Fort Wayne’s Voices of Unity traveled to New York City over the second half of last week to partake in a number of exciting events that culminated in an impressive performance at the world renowned Carnegie Hall. The students, most of whom had never been to New York City, were able to expand their horizons and also experience a Broadway show, perform at the well-known Harlem Children’s Zone, and see many cultural landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Voices of Unity Youth Choir was invited by Choirs of America (COA) to participate in COA’s American Musical Performance that included other nationally recognized youth choirs – over 600 individual singers. The main event allowed the choirs to collaborate and sing multiple songs in five different languages; selected choirs that had 40 or more singers were given the opportunity to spotlight a song from their repertoire. Dressed in their best and most formal attire the Voices of Unity Youth Choir made history at a once-in-a-lifetime performance at Carnegie Hall.
“This was one of the most humbling experiences of my musical life,” shared Director Marshall White, “because I was on the stage that thousands of great men and women shared throughout the history of our country. I thank God for this unforgettable experience and opportunity for these young people who lives will be impacted forever.”
The choir members all had one word to describe the experience: amazing. “This means a lot to the choir. We’re making history,” said one member. “We’re putting Fort Wayne and Voices of Unity on the map,” commented another choir member.
“Thank you Fort Wayne for supporting these young people and our mission to raise up great young men and women. You would have been so proud of their performance,” Marshall said, talking about what opportunities can do for our youth, “opportunities produce possibilities; possibilities inspire dreams; dreaming gives hope and hope gives young people a will to live and have an impact.”
Through discipline, dedication, and motivation the Voices of Unity Choir represented Fort Wayne, IN in a tremendous way and stole the hearts of those who experienced them for the first time. They will not stop at Carnegie Hall or New York City, but will represent Fort Wayne at the 2014 World Games in Riga, Latvia and bring home another gold medal.
“We’re making a difference; we’re telling Fort Wayne that we are more than a community choir.”
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