Our competition is open to all school choirs in the Philadelphia eight-county areas of Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia in
Pennsylvania and Camden, Burlington and Gloucester in New Jersey.
This year's competition has two divisions, Kindergarten - 8th and 9th - 12th grade, each with nine finalists. First place winners from each division
will win a brand new Cunningham Studio upright Piano, retail value of $7,990 for their school's music department, courtesy of
Cunningham Piano Company, an opportunity to perform at the Kimmel Center with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and well, bragging rights! Second place
will receive a cash award of $2,000 and third place $1,000. The cash prizes are courtesy of your local Mercedes-Benz dealers and B101.
We'll be accepting school song entries from schools starting Monday, October 15th through Monday, November 26th at 9PM.
Voting for Division 1 (grades K-8) will start on Monday, December 3rd and Division 2 (grades 9-12) will start on
Monday, December 10th. Voting will follow Tiffany and Michael's announcement of the finalists competing that day (around 7AM).
Schools selected as finalists for this competition will be notified on the Friday prior to the start of the voting for their division.
THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO SCHOOLS LOCATED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:
Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties
New Jersey: Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties
WBEB will give Kindergarten through 12th grade school choirs in the Philadelphia 8-county area (including Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester & Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and Camden, Gloucester & Burlington counties in New Jersey) a chance to claim the title as B101’s 2012 Christmas Choir Competition winner.
DIVISION I: Kindergarten – 8th grade
DIVISION II: 9th – 12th grade
PRIZES: Each Division receives the following prizes
1st Place: Cunningham upright Piano valued at $7,990 & Opportunity to perform with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at a designated show at the Kimmel Center.
Performance with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for stage safety, weight and space purposes is limited to 50 choir members.
Division I (Kindergarten – 8th grade) Performance date is Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 8 pm at the Kimmel Center.
Division II (9 – 12 grade) Performance date is Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8 pm at the Kimmel Center.
Each division winning choir will be recognized at the performance and will be asked to perform their winning song, accompanied by the legendary Peter Nero on piano.
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops will provide tickets for all choir members, their chaperones and the choir director to attend the show free of charge.
2nd Place: $2,000 cash prize
3rd Place: $1,000 cash prize
October 15 – November 26, 2012. School choirs are responsible for submitting entries beginning on October 15th through 9 pm on Monday, November 26, 2012. Each entry must include one (1) holiday song recorded on CD or common audio file such as an mp3 or wav and include the lead representative’s name, school, and contact information. Desired length for song submission is two minutes or less. If a longer song is submitted, WBEB reserves the right to edit the song length to fit programming needs. The representative submitting the entry is responsible for having received previous written permission from all performers or from a parent or legal guardian if the performer is less than 18 years of age. By submitting an entry, the representative acknowledges that the school has secured applicable licensing for their use of the submitted song.
One entry per choir, singing group or performance unit. Realizing that schools may have multiple choirs based on grade level and size, separate multiple entries may be submitted from any individual school. Submissions will be placed in either Division I (Kindergarten – 8th grade) or Division II (9th grade – 12th grade). All submissions must include students from the current 2012 – 2013 school year. Each entry must be submitted separately via mail, online at b101radio.com, or dropped off at the WBEB Studios, 225 E. City Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Entry deadline is Monday, November 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm.
Each entry will be judged for professional sound and performance quality. Choirs will be selected by WBEB judges to participate in the competition.
FINALIST INFORMATION: Each choir selected to be in the competition will receive airplay of their entry on B101 and compete against another choir(s) for votes. Votes will be taken and tabulated online at www.b101radio.com for each day’s competition until 9 pm the day of airplay. Winners will then move into the next round of competition where winning choirs will be determined as described above.
Division I (Kindergarten – 8th grade): December 3 – 7, 2012. Nine semi-finalists will be selected to compete. Three schools will be showcased on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (December 3rd, 4th and 5th 2012), with the winners of each daily competition advancing to the finals on Thursday, December 6, 2012. One grand prize winner for Division I will be announced on December 7, 2012 during the morning show with Tiffany Hill and Michael Chew.
Division II (9th – 12th grade): December 10 – 14, 2012. Nine semi-finalists will be selected to compete. Three schools will be showcased on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (December 10th, 11th and 12th 2012), with the winners of each daily competition advancing to the finals on Thursday, December 13, 2012. One grand prize winner for Division II will be announced on December 14, 2012 during the morning show with Tiffany Hill and Michael Chew.
Log on to B101radio.com and click on the Christmas Choir Contest link to vote for your favorite school choir. Voters are presented with options to vote for the competing schools for that given day.
The voting period each day will be from the time all songs are played on B101 up until 9 pm that evening.
For both divisions, the school choir receiving the most eligible votes on the WBEB website will win the 1st Place prize of Cunningham upright Piano (valued at $7,990) and the opportunity to perform with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. The school choir receiving the second highest votes will receive a $2,000 cash prize and the school choir receiving the lowest number of votes will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
PETER NERO AND THE PHILLY POPS:
Kindergarten – 8 grade (Division I): Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 8 pm at the Kimmel Center
9 – 12 grade (Division II): Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8 pm at the Kimmel Center
NOTE: If winning school in either division is unable to perform at this event, it will not disqualify school from competition. WBEB reserves the right to select an alternate school (1st runner up) in their division to participate on our behalf at the designated Holiday Pops show.
Requirements for winning choirs at the Holiday Pops Performance:
All semi-finalists in both divisions must submit their sheet music to WBEB by December 3, 2012 (K-8 grade) and December 10, 2012 (9-12 grade) to be involved in the competition. This music will then be forwarded to Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for accompaniment purposes.
Choir members singing on stage are limited to 50 people for safety reasons. The schools are responsible for selecting the 50 students who will perform.
Choirs will arrive one hour prior to the show and will be taken to a special staging area until their time to perform.
School Choir directors must meet with the Philly Pops for a walk-through at the Kimmel Center prior to the performance date.
The Choirs are not permitted to bring in any outside food or beverages.
Choirs are expected to dress in a uniform manner, or in black pants/skirts and white shirts.
Schools must provide adult chaperones at a rate of 5:1.
The Philly Pops will provide a 25% discount to all school parents. A discount of 30% will be available to groups of 15 or more.
WBEB is not responsible for inability to vote on the station’s website due to technical difficulties. Prize will not be awarded to any individual(s) but will be awarded to the legal school district or organization operating the winning school. Prize cannot be transferred or substituted.
WBEB is not responsible if Contest cannot take place or if Prize cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.
B101 reserves the right to terminate the contest or permanently disqualify any person believed to have intentionally violated these official rules. Any attempt to deliberately damage the contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by B101, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. B101 reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify the contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these official rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules)
In the event of cancellation, modification or suspension, B101 reserves the right to select a finalist and/or grand prize winner, as applicable, and award all remaining prizes at our sole discretion from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification or suspension based on the judging criteria described above.
Contest is open to all Kindergarten through 12th grade public or private schools accredited by the States of Pennsylvania & New Jersey in the Philadelphia eight-county area of Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester & Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and Camden, Gloucester & Burlington counties in New Jersey. Chances of winning will be determined by the number of entries received and votes received and are not possible to calculate at this time.
WBEB retains sole and exclusive possession and retains all rights to use any performance entry, or any part there of, indefinitely in any promotions including but not limited to on-air usage. The aforementioned stipulations apply to all winning and non-winning entries. By entering the contest, entrants grant B101 the non-exclusive, royalty free and irrevocable right to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, edit (including for length) the entry and incorporate it in other works in any and all markets, media now hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification, permission or approval.
WBEB and participating sponsors are not responsible for costs associated with submitting any entry or any costs or taxes arising out of participating in the contest or failure to adhere to official contest rules.
WBEB and participating sponsors are not responsible for any injury incurred during the performance of any entry; nor are they responsible for failure of any individual or organization’s failure to submit entries in the required manner.
All prizes are to be claimed at the WBEB Studios or as decided upon once they have been won. Winners are required to present a valid article of identification. All identification submitted to verify a winner is subject to acceptance by WBEB in its sole discretion. Identification which is counterfeit, illegible, tampered with or otherwise altered will not be accepted.
Where applicable; WBEB, affiliates, participating sponsors, their agencies and the like, or any member thereof, make no claims of merchantability or validity of Prize. See manufacturer(s)/ producer for complete warranty and operating instructions as it pertains to Prize.
Employees of WBEB, Mercedes Benz, Cunningham Piano Company and The Philly Pops, their advertising agencies, affiliates and immediate families of each, and employees of all radio media of mass communication within a one hundred mile radius of the WBEB main studio are not eligible to win any contest.
All decisions of WBEB concerning this contest or eligibility are final. Rules are subject to change without notice. All applicable WBEB general contest rules apply. No purchase is necessary.