Local School Choirs Perform in 34th Annual Christmas Chorale

Local School Choirs Perform in 34th Annual Christmas Chorale

Music teacher Brian Schkeeper directs the Ocean City High School Select Choir during a medley of holiday classics at the Christmas Chorale show at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

The strains of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and other holiday classics filled the auditorium of the Ocean City Tabernacle on Wednesday during the 34th annual Christmas Chorale performance by school choirs across Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The performances were recorded by Just Right TV videographer Martin Fiedler and will be broadcast online throughout the holiday season by MediaWize using its network of websites, including OCNJDaily.com, SeaIsleNews.com and SomersPoint.com. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google and YouTube will also be utilized. This year represents the first time MediaWize has handled the broadcasting.

“This is a tradition; 34 years strong to be exact,” Fiedler said. “Where else do our local youth choirs get a showcase for all to see and experience? The arts and Christmas have been coming together for generations on the Christmas Chorale. Thanks to the Ocean City Tabernacle for sharing that vision.”

Director Brian Schkeeper leads the Ocean City High School Select Choir while playing the piano.

There will be more music this year, with 12 to 15 episodes rolled out on a daily basis, starting the second week of December. Viewers may also watch the performances at www.ChristmasChorale.com.

Throughout Wednesday, more than 800 singers from 18 school choirs in Atlantic and Cape May counties performed for the Christmas Chorale. The free event was open to the public.

Among the performers were the choirs from the Ocean City High School and the Ocean City Intermediate School.

Following is a list of all the school choirs:

    • William Davies Middle School, Hamilton Township
    • Galloway Township Middle School
    • Champion Baptist Academy, Galloway Township
    • Margaret Mace Middle School, Wildwood
    • Wildwood High School and Middle schools
    • Absecon schools
    • Oakcrest High School, Mays Landing
    • Northfield Community School
    • Charter Tech High School for The Performing Arts, Somers Point
    • Pilgrim Academy High School, Pomona
    • Ocean City High School 
    • Ocean City Intermediate School
    • Absegami High School, Galloway Township
    • St. Vincent DePaul School, Mays Landing
    • Ventnor Middle School
    • Assumption Regional School, Galloway Township
    • Hess School, Hamilton Township
    • Shiloh Baptist Sunlit Choir, Atlantic City
Members of the Absegami High School Choir were among the Christmas Chorale performers.