The kids from Mt. Carmel are telling it on the mountain, in hopes of winning a radio station's Christmas Choir contest.
The student choir from Doylestown's has made it to the finals in the B101 Christmas Choir Contest. The finalist schools will compete today, Thursday, Dec. 8, and the public will vote for their favorite all day today. Voting closes at 9 p.m., and the winner will be announced on Tiffany and Mike's morning show the next day.
"We will be up against some schools from very large districts, so as a single-site school, every vote that we can garner will help us tremendouslyl," Elizabeth Barry, principal of the private Catholic school, said Wednesday.
Mt. Carmel's choir started the week as one of nine semi-finalists in the Division I of the contest, which includes schools from kindergarten through eighth grade. They won the sing-off on Monday to become one of three finalists.
The school that receives the most votes on Thursday will win the chance to perform next week with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center as well as a $5,000 cash grant for the school's music program, Barry said.
"We are blessed to have some very talented young singers in our school, not to mention a wonderful music director," said teacher Christine Tomlinson.
Under the direction of choir master Joseph Nappi, the 35 members of the Mt. Carmel choir represent grades 5 to 8, Barry said. They sang “Go Tell It on the Mountain” as their contest entry. It appears to be one of the only religious carols in the finalist mix; other entries include "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," "Santa's Getting Fit for Christmas" and "Nuttin' for Christmas."
To vote, visit the B101 site today beginning around 7:15 a.m. Folks may vote as many times as they like; voting closes at 9:00 p.m.