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Choirs So Nice, They Won Christmas Competition Twice

A small private Main Line christian school beats the odds to win the B101 Choir Competition- twice.

B101 DJ's Jenn Ryan (in red) and Michael Chew (on stand) present a check for $5,000 to Delaware County Christian School Choir Director Renee Bussey as Pops Guest Conductor David Charles Abell looks on. Photo: Bob Byrne
B101 DJ's Jenn Ryan (in red) and Michael Chew (on stand) present a check for $5,000 to Delaware County Christian School Choir Director Renee Bussey as Pops Guest Conductor David Charles Abell looks on. Photo: Bob Byrne
It might look like a Christmas miracle to some, but it really came down to amazing musical talent, backed by determination and a worldwide network of supporters on a mission for God.

Two weeks ago the Middle School Girls Select Choir from Delaware County Christian School (DC) won the B101 Radio Christmas Choir Competition for grades K-8.  Last Wednesday the sixth-eighth graders got the chance of their young lifetimes to appear on stage with the Philly Pops Orchestra at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as part of their prize.

On Thursday the Delaware County Christian School (DC) High School Choir won the high school division.  The high schoolers will take their turn on stage at the Philly Pops Wednesday at the Kimmel Center.  The DC High School choir will also perform for patrons in the atrium of the Kimmel Center as concert-goers arrive for the 8 p.m. show.

Both choirs are under the direction of DC Choral Director Renee Bussey who started work on preparing her choirs to record their entries earlier in the fall.  The winning entries were recorded in the chapel of the DC Lower School Campus in Devon which added a little church echo to the recordings.

The recordings won over the B101 judges who put DC in both division's semi-finals.  Then it was up to internet voters to determine the winners.  There are only 760 students in the entire school from PK-12 grades.  That's smaller than some of the high schools DC competed with to win.  

Last week at the middle school performance school students, parents, teachers and administrators gave credit to a close knit school community of alumni and supporters that literally spans the globe.  That might army of voters delivered back to back wins for the school, which will receive a total of $10,000 for the music program in addition to the concert and airplay on B101.

Not too bad for the school's first year entering the competition.

Delaware County Christian students come from communities as far away as West Philadelphia, all along the Main Line, Delaware County, including Bryn Mawr, Radnor, Haverford, Springfield and around the corner in Marple-Newtown.  Students also come from Tredyffrin, Easttown, Malvern and beyond in Chester County.

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