ORLANDO, Fla. - Members of the Rend Lake College concert choir recently took their sound from Southern Illinois to the Magic Kingdom.
Eight students and RLC Music Director Sara Alstat performed June 5 with students from John A. Logan and their director, Nathan Arnett, at Walt Disney World's Magic Music Days. Those who went from RLC included Jay Meagher of Geoff, Brittanie Graham of Woodlawn, Savannah Harrell of Mt. Vernon, Eric Wakefield of Benton, Matt Coble of Mt. Vernon, Britt Fullerton of Ashley, Julie Faling of Christopher and Jeremy Adams of Creal Springs.
The students performed three selections from their spring concert, The Great Collaborators. They sang under a pavilion for visitors to Disney's Magic Kingdom. Alstat said it was a very proud moment for her as a music director.
"I was so happy that they were able to have that kind of opportunity," she said. "Most college students don't get to experience how it feels to perform at Disney."
They also met Disney's most beloved character, Mickey Mouse, during a workshop with a Walt Disney World veteran sound engineer. In the workshop, students learned how music is recorded and put to digitally animated movies. They rehearsed and performed two Disney songs from the Lion King, which were put to animated footage.
"We performed all the background music and sound effects for segments of the Lion King," Alstat explained. "It was neat."
They were given a copy of the digital short production which will be used for educational purposes at the colleges.