musical competition among the four classes, held every year at the Altria Theater in downtown Richmond. Over 3,000 people pack in to see each class present a program of familiar tunes with original lyrics, along with the Saint Gertrude High School alma mater. Judging is based on music, lyrics, spirit, leaders, and class participation. The order of class performance has been determined by a drawing.
Each class is represented by their class colors, and a first and second place is awarded by three judges, one of whom is an alumna of the school and two others who have been selected for their musical background and expertise.
In the week leading up to Song Contest, the classes decorate the hallways with their colors and theme, perform for their classmates, and rehearse, rehearse, REHEARSE.
This year’s Song Contest will be held:
March 13, 2020