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Students sing 'Music for the Holidays

Victoria Silaika, a fifth grader, said the group worked hard to prepare, practicing for 45 minutes once a week. She said they'd sing through a whole song and if there were parts that needed work, they stopped and worked to get them right. She also took it a step further and made sure to practice by herself at home.

"I started singing last year. My sister really liked chorus when she first joined and told me it was really fun, so I thought I'd try," said Silaika. "I like how we get to sing some cool songs and have fun at the same time."

Silaika and Scagnelli said besides singing and being taped doing so, they loved the backdrop to their special experience.

"The set looked like a winter wonderland," said Silaika.

"It looked like it was a wintery place and I like winter places because they look so cheerful," said Scagnelli.

WMHT takes special care to make kids awestruck by the indoor winter they're singing in, said producer Joanne Durfee.

"We have some trees that we put quilt batting draped to look like the branches are heavy with fresh fallen snow and we have snow blankets that surround the risers that they stand on so it looks like they're standing in snow, and we have some sparkle snow we put in," said Durfee. "The little kids, when they walk in, want to touch it because they think it's real, so it's more magical for them."

Durfee said Music for the Holidays is an important way to showcase the talented youth in the Capital Region and makes for a tradition many look forward to.

"A lot of people love and look forward to Music for the Holidays. We hear from people who put it on and decorate the tree and do the holiday activities with the family while it's on," said Durfee.

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