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For Immediate Release
October 10, 2013

Moreno Valley College Chamber Singers Selected to Perform in Disneyland's Candlelight Ceremony and Processional


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Halloween still may be three weeks away, but music director Kelli Dower has jump frogged the scary holiday and is preparing for Christmas after the Moreno Valley College Chamber Singers were selected to perform at Disneyland's Candlelight Ceremony and Processional, scheduled for Main Street, U.S.A., on December 7 and 8.

It will be the second consecutive year the Chamber Singers perform in the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional, a Disneyland tradition started in 1958. The event is a musical retelling of the first Christmas through song and scripture. Two 45-minute performances each night feature the Disneyland Symphony Orchestra, trumpets, hand-bell ringers, and a guest celebrity narrator.

Disneyland event organizers selected choirs from high schools, colleges, churches, and community choir groups. The MVC Chamber Singers, however, is the only Inland Empire community college group selected to participate, Dower said.

Disneyland doesn't release figures on how many choirs auditioned, but Dower says the blind competition is very competitive and choirs didn't perform in person.

"There was no audition other than an audio MP3 submission," Dower said. "The selection is done solely off your audio tape. Each choir was instructed to sing 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'."

A part-time instructor at MVC, Dower is the Director of Choral Music at Riverside Arlington High School. She served as vice principal of Lincoln High School, lead administrator at the Center for the Arts, and was director of Moreno Valley's Rancho Verde High School choral music program for 10 years. She has had several musical works published and her choral ensembles have performed in some of the most distinguished venues in the country, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, and New York's Lincoln Center.

Dower said this second consecutive selection speaks to the talented students she works with year-in, year-out.

"This selection says that we can consistently achieve a great sound every year despite changes in personnel," Dower said. "It speaks to the very nature of choral music and what a few can accomplish if they work together toward a common goal."