More than 40 Pickerington High School North choir students will travel to Walt Disney World next week to sing in the theme park's "Holidays Around the World."

More than 40 Pickerington High School North choir students will travel to Walt Disney World next week to sing in the theme park's "Holidays Around the World."

On Dec. 26, 48 North students will depart for Orlando to be part of a mass choir and 50-piece orchestra that will retell the story of Christmas through song.

The Dec. 28 "Holidays Around the World" performance will take place at Disney's Epcot Theme Park.

"We have established a reputation of excellence through our participation in the (Ohio Music Education Association) Large Group Ensembles," said Lori Vance, PHS North chorale director. "Our choirs have been receiving superior ratings at district and state contests in AA, A, and B classifications.

"We responded to their invitation with an audition CD and DVD," she said. "The DVD is representative of the group that will be participating at Disney. They then reviewed and made their selections based on the materials submitted."

Vance said North's choir making the trip consists of 30 seniors, 16 juniors and two freshmen. They are paying for their own travel and lodging after holding fundraisers and contributing personally.

She noted that no district money will be spent for the trip.

"They will be performing part of the chorale holiday show that we prepared for the holiday season," she said. "The songs consist of 'It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas,' 'Jingle Bells,' 'See Dat Babe,' 'New Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies,' 'Baby, It's Cold Outside,' 'Santa Baby' and 'Swingin' at Santa's Place.'"

In addition to their own concert, the students will take in a Cirque De Soliel performance while on the trip, as well as attend a "medieval dinner" and visit Disney's Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios.

Vance said it will be a good way to reward them for their hard work and achievements over the last several months.

"It is a real bonding experience for them, along with an educational experience," she said. "They bring back a unity that is contagious to the rest of the students.

"This truly helps them come together in aspect of teamwork, cooperation and everyone working towards a common goal."