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BREAKING! “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir® will bring the sound of National Unity to Hillary Rally November 7 in Philadelphiajdkahler : Monday, November 7, 2016 1:03 pm : LFS!blog, Media Blog
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Performance at Hillary Clinton’s Rally
7:30PM, November 7, 2016
Independence Mall, Philadelphia
60 Young Women from the “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir singing Anthem
“Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir® will bring the sound of National Unity to Hillary Rally November 7 in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA (November 7, 2016) – There’s an extraordinary musical act sharing the stage with the Clintons and Obamas in Philadelphia tonight. Yes, Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are in the line up. But the most powerful statement of unity will be made by the “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir, slated to sing the National Anthem and “Brave” at Hillary’s election eve rally. The ensemble, which sang at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) this July, consists of young women singers from all 50 states.
Tonight, about 60 singers from 18 of the 50 states will show the country what unity sounds like. Choristers have been flying and driving in from North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington DC, New Hampshire, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Iowa, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Florida and, of course, Pennsylvania.
“With only 48 hours notice, 18 out of 50 isn’t too bad,” comments Steven Fisher, the visionary behind this national choir of young women meant to be a shining example of our ability to rise above politics through the arts. “Choral music empowers young women in a unique way when they have the opportunity to make it surrounded only by other girls, helping them to develop into strong, confident women who are at the ready to – literally – let their voices be heard.”
Sophie Michael, one of the Singer Delegates from Illinois, set her heart on attending. “My experience at the Girlchoir Convention this summer was incredible. When I found out about this last minute experience, I really wanted to find a way to come. It took some nagging and persuading, but I got my parents – who are Republican – to see how much it meant to me. We actually bought my plane ticket four hours before I left!”
The “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir choristers are looking forward to a reunion over the Inauguration weekend, when all 100 girls from all 50 states will descend on the nation’s capital.
“I made such great music and great friends during the DNC,” says Connecticut Singer Delegate Carli Visconti. “Even though we weren’t all Hillary supporters, we all understood the historical significance of her nomination. Who knows, maybe there will be another historical event during our reunion. I’d so I hope Hillary invites us to sing for her. That would be way, way cool.”
About “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention
The “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention (LFS! GNC) was a six-day choral festival that was held alongside the 2016 Democratic National Convention that brought together two young women “Singer Delegates” from each of the 50 states in the Union to celebrate the beauty, recognize the power, and affirm the importance of girls singing together.
The “Let Freedom SING!” Festival concert has been changed to TONIGHT, THURSDAY, July 28th at 8:00 pm! The concert will take place in Arcadia University’s Stiteler Auditorium, 450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038. (Stiteler Auditorium is located behind the Castle.) The concert is FREE. Come hear what unity sounds like!
Young Women from All 50 States Hope to Show Country “What Unity Sounds Like” July 24-28 in Philadelphiajdkahler : Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:57 pm : LFS!blog, Media Blog
For Immediate Release
Laura Archbold, Encore Public Relations
(please note: updates may be made to the schedule, check here for the latest version)
Young Women from All 50 States Hope to Show Country
“What Unity Sounds Like” July 24-28 in Philadelphia
(Philadelphia, PA, updated July 22, 2016 3:00 pm EDT) There’s a convention coming to town, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of … young women Singer Delegates from all over the country will be coming to Philadelphia for the “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention. With representatives from every state in the Union, this unique ensemble of 100 includes diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
The five inspirational and jammed-pack days of music and memory making is being hosted by the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, but Thursday evening has been left wide open intentionally in hopes that the all-American assembly will be invited to sing the National Anthem on nomination night at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center. The goal would be an effort to show the entire country “what unity sounds like.” The Girlchoir would gladly accept an invitation to appear at the event – not with a partisan mission, but as an opportunity to showcase on the national stage the power of choral music in the lives of young women, as well as its power to unite us as Americans.
The Girlchoir Convention’s Opening Session will take place on Sunday, July 24 at 6:30 pm in the “Grey Towers” Castle at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. From Monday through Thursday, choral “caucuses” and rehearsals will take place in Arcadia’s Great Hall from 9:30 am to noon, with opportunities for the Singer Delegates to sing under a variety of notable conductors and composers, many of whom will be women. The afternoons will be filled with a mixture of “pop up” performances and “sight SINGing” at historic locations throughout Philadelphia.
Performance highlights include: two DNC events, a Tuesday evening appearance at the ARTSSPEAK@DNC event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring Ben Vereen and Ben Folds; and a Wednesday performance at the Heritage Festival Block Party in South Philadelphia; and a Thursday ecumenical service titled “What Unity Sounds Like.” Thursday’s event will include Ela Weissberger, a special guest Singer Delegate from New York who is a Holocaust survivor.
“Singing with others literally helped save my life in the camp,” recalls Weissberger. “Singing with others gives us strength.”
The idea for the “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention was the brainchild of Steven Fisher, Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and its brother-choir, Keystone State Boychoir. “As a founder of an organization that aims to transform the lives of young people through making music together,” says Fisher, “I’m keenly aware of the how choral music helps children to develop into strong, confident adults who are at the ready to – literally and figuratively – let their voices be heard in the world.”
See our updated calendar here for the latest scheduled opportunities
About “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention
The “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention (LFS! GNC) is a six-day choral festival that brings together young women “Singer Delegates” from each of the 50 states in the Union to celebrate the beauty, recognize the power, and affirm the importance of Girlchoirs. The GNC will be held Sunday, July 24-Friday, July 29, 2016 in Philadelphia, and is hosted by Pennsylvania Girlchoir.
Meet the delegates representing Pennsylvania Girlchoir, host choir for “Let Freedom SING!” GIrlchoir National Convention: Eva Whittaker and Madison Dall
Let Freedom SING! Girlchoir National Convention unites 100 All-American Choristers from all 50 States together in Bipartisan SongCY Media : Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:01 am : Media Blog
Let Freedom SING! Girlchoir National Convention unites 100 All-American Choristers from all 50 States together in Bipartisan Song
July 24-29 in Philadelphia
Photo Opportunities during all events are available upon request
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) June 2, 2016 — There’s a power-broker convention coming to Philadelphia in July but it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Yes, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia in late July, but so will the “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention (LFS! GNC), a six-day choral festival celebrating the beauty, recognizing the power, and affirming the importance of girls singing together. When these 100 young women raise their collective, bipartisan voice in song, they will ensure that Philadelphia will be “City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love.”
“Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention (LFS! GNC) is being hosted by Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG) and its parent organization, Commonwealth Youthchoirs, and is the brainchild of Founder and Artistic Director Steven Fisher. “The fact that these two conventions are taking place at the same time is no coincidence, said Fisher. “In presidential election seasons, I – like most Americans – grow weary of partisan politics dividing us as a country. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to showcase choral music and its extraordinary ability to – quite literally – unite all 50 states.” But why a National Convention of girl singers? “Let’s just say,” Fisher adds, “I hedged my bets that Philadelphia would be a unique place to celebrate and encourage female empowerment in the arts. As a founder of an organization that aims to transform the lives of young people through the power of making music together, I’m keenly aware of the how choral music empowers young women in a unique way when they have the opportunity to make it surrounded by other girls, helping them to develop into strong, confident women who are at the ready to – literally – let their voices be heard.”
The six-day choral festival involves preparation in advance, as Singer Delegates must learn a repertoire of ten songs before they arrive. “It will be a magical choral moment at the opening of the Convention when these young women get to hear for the first time how 50 states singing together sounds,” Fisher predicts. “From that moment on, they will no longer be strangers, but friends in song, creating a nationwide network of choral sisterhood that will last a lifetime.”
“We are proud to send two of our dedicated and talented singers to add to the amazing nationwide power of girls’ voices,” said Danya Tiller, Artistic Director of Phoenix Girls Chorus, and Shelly Winemiller, Artistic Director for Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir, from Minnesota affirmed, “What a truly remarkable occasion for young women to gather in song to celebrate the gift of young women’s choral music.” South Carolina Singer Delegate Ashleigh Allen, from the Cane Bay Choirs, is thrilled to get the once in a lifetime opportunity, “I can’t wait to sing with so many other amazing singers from across the country!”
Singer Delegates must arrive in Philadelphia with all music already learned. The repertoire includes patriotic favorites “America the Beautiful” by Samuel A. Ward, “The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key and “God Bless America”, by Irving Berlin, and stunning selections of “Child of My Heart” by Jacob Narverud/Bette Milleson James and “Still I Rise” by Rosephanye Powell, and many more. Each of the various pieces that make up the breathtaking repertoire will be led by dynamic conductors. The roster of LFS! GNC Conductors & Guests include:
- Christine Bass, conductor of the Women’s Chorus of Temple University
- Rollo Dilworth, Associate Professor of Music Education at Temple University and children and youth choir extraordinaire
- Angie Johnson, artistic director of Young Naperville Singers‘ Young Women’s Choir, Bella Voce
- Melissa Malvar Keylock, associate director of Princeton Girlchoir, and Director of Admissions ofAmerican Boychoir
- Vincent Metallo, Pennsylvania Girlchoir music director and former music director of the American Boychoir
- Danielle Molan, conductor of Pennsylvania Girlchoir‘s Scholas and one of the most exciting, up and coming conductors of Girlchoirs.
- Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Pennsylvania Girlchoir conductor and associate professor of music at Temple University.
- Andrea Ramsey, one of the most sought after women choral conductors, composers, and clinicians.
In addition to a culminating “Let Freedom SING!” Concert on July 27 in “The Castle” at Arcadia University, there will be other “pop-up” performance opportunities at historic sites throughout Philadelphia. DNC delegates taking in the city should not be surprised if they suddenly have a soundtrack to go along with their cheesesteak experience in South Philly or their Rocky experience on the Art Museum steps.
It won’t be all singing. Peer connections are a big part of the experience, according to Fisher. “In what is being called ‘choral caucuses,’ the young women will have an opportunity to explore all the ways that unite them – no matter what state from which they hail or their walk of life. The caucuses will also spotlight careers for women conductors and composers, led by leading women composers. Participants will also take part in civic activities around a town that can rightfully claim to be “the birthplace of America.” And, of course, with teenagers there will be the all-important social time. The high school tenors and basses of the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB), PG’s brother-choir, will be invited to a dance and social on the Arcadia University campus. KSB, and its now famous soloist Bobby Hill, recently drew the world’s attention when they, alongside the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, sang for Pope Francis in Philadelphia this past September.
About “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention
The “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention (LFS! GNC) is a six-day choral festival that will bring together two young women “Singer Delegates” from each of the 50 states in the Union to celebrate the beauty, recognize the power, and affirm the importance of girls singing together. The GNC will be held Sunday, July 24-Friday, July 29, 2016, in Philadelphia. and is hosted by Pennsylvania Girlchoir and its parent organization Commonwealth Youthchoirs.
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