ELKTON — The Elkton High School Chamber Choir has been invited to perform at Disney World, but they need help from the community to make the trip a reality.
The 10-member, audition-only choir needs to raise $8,000 by Nov. 1. With that amount secured, they can travel to Disney in December to perform as part of the Candlelight Processional, a holiday celebration led by a celebrity narrator in Epcot. The Elkton choir will be one of many choirs from around the world that will be performing, said Peter Solecki, EHS director of choral activities.
To be selected for Disney, the choir had to send in two videos: one of them singing a required piece, “O Holy Night,” and one of them singing a piece of their choice that best represents their style of singing. The choir chose to sing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” an American folk song that the group enjoyed performing last year, Solecki said.
Solecki recorded the performances in the beginning of September. A week after he submitted them, the choir received the news that they’d been selected.
“They made a whole lot of noise. They were jumping for joy,” said Solecki, who’s in his third year at the school. “Their excitement excites me. Their energy energizes me. They’re a good group of kids who deserve good things.”
In addition to the Disney portion of the trip, which will consist of approximately two days, Solecki said he’s currently getting in touch with choral societies and high schools in the Orlando area in hopes of working with them during the day and then performing at churches and universities at night.
But, Solecki emphasized, none of this will happen if the choir isn’t able to raise the necessary funds by Nov. 1. To that end, the choir has been selling concessions at the home volleyball games and holding bake sales. Solecki has also divided the Elkton area into three sections and, starting next week, choir members will be going door-to-door to local businesses to solicit donations.
While the choir is excited about the opportunity, its members are also realistic about the hard work it will take to get to Orlando. Solecki is hopeful the trip will happen.
“They represent the best of what Elkton High School really is and they’re working hard for this,” he said. “They understand the challenges ahead of them. But they’re taking it seriously. And any support anyone can give is so appreciated by everyone here.”
Anyone who would like to donate to the cause can make checks out to Elkton High School and send them to the school at 110 James St. with “chamber choir trip” in the memo line.