Spontaneous, energetic, inspiring, and uplifting music performed by a cast of talented veteran artists and the Gospel for Teens Choir. Presented in an intimate and interactive stage setting in a Harlem brownstone, this show is an ideal treat for music lovers of all ages. Limited engagement! Includes dessert by Debbie's Soulful Sweets.
Gospel for Teens, a program of The Mama Foundation for the Arts School of the Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts has grown to be one of the most recognized and respected programs in New York City. Under the direction of the Foundation’s seasoned music masters: Markanthony Henry, Greg Kelly, Dejahnee Richardson, and Knoelle Higginsen; Gospel for Teens has performed at various venues across New York City including the world famous Apollo Theater, the American Museum of Natural History, and St. Paul Community Baptist Church. Gospel for Teens has also been featured by Fox 5 News, New York 1 News, NBC News’ ‘Family Matters’ segment, The New York Times, The New York Daily News and other local and national publications.
The Gospel for Teens program is unique in its combined vocal fundamentals and gospel history training, as well as its live performance aspect. Key programmatic outcomes include: 1) the students’ enhanced training in fundamental vocal techniques; 2) a basic historical framework and present-day context regarding the influence that the African American gospel tradition has had on other musical genres—including jazz, R&B, and hip-hop, thus preserving an important American & African American folk music tradition; and 3) creating opportunities to reduce the students’ performance-anxiety by having them perform in front of live audiences throughout and at the end of each semester.
Participants will be selected to learn music history and vocal techniques such as placement, breathing, harmony, pitch and control in classes held on-site at the Foundation’s renovated Harlem brownstone. Students will also be encouraged to discover their personal artistic talent and expressions while building self-confidence on stage and off. “We mean to lift up the youth with history and gospel music!” says the Foundation’s founder and Executive Director, Vy Higginsen. “And I am proud to announce that the artistic consultant for Gospel for Teens is a living legend - Dr. Cissy Houston.”
Stressing artistic discipline and commitment, the Gospel for Teens music masters nurture musical talent by providing individual musical assessments, teaching new and established music in the Foundation’s Traveling Theatre’s repertoire, and dialoguing about the role Gospel music has played in history and in their current lives.
Mama Foundation for the Arts 149 West 126th Street New York, NY 10027 (212) 280-1045 email@example.com
Meet The Founder
Vy Higginsen, CEO & Executive Director of the Mama Foundation for The Arts
Gospel for Teens Supporters
Special Thank You to the following funders for supporting the Mama Foundation's Gospel for Teens program:
Union Square Awards Time Warner Con Edison New York State Council on the Arts Department of Cultural Affairs City Council Inez Dickens Anheuser Busch Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors New York Community Trust Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Senator David Patterson JP Morgan Chase
The Gospel for Teens program is unique in its combined vocal fundamentals and gospel history training, as well as its live performance aspect. It has grown to be one of the most recognized and respected programs in New York City, and is devoted to passing along the legacy.
Congratulations and Good luck in your College Career:
Tyrell Osbourne- Cheney State University Tiffany Stevenson- Berkelee College of Music Aaron Brockett- College of Staten Island DeShaundra Johnson- City College of New York Brittany Thompkins- Borough of Manhattan Community College