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Ticonderoga grad brings music home

Megan Walls teaches, performs in Ti

Megan Walls, second from right, of Ticonderoga, a graduate music student at Illinois State University, organized a concert by the  Snow Bones Trombone Ensemble to benefit the Moriah Central School women’s chorus, which is raising money for a trip and performance at Disney World this spring.

Megan Walls, second from right, of Ticonderoga, a graduate music student at Illinois State University, organized a concert by the Snow Bones Trombone Ensemble to benefit the Moriah Central School women’s chorus, which is raising money for a trip and performance at Disney World this spring.

— Each member of ensemble received the music for the local tour in November, but the group didn’t meet each other until Dec. 17. They spent eight hours that day rehearsing and four more hours the next day.

“They were long days,” Walls said.

The Moriah Central School women’s choir has been selected to perform at Disney in Orlando, Fla., as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program.

The Moriah women’s choir features 25 students in grades 7 to 12 under the direction of April Reeder. As part of the Disney Performing Arts Program, the Moriah singers will travel to Disney World and perform on stage for visitors to the theme park.

The performance at Disney will require a lot of rehearsals — and money. The Moriah choir must raise about $28,000 to cover the costs of the trip.

Reeder and Walls are friends.

“April was so excited the day she found out that the girls had made it through the audition, I wasn’t allowed to move before she had told me the whole story,” Walls said. “She was glowing and extremely proud of what her kids had accomplished.”

Walls promised Reeder she would help in any way possible.

“We were at a conference a couple weeks before school started and we were talking about the fundraisers and what the kids were doing currently to raise money,” Walls recalled. “I told her then that if there was a Snow Bones concert that winter, I wasn’t even sure if we had a group at that point, that we would do it as a benefit concert for the chorus.”

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