Hat­boro-hor­sham High School choir hits the air waves

The Willow Grove Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.com While the Hat­boro-Hor­sham High School Madri­gals won’t be play­ing with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops this year, they did make it fur­ther in B101’s Christ­mas Choir Com­pe­ti­tion than they had any other year. The Madri­gals, which is a group of 22 stu­dents who sing a cap­pella lit­er­a­ture from the 16th through 20th cen­tury, placed in the semi-fi­nals.

“Any choir can sub­mit a record­ing,” Hat­boro-Hor­sham High School Choir Di­rec­tor Bill Nay­dan said. “We sent one in last year and weren’t ac­cepted.”

The Madri­gals com­peted Dec. 12 against the Coun­cil Rock High School North Master Singers, who per­formed “Deck the Halls,” and Arts Academy at Ben­jamin Rush Arts Con­cert Choir, who sang “The Christ­mas Song.” The Madri­gals per­formed “Carol of the Bells,” which Nay­dan said was cho­sen be­cause it is a clas­sic Christ­mas song and it is a tra­di­tional song per­formed by the Madri­gals.

“It seemed the au­di­ence liked tra­di­tional Christ­mas mu­sic,” Nay­dan said about when he lis­tened last year. “The only bad thing about this com­pe­ti­tion is it’s more like a pop­u­lar­ity con­test. Who knows if it’s mu­si­cal style or loy­alty.”

Although Nay­dan is crit­i­cal about the com­pe­ti­tion, he said it is still a great honor for the Madri­gals to be cho­sen from the numer­ous en­tries B101 re­ceives for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s [brought] the school to­gether,” se­nior Mad­die Ap­pleby said. “There’s more pride in our school.”

“We didn’t know [Nay­dan] was sub­mit­ting the song,” se­nior Tyler Hunk­ins said. “It was a sur­prise.”

Although they didn’t win the com­pe­ti­tion, the stu­dents were ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete. Ap­pleby said she also liked the fact that the com­pe­ti­tion spot­lights mu­sic pro­grams, which are be­ing cut in some school dis­tricts due to eco­nomic is­sues.

“It’s a cool op­por­tu­nity,” se­nior Skye Hewish-Sch­mid said, “and some peo­ple don’t have that chance.”

Hat­boro-Hor­sham High School Madri­gals per­form for au­di­ences in the com­mu­nity and were semi-fi­nal­ists in B101’s Christ­mas Carol Com­pe­ti­tion this year.

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