Harrison High Music Department Performs At Walt Disney World Resort

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Members of the Harrison High School Music Department performed at Walt Disney World recently.
Members of the Harrison High School Music Department performed at Walt Disney World recently. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Harrison High School Dancers entertained Downtown Disney guests at Waterside Stage.
The Harrison High School Dancers entertained Downtown Disney guests at Waterside Stage. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students were able to take part in several workshops during the trip to Disney World.
Students were able to take part in several workshops during the trip to Disney World. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Harrison High School Orchestra performed at Melody Gardens in Walt Disney World
The Harrison High School Orchestra performed at Melody Gardens in Walt Disney World Photo Credit: Contributed

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Harrison High School Music Department members became stars of their own Disney show recently when they entertained resort guests at Melody Gardens Stage in EPCOT Park and Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney.

On Friday, April 4, the Harrison High School Dancers, under the direction of Deborah Toteda, entertained Downtown Disney guests at Waterside Stage with a variety of upbeat numbers.

On Saturday, April 5, The Harrison High School Orchestra, under the direction of Alanna Mackey, started the day off at the Melody Gardens Stage entertaining EPCOT Park guests.

Later on Saturday, the Harrison High School Chorus, under the direction of Lynn Fusco, entertained EPCOT Park guest with a variety of choral pieces.

In addition to their performance, students participated in Disney Performing Arts “You’re Instrumental,” “Disney Sings,” “Auxiliration” and “Disney Dancin’” workshops.

Dance, vocal and instrumental ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. 

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I was personally involved in making all the arrangements for this trip and I can tell you that exactly 183 students attended, with many performing with more than one group. There were 48 students that performed with Chorus, 29 with Orchestra, 28 with Dance and 105 with Marching Band. I don't understand how this publication can miss better than half the students that attended this trip. I spent many, many hours making sure the students had a great trip and I expect ALL students to be acknowledged.
Grace Polakoff gpolakoff@aol.com

Note that the Harrison High School Marching Band also was part of this trip and did Harrison proud as they marched up Main Street and through the Magic Kingdom on April 2.