RECORDED LIVE AT THE DEMPSEY THEATER
Celebrating Gospel for Teens' 10 Year Anniversary!
Executive Music Director: Knoelle Higginson, Music Master: Greg Kelly, Music Instructor: Chris Dilley, Quartet Director: Eli Reed, Girls Ensemble Director: Elana King, Assistant Teachers: Kaylah Harvey and Thomas Gatling, Keyboard: Vincent Bohanan And Greg Kelly and Drums: David McKoy.
"We mean to lift up the youth through history and gospel music!"
— VY HIGGINSEN
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The staff has been great and my experience here is helping to prepare me to achieve future goals.
This is an exciting experience, bringing me healing and power."
This is one of the best things that has happened to me."
Gospel for Teens has become a huge part of my life. I love being here. I feel like the more I’m here, the closer I become to everyone—it feels like family."
TWO MUSICAL LEGENDS
In 2006, legendary writer and producer 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 is an award winning program of The Mama Foundation for the Arts and Vy Higginsen's School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts. It has grown to be a highly respected and influential source of education and self-development for youth.
GOSPEL FOR TEENS CHOIR
Under the direction of the Foundation's seasoned music masters, the Gospel for Teens Choir has performed at prestigious venues and special events across America including the Congressional Black Caucus, The Stellar Awards, Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention, New York Fashion Week, Yankee Stadium, and Lincoln Center.
GOSPEL FOR TEENS SCHOLARSHIP CLASSES
Each semester, between 50 and 75 participants are selected through an audition process to learn music history and vocal techniques in classes held at the Foundation's renovated Harlem brownstone. Students are encouraged to discover their personal artistic talent and expressions while building self-confidence on and off stage.
The Gospel for Teens Choir was created to pass the music from this generation to the next. The members serve as ambassadors of gospel music, uniting people of every race, nationality, religious, or spiritual background with a universal message that we are more alike than we are different.
Members of the Gospel for Teens Choir took the grand prize in the open division at The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition of Harlem, held at The Apollo Theater in February, 2011.
Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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