Roberson Choir Sings at Biltmore

Roberson Choir Sings at Biltmore
Posted on 11/12/2019
The Nov. 1 T.C. Roberson High chamber choir performance helped kick off Christmas at Biltmore.Photos/Article By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

The community gathers to kick off Christmas at Biltmore with the Nov. 1 Christmas Tree-Raising event.The iconic Biltmore home made a stunning backdrop for the Nov. 1 performance by the T.C. Roberson High School chamber choir. Led by choral director Ms. Aleisa Baker, the talented singers stood adjacent to the grand, arched entryway and set the mood with over 30 minutes of traditional, holiday music. As the choir’s harmonies reverberated off the tall stonework, hundreds of eager guests awaited the arrival of a 35-foot Fraser fir tree, the centerpiece of Biltmore’s annual Christmas Tree-Raising event.

“We were thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of this great tradition that allowed our students to see the majesty and history that is in our backyard,” said Baker.

The community gathers to kick off Christmas at Biltmore with the Nov. 1 Christmas Tree-Raising event.During the performance, students sang an assortment of traditional English carols, including Carol of the Bells, Coventry Carol, We’ll Dress the House, and Caroling, Caroling. But Roberson senior James Derrig was most looking forward to their arrangement of the classic song Jingle Bells. Derrig said he works with events at Biltmore outside of school, and found satisfaction in contributing his art to his workplace.

“It feels great to be able to come here and sing,” he said. “It’s a way to represent my school at this historic monument and show my appreciation for it.”

“We were finally able to present everything we’ve worked so hard on!” said senior Alex Traynham. “This is by far the biggest performance we’ve done together.”

As the songs concluded, a lone horn rang out from a balcony facing the lawn, signaling the approach of the Christmas tree. Spectators cheered as two horses pulled the tree on a wooden cart, led by a local marching band. After coming to a stop at the front door, it took more than 40 employees to lift, transport, and raise the towering fir inside the Banquet Hall.

The community gathers to kick off Christmas at Biltmore with the Nov. 1 Christmas Tree-Raising event.“We were delighted to have the T.C. Roberson choir here to help us kick off Christmas at Biltmore, and welcome the Banquet Hall tree,” said Biltmore Senior Public Relations Manager LeeAnn Donnelly. “Their presence at this annual event added another layer to the fun and excitement during this special time of year on the estate. Our guests loved it.”

Buncombe County Schools is grateful for the ongoing collaborations and student opportunities provided through community partners like Biltmore.

In 2018, Biltmore’s Banquet Hall tree was accompanied by the T.C. Roberson High School Marching Band.

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