Sister Cities Girlchoir’s Saturday program, Girlchoir Northeast, was recently featured in The Star News. The article, titled “Girlpower,” highlighted our music for social change programming for girls in Philadelphia. Girlchoir Northeast, which draws students from around the city, recently found a new home at the First Presbyterian Church in Kensington after its former rehearsal space, Walter Palmer Leadership Charter, had to close.
Many of our girls were quoted in the article about their experiences in the choir. Read an excerpt below, then head over to The Star’s website to read the full article.
“You get to spend time with one another and do something that I really like to do, which is singing,” said Tyler, 11. “It really helps me express myself more.”
“I have learned languages that I don’t speak on the regular,” said Allyson, 16, referencing a Portuguese song the group sang. “And my singing has improved a lot.”
About why she likes music, Ruth, 13, spoke of music’s emotional power.
“If I’m mad or sad about something, I’ll just start singing,” she said. “It makes me feel better.”
Jada, 12, was straightforward about why she chose to return to the program for a second year.
“I came back because of the simple fact [that] it’s awesome,” Jada said. “You can be yourself and nobody will judge you.”