For the third consecutive year, the Covington Catholic Chamber Choir took first place in the Q102 Christmas Choir Competition.
The Cincinnati pop music radio station has hosted the competition for three years and each time, Cov Cath walked away the winner. That means morning show hosts Jeff and Jenn presented a $5,000 check to the choir which is led by director Jim Wolfe.
“With only four members returning from last year I wasn’t sure of what the outcome would be," Wolfe said. "I had 14 new members join the choir and I couldn’t be prouder of this group as a whole. They worked so hard to produce such a high quality piece.”
To enter the competition, the Chamber Choir submitted a performance of the holiday song, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing/Angels We Have Heard On High arranged by Wolfe especially for the CCH Choir.
From all eligible entries, a panel of judges selected Cov Cath as one of nine semifinalists. The semifinalists were posted on Q102’s website for listener vote. The three choirs who received the most votes became finalists. Of the finalists, the Chamber Choir received 1st Place by the judges for their professional quality of sound and quality of performance.
Wolfe has been on the faculty at Covington Catholic for six years. He is also the music director at St. Mary’s Parish in Alexandria, Kentucky as well as the assistant music director at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption Parish in Covington. Principal Bob Rowe commented, “Our entire learning community is really excited for the Chamber Choir and our school. This award is a validation of the Chamber Choir’s hard work and dedication. Mr. Wolfe has the gift of translating his passion for music to his students. Teaching music here is truly a ministry for Mr. Wolfe.”
Photo: Q102’s Jeff & Jenn present Covington Catholic High School choir director, Jim Wolfe and members of the Chamber Choir with a check for $5,000.