VocalEssence WITNESS School Program

The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program is an exciting opportunity for Minnesota students and teachers to learn more about the contributions African Americans have made, and are making, to the fine arts.

For the 2017-2018 school year, students will dream of a better world as we pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, on the 100th anniversary of its birth, through song, poetry, hip-hop, dance, and more. Beginning with the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South, students will explore why Harlem became the epicenter of black cultural life in the early 1900s and become familiar with several prominent artists and historical figures from this era and make connections to cultural movements of the present day. Students will hear the debut of the VocalEssence Youth Choral Arts Initiative as well as the world premiere of William Banfield’s chamber symphony, I Trust Harlem Is Still There, based on the letters of Langston Hughes, and will be inspired and challenged to become agents of change in our community.

The Young People’s Concerts will feature the VocalEssence Chorus, the VocalEssence Youth Choral Arts Initiative, as well as WITNESS Teaching Artists and other special guests.

Each partner school is able to take advantage of three program components that provide an enriching integrative experience for both students and teachers:

Artist Workshops
Young People’s Concerts
Teacher Resources

For more information about the school program, contact VocalEssence Education Manager Robert Graham at robert@vocalessence.org, or 612-547-1458. To sign up as a VocalEssence WITNESS Partner School, carefully read and submit the VocalEssence WITNESS School Agreement by clicking the sign-up link below.