R-MA student selected for Walt Disney holiday choir

Randolph-Macon Academy student Robin Penn of Henderson, Tenn., has been selected to the Walt Disney World of Color Honor Choir at the Walt Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland.

Penn, along with 1,473 other singers, submitted a video audition to compete for a spot on the Honor Choir. Slightly more than 700 were selected to be part of the song “Glow,” which was written by Grammy-winning American composer Eric Whitacre especially for the choir at the Winter Dreams holiday show.

Penn learned of the event from R-MA English teacher Robert Davies, whose elective class “Honors The Arts in Society,” had been looking at Whitacre’s works and virtual choirs. After noting that Virtual Choir 5 had premiered at Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Anniversary, Davies mentioned the upcoming Honor Choir audition to his class, and several students decided to give it a try.

According to Disney World’s website, The World of Color Honor Choir, inspired by Eric Whitacre’s virtual choirs, is formed of singers from the United States and its territories aged 18 and older and joined by a love of music and technology.

The concert can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=REE2YwFVuxY