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Choir traditions stay strong

As the Winter season falls upon South, the Choir has a lot to prepare for. Their annual ‘Sounds of the Season’ choral performance spans across multiple days, and is complete with choreographed dance numbers. Another fun facet of the choir winter season is their Christmas caroling performances, where they travel to different houses across Grosse Pointe in an effort to spread some holiday cheer. Ava Biter ’25 says that caroling has been such a long standing tradition since it joins the past, present and future members of the South choir in the community.

“The choir has been at South for more than 50 years so there are a lot of past members in the community,” Biter said. “Being able to perform for them is one of my favorite parts of the year.”

This experience is appreciated even more greatly for the choir by connecting with community members who were a part of the South choir in the past.

“My favorite part of the whole night was definitely visiting a party of past South choir alumni,” Biter said. “It was cool to all have something like that in common.”

They are typically carpooled around by a few parents on this escapade and this year one of them was Renee Jakubowski, who has two kids on The South Choir. Jakubowski has remained heavily involved and credits it to some of her friends during her time at Trombly that exposed her to the skills of the choir.

“I didn’t really know what it was all about but once I saw the kids perform I was blown away and wanted to help fundraise to support them so they could compete at their best,” Jakubowksi said.

Jakubowski reiterates the students strong work ethic and how special these experiences can be.

“The shows are emotional and magical,” Jakubowski said. “Absolutely a unique and special opportunity for young people and I’m more than happy to support their chance to perform in this way.”

However it truly is the simple moments like singing to families that make the hard work worth it according to Jolina Huchingson ’25.
“It’s really nice being able to spread Christmas cheer,” Huchingson said.

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