Sitting in the darkened theater watching from above while Temple choirs fill the stage and our ears with beautiful music. The power of the voice. Twenty-six of our Saturday Academy singers brought their voices to this concert last week on the campus of Temple University.
Girlchoir conductor Kendra Balmer is a Masters in Conducting student at Temple and our connection to the concert happening. Both the Travel choir and the Brilliant Blues learned “A Letter from a Girl to the World” by Andrea Ramsey. This piece, accompanied only by drum is; in melody and language, a peak into the heart of a young girl-
“Am I good enough?, Am I pretty enough? Can I learn not to care what others think?” floats out over the audience in three-part harmony.
The conclusion of the piece found 8 of our singers along with women from the Temple Women’s Chorus we performed with sharing their thoughts, things they wanted to say to the world.-
“I am strong powerful and unique, my voice matters” ~”I want people to see me for who I am, not for who they want me to be” ~ “I want to share what I know with children” – and while they spoke the audience shouted, snapped and clapped support for these powerful girls!
The song was the 3rd to last piece on a concert of 5 choirs..so needless to say, there was a lot of waiting, sneaking backstage and sitting quietly in the audience before taking the stage. And our girls were total professionals! What a magical night for all of us!