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Students sing 'Music for the Holidays

The fourth and fifth grade chorus at Tesago Elementary School in the Shenendehowa School District will get to watch themselves on television, and again on DVD, when WMHT's annual Music for the Holidays concert airs.

The 71 student chorus was one of 18 chosen from around the region (out of 26 that auditioned) to participate in the televised holiday special that will air at two times on Sunday, Dec. 19, Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25.

This says my group works hard, they have lots of expression when they sing, diction, said chorus director Michael Lotano. "They're happy just to be singing all the time so that energy is something that maybe was a deciding reason."

Lotano took his first batch of young singers to the WMHT studios three years ago, so now he's on the lookout every October for the call for auditions.

"I think it promotes responsibility on their part to learn the music pretty quickly, because our holiday concert is not usually until December, but we have to prepare music in November to do this, so they work a little harder in rehearsals," said Lotano. "I think it's a great opportunity for them to get outside performance and as a life experience to say that they were in a television studio, and I think they all think that's pretty cool."

His young carolers do, in fact, think being on TV is pretty cool. It's Preston Scagnelli, a fourth grader's, first year in organized chorus and he said the trip to WMHT was exciting.

"It was pretty fun and cool because cameras were everywhere. My reaction was excited because I always wanted to be on TV and I felt proud that we were chosen to do this," said Scagnelli. "I thought it was an honor for the whole chorus to be picked to go there."

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