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July 11, 2007

Disney looking for choirs to perform

’Tis the season for Disney to finalize its search for choirs to perform at this year’s Candlelight Processional and Massed Choir Program at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Each year hundreds of student choirs from around the country come to harmoniously spread holiday cheer from Nov. 24 to Jan. 1.

“The Candlelight Processional has become an important part of the holidays for my choir,” said Fritzie Wise, choral director Tuscola High School (N.C.), whose honors chorus has performed two consecutive years and is scheduled to perform again in 2007. “We love being part of a Christmas tradition that is so meaningful. We come to Disney World and perform in something that gives us joy in singing wonderful music and brings my students together in a way that nothing else could.”

High school, college, university, church and community choirs can apply to be part of this holiday tradition that has been an entertainment staple at Walt Disney World for more than 25 years. The beautiful and inspirational narration of the Christmas story features glimmering light displays, an enchanted “Winter Wonderland” setting and the powerful refrains of a massed choir performing with the Walt Disney World orchestra and the world-renown Voices of Liberty singers. Celebrity narrators add to the drama of the event while creating a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity for participants.

The choirs perform 13 holiday arrangements. In addition to offering a challenging and educational experience for the singers, these unique Disney arrangements enhance their repertoire. The performers also enjoy a pre-performance rehearsal with the guest conductor and professional Disney singers.

The Candlelight Processional is one of several extraordinary enhancements that make Epcot a magical place to visit during the holidays. Other beloved traditions include holiday customs from around the globe, international storytellers, a nightly tree-lighting ceremony featuring Disney characters, and a stunning display of snow-white and colored lights. For more information on performing, call (800) 503-0662 or click here.

Posted by acapnews at July 11, 2007 9:48 PM

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