To celebrate our Youth Chorus ™ first year of graduating seniors, Sing for Hope held a concert for family and friends on June 12th in midtown Manhattan. Led by Youth Arts Coordinator Stephanie Martinez, the chorus performed an eclectic mix of pop tunes, show tunes, gospel arrangements, and classical repertoire standards. Five graduating seniors–Connie Maza, Christy Ng, Alejandro Ortiz, Berys Sarpong, and Diamond Small–were featured throughout the program alongside special guest Volunteer Artists Neil Davis, Candra Savage, and accompanist Angela Hwang.
In addition to the charming performances, each senior spoke about their experience with Sing for Hope, providing a powerful snapshot of the impact the chorus has had on their lives. Many of them spoke about the role of music as a catalyst for self-exploration, as well as the importance of benevolence and continuing to spread the arts to others:
“Sing for Hope has allowed me to express my passion in music. It has allowed me to connect to some great people who have become some of my closest friends…Sing for Hope has also shown me the importance of selflessness. Singing for health facilities and hospitals has shown me how so many people out there need encouragement and uplifting.”
— Christy Ng, chorus member
At the end of the night, each senior was presented with a certificate in recognition of their work and achievements.