Hatboro-horsham High School choir hits the air waves
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.