Elementary chorus boogies over to Universal Studios with America Sings!
Last week, 25 members of the Elementary Chorus spent two days at Universal Studios, but they weren’t just riding the rides – they were singing songs and making a difference! The students were part of America Sings! 2019, a two-day festival where they rehearsed, participated in community service projects, performed, and even enjoyed some fun time in the parks. On Saturday the Elementary Chorus performed an Oliver medley and then had a follow up clinic with a professional singer about their performance. They received rave reviews with a few suggestions of things to work on, and even practiced them with the clinician.
Prior to going to Orlando, the group collected jars of peanut butter and jelly; erasers to be used in kits for kids; and socks, t-shirts and underwear to be donated to a home for special needs adults. They were involved in making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with other young singers at Universal Studios; these sandwiches were later distributed throughout the community. They also packed backpacks full of school supplies for a Title 1 school. America Sings! made over 2,000 sandwiches and 1,000 backpacks for local students.
The culminating concert was lead by America Sings! founder John Jacobson. It was quite a moving experience to see more than 1,000 students singing and dancing together, using music with a positive message. The hope is that this experience will spark in each student a desire to share his or her love of music and to take action to make our world a better place.
“I can't say enough about how proud I am of the elementary Chorus!” says elementary music teacher Vickie Holtsclaw. “They worked diligently to prepare for America Sings!, practicing during recess for weeks, and it really paid off! We had a very busy weekend and I don't remember hearing one complaint! They love music and enjoy sharing it with others. They are extremely kind and caring and that showed in the way they took part in the community service.” Mrs. Holtsclaw appreciates the time and dedication of the parents. “I would also like to thank the parents who traveled with us! We couldn't have done it without you!”
America Sings! Inc. was founded in 1988 by John Jacobson and a group of his friends who supported John’s dream of hosting a noncompetitive, outdoor choral festival. Inspired by the philanthropy of professional musicians, John knew that young amateur singers could also make a positive difference in their communities and would have a good time doing it!
The organization’s goals are:
- To educate young people about the joys of philanthropy and their opportunities for charitable service and giving.
- To provide high-quality, non-competitive performing opportunities for young singers and dancers from choral organizations.
- To make direct contributions on behalf of these young choral performers to established children's charities, especially donations for disadvantaged children.
- To promote throughout the nation's schools and the national media, a positive image of American youth involved in public service to needy children through the performing arts.
- To promote and stimulate interest in choral music as an art form among young people and the general public as a whole.
Click below to see our dynamic young performers!