Musical honors

The performing arts department joins the Music Honor Society.


Perla Shaheen

The chamber choir class practices its music piece for an upcoming service event.

After many years of award-winning and hard work, the performing arts program has taken another step forward with its acceptance into the Tri-M Music Honor Society (MHS).

This international society recognizes high school arts programs for their musical achievements, academic merit and civic service. Tri-M is a part of Music Educators National Conference, one of the world’s largest arts education organizations.

“This is a huge honor for us because now the quality of our student musicians is held to a high national standard,” said Francisco Calvo, performing arts department chair. “Thanks to our excellent teachers, coaches and staff, our students are now considered on par with honors programs around the country.”

In order to qualify for MHS, AP/IB and Honors choir students in grades 10-12 have to submit applications by Oct. 29 and maintain a B average throughout the school year. SMCHS students must also meet certain standards for involvement outside of school to maintain their membership and remain part of the arts program.

Schools that are active members in the society are tasked to take on multiple service projects that give back to the musical community.

“Music Honor Society is unique in that it combines students’ musical talent with a passion for service,” said senior Abigail Jackson. “The service requirement ensures that students are prepared to give back to the same performing arts department that has helped them to develop their musical talents.”

Through their service, students are given the opportunity to represent the school within the local community. Calvo believes the goal to reach out to the society reflects SMCHS’ charism Caritas Christi.

“Personally speaking, our membership has a special place in my heart because it was one of the last things Mr. Nick Kraus did for our school prior to his tragic death,” Calvo said. “Our involvement in the outreach of this society is a way of keeping his memory alive at SMCHS.”

Students and faculty hope to participate in a project that will support the Nicholas D. Kraus Memorial Scholarship.

Around 20 chamber singers will complete their first project on Nov. 1 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda. Their performance includes a song written by Calvo in memory of Kraus.