MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 2, 2009- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has a new on-hold message on its telephone system, the official 10th anniversary bilingual song recorded by the choir of Dante Elementary School in St. Léonard.
“Maria’s passion for children, music and technology inspired her to compose and write many other songs throughout the years,” said Dante Principal Alice Buchanan. “ She has also composed the Dante School theme song, our kindergarten graduations and our winter holiday song ‘C’est le temps d’hiver.’”
The English version of the EMSB 10th anniversary song was first written in May 2008. A bilingual version was created in December. The recording session took place at Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard in January 11, with 40 children aged nine to eleven. The choir has held many concerts and appeared at numerous festivals and events. Its repertoire is a combination of classical, folk, modern and original compositions and compilations created by Ms. Alongi.
Ms. Alongi wishes to thank Sara Iatauro and Eddy Hong of the EMSB and Alan Taylor of Laurier Macdonald for their technical support and Ms. Buchanan, Assistant Director of Pedagogical Services and former school principal Roma Medwid and Vice-Principal Ida Pisano “for believing in me and supporting and encouraging my ideas and creativity.”