“The best thing about being a Madrigal is spending time with other students who really love music and love performing together.”
-Claudia H., Senior
Walk through the CPLS hallways or through the cafeteria and you just might hear a group of students break into song. It happens often here as our Madrigals have an unbridled passion for music that spills into their everyday activities as students. Madrigals is a select singing group featuring students in grades 9-12 who are dedicated to performing high-quality choral works rooted in the classical tradition. These students represent CPLS throughout the community as they participate in vocal music competitions, attend workshops, and perform at local events. Auditions are held in the Spring to determine the Madrigal lineup for the following year.
- Providing “singing valentines” for the community is a highlight for the Madrigals in February. Last year they baked and decorated 135 homemade treats to give along with their serenade. During a two day whirlwind, they sang to about 75 students at the school and another 60 people at work or home In the Topeka area.
- Each year the Madrigals celebrate the Christmas season together by spending an evening at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. They informally sing Christmas Carols by the fountains and enjoy the elaborate lights of the Plaza during this trip.
- Several hundred people from the community attend the High School Showcase performed at the White Concert Hall on the campus of Washburn University. High school ensembles perform from all over the city. Our Madrigals enjoy this performance as an opportunity to entertain a mostly secular crowd with praise and traditional gospel songs.
For more information about the CPLS Madrigals, contact Mark Congdon, Madrigals Director.