A letter from Valley Catholic Music School Director Beckie Hocker

Beckie Hocker and flute student

Dear Music School Families,

We hope everyone had a restful Spring Break! We now look forward to a busy spring to wrap up the school year. Please note the following events:

Spring Recitals: Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 in the Motherhouse Auditorium.

Young Artist Recital: Sunday, May 19 – Students are selected by their instructor to participate in this formal recital. The selection process is based on the child’s ability to perform in a formal setting and the child’s commitment, dedication and growth with their instrument during the year. This opportunity is successful when a variety of students at different levels and ages participate to showcase their progress. Performance time is 1 p.m. in the VCHS auditorium with a reception following in the cafeteria. 

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Registration is now open!

Save the date for June 24 to 28!
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$395 per student

Summer Music Camp is designed for children in grades K to 5. No musical experience is required. We offer rotational segments on piano, recorder, violin and voice. We teach basic music fundamentals, such as rhythm, note reading, terminology, movement and ear training. We focus on having fun with friends who like music as much as we do. Our teachers are positive, encouraging and warm, allowing each student to learn individually and in a group setting. Summer Music Camp is open to all at Valley Catholic students and our broader community. Consider Summer Music Camp and invite your friends! 

Instructor of the Month

Henriët Fourie Thompson

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Ms. Henriët Fourie Thompson was selected as one of 28 semi-finalists in the New York Oratorio Society’s international Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition. She traveled to New York City on April 6 to present her program of 5 arias by different composers in different languages. 

If she goes through to the finals, the final concert will be on April 13 in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC. We wish the best for 

Henriët  and feel fortunate to have her as part of our music faculty.

Fearless soprano Henriët Fourie sings with “luminous tone and security.” (Chicago Classical Review) Emitting an uncommon “vibrancy and urgency” (Chicago Classical Review) in oratorio performance, Fourie has featured as a soloist at The Ravinia Festival, June in Buffalo, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA, The Handel Week Festival, Chicago’s annual Schubertiade, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta and the Bella Voce Sinfonia. Conductors she has worked with include such luminaries as Marin Alsop, Ricardo Muti, Carlos Kalmar, Andrés Arozco-Estrada, and Gil Rose on stages including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. A sensitive and sophisticated collaborator, Fourie sings with In Mulieribus, Cappella Romana, and Cantores in Ecclesia. She is also a certified Suzuki voice teacher and has enjoyed years of being a committed teacher to singers of all ages. A native of South Africa, Fourie resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, trombonist Andrew Thompson, and their two sons Jurgen and Cornelius. Fourie holds degrees in Vocal and Piano Performance from the College of Charleston and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University where she studied with Julia Bentley.

Senior Recital

Ayush Wynkoop, Flute

Saturday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Valley Catholic High School Auditorium

Ayush Playing The Flute

Ayush has been a student of Valley Catholic and Valley Catholic Music School for 7 years, studying Flute. He immediately showed signs of talent with his understanding of the music, his expression and his technical abilities. He has participated in many music recitals, The Flutissimos, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest, All-State Solo Performance and Band, in addition to summer music camps, and audition only band clinics. He also participates in the HS Concert and Pep Bands, playing Saxophone. Ayush has shown immense dedication and hard work. This recital will showcase his talent and collaboration with his peers. Mark your calendar for this extraordinary event. 

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