Natalie Cook | SPORTS
Every kid’s dream is to go to Disneyland, but the La Cueva Concert Choir went beyond that and performed at Disneyland. On April 6 the La Cueva Concert Choir took nearly a thirteen hour bus ride all night to Anaheim, California. After being stuck in the bus all night they went to Disneyland and had the amazing opportunity of performing on-stage in Fantasy Land. “Performing at ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ was extremely exhilarating,” said Kelli Ingle, sophomore, alto. “I loved performing at Disneyland because it was professional and a lot of fun.”
The following day they hopped back onto the bus and went to Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California for the Choirs of America Regional Festival.
To start the day, local choir instructors judged their repertoire. This is the collection of songs that they will perform at the state contest on the 16th of April. Then they proceeded with a clinic. “I learned that accenting specific words in some of the pieces told the story of the song in a clearer way,” said Ingle. To finish off the day they had the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with the composer of one of the state selections, Z. Randall Stroope, and a song he had written specifically for this event. The La Cueva Concert Choir was one of the many choirs to be included into the first ever recording of his song, “I Dance for Love.”
“Having the composer of the song tell us what it really means gave it more meaning and helped me understand what I really am singing,” said Rico Reyes, sophomore, bass.
Before leaving California, the choir went to the Grammy Museum and then received a tour of Hollywood. This was an experience that allowed everyone to bond with one another and have a blast with it. Ingle said, “Any trip always brings us closer which makes us want to work harder and I know we have so much potential.”