Port Henry The Moriah Central School women’s choir made the big time this spring.
The choir performed at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program March 21 to 26.
The performance capped a nearly year-long effort to raise the money needed to send the group after it was selected following an audition last spring.
“We participated in a 2 1/2 hour workshop with a Disney vocal professional where the girls recorded a song that was put into a Disney music video,” said April Reeder, Moriah music teacher and choir director. “We also learned choreography to a dance featured in the “High School Musical” movie. On Saturday the girls sang on stage at Downtown Disney.”
The Moriah choir decided to audition for the Disney program after hearing about it from students at Lake Placid Central School.
“We discovered about the Disney Performing Arts Program through another local school which had participated a couple times in the past 10 years,” Reeder said. “This sparked interest among my girls, and after researching I decided it was something the girls should pursue. The Disney Performing Arts Program is designed to give school performing groups the opportunity to perform on a Disney stage.”
The Moriah women’s choir features 25 students in grades 7 to 12. It includes Blake Bigelow, Sarah Burabank, Courtney Clark, Grace Cochran, Alice Cochran, Morgan Conley, Samantha Cota, Lauren Cross, Brooke Dever, Carolyn Evens, Desiree Fleming, Taylor Gregory, Alexandra Lashway, Celena Madill, Rebecca Maloy, Felicia Martinez, Antonia Perkins, Shonna Provoncha, Brandy Robichaud, Randie Safford, Ashley Shores, Emily Simard, Carolyn Simard, Sarah Slattery and Maddie Stahl.
“The girls sang from their hearts and it showed,” Reeder said. “The whole point of this trip was to give the girls the opportunity to see that they hold great potential within themselves, and when I watched them standing on stage that day, I was convinced we had accomplished our goal. It was the proudest moment of my career.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for them to share their talents with others, and help reaffirm in them the idea that dreaming big and working hard often go hand in hand,” Reeder said.
Being selected was just half the battle for the Moriah choir. Members then had to raise $30,000 to finance the trip.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who sent in donations, dropped of bottles, purchased raffle tickets, participated in our golf tournament or supported any of our other fundraising events,” Reeder said.