CR South Orchestra at White Ho

The Council Rock High School South Orchestra at the White House in Washington, D.C.The Council Rock High School South Orchestra at the White House in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. >> The Council Rock South Orchestra enjoyed a wonderful day at the White House on Thursday, December 19.

The student musicians performed beautifully and represented their school and community with distinction. In addition to entertaining White House staff and their families, orchestra members went ice skating, saw the National Christmas Tree, toured the White House and dined at the Hard Rock Cafe.

This year marks the 10th performance at the White House for the Council Rock South Orchestra. Council Rock South music teacher, Chris Simon, first escorted students to the White House in 2011 and he and his orchestra have performed every year since, including twice in 2016 and 2017.

The 2018 performance included a combination of holiday selections including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Sleigh Ride,” rock/pop selections and classical pieces the orchestra is preparing to perform in Spain next year.

Although there are other high school groups that perform at the White House, it is very competitive and difficult to get accepted. An estimated 60 groups from all over the country get invitations, but it is estimated that hundreds apply. The Council Rock South Orchestra is the largest group to perform each year and the only full orchestra (strings with woodwinds, brass, and percussion).

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