Pope John Paul II High School's Choral program is considered one of the very best in the state of Tennessee. Singers in the program are consistently seated in the Freshman Honor, Mid-State Honor, and All-State Honor choirs. JPII choirs receive "superior" ratings year-after-year at the district and state choral festivals.
Choirs perform at festivals, invitationals, and community events. They have also performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Choirs offered include Men's & Women's Choirs, Concert Choir, Bella Voce, and Voices uKnighted (student-led choral ensemble).
2018-2020 Program Highlights
- Forty-four members of the choral program traveled to New York City in the Spring of 2019 and performed at the John Rutter Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
- Students were selected to perform in Mid-State and All-State ensembles and received superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble.
- Four members of Mid-State 2018-2019
- Two Members of Freshman Honors 2018-2019
- Two members All-State 2018-2019
- Six members of Mid-State 2019-2020
- Four members All-State 2019-2020
- One student attended Tennessee Governor's School in the summer of 2019.
- Voices uKnighted (contemporary a cappella ensemble) recorded and released (all digital musical platforms) an original single, composed by Josh Humphries ‘19, titled, “Wish it Away.”
- Voices uKnighted released the first collaboration video project in December 2019.
Josh Humphries '19 lost one of his best friends in an auto accident, and while trying to make sense of the tragic loss, Josh turned to music. He found comfort and strength in his faith, which inspired him to write "Wish It Away." The original song, performed by Josh, has over 2,000 hits on iTunes and Spotify combined. For an in-depth interview, visit the Hendersonville Standard.
Andrew Gilstrap ‘12 has been busy since graduating with a Master’s in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Houston’s Moore School of Music. This alumnus of JPII’s choral program has joined the Resident Artist Program at Minnesota Opera and is singing several roles on the main stage, including Der Pfleger for Richard Strauss’ Elektra, Don Basilio in Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Immigration Officer in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and Masetto in W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as well as covering several roles in the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s Edward Tulane and a more significant role in Don Giovanni. Andrew has worked for several other professional opera companies recently: Wolf Trap Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera in the Heights, and the Ohio Light Opera. He has also done freelance concert work with Dallas Chamber Choir, Denton Bach Society, and Lone Star College. We are proud to claim Andrew Gilstrap as a JPII AlumKnight who started his spectacular and busy career as a musician at JPII. Once a Knight, always a Knight!