Stella Maris’ very own compositions vocalising hope and loyalty

Stella Maris International School (SMIS) participated at the Sarawak Choral Festival to acknowledge God’s gift of our harmony of cultures through choral music… and emerged as the WINNER.

Jul 05, 2024

The Stella Maris International School choir clinched first place as the Category Winner in the Children’s Choir Division.


KUALA LUMPUR: Stella Maris International School (SMIS) participated at the Sarawak Choral Festival to acknowledge God’s gift of our harmony of cultures through choral music… and emerged as the WINNER.

SMIS showcased two of its very own choral compositions in the recent Sarawak Choral Festival held in Kuching. These two compositions resonate well with the tenacious spirit of the school to uphold the Rukun Negara principles as reflected in many of its initiatives.

Within the grand ensemble featuring combined voices from participating choirs, the 16-member SMIS choir, led by Head of Music, Helena Fernandez, presented the school’s home-grown compositions titled Voices of Hope and My Jalur Gemilang at the choral competition at Swinburne University in Kuching. Voices of Hope is a lyrical call to press on with dreams to achieve unity, standing shoulder to shoulder together; while the My Jalur Gemilang expresses honour and pride in the yellow, red, white and blue symbols and stripes of our Jalur Gemilang.

The festival, organised by the Kuching Choral Society and supported by the Ministry of Education, featured, among others, choir competitions, workshops, masterclasses and public choral performances at various venues in Kuching, aimed at promoting cultural exchange while providing a platform for choirs to showcase their talents. It was a first for Stella Maris, and an exhilarating experience for these talented students to fly the distance to perform in East Malaysia.

They were privileged to attend a Masterclass for first-hand feedback from esteemed international judges and choral experts prior to the competition, as well as a choir workshop where they got valuable insights into various aspects of choral singing. Their itinerary also included a Friendship Concert for a public presentation at one of Kuching’s leading malls.

Ms Fernandez commented that Voices of Hope was inspired by children singing at a Holy Mass, which led her to compose the song for Stella Maris’s Blessing Day of 2018. The Jalur Gemilang Ku (or My Jalur Gemilang) was a recent composition of 2022 in her pursuit of music as a labour of love with an aim to instilling a sense of patriotism in the children in conjunction with National Day.

“I tell my students that if they want to excel in the performing arts and music, sacrifice is required. Nurturing skill is a journey in developing patience and discipline. Musical skills are formed layer by layer but the fruit of it is excellence and the reward is a chance to tell your story to a world that cares to listen.” she said.

The SMIS Choir clinched first place as the Category Winner in the Children’s Choir Division, and received an acknowledgement of appreciation from Sarawak’s Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak, YB Datuk Sri Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

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