Cook Wissahickon Choir Hits The Right Notes In Front of Thousands

Cook Wissahickon Choir getting ready to sing the National Anthem for the Army vs. Temple football game.

Cook Wissahickon Choir getting ready to sing the National Anthem for the Army vs. Temple football game.

When adults have energy, enthusiasm, commitment and a positive vision for youth, great things happen!  Just two years ago Progressive Business Publications’ adopted school of 17 years, Cook-Wissahickon K-8 Elementary School in Philadelphia, lacked an outlet for talented vocalists in the school.   Students were nervous about singing in public and without support, simply didn’t.  One teacher, Nick D’Orsaneo, had a vision for a Youth Choir that would be “cool” as well as empowering for students.  His vision became a vibrant reality!

In less than 15 months, the Cook-Wissahickon Choir has won a number of awards and competitions.  They first performed in the city’s huge Thanksgiving Day Parade.  They gave a wonderful performance at Hershey Park during the summer, and most recently, in September they marched in the Miss America Pageant Parade in Atlantic City and were on national television.

Opportunities keep coming for this talented, focused and charming group of students in grades 3-8.  On Saturday, October 19th,  Cook-Wissahickon’s Choir took the field at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Stadium for Army versus Temple University Football Game.    All were excited but nervous as they practiced on the “giant” football field and realized there were thousands of spectators arriving.  They held a sign thanking Progressive Business Publications and Mr. Satell at the end of their rehearsal, and created a brief video too.

When their moment to perform arrived, the Choir charged into the stadium like pros and opened the game with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, followed by the Army and Temple fight songs.  We were all so proud as, in unison, they placed their new “CW—PBP 17-years of success”  caps over their hearts and began to sing.  The students even saluted smartly for the Army’s cheer!

Progressive Business Publications salutes the Cook-Wissahickon Choir students, Director Nick D’Orsaneo, and all of the families and friends who support them.  We look forward to more beautiful music!


  1. It was fun!He He:)

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