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Choirs performing at Disney World

I am traveling to Orlando this February with my HS Women's choir and we are hoping to perform at Disney World. Has anyone had this experience? (There are no competitions at this time of year so it will be a standard 30 minute set for whomever is in the performing area.)
 
I'm wondering if we should perform 'typical' choral literature with a healthy dose of pop arrangements or should we bring mostly pop arrangements?
 
Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!

 
on August 27, 2014 7:42am
Hello Randi,
 
I travel to Disney every other year with my entire music department.  We participate in the Magic Music Days.  My choral groups also just perform a standard 30 minute set.  I think you are on the right track with regards to programming. Here are some selections I have performed with a mixed choir in the past:
 
Hallelujah..............L. Cohen Arr. Emerson 
Corner of the Sky......Schwartz Arr. Cacavas
Swingin' with the Saints.........Arr. Mark Hayes
One Short Day.................Schwartz Arr. Emerson
Turn the World Around...........H. Belefonte  Arr. Farrow
 
Disney has had a policy in the past that you could NOT perform music from Disney movie/musical productions at these performances however last year this rule was not enforced.
 
I am happy to share any other information about the Magic Music Days experience with you if you want to e mail me directly: carrie_zugelder@websterschools.org.
 
Carrie Zugelder
Webster Schroeder High School
 
on August 30, 2014 10:17pm
From the experience of many trips between 1977 and 2008, I would say your thought of "typical" choral literature would fit best.  To me, there never was a feeling of pressure to keep it on the pop side.
My mixed concert choir programs would have a nice cross-section of literature   ie. a chous by the masters (Handel, Brahms, Hassler), a folk/americana arangement, spiritual, broadway and also pop/jazz/rock style piece/s.
Sometimes two of a particular style   ie. up tempo vesus slow ballad from the broadway arrangements.
Regardless, this evidently being your first trip with a group to Disney, know that they will take care of you in grand style.
If you have any other questions don't heditate to email/message me.  Although whoever is assigned you from Disney will always be available to pepper with questions you have.
Good luck.  You and your students will enjoy....weather permitting!  LOL
on August 30, 2014 10:17pm
From the experience of many trips between 1977 and 2008, I would say your thought of "typical" choral literature would fit best.  To me, there never was a feeling of pressure to keep it on the pop side.
My mixed concert choir programs would have a nice cross-section of literature   ie. a chous by the masters (Handel, Brahms, Hassler), a folk/americana arangement, spiritual, broadway and also pop/jazz/rock style piece/s.
Sometimes two of a particular style   ie. up tempo vesus slow ballad from the broadway arrangements.
Regardless, this evidently being your first trip with a group to Disney, know that they will take care of you in grand style.
If you have any other questions don't heditate to email/message me.  Although whoever is assigned you from Disney will always be available to pepper with questions you have.
Good luck.  You and your students will enjoy....weather permitting!  LOL
on September 15, 2014 12:13pm
Hi Randi,
 
Not sure how much different it is at DisneyWorld than at Disneyland/CA Adventure but you should do what you do and program what represents your program best. If they do classical, chamber, gospel, etc. Then do that.
Disney will program the day and there will be a healthy amount of everything.
I have had groups perform in Disneyland/California Adventure three times now. Vocal Jazz, which is a challenge for Disney, and the crowds loved them. I have seen bell choirs, string ensembles, bands, chamber orchestras, and jazz bands all perform there.
My only thought is that you should do the recording soundtrack workshops. Very cool.
 
Disney Sings | Disney Performing Arts Workshops
Record an excerpt from a Disney animated feature film's soundtrack and learn audition skills, vocal techniques and more under the guidance of a professional Disney vocalist.
 
We are looking, if we can get the money thing squared away, to come to Florida for the Festival Disney. While there we will be doing the recording workshop and a performance in one of the parks. :)
 
Craig
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