Middle school students Sarah Kauffman and Kyra Muramoto sang backup to a larger choir and made sure no space in the lyrics was left empty in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
On Wednesday afternoon, 11 students in the State College Delta Program middle-school chorus made their way to the corner of South Allen Street and West College Avenue near The Corner Room to sing Christmas and Hanukkah songs as people passed by.
They belted out about a dozen holiday songs they’d learned in music class throughout the week.
The middle school is new to the Delta Program this year and, therefore, so is the music, teacher Leah Mueller said.
“It’s a nice way to get them out in the community and work on their songs during the holidays,” Mueller said. “We had our Christmas concert earlier this month, so we practiced new songs for caroling. It’s just a fun thing we wanted to do before the end of school. This is new to these kids, but they’re enjoying it.”
John Marsden, who wasn’t affiliated with the program, was on the same street corner collecting donations for Interfaith Human Services. As the students sang, he rang a bell in unison.
“I always do my part to help out and have been out here at all times of the day, but this is the first time there has been some music with local students,” Marsden said. “They’re pretty good — makes the time go by a little quicker.”
Seventh-grader Parker Kingshipp’s favorite song to learn and perform was “Feliz Navidad.”
“I don’t know a lot of Spanish, but it’s been my favorite so far,” he said. “I think just in general, the Delta middle school program and the music program (have) been great. We’ve been practicing our songs and bonding through it.”