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Meramec Concert Choir Members to Perform at Epcot Dec. 17

December 08, 2014

Meramec Concert Choir  
Thirty-five members of the Meramec Concert Choir will perform at Epcot in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 17.

Thirty-five members of the St. Louis Community College-Meramec Concert Choir, directed by Jerry Myers, will perform at the American Gardens Theater at Epcot in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 17. The choir will perform during the Candlelight Processional holiday event for two evening shows narrated by famed actor, dancer and singer Chita Rivera.

The choir’s accompanist, Gloria West, is also a Disney World pianist. West was able to arrange a Q&A session with Disney senior music producer Rick Mizell during their stay in Orlando, as well as a clinic with John Sinclair, one of the Candlelight Processional conductors.

“This past spring, she contacted Rick to ask about the audition procedures. We taught the music to our students, and were chosen for two performances,” said Myers.

What was the reaction to their selection to perform at Walt Disney World?

“I was ecstatic. Certainly, I have pride in our students’ work and was confident they were good enough to do this performance, but it is always an honor when you are selected for something, especially when you consider the performance quality that is expected of every show at Disney World,” Myers said. “The students were equally as excited and wanted to start learning the music right away.”

While on the performance road trip, the choir will have the chance to visit each of the theme parks at Walt Disney World, but there is much more benefit to the experience.

“Our students have learned professional-level music and will perform with a Disney orchestra, cast choir, Voices of Liberty (Disney’s premier a cappella group) and a professional conductor,” Myers said. “This opportunity will let them experience the professional world of music in an exciting performance venue. The chance to talk with Rick Mizell and work with John Sinclair is an amazing opportunity for any musician, young or old. For all these reasons, this trip will expand their minds and change their lives -- exactly what we strive to do at STLCC.”