The Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir (HHMAC), directed by Dr. Valerie Long, was formed in 1999 as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the school. Holy Heart of Mary Regional High School was an all female Catholic high school, the largest in eastern Canada. It was operated by the Presentation and Mercy Sisters and has always maintained a very rich history of education in all areas, particularly music, both instrumental and choral. Its reputation, to this day, renowned as one of the best schools in the area. Changes came in 1989 when it accepted males for the first time and in 2002 when it became a public school after government restructuring dismantled the denominational school system in Newfoundland.
HHMAC is a non-auditioned choir, and as such, the only prerequisite is that members are all former students of Holy Heart. We have grown from 30 members in 1999 to the current membership of over 100. The choir's mandate is reflective of the history of the school where the Sisters always strived to enhance the joy of music, to sense it, to teach it, and to perform it. Through benefit performances and guest appearances this renewed joy is evident in the choir members, the director and the very high music caliber of the choir.
We attribute our success and enjoyment as a choir to our director, Dr, Valerie Long, also an alumnus of Holy Heart. Her love of music and passion for teaching are inspiring. Valerie is well known for her expertise with choirs and maintains high standards for each of her performance groups.
Hear Us Sing
Christmas Park and Sing-A-Long
Thank you so much to all who supported this event. Your generosity in these strange times has far exceeded what we had expected. Through your overwhelming response we raised $7801 (not including food donations). These donations will help several families in our community this Christmas.
To all who helped to make this happen - St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus, Paul Fleming, Anne Marie Fleming, Valerie Long and St. Teresa's Parish - we would not have had the success without you.
From our hearts we thank you!
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Listen to "Oh What A Wonderful Child." This is a piece that we usually close our Christmas concerts with joined by our sister and brother choirs, Let's Make A Choir and Les Ms. While you are listening watch over 21 years of our memories. We wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We hope to see you all in 2021.