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17 Dec 2011

Evergreen Elementary School wins the K-8 division of B101, WBEB-FM’s 3rd Annual Christmas Choir Contest

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December 17, 2011 Category: Oasis Posted by:

B101, WBEB-FM’s third annual search for the best school musical groups in Philadelphia came to an exciting conclusion today, when Evergreen Elementary School’s 5th Grade Choir was chosen the winner in the K-8 grade division and was awarded the grand prize of a $5,000 cash prize for their music program from B101 and Philadelphia area Mercedes Benz dealers, and an invitation to sing with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at the Holiday performance on December 14, 2011.


After a week of competition among some of the area’s best vocal groups, the choir claimed the title of B101’s 2011 K-8 Grade Christmas Choir Champion after listeners voted them their favorite choir on the radio station’s website. The Evergreen Elementary School 5th Grade Choir’s rendition of ‘Blitzen’s Boogie’ won them the grand prize! They edged out the 2nd Place winner – Keith Valley Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Chorus with their rendition of ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ and the 3rd Place finisher – Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Choir with their rendition of ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain.’ Keith Valley Middle School, the 2nd Place finisher received a $2,000 cash prize and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School wins a $1,000 cash prize for their school music program as the 3rd Place winner.


“The response to this contest has been even more enthusiastic and powerful than last year,” said B101 morning show co-host Tiffany Hill. “The students were a joyous reminder to all of our listeners that the Philadelphia area is teeming with gifted and artistic children and teachers.”


Competition Specifics:


The contest began more than a month ago with the goal of finding the best school music group or choir in grades K-12 in the Philadelphia eight-county area. The contest featured two divisions – Kindergarten through 8th grade, and 9th through12th grade. For each division nine semi-finalists were chosen from hundreds of submissions collected during the month of November. B101’s Tiffany Hill and Michael Chew played three finalists’ songs each day on their Morning Show, asking B101 listeners, parents, staff and students to vote on B101’s Christmas Choir page for the choir they liked best.


“We were blown away by the passion and dedication these students and teachers have, and the incredible accomplishments they are able to make amidst the pressure of limited budgets and resources,” said B101 morning show co-host Michael Chew. “The talent we have right here in our own backyard is amazing and I know I speak for B101 when I say that we are happy to award prizes to these deserving school music programs.”


B101 will be playing holiday music through Christmas Day and plans to play many of the entries received over the past few weeks.

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