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Mama Foundation for the Arts: Musicals, Concerts and Education in Harlem

For Youth
Gospel for Teens

Gospel for Teens at The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition

Mama Foundation for the Arts Gospel for Teens Choir took the grand prize at The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition in February, 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

Vy Higginsen and gospel legend, Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston, joined forces to teach aspiring teenagers about the importance of gospel music as an art form.

Gospel for Teens has grown to be a highly respected and influential program for youth between the ages of thirteen and nineteen.

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  Poster for Mama, I Want to Sing in London  

Poster for Mama, I Want to Sing in London at the Gielgud Theatre, January-June, 1995. Featured are Doris Troy (left) and Stacey Francis (right).

The Mama Foundation for the Arts welcomes your tax deductible donation. Your contribution supports our mission, which is to keep the legacy of gospel, jazz, and R&B Arts alive and growing. The MFA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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For Adults
Wednesday Sings!

Butch Heyward

Butch Heyward will be one of our Wednesday Sings! instructors in the forthcoming series.

Wednesday Sings! is designed for adults. Join us on Wednesdays at The Mama Foundation for the Arts for a Harlem musical experience!

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Vy Higginsen's School for Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts
Bringing Music Education to Harlem

Wednesday Sings! class in session

Everyone has music inside. Drawing from the traditions of jazz, and blues, we will help everyone discover their authentic voice. Photo credit: KE Photography Harlem.

The School for Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts supports the beginner and seasoned singer, those who sing for joy, or those who want to hone their craft.

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For the Singer in Everyone
Private Lessons

If you’d like to step out of the group and sing solo or are preparing for an audition, sign up with one of our vocal teachers.

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Harlem Musical Theater Series

Our Harlem Musical Theater Series features two of our signature shows and two new shows we have created for your inspiration and enrichment. Before or after one of our shows, enjoy a meal at one of the many notable restaurants in the area.

Fall Season
We Are! The Gospel for Teens Musical

Alive! A New Musical

Gladys Mitchell takes front and center during a performance of Alive! She is one of 18 cast members who are 55 and older and still kicking! Photo by Carol Rosegg.

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Fall Season
We Are! The Gospel for Teens Musical

We Are! The Gospel for Teens Musical

Cast performing in We Are! at the Dempsey Theater, 2013. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg.

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Signature Show
Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation

Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing

Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff in Mama, I Want to Sing at Dempsey Theater in 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

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Signature Show
Sing Harlem Sing!

The Cast in Sing Harlem Sing! 2012

Sing Harlem Sing! at the Dempsey Theater in 2012. Photo credit: G. N. Miller.

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