Villanova University choirs sing in St. Peter’s Basilica

VATICAN CITY — The Villanova University choirs, the “Singers” and “Voices,” ended their performance tour of Italy by singing at an evening Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The “Singers” and “Voices” are the largest men’s and women’s choral groups at the Catholic, Augustinian university in Villanova, Pa.

Members of Villanova University choirs in St. Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/John Lamb)

“The experience of singing in the basilicas of Italy cannot be conveyed in mere words.  Of course, the premier performance was at St. Peter’s.  It is very rewarding to see the faces and feel the uplift of the students when they hear their singing in venues that not only are beautiful and have such rich history but also are amazing acoustically,” said Villanova’s director of music activities, Brian Meneely

The theme of their performance tour was “Musicians Serving Musicians,” highlighting the core values of the Augustinians, which are represented on the seal of the University: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas (the pursuit of truth, unity, and love.)

“We learned so much from working with each other and with the help of our directors throughout the week, it was truly an incredible experience. I feel so fortunate to have even had the opportunity to sing in such a beautiful place such as St. Peter’s Basilica and I know it was something I will treasure for the rest of my life,” said sophomore Brittany Coyle.

The choirs also performed at the Duomo in Spoleto, the Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and held a joint concert with an Italian choir in Lucca. An impromptu concert was also given at the Trevi Fountain to celebrate the students’ last evening in Rome.

The students are all undergraduates pursuing various degrees of study, and this was the group’s’ first performance at St. Peter’s Basilica.

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