Cathedral City has reason to be proud.

Cathedral City Lions’ Pride Chamber Singers have recently been invited to sing at the International Choral Festival in Rome with a chance to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

“An opportunity such as this is an indication of the diligent, dedicated work that our young people have shown through their past performance, said Fides May Le Roy, director of Cathedral City High School Choirs. “Recognition such as this is a proud moment for the city of Cathedral City.”

Her comments were included in a weekly newsletter Cathedral City Mayor Pro Tem Greg Pettis released.

Support from the local business community has meant so much to us over the past years, she said in her letter to the city and local businesses to seek support.

But more importantly, this is what it’s meant to those who have received the benefits of the community’s generosity.

  • More than 500 young people have attended grant-funded events including music festivals and competitions locally, statewide and nationally earning superior and excellent ratings from festival adjudicators.
  • More than $5,000 was awarded to graduating seniors who went on to college.
  • The music library has been updated and expanded
  • Qualified student leaders over the course of five years have attended choral leadership workshops at the University of Southern California.
  • The community’s generosity has made a very positive impact and the coming year will provide an even greater challenge and deeper opportunity to continue enriching the lives of our young people, Le Roy said in her correspondence to the city.

“Whether you are a veteran supporter of the choral program at Cathedral City High School or this is your first time, we are grateful for your loyalty and are eager to put your tax-deductible gift to work,” she said.

If you would like to contribute or have questions, you may email [email protected] or call (760) 770-0162.