St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School Upper Division Chorus
Singers from St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School have performed with the Canterbury Choral Society on numerous occasions since 2007, including Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in 2007 and 2013, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël, and Langlais’ Missa Salve Regina, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, Honegger’s Une Cantata de Noël, and Britten’s Saint Nicolas. The Upper Division Choir represents some of the best singers from the school’s choral ensembles. In the last ten years, members from these ensembles have performed at the Apollo Theater, in concert with Pete Seeger, and are frequently found singing at the Amsterdam House, a rehabilitation center for adults in Morningside Heights. They can also be heard at concerts and productions that are performed annually in the school.The choir is assisted by Yumi Hashimoto, St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh's assistant director and accompanist and led by Canterbury’s Conductor, Jonathan De Vries.
Born in Southern California, pianist Yumi Hashimoto has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist and vocal accompanist throughout Southern California, New Jersey and New York City. Specialized in classical repertoire, she holds a bachelor's degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills and master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been a piano instructor since 2001 where she gained her musical teaching skills and experience from the Yamaha School of Music and has been teaching extensively to both group and private settings to all ages and levels. She finds every student unique and is always willing to accommodate to their needs and interests. In addition to accompanying vocalists specializing in the operatic repertory around New York City she has been the primary accompanist at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s since 2013 playing for choir rehearsals, musical events and concerts.
St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School is an independent, Episcopal day school and includes beginners (age 2) through grade 8. We strive to create an educational community that reflects unity in diversity: a unity of purpose and shared values among a population diverse in race, culture, and religious beliefs. The rich variety of gifts within the school community, provided by the different backgrounds of students, faculty, staff, and parents, prepares students to understand and contribute to a diverse, changing world.