The chorus department traveled to different schools and nursing homes in the community Christmas caroling. 

Decorated with festive Santa hats and their school chorus T-shirts, the chorus students spread joy throughout the Orlando area. 

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‘TIS THE SEASON The chorus merrily serenades students at Lake George Elementary. photo/Cederick Pollard

“It was so much fun because I did it with all my friends. It didn’t matter if it was like a bunch of little kids or a nursing home, we got to sing together and it was a lot of fun,” senior Historian Abigail Warticki said. 

Students got the opportunity to sing at a nursing home, Lake George Elementary, Howard Middle School and Orlando Health, letting them visit different groups of people in the community.

“My favorite place was Howard because that’s where I went to middle school. I got to see my old Chorus teacher, which was a lot of fun,” junior Jeremiah Tacey, Chorus President Elect, said. 

The students sang Christmas songs ringing in the Christmas season. Singing classic songs like “Mary Did You Know”, “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

“My favorite part I think was just singing every word together. It’s like one family, one voice. I liked it when we were all together because we did it as a team,” Warticki said. 

At Orlando Health, the chorus hoped to brighten patients’ days by singing for their annual tree lighting ceremony. 

“Our favorite part as a class would probably be going to the hospital and being able to sing for the tree lighting ceremony. Because you had a really big crowd there and everyone was listening and enjoying us singing,” Tacey said.

Going caroling gave the students the ability to represent the school while interacting with their community. The students enjoyed getting a chance to share their joy of singing with the community while adding something special to their day.  

“People were really happy we were there and just us signing. People were really happy that high schools were being able to start going into the community again. And like being able to do stuff again. It was a lot of fun,” Tacey said. 

To hear them sing Christmas carols, the chorus department’s holiday concert is Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

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