Waukesha North High School Choir was in good company – without any accompaniment – in a contest meant to highlight the vocal talents of school groups and others in and around the city.
The local group won Wauk-appella, an a cappella singing contest sponsored by the Waukesha Meijer and featuring local a cappella groups from high schools, colleges, and other organizations in the Waukesha area on Dec. 10 at the local store.
Five Waukesha-area singing groups competed in the contest. They also included Carroll University, the Children’s Choir of Waukesha, Marquette University Meladies, and Waukesha West High School.
The groups performed in the seasonal department of the store. The performances were streamed live.
Attendees voted for their favorite performance in person at the Waukesha Meijer or online by using their favorite group’s hashtag to vote.
As the winner, the choir received a $5,000 donation on behalf of Meijer to support the school's music program.
The efforts of the groups was notable.
"I am so proud of the kids and all of the hard work they put in," said Joey Hyland, NorthStar Choir director. "The quality of the other groups was very high and we were very fortunate to come out on top."
Hyland appreciated Meijer's decision to showcase local talent in this manner.
"Thank you to the Meijer store for putting on this contest and the supporting music in Waukesha County," he said, adding his thanks to "the Waukesha North High School community for supporting us."
Phil Kelley, Waukesha Meijer store director, said the store itself was glad it could get involved.
"Wauk-appella was a fun way to support local a-cappella groups and spread holiday cheer," Kelley said. "Meijer made a $5,000 donation to the winning school because we value investing in our community."