1/19/2012 2:57:00 PM Teacher brings thrill of music to Holy Cross
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Holy Cross School choir director Lucy Yandle conducts during a December concert at Pioneer Square.
Established in 1912, Holy Cross Catholic School in North Portland is in its 100th year. The school's mission of developing strong academic skills, encouraging intellectual curiosity, and forming compassionate hearts in its students, is its main concern, say staff.
Proof of the fulfillment of this mission is Holy Cross' music teacher and choir director Lucy Yandle.
“I try to teach students how music can be a part of their experience in Mass and a form of prayer,” says Yandle. “When we sing together, I try to communicate that the instrument that God gave them, their voices, is precious and is to be taken care of.”
Yandle has a history in Catholic faith, service, and education. She attended St. Ignatius from kindergarten through eighth grade, St. Mary’s Academy for high school, and then Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. She graduated with majors in elementary education, music education, and vocal performance, and a minor in conducting. Yandle sings and leads the music at her parish every third Sunday at the contemplative Mass.
“My parents viewed parenting as a time to teach and they made sure that service and faith were a big part of my growing up through their actions,” said Yandle.
Yandle loves the community feel of Holy Cross, how the students make her laugh and that it feels like one family. The most interesting part of her job is getting to watch kids at all different levels learn and experience music.
The writer is an eighth grader at Holy Cross School.