Christmas Carols at Wissahickon High School

This post is dedicated to the Wissahickon High School Camerata.


I remembered ever year when I was a student at Wissahickon High School, I see the high school camerata singing classic Christmas songs in the middle of the main hallway intersection, or "the knuckle" as we called it.


I remembered whenever I'm walking in the halls, I thought I heard a choir singing Christmas songs. I would check it out and find where the singing was coming from. Luckily it was towards the end of the school day, so I was fortunate enough to see them perform.


I would say it's like a flash mob because not everyone was aware of them coming out and performing suddenly. But it was a nice surprise for all of us at Wissahickon before we leave for Christmas break.


Even back then, when the high school use to be called "Ambler High School," they had student choirs celebrating the holidays in school.


This tradition at Wissahickon High School must've been around for a very long time.


For any Wissahickon/Ambler High School alumni, do you have any Christmas/holiday memories during your time in high school? Was there a choir singing Christmas songs?

Clipping from Ambler Gazette (December 29, 1938): Page 1









Clipping from Ambler Gazette (December 29, 1938): Page 6








Wissahickon High School Camerata performing in the "knuckle" (2013)

The Wissahickon High School Camerata began appearing on WRTI 90.1 at least a year after I graduated high school in 2015. This was a huge opportunity for those students to show their singing talents, thanks to their chorus instructor, Mr. John Conahan, who is still proudly teaching at Wissahickon.

Bibliography


"Watch and Listen: Wissahickon H. S. Camerata Choir LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio!" WRTI 90.1. Last modified December 12, 2017. https://www.wrti.org/post/watch-and-listen-wissahickon-h-s-camerata-choir-live-wrti-901-performance-studio.


"Watch and Listen: The Wissahickon H.S. Camerata Sings Christmas Carols Live on WRTI." WRTI 90.1. Last modified December 14, 2018. https://www.wrti.org/post/watch-and-listen-wissahickon-hs-camerata-sings-christmas-carols-live-wrti.


Whiteside, Gregg. "Live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio: Wissahickon H.S. Camerata Sings "Silent Night" and More!" WRTI 90.1. Last modified December 10, 2019. https://www.wrti.org/post/live-wrti-901-performance-studio-wissahickon-hs-camerata-sings-silent-night-and-more.


"Wissahickon Valley Public Library's Ambler Gazette Collection." POWER Library: Pennsylvania's Electronic Library. Accessed November 1, 2020. http://digitalcollections.powerlibrary.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/wivp-gazett.


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