Each year, more than 450 High School students from all 12 Catholic High Schools in the region perform in the DioSounds music festival to more than 2500 people across two shows at the Civic Theatre.
DioSounds is an initiative of the music teachers in the Catholic Schools of Maitland-Newcastle and showcases the incredible musical talents and skills of students ranging in age from 12 to 18 years.
Each year individuals, small ensembles, choirs and concert bands from all across the diocese, take to the stage with a wide variety of performance items from Contemporary Rock to serious Art Music.
Since 2011, following popular demand, DioSounds began offering matinee performances as well as an evening performance given the significant growth and interest in the initiative. The matinee performance entertains more than 1000 Catholic Primary School students who travel from all across the diocese, to be inspired by the musical talents of their older peers.
The event provides a unique experience for students, parents, friends and the whole community to see the range of talent coming from Catholic Secondary Schools in the Hunter and Manning regions.
DioSounds promotes the performing arts offered in Catholic schools. The whole community is invited and encouraged to attend the evening performance to enjoy the musical and production talents of young people in the diocese.
Schools that perform and take part in DioSounds include St Bede's Catholic College, Chisholm; St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead; St Pius X High School, Adamstown; San Clemente High School Mayfield; St Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul; St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton; All Saints' College, Maitland; St Joseph’s College, Lochinvar; St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton; St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen; St Clare’s High School, Taree and St Dominic's Centre, Mayfield.