Continuing a Council Rock South tradition, the school’s orchestra and choir students traveled to Washington D.C. to perform at the White House last week.

The CR South Orchestra performs holiday pieces for the White House.

The orchestra played on Wednesday, Dec. 19, “beautifully and represented their school and community with distinction,” according to a press release. They then had the opportunity to take a tour, go ice skating, see the National Christmas Tree, and eat at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Music teacher Mr. Chris Simon directed students just as he did during the first trip in 2009 and every year since. They performed holiday pieces like It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Sleigh Ride before hitting the town.

Led by Mr. Corey Axler, the choir went for its ninth year running  on Thursday, Dec. 20 for staff members of the White House and their families. Four seniors had the privilege of performing auditioned solos including Noah Inchausti, Katie Treese, Hailey Brown, and Alayna Frank.

Performing at the White House is an honor bestowed on 60 groups throughout the nation out of hundreds that apply. The CR South Orchestra is the largest group to perform and is the only full orchestra.