Students from the Friendswood HS Choirs traveled to Florida during Spring Break to participate in a “Disney Sings” workshop at Epcot on Sunday, March 13. Performers experienced the exhilaration — and the demands — of being a professional performer as they prepared music for a soundtrack recording session. During the program, the group recorded a song and voiceovers from a Disney The Lion King soundtrack in a fast-paced recording studio environment. The students, and choir directors Janwin Overstreet-Goode and Mike Tyer, are pictured at Epcot just prior to the workshop.
Performers also examined the skills, attitudes and priorities required for vocal performance excellence as they:
o Learned vocal techniques to improve diction and produce unified vowel sounds using 3 and 4 part music
o Developed better breath control through good posture.
o Examined varied musical styles and how different vocal production techniques are required in the music industry.
o Discovered proven audition tips that will increase their chances of success.
o Learned how to be flexible in their approach to songs and voiceovers.
o Discussed the requirements of a studio recording environment and what is expected of performers
o Learned the music and basic choreography from a real Disney production number.
While in Florida, the choirs also spent a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The choirs also visited Universal Studios and Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure.
The students, along with directors Janwin Overstreet-Goode and Mike Tyer, and eleven parents, left early on Saturday morning, March 12, and returned to Friendswood on Wednesday evening, March 16.