Over 3,000 local students sing proud at Times Union Center
June 08, 2018 12:10 AM
ALBANY - If you've ever wondered what 3,200 voices singing together sounds like, listen up.
Children from more than 50 local schools rocked out to Broadway, pop and disco hits at the Times Union Center and it was all made possible through American Young Voices.
Ben Lewis, CEO of Young Voices International tells me that for twenty-two years, the program's mission has been to educate through music, engage students of all abilities and backgrounds and to inspire a love of the arts.
"It's the start of a journey whether they're going to be music makers, music lovers, this will always be something that they remember for the rest of their lives," Lewis said.
And while the parents are busting a move tonight, these kids have been working the hard since January, participating in their choirs and now it's all paying off. I'm told this is like the little league of music- it's all inclusive no matter what your talent is.
"I think it gives them a sense of achievement, self belief, working as a team with all your friends," Lewis added.
Last year at the Prudential Center, a whopping 6,500 children sang together.
Their young voices singing a familiar tune- that here, anything is possible.
"It's a big deal, and think about the people that have played this arena and those kids can walk out here tonight and say, I've played that place, and you can never take that away from them," Lewis said.
If you would like your school to register for next year's concert, you can find the application at American Young Voices.
Schools that participated in 2018:
Cohoes Middle School
Whitehall Elementary School
Wappingers Junior High School
The Dorset School
Albany Community Charter School
Sheridan Preparatory Academy
Troy Middle School
New Scotland Elementary
Abram Lansing Elementary School
William S. Hackett Middle School
Radez Elementary School
North Canaan Elementary School
Public School 16/18
Benton Hall Academy
Minerva Central School
Argyle Central School
Pinewood Elementary School
Broadalbin-Perth Intermediate School
Schroon Lake Central School
Lake George Elementary School
Johnsburg Central School
Schuylerville Middle School
Berlin Middle School
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School
Northville Elementary School
M. C. Miller Middle School
Fort Ann Central School
Northern Adirondack Elementary School
Ballard Elementary School
Harrison Avenue Elementary School
Mayfield Junior Senior High School
Ballston Spa Middle School
Henry H. Wells Middle School
Gilboa-Conesville Central School
Schenevus Central School
Giffen Elementary/Montessori Magnet School
Hamagrael Elementary School
Malone Middle School
Circleville Elementary School
Van Antwerp Middle School
Herkimer Elementary School
Morningside Community School
Sharon Springs Central School
Wells Central School
Edmunds Middle School
Central Park Middle School
Morgan Elementary School
Renaissance Academy Charter School for the Arts
Created: June 08, 2018 12:10 AM
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