They are the Detroit-based choir that became a viral video sensation and ended up being surprised by Pharrell Williams on “The Ellen Show,” but now, the students of the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences have gone to Walt Disney World.
This past weekend, the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences 40-voice choir traveled from Motown to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. to perform the chart-topping tune that’s making them famous, ‘Happy.’
Under the direction of Angela Kee, the choir – ranging from age nine to 13 delighted the crowd – performed both at the Cinderella Castle and at the Downtown Disney Waterside Stage.
“I am so excited about the opportunity for our choir to perform at Disney.” said Maurice Morton, CEO, Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences. “They are truly talented, and they enjoy singing about issues that resonate with most people. This will be a magical experience that they will live with for the rest of their lives.”
Performing at Walt Disney World was a culminating moment for the choir, who originally performed their online version of ‘Happy’ as a fundraising effort to participate in the Disney Performing Arts program, which gives instrumental, vocal and other ensembles the chance to perform at Disney. The online video garnered them more than 1.5 million views on YouTube and generated an onslaught of national media attention.
“The Ellen Show” host Ellen DeGeneres presented the choir with a check for $50,000.
VIDEO: Check out the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences choir performing ‘Happy’ at Walt Disney World.