WEST Palm Beach — When the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches take the stage on May 6th, 350 students will wow the audience at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts with an amazing repertoire of patriotic classics, folk songs and other favorites.
Six separate student choirs will take guests through a musical history lesson that includes a piece by the great Irving Berlin, a tribute to Judy Garland and catchy numbers from the Broadway hits “Hairspray” and “Hamilton.” There will even be an old-fashioned sing-a-long.
“It’s pretty powerful,” said Shawn Berry, the group’s founder and artistic director. “This concert is called an ‘American Tapestry.’ We gave it a broad range. It includes American composers of (many) American genres of music. I am proud of them.”
Florida Fine Cars learned about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches through customers Gina and Roger Francis and have supported the music program ever since. The couple’s sixth grader Lauren, 12, has been a member of the group for three years.
“Florida Fine Cars is proud to support this incredible music program which provides hundreds of students an amazing venue to perform and be part of a group,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “Kids today spend too much time on computers. This program taps into their talent and showcases their abilities in a way that builds confidence and character.”
Support from businesses like Florida Fine Cars is key to the organization’s success, Gina Francis noted.
“We do a lot of fundraising and get ads to help pay the tuition of our students,” she explained. “I reached out to Florida Fine Cars. Their support helps pay for anything the students need. It helps cut costs and makes sure anyone who can’t pay can participate.”
Lauren has gained confidence and poise and improved her social skills performing on the stage of the Kravis Center, her mother said.
“It’s done amazing things. She is rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life and all nationalities,” Gina Francis said.
Youth Choir Program Serves Children Throughout Palm Beach
The program serves students from Jupiter to West Boca Raton. Participants range from second graders to 12th graders and hail from more than 100 different Palm Beach County schools, including home schools. Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is sponsored by the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
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Students audition to be part of Young Singers, perform two major concerts a year and hold concerts at smaller venues, such as the Flagler Museum.
“The main thing they get out of it is the experience of coming together and singing and learning other skills that go along with singing – commitment and the ability to socialize with others,” Berry said.
Participants Learn Teamwork, Gain Confidence
Jene Rhoads of West Palm Beach couldn’t agree more. Her two young daughters Pavani, 8, and Annika, 11, joined the group 1 1/2 years ago and love it.
“This is the one time I find that things slow down and they focus on this very peaceful, joyful art of singing,” Rhoads said. “It’s very emotional. I think this is one way they will develop compassion.”
Rhoads grew up playing violin in a youth orchestra and wanted her daughters to experience what it’s like to be part of a structured, organized chorus instead of just singing in a church.
“They have a passion for singing and this group is very passionate abut singing,” she said. “I think they are so much better prepared because they’ve been part of this group and so much more confident.”
Tickets for the May 6th concert start at $15 and can be purchased at the Kravis Center box office or online.
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