FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne’s renowned world champion Voices of UNITY youth choir again is set to take its place on the national and world stage with a number of high-profile performances.
First, Voices of UNITY is scheduled to performing at the venerable Carnegie Hall—the nation’s perhaps most revered stage—during the choir’s trip to New York, scheduled for June 19 through June 22. The Carnegie Hall appearance is just one more acknowledgement of the VOU’s status as one of the premier choirs in the world.
The Carnegie Hall appearance is also a prelude to the choirs defense of its gold medal status earned through top-performances at the World Choir Games, first at the 2010 competition in Shaoxing, China, followed by a repeat gold medal performance at the 2012 games in Cincinnati. This year, VOU is scheduled to travel to the Eighth Biennial World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, from July 9 through July 19, once again to vie for gold medal status and confirm the Voices of UNITY’s status as one of the best in the world.
Voices of Unity youth choir, under the direction of Marshall White, is a program of Unity Performing Arts Foundation, described as “a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a focus on empowering and developing young people in the areas of character, artistry, and leadership. UNITY also focuses on promoting the soulful art forms through education, training, and entertainment in the areas of choral music, dance, drama, creative writing, oratory, and instrumental music.” The choir includes young people from grade school age up to age 19. Once members reach age 20, they often return as mentors to the program.
In the two previous competitions, VOU was awarded gold medals in every category in which they entered and named as one of the top choirs in the entire world. The Riga trip gives them an opportunity for a rare “three-peat” gold medal performance and again represent Fort Wayne as art ambassadors to the entire world. In fact, the new campaign to get the choir to Riga emphasizes the organization’s role as cultural ambassadors for the city.
Gold for the City is a campaign to raise awareness about youth development in Fort Wayne and also help fund the two amazing opportunities for VOU to represent the city.
“The youth of this community is Fort Wayne’s gold for the city and it’s Learn more about Gold for the City at http://upaf.com/gold-city-campaign-2014/campaign.html.