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Mount Mercy Academy's Music Performance Ensembles Strike Gold

by cnewman

Mercy's Pure Magic Show Choir pictured here with their gold award from the Heritage Music Festival
Mercy's Pure Magic Show Choir pictured here with their gold award from the Heritage Music Festival

On April 22, 2014, 78 students and chaperones flew to Orlando, Florida to participate in the Heritage Music Festival and perform at Walt Disney World's Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney.

The Magic Belles Handbell Choir took the stage in Downtown Disney on Thursday, April 24, and performed a 25 minute set including "Sabre Dance", Handel's "Air and Variations",  "Under the Sea" from "The Little Mermaid" and a medley from Disney's "The Lion King."

Pure Magic Show Choir performed their 25 minute set to an appreciative full house. Their show, entitled "21st Century Pop" included recent hits such as "Good Time", "King of Anything", a "One Direction" medley, a mashup of "Just the Way you Are/Just A Dream" from the movie Pitch Perfect and "We're All in This Together" from "High School Musical".

On Friday, April 25, Pure Magic, Magic Belles and Women's Choir took the stage for the Heritage Music Festival, which included 38 performing groups from the United States and Canada. In the opinion of the three renowned adjudicator's, all three groups were presented with gold medals at the awards ceremony the following evening at Wet 'N Wild.  In addition, Magic Belles received one of 8 adjudicator's trophies for receiving an average score above 95%. Women Choir additionally received an invitation to perform at the "National Youth Choir" at Carnegie Hall in New York City next Spring.

The Mercy students were thrilled to also spend one day each at Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios.

All three performing groups are under the direction of Fred J. Kirisits. Pure Magic is choreographed by Justine Kish-Posiadlo.  Matthew George was the piano accompanist for Women's Choir.

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

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