Each year, more than 350 High School students from all 11 Catholic High Schools in the region perform in the DioSounds music festival to more than 3000 people across two shows at the Civic Theatre.
DioSounds is an initiative of 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 900 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 Sshools 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 Mary’s High School Gateshead, St Pius X High School Adamstown, San Clemente High School Mayfield, St Paul’s High School Booragul, St Francis Xavier’s College Hamilton, All Saints College St Peter’s Campus Maitland, All Saints College St Mary’s Campus Maitland, All Saints College St Joseph’s Campus Lochinvar, St Catherine’s College Singleton, St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen and St Clare’s High School Taree.
“The exhilaration students get from a live performance is something that can’t be bought, it has to be experienced. Working together on an event like DioSounds creates bonds and friendships that go beyond schools and regions and I invite the community to come along each year and see what the students have in store.”
Former CSO Assistant Director Craig Wattam.