Newark Symphony Hall Special Ensemble Youth Choir Winner At McDonald's Gospelfest 2011!
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Newark Symphony Hall Special Ensemble Youth Choir Winner At McDonald's Gospelfest 2011!

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Newark Symphony Hall Special Ensemble Youth Choir Winner At McDonald's Gospelfest 2011!

Newark Symphony Hall (NSH) Special Ensemble youth performance group was named the Youth Choir Winner at McDonald's GospelFest 2011: The Mighty Men of Valor at the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday, June 18, 2011. NSH Special Ensemble was selected as a finalist from over 40,000 participants, and competed against numerous youth choirs from the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area.

NSH Special Ensemble is a premier youth performance group comprised of 12 students, ages 9-13, who are hand selected from past and present members of NSH Children's Performing Arts Academy and NSH Youth Gospel Choir Workshop. Members include: Kimani Carson, age 13, of Bellville; Leah Gaines, age 10, of Newark; Troi Gaines, age 7, of Newark; Donovan Jones, age 12, of Bloomfield; Nadirah Lucas, age 9, of Union; Craig McCargo, age 13, of Hillside; Gabriel Moses, age 12, of Irvington; Marquise Neal, age 10, of Newark; Chanel Pearson, age 14, of Maplewood; Kelsey Robinson, age 12, of Hillside; and Melinna Wilson, age 10, of Newark.

Under the leadership of Mr. Hugh A. Davis and the direction of Ms. Candice Anderson, NSH Special Ensemble participants are featured at various events throughout the Metropolitan area including church celebrations, receptions, and more. NSH Special Ensemble participants experience and appreciate the discipline, commitment and perseverance involved in achieving performance excellence…and it shows!

Newark Symphony Hall Special Ensemble Youth Choir Winner At McDonald's Gospelfest 2011!

Also under the leadership of Mr. Hugh A. Davis, G-Fy-G performance group was the Adult Choir Winner at McDonald's Gospel Fest 2011. G-Fy-G is a high energy, urban contemporary gospel singing group comprised of youth and young adults ages 16-25, mostly African-American and Caribbean-born. Vocal excellence, movement precision, synchronization, versatility, and stage presence is the group's forte. G-Fy-G is credited with transforming the lives and futures of countless inner-city teens. As a result of the discipline and structure associated with the performing arts, confidence building, and leadership enhancement opportunities, these youth have become leaders in their communities, they have overcome the lure of drugs and gangs, attended college, and are mentors to younger children.

On Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm, Newark Symphony Hall will host a Youth Gospel Jam featuring Youth Choir Winner: NSH Special Ensemble, Adult Choir Winner: G-Fy-G, and other GospelFest participants in the Terrace Ballroom. You may visit our website www.newarksymphonyhall.org for further information about this event.

With 42,000 school-age children in Newark, there are not nearly enough opportunities to engage them in high-caliber, creative and educational cultural activities. Newark Symphony Hall is committed to providing these opportunities for our children. With its open enrollment, NSH Children's Performing Arts Academy and Youth Gospel Choir Workshop offer families a non-competitive, culturally enriching opportunity. Lessons learned at the Academy go beyond grasping the fundamentals of a particular artistic discipline, but encompass development of personal and social skills, cognitive abilities and critical thinking skills. CPAA is made possible by the Victoria Foundation, PNC Bank, Turrell Fund, City National Bank, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the City of Newark.

Newark Symphony Hall Special Ensemble Youth Choir Winner At McDonald's Gospelfest 2011!

The mission of the Newark Performing Arts Corporation is to establish Newark Symphony Hall as the city's state-of-the-art community cultural center in Newark's most historic arts facility by hosting and presenting the live performing arts and related educational programming for its culturally diverse population of children and families from the greater Newark region. Newark Symphony Hall seeks to utilize its resources to advance the economic vitality of the Lincoln Park Cultural District through successful redevelopment of the Newark Symphony Hall facilities and related properties.

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