Music is a huge part of Bialik’s soul. Thanks to the generosity of donors who are strong supporters of music programs in high school, the students have an opportunity to play professional instruments that are not usually available to high schools. The studio itself was initiated in memory of Josh Roskies ’77 and it continues to receive gifts that enhance its inventory and quality of equipment.
Bialik Yiddish Choir
Formed 25 years ago, the Bialik Yiddish Choir is unique - and in demand. Under the leadership of award-winning Yiddish teacher and choir director, Lorna Smith, there have been many highlights through the years. Here are a few:
- In 1999, the choir performed a joint-production of I Never Saw another Butterfly with students from Sacred Heart Academy, a private Catholic high school. The story recalls the fate of the young inmates of the Terezin Concentration Camp.
- In 2002, the choir really came into its own when it sang in the play No More Raisins, No More Almonds, under the direction of Bryna Wasserman, then director of Yiddish Theatre. Performing at the Saidye Bronfman Centre (now known as the Segal Centre), the choir met with such critical acclaim that it was invited to perform in Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa and Virginia. The performances taught diverse audiences life-changing lessons about the Holocaust.
- In 2010, the choir performed for the ‘Dialogue Foundation’ at the Interfaith Peace Conference at Montreal City Hall. The choir was invited back to sing at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute’s Annual Friendship Dinner.
This spring, the choir gave a poignant performance during the Yom Hashoa Commemoration at Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem. To see and hear the video, click on: https://www.facebook.com/JPPSBialikSchool
Bands On The Run
Every October, Bialik students, staff and even alumni bands get together to put on an electric music show that has everyone jumping out of their seats. Truly one of the most popular event at the school, the ticket proceeds go right back to the music program. It is completely organized by students, under the supervision of some dedicated and talented staff.
This spring-time music show started off as an acoustic version of its autumn counterpart, but has since evolved into a variety show whose previous year’s production included a student comedian, a magician, and of course some acoustic musicians. Always a hit with this music-loving community.
The Bialik Student Glee Club
Winning the city-wide glee championship in 2012, bialik is so proud of its glee singers. Inspired by the popular tv show, the talented students rehearse a medley or a song that is sure to wow the judges. A fun experience for all involved and another reason to cheer for Bialik!
Produced by students from the older grades who participated in the show in their earlier Bialik years, the Bialik Fashion Show is a community must-see. Part dance spectacular, part fashion dazzler, every student from every grade level is given the chance to audition and participate. Professional light and sound transforms the Helen & Sam Steinberg auditorium into an alternate universe.
Bialik is known across the city for its outstanding theatre company. Producing two major shows per year, Bialik Theatre, under the professional expertise of Anisa Cameron, performs to rave reviews and sold-out audiences year after year. Auditions are intense, but always fair, and students are encouraged to get involved in every aspect of staging a professional-calibre show: lighting, set design, and of course acting, and the list is long. The costumes are professionally made and are well beyond secondary school standards.
Click here to view the Bialik High School Flash Mob of their Spring musical, Mary Poppins and the trailer of the 2014 Bialik High School Fall production: